If your child is struggling to understand a new subject, getting help from a tutor may be a good idea. However, finding the right tutor is critical. Here are a few areas to consider before selecting a tutor for your child.
Know your goals – Analyze what level of help your child needs. You can use your child’s grades as an indication. You will also have to consider what your goals are for your child. For example, is it better scores in one subject, improving general skills, creating good study skills or motivating your child. You should also understand what your child’s learning style. For example, does your child like reading, listening, moving, touching to understand a subject better.
Know your options – Speak to your school counselor and ask them what options you have within the school to get your child extra help. Most often a school counselor will be able to give you a list of tutors registered with the school. Asking other parents or other teachers from other schools is also a good idea. Price is also a determining factor when choosing a tutor, so make sure you are clear on how much you are willing to spend.
Test your options – When you’ve found a suitable tutor, look at their skills carefully and ask them about their educational background. The tutor you choose should have experience in handling children of your child’s age. You can also look at asking your tutor for a paid trial where you and your child can establish if the tutor suits your requirements.