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Iceni Magazine | July 14, 2020

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7 top tips for choosing a tutor for your child

7 top tips for choosing a tutor for your child

Every parent wants to see their child succeed at school and go on to ahceive great things.

However, while some children naturally thrive within the classroom, others require a bit of additional support.

This is where tutoring comes in, it allows your child to benefit from one-on-one learning with an academic expert.

But with so many tutors and agencies to choose from, how can you be sure that you’re picking the right one for your child?

With that question in mind, here are seven tips for choosing a tutor. 

  1. Talk to your child

No child likes to feel like they’re struggling. So before you hire a tutor, make sure you your child is on board by explaining to them why you think a tutor is needed and how it will help them. Once you have your child’s buy-in the whole process should run a lot smoother. 

  1. Talk to their teacher

At the start of your search for a tutor, it’s also worth talking to your child’s teacher to get a clearer picture of the areas they’re struggling with. Their teacher might also be able to point you in the direction of some alternative learning resources to aid your child’s study, or even, a tutor.

  1. Look at their experience

Tutoring is not a regulated field, so you need to be sure that any prospective tutor possesses the necessary expertise to help you child. The right tutor will have experience teaching children of a similar age and level of study, as well as an up-to-date knowledge of the National Curriculum.  Ideally, they’ll also have a relevant qualification in the subject(s) they’ll be helping your child with.

  1. Collaborate

Collaboration is key when it comes to tutoring. So don’t feel that you have to leave everything up to the tutor. Instead, you should work together to come up with goals for your child and a plan for how these will be achieved.

  1. Check them out

Before you hire a tutor, you need to make sure that they have a good track record in tutoring. To do this, you can check online reviews and request references. It’s also worth checking that any prospective tutor is registered with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

  1. Meet the tutor

Before the tutoring sessions begin, it’s worth arranging a meeting with the tutor where you and your child can ask any questions and assess if they’re the right fit. This meeting can be an informal chat or more of an interview, whichever you feel is most beneficial.

  1. Time it right

It’s common for tutoring sessions to take place after school, however, it’s important to ensure that the sessions happen at the times when your child is most open to learning, so try and be flexible. If you’re looking for an agency that can offer such flexibility, Teachers To Your Home have learning coaches available during weekdays, weekends and evenings – whenever suits you and your child best.

Follow these seven super tips and finding the right tutor for your child will be a breeze!


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