As a parent, when you notice that your child is struggling in school, you want to find a solution that helps them. This is where a tutor could come in. Giving your child the attention and educational boost they need, it can guide them not only towards better grades but a more enjoyable time at school.
But if you’re thinking about finding a tutor for your child, there are certain key considerations that you should keep in mind. Ensuring that they are getting the best help for their requirements, it could be the difference between your child benefitting from the experience and dreading each session with them.
To help guide you, here are 5 examples of considerations that you can take into account throughout the choosing process:
1.What do they specialise in?
When looking at the tutor, is it clear exactly what subjects they specialise in? Or what age-range their help is appropriate for? Typically, a tutor will specialise in the core subjects (e.g Maths and English) but not all tutors will be suitable for your child in terms of age. There are certain tutors/centres that focus on children from 7-11 and others that offer 11 plus, GCSE and A-Level tuition (e.g Think Smart Academy).
During your research stage, pay attention to this and use it as a criteria for selecting the most suitable candidate.
2.How approachable and friendly are they?
As part of the process, it’s a good idea to meet with the tutor/visit the centre before settling on the right one for your child. When you do this and meet/talk to the tutor, how friendly and approachable are they?
This is a key factor to consider, as you want your child to have the best possible experience with them. As well as this, it’s worth reading reviews from past parents whose children had used the service.
3.What experience / qualifications do they have?
Along with being friendly and approachable, it’s vital that the tutor has the right experience and qualifications. You want them to be able to pass their knowledge onto your child, so it’s worth asking them how long they have worked in education and what formal qualifications they possess.
If your child needs extra support through their tutoring, it’s also a good idea to ask if they have experience with helping those with special needs.
4.One to one or group tutoring?
This is where you need to have a think about the best ways that your child will learn. If they often don’t want to ask questions in class because they feel nervous or worried about what their peers will think, then group tutoring might not be the way to go. Whereas if they thrive from learning with those around them and they like the support others offer them, it could be a viable option.
Alternatively, they may require a one to one tutor, who will offer your child the undivided attention they require. By focusing on them, you’ll know that your child can start to build their confidence in the subject.
5.How much do their services cost?
Private tutoring doesn’t come cheap – with parents in this country spending over £6 billion a year on it. However, that’s not to say it’s not attainable.
The price charged by them varies hugely and will depend on the experience they have, how far they have to travel to you (if it’s not a centre), whether it’s one to one or group lessons, etc. Therefore, it’s worth enquiring into the prices of various tutors, before comparing and contrasting them against some of the key criteria.
So, there you go! Those are 5 key things to consider if you’re thinking about getting a tutor for your child. Of course, before deciding on this, along with the main considerations, it’s also a good idea to consider whether it’s the right path for your child themselves. Talk to them about how they feel about it and whether they think they would benefit from it too.