4 Steps to Hire the Right Tutor
Finding the right tutor for your child can be a daunting task but it doesn’t have to be! Hiring the best tutor is about doing research and asking quality questions. Take a look at 4 steps every person should take to get the best tutor for their child.
Step 1: Know your child’s struggles and set educational goals
Talking with your child’s teacher is the first and most important step to finding the right tutor. The discussion should touch upon all academic strengths/weaknesses, emotional goals (reducing anxiety), and any other concerns surrounding the school. When you discuss your child’s strengths and weaknesses, make sure to set educational or testing goals. Ask the following questions to help guide the discussion:
- What subject areas is he/she struggling?
- What skill set needs to be improved?
- Is my child struggling with content (lesson topics) or is it more of a testing issue?
- What should we be doing at home to help my child?
- If a tutor is needed, what should they help my child with at each session? (homework, content, test prep)
It is also crucial to identify your child’s instructional learning style. Think about the following questions:
- Would your child benefit from a straightforward approach or a more nurturing tutor?
- What motivates my child? What makes them want to learn?
- What are my child’s interests when it comes to school?
After all goals are set, make sure to discuss academic decisions with your child. Open lines of communication will help them to feel like they are an active part of learning and improving.
Step 2: Know all of your options and do the research
Don’t use the first tutoring service that shows up on a basic google search because let’s face it, anyone can be a “tutor”. Make sure to call the location/individual and inquire about price, credentials, and discuss what a typical tutoring session will look like for your child. Begin to gather information and data on each candidate so that you can make an informed decision on who to pick.
Keep in mind, that if your child struggles with mathematics, it is important to find a qualified tutor with a skill set in that area. It doesn’t make sense to hire an individual with an English background to tutor your child in advanced Calculus. Which means you need to make sure to have all the facts before you agree to hire a tutor and being the learning process.
Step 3: Meet with candidates and ask the right questions
Once you have narrowed down the tutoring search to your top candidates make sure to meet the individual or visit the tutoring center. After you have visually “okayed” the location, ask a few more questions to make sure everyone is on the same page.
- What is the tutor’s schooling? Why are they qualified to tutor your child?
- What methods do they use to teach the content? Homework? Standardized test prep?
- Do they have a curriculum or are the sessions based on personalized content created by the tutor?
- How does the tutor evaluate and track growth?
- How do they motivate students to succeed?
If you would like more information on identifying the signs that your child needs a tutor, take a look at the following blog: “6 signs your child may need a tutor”
Step 4: Pick your tutor and Track the data to see results
Once you have picked your child’s tutor, the best thing you can do is keep track of growth and results. Growth can be tracked by observing the following:
- Improved grades
- Increase in test scores
- Positive attitude towards school
- Less confusion when dealing with homework or school work
- Less anxiety when it comes to school or tests
If your child is making growth and feeling more confident with content materials and with school, then continue the tutoring service and monitor your child’s success. If you are not happy with the tutoring sessions, don’t keep paying for the services. Move on and find someone else.
How can MINDSPIRE help with your student?
At MINDSPIRE, we provide tutoring and test prep that is tailored to specific learning styles and individual needs. If you are interested in getting a tutor for any standardized exam, contact us or give us a call at 844-537-PREP (7737).