5 Questions to Ask Before Hiring an Organic Chemistry Tutor
Before hiring an organic chemistry tutor to help with your or your child’s lessons, what are the best questions to ask, so that you will find someone you’re happy with? You want to not only raise your grades, but also have a tutor who is well educated, has real-life chemistry work experience, has helped previous students, and is organized.
The following five questions will help you find the best candidate for your educational needs.
- What was your education?
Even if the tutor has “organic chemistry” listed as a subject matter they’re an expert in, ask them about their educational background. What school did they go to and what courses did they take? Did they get their degree in chemistry? Do they have a master’s or a Ph.D. in the subject? It’s worth it to find someone who’s well-educated.
You might also want to research the university they went to, to make sure the tutor has received a great, well-rounded education. Most universities list not only their degree programs, but also those programs’ courses and requirements for graduating. Unfortunately, it can be easy to “fudge” educational requirements, since there are no degree programs in tutoring. You want the best educated tutor you can find for yourself or your child.
- What jobs have you worked that will help you as a tutor?
There are plenty of fields that experts in organic chemistry could be a part of, so before hiring a tutor, ask them where they’ve worked in the past. Don’t just skim over their resume. Ask them specific questions, as if you’re conducting a job interview. What exactly was their role or position? Did they have employees under them that they trained, which would give them experience in teaching organic chemistry to someone else? It’s a funny fact, that not all experts in their subjects can teach it! So, you want an organic chemistry expert who can also explain such a complicated subject to another person.
Take your time and really get to know their past work history. By working for a major pharmaceutical company, hospital or veterinary clinic, an oceanographic institute, or some other biological company, they can give you valuable insight into not only their background, but how effective they’d be as a tutor as well.
- How have you helped previous students?
Yes, this would be an insightful and important question to ask a prospective organic chemistry tutor. You want to know exactly what methodologies they’ve used to help previous students, including both tangible and intangible methods. Do they tutor through software programs, Skype, an app, or in person? Does the tutor provide their own lesson materials or is that what the student provides?
You also want to know how the tutor has helped the student in other, intangible ways. Were the students satisfied from the tutoring session? The ideal, of course, is that their grades improved, as well as their overall interest in the subject matter. Organic chemistry is really complicated, so anyone who can take that subject and make it easy and enjoyable to learn is worth trying.
- What are your tutoring goals?
Before the tutoring sessions even begin, you’ll want to know what are the organic chemistry tutor’s specific goals. While your goals will have to do with learning, improving grades, and passing tests, the tutor will be able to provide insight into their mindset about being the instructor.
Basically, you want the tutor to be able to synthesize their educational background, work history, and extensive knowledge of organic chemistry into a unified plan that can help you reach your own goals. The tutor should be able to tell you the goals he/she wants you both to reach, so that you have an idea of what the sessions will be like. It will also give you peace of mind to have an instructor who’s organized and that everything they will teach you or help you with has a definite aim.
- How can you help me with my grades?
This is the big question and the most important one to ask any tutor before hiring them, but especially one that teaches organic chemistry. You want an instructor who can help you improve your grades, but how exactly are they going to do that? How can they help you understand the subject matter more, so that your test scores improve? How can they explain complicated molecular structures and help you with your advanced organic chemistry homework?
Can they provide real-life applications of these concepts, so that you understand the subject matter thoroughly enough? A really awesome instructor will be able to help you so much with organic chemistry, that after the course, you could turn around and teach it to someone else.
By asking these five questions, you will be able to find the best tutor for you, you’ll be happy spending the money for each session, and you’ll also improve your grades.