Please welcome a new guest author, Alina D. from TutorZ. In her first article, students will learn how to find the perfect private tutor.
Here is some detail about Alina: Alina D. is a second-year student at Petro Mohyla National University. She is studying languages (English, German, Latin, and Polish) and literature. Alina currently works as a tutor at the tutoring company TutorZ in California. She is sure that if the tutor is qualified and educated then the result of studying will be positive anyway. Alina is fond of reading, she likes American literature and modern history.
5 Tips For Finding The Perfect Private Tutor
It is always difficult to find and choose a tutor for your child. Or it seems to be like that. In the tutoring company TutorZ we have mastered our skills in matching students with the perfect tutors. We have been working for more than 10 years in tutoring business and we have more than 46 thousands of tutors. So, believe me we have some experience in choosing the right tutor that will fit your needs and capabilities. And we would like to share this experience with you.
Sometimes it seems the easiest way to find a tutor is to hire a tutor of your friends or relatives. But the fact that your friend likes the teacher, doesn’t mean you’ll like him or her as well. So, here are some tips for you on how to find a perfect tutor.
- Specify the purpose of studying
To find a good tutor, you need to clearly understand what you want. What is your goal and what do you want to achieve. “Give knowledge” is a bad goal because it is the job of any tutor. “To improve school marks” is not a very good goal too, especially at the high school. School tests — just one way to test student’s knowledge, not the perfect one. “To pass through exams” may be an intermediate result that you want to have, but not a good final goal.
It’s always easier to find a perfect tutor if you have the goal. For example, if you need to have 85 in math exam but now your result is 70. It is necessary to look for the tutor who is the best choice for this specific purpose, who has experience in this area, and not just a “good teacher of mathematics.”
- Take the time to preliminary analysis
Of course, you can type in search “…tutor “, click on the first link and leave a request there. You even will be promptly contacted by a teacher. But in this case, you will not be able to understand if he has adequate requirements, how good the teacher is, and so on. You can’t even simply compare. Therefore it is necessary to conduct a small market analysis.
Examine at least 5 different websites that offer services of tutors. View profiles, read the principles of selection of teachers. Check the reviews of the websites and check the reviews of the tutors if there are any.
Look for some information on different forums, blogs, and social networks. Check out how other people were looking for tutors, how they interacted, what was the result.
- Read all of the reviews, but do not fully trust them
A good tutor, especially if he or she has been teaching for a long time, should have many good reviews. But at the same time, good reviews don’t guarantee that the teacher will fit you, your needs.
A few tips on how to evaluate teachers:
-Do not consider contacting teachers with a large number of bad reviews. Anyway, 1-2 negative feedbacks with a large number of positive reviews should not scary you. Any teacher can be in a situation when the interaction with the students or their parents has not worked because of some reason.
-The reviews on the websites of the companies searching for tutors, mostly, real — most companies value their reputation. But if the tutor owns a website or it’s his social network account, there might be only good reviews that may not reflect reality.
-You can understand what tutor’s specialty is. If you need training for USMLE and most of the comments are from students who passed any another medical exam, probably this tutor is not your best choice, even if all of the reviews are positive.
-Also, there might be other evidence of qualification of teachers. Some companies conduct the preliminary selection of all tutors or say that they do it. In this case, contact the company and ask for details on the selection methodology — if they can’t clearly answer, they don’t do it.
- Look for tutors that specialize exactly in the subject you need them to
How to understand that the teacher specializes in what exactly you need? Read reviews, and, most importantly, ask the tutor all details during the preliminary telephone conversation. It is important to ask how many different subjects he/she teaches and how many students has. It is advisable to do it before you will tell the purpose of the studying. So that the teacher will not be able to customize the story for your query. The best option is to find a tutor who has already successfully prepared students for the same reasons as yours. And preferably has such students at the moment.
If the tutor is a student or recent graduate, ask about his own achievements too. They should be significant and relevant to the subject he tutors.
- Do not overestimate the formal regalia of the tutor
Many people think that the more experienced, honored and awarded tutor is, the better. But this is not always the case. It is important to understand that in most cases there is no need in the award-winning teacher. If you need to pass the exam by 70-80 points, no need to search for professors and doctors. It is enough to find a good school teacher or a graduate student with the experience of preparing for the exam. Besides, it would be much cheaper.
I can give you an example of my personal experience. At school, I needed help of a tutor to pass my math exam. She recently graduated from University, worked as a tutor, and did not have academic degrees or publications in teaching. But at that time she had successfully prepared some students for that exam. With her help I got great results.
Select a tutor only after you have done all these steps. And you will have higher chances to find a perfect tutor for you.