You’ve made the decision to get your child a tutor but have no idea where or how to start. As a teacher and president of a tutoring company, Teachers to Go, I completely understand that the whole process of finding the best tutor for your child is daunting. Therefore, I have compiled a few tips, many that we use when finding the best match for our students, to help make this process easier for you:
1. Before moving forward in the process, think about your child’s personality, learning needs, and your family’s schedule. Here are some questions to ask yourself:
2. Ask other parents about their experiences with tutors/tutoring companies. This information will give you contacts to get your process started. Keep in mind that every student learns differently, including your child, and a tutor that may have worked, or not, for their child doesn’t mean you’ll have the same results. Don’t be afraid to ask the tutor/company any questions you feel are important to finding your child the best tutor possible. The tutor/company may be the professional in education but no one knows your child better than you do!
3. Before committing to any sessions, I highly recommend requesting a consultation with the tutor to give you the opportunity to ask him/her questions. Some questions you may want to ask the tutor may include:
Throughout the whole process, keep in mind that while a tutor’s credentials and experiences are very important, having a tutor who connects well with your child is crucial. The relationship they build with their tutor will really help your child get on board and perhaps even (gasp!) get excited for the sessions together. Good luck in your search!
Julie Diamond is a certified teacher in Canada and the founder of Teachers to Go.
Julie Diamond speaking at the OISE conference for Alternative, Innovative and Inspiring Career Paths for Teachers at the University of Toronto.
Jenna Srigley is the administrative assistant/social media co-ordinator at Teachers to Go and offers invaluable insight as a mom of 2 teens.
Fun Fact: Her and Julie (see above) are also sisters :)