Individual Versus Group Tutoring
The choice between selecting an individual one-to-one tutor for your child versus opting for group tutoring will be one of both need and budget. If your child tends to be shy or quiet or has trouble focusing, an individual tutor may be the right choice. Similarly, an individual tutor often costs less than a private teacher will.
On the other hand, if your child is outgoing then there may not be enough stimulation and interaction with one on one tutoring at home. Also, a private teacher can offer a greater range of benefits, including greater flexibility when it comes to rescheduling sessions, than an individual teacher can.
Some students simply need help in one subject. But other students may be struggling (or just bored) in more than one area, and so they may need tutors in a variety of subjects.
Also, sometimes students may just struggle with certain lessons or concepts in a subject, so while they don’t need tutoring all year long, they can benefit from tutoring here and there as needed. Here, you may be best served by selecting tutors that can offer tutoring in multiple subjects as many be needed.
Student Versus Certified Professional
Yet another consideration to think through is whether to use a student – perhaps an older student at your child’s school or a college student who works as a tutor to earn extra money, or a professional teacher who has been trained and certified.
This may be influenced by budget – student tutors do tend to charge less per hour than a professional earning their living as a tutor. Another influence can be how relatable the tutor will be to your child. Some students are intimidated by working one-to-one with an adult tutor, while others may thrive at the individual attention. Other students may see an older student or college student as a mentor whom they can really open up to and trust, and they may thrive with a younger tutor. It can be helpful here as well to ask your child what their preference might be.
WHAT ARE TYPICAL TUTORING HOURS AND SERVICES OFFERED
Another consideration when looking for a tutoring service near you is to find out what hours tutoring is offered and what types of services or perks come with the price. You definitely want to be sure the tutoring hours match the hours you are available to take your child to and from tutoring (or have the tutor come to you for sessions).
As well, some tutoring services may also offer quizzes and practice tests, special tutoring towards standardized tests, or even help with private school, prep school or college applications. If your student needs these additional services, you want to be sure to ask about them before you hire and pay them for their service.
WHAT DO OTHER STUDENTS OR PARENTS SAY?
Finally, before you select a local service, you want to ask for testimonials. Find out if you can talk to other students and parents to hear what their experience was like. Do an internet search to see what kind of feedback has been posted online. Ask around at your child’s school to see if anyone else has used the tutoring service you are considering and what they think.
By taking a look at each of these considerations in turn, you will be able to confidently select a service near you that can support your child to excel.
How To Find A Local Tutor Near You
The demand has increased by 15 to 18 percent within the past few years. When a student is struggling with a subject, they most likely need extra help outside of the classroom. That is why many people are choosing to hire a tutor. If you are in need of additional help, then there are several ways that you can find one. Below is a list of tips for getting started: