Tutors can really help accelerate learning and can really help boost progress. But, how do you pick the right one?
Here is a video to explain what matters and why:
What’s the purpose of tutoring?
Work out exactly what you are looking for from the tuition. Is your child struggling in specific areas? If so, what are those areas? Is your son or daughter a high flyer that just needs some extra support? What do you want your child to get out of the tuition. Try to work this out with your child so that when you talk to the tutor you know that they can deliver exactly what you are looking for.
Does the tutor have a degree or a recognised and respected qualification in their subject area? Do they have a teaching qualification? If so, which kind of qualification do they have? Qualifications aren’t everything but they do show a certain level of expertise and commitment to their subject area.
Ask for any references that the tutor has from any previous students or parents they have worked for. If you can call the parents, even better, this will give you a good chance to find out about reliability, consistency and the effectiveness of the tuition. Additionally, request a Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) background check which will give you a through check of the tutor in their suitability to work with children.
How they handle different attitudes
When you are interviewing the tutor whether it be by phone or in person. Give them the different scenarios and attitudes that they may come across with your child. Be open and honest here, ask what are the tutors teaching strategies in each of these scenarios so you can rest assured that the tutor can handle and make progress in any situation.
Exam boards and techniques
If you or your child is preparing for a specific exam then make sure the tutor is familiar with the relevant exam board. If you’d like the tutor to focus on your child’s spelling, make sure the tutor is aware of the different resources and materials out there that will best suit them. How are they going to reach the targets? In what timeframe? This can affect the techniques used and the resources selected.
Engagement and Fun
Lessons will need to be engaging and fun! There are two aspects to tutoring and teaching, the knowledge of the subject, of which, qualifications are an indicator, and the ability to teach and make the lessons engaging for the child – more often than not you can tell just by speaking to the tutor if they will be able to engage your child at other times once the lessons get underway the level of engagement and fun in the lessons increases. Use your judgement and ask them about their approach!
Progress between lessons
Ask the tutor what can be done to progress between lessons, this can be homework or activities or researching! Find out what the options are to best complement the subject or activity studied!
Hope this helps! If you’d like more information or advice on how to choose the right tutor for your child or just your cats, please give me a call on 07821 550 721. I would love to hear from you!