Hiring a Tutor

Two young people, mand and woman, studying with books and pens in hand | imageIf your child has reached the second grade you will be able to tell if they need a tutor. Take your search for a tutor seriously. Choose a trained and experienced professional.  You’ll want to make sure they have a good reputation and assessment skills.  They need to understand the needs of different age groups academically and emotionally. Remember, this is more than just a technical problem. Your student needs a partner. A tutor needs to be someone who can make learning fun and interesting and who knows people.  Poor academic experiences affect how a person learns, how they feel about themselves, and how they feel about their future.  The right tutor can make a huge difference.

A good tutor will talk to you and to the teacher to discuss curriculum, goals and learning styles.  These discussions often reveal that the teacher is seeing something at school too.  The tutor becomes the student’s advocate, re-teaching or accelerating lessons as needed to spark interest, confidence, and self-esteem.  One of the most important tools that a good tutor provides is a set of goals.  This also goes for you.  Make sure you tell the tutor what you expect. This will ensure that your expectations are communicated, and realistic.  The tutor can work with you to make sure the goals are attainable and success is attainable.  Setting goals should be as simple as identifying two or three that you want to accomplish.  Things like better spelling, or higher grades in math, or getting better at tests, or improve the student’s organizational skills.

Here are just two ways that a tutor can really help.  Kids have "blind spots" that cause them to keep making the same mistake over and over again.  A good tutor can readily move a student way from these patterns.  That is difficult to do from a parent’s point of view.  Test taking skills are important. Poor test skills are frequently overlooked or may be even unknown to you. A tutor that is focusing on “blind-spots” or “test taking skills” can improve a student’s grade from a "C" to a "B" very quickly.  A tutor has many more tools in the bag.  Contact us.  Let’s talk about what’s happening in your world.