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Picking a Tutor

How Do I Find a Tutor?

The first source for finding a tutor will be to ask the teacher or school office where your child attends if they have any recommendations for a tutor. Many times they will have a list of tutors who have signed up to aid students in your particular school district.

In most cities, tutors can also be found at various learning centers. Learning centers usually employ people who specialize in aiding children with academic needs of all levels. Many educational learning centers will also have special testing which can be given to the child to help identify problem areas.

Tutors can also be found on most college campuses. These tutors work well with the child who is in upper high school who is preparing for college entrance exams, or who may be struggling with a particular advanced subject.


What Can I Expect From a Tutor?

  • Tutors will work with your child to set realistic goals for him or her.
  • Tutors have a way of engaging a child’s interest in subjects in such a way that parents, and even the child’s teacher, may not be able to do.
  • Tutors are very forthcoming with information about your child. They will let you know of your child’s progress, as well as give you tips and pointers on what you can do to help aid the child when he or she is at home.
  • You should not expect to see an immediate change in your child’s academic performance. Tutoring is a process, and tutors should not be looked upon as miracle workers. Grades should slowly get better over time.

Questions to Ask a Prospective Tutor

  • What is your process for evaluating the needs of my child?
  • What is your background? Keep in mind that the tutor's background may not necessarily mean the tutor is a college graduate. For instance, if a child is struggling with writing composition, the child may benefit from being tutored by a local author, who may or may not have a college degree.
  • Have you ever worked with children or teens before?
  • What is your fee?
  • How many times per week do you meet with my child?
  • Do you have a list of references?
  • What can I do to aid you in tutoring my child?

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