How to Find a Good Tutor
Sometimes what you learn at school just isn’t enough, or the way you’re being taught isn’t the way you like to learn. Or maybe you need some extra attention to really get your understanding of a subject into the top tier. Tutors provide a good opportunity to fill in these missing pieces but if you pick the wrong one, you’re back at square one. So it’s vital to pick a tutor that’s right for you and in this guide we’ll look at how you can do that.
These days, you have access to many tutoring options. You (or your parents) can hire one from the local school or library. Or choose a remote online platform that gives you access to in-depth learning guides, resources and materials, and virtual mentoring from a qualified tutor.
However, you’d still face the challenge of finding a tutor who will take the time to understand your specific needs. It might not just be about learning the subject that you might need help with. Some students need help to overcome certain problems like stress, lack of motivation, difficulty learning, or coping with a certain medical disorder. Therefore, tutors must pick a tutor that has the skills and experience to give you the right level of support.
Here’s a few quick and easy tips to help you (and your parents) find a good tutor for yourself.
Identify Your Specific Needs
Every student has their own reasons for needing help from a tutor.
Take a moment to think about what exactly it is you need help with and how you’d like to overcome them. Discuss this with your parents and/or trusted friends. Be sure to identify specific goals that your tutor can help you achieve. ‘Getting high marks’ or ‘gaining knowledge’ is too vague to be useful. For example, you might need to achieve a score of 80+ in English, improve your ability to memorise study notes, or overcome the anxiety associated with exam preparation.
After having this discussion, you should have a better idea on the kind of challenges you want to overcome, and how a tutor can develop a learning program that meets your exact needs.
Find a Tutor Who Specialises in the Right Subjects
Look beyond their qualifications!
Choose a tutor with a good background in the subject you’re having trouble with. This way, you will receive advice specific to that particular subject including educational theory, study skills and exam techniques.
Is the tutor a former graduate who has previously done well in your subject? If so, they’ll be more likely to empathise with you and offer personal insight on the kinds of tips that worked for them in the past.
Other factors to consider when trying to find a good tutor include:
- Is the tutor qualified to work with children?
- Do they provide learning resources and material that’s relevant to your year level?
- Do they offer phone or email correspondence so students can have their questions answered?
- Do they offer study notes from former high-achieving students?
- Is the tutor passionate about their field of expertise?
Check Reviews and Testimonials
Positive feedback is a good sign that a tutor can produce great results for you.
Look for recommended tutors in your local area by searching online, in the local paper and ask your friends and family for personal recommendations.
When looking at reviews, keep in mind that not all tutors have a 100% positive experience with everyone. Previous students could have had unrealistic expectations of what tutors can do, or the tutor simply wasn’t the right fit for that student – this kind of feedback doesn’t mean the person is necessarily a bad tutor.
Of course, this is only relevant if the reviews you read are actually real. Yes, some businesses still get away with posting fake reviews and deleting negative comments to protect their image. That’s why you need to develop a good intuition to figure out if a review is genuine or not. According to FakeSpot, you can snub out a bogus review with the following tips:
- Check the dates: If the tutor was flooded with positive reviews in a short timeframe, they’re probably fake.
- Assess the Choice of Language: Many fake reviews are written by people who don’t speak English as their first language. Look out for inconsistent use of grammar, poor spelling, and most importantly – an overuse of industry ‘jargon’ that most people wouldn’t normally use.
- Check the Reviewers Profile: If possible, look at the post history of the reviewer in question. If a search result on Google doesn’t bring up any information about the person, it could just be pseudonym to cover for a bot.
Do you have any tips on how to find a good tutor? Share your experience in the comments below!
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