How to Find Tutors Near Me
I’ve helped almost 1000 students find a tutor since 2012. In this article, I’m going to answer the question “how to find tutors near me” by introducing you to The Knowledge Roundtable’s tutor search engine of 85,069 active tutors.
Why a Tutor Search Engine?
If you’ve done any Googling for “tutors near me,” you’ve probably discovered that you don’t get results for individual tutors, but rather for tutoring companies. This can be frustrating if you want to hire a tutor instead of an agency. And even if you get lucky enough to find a tutoring marketplace that let’s you search through tutor profiles, you’ll still end up paying fees to that marketplace. Right?
Well, not here. Welcome to the first truly free tutoring marketplace. The Knowledge Roundtable is 100% free of fees for both students and tutors. And our tutor search engine can help you find individual, independent tutors near you.
Filtering Search Results
Start by entering a subject and location at the top. You’re likely to have over 100 tutors near you to choose from. I recommend filtering by distance and price as well. The tutor pricing calculator below can help you understand what range of prices is typical near you. If you have a certain skill set in mind for your tutor, be sure to enter those details into the calculator to get a more accurate range.
Selecting the Right Tutor
Read each tutor’s profile carefully to look for evidence of the following. And be sure to validate by looking at the tutor’s social profiles under the Affiliations tab in their profile.
Relevant Subjects Offered
Each tutor lists the subjects they offer. Check the list to make sure the subject you or your student needs help with is listed. Also read through the tutor’s profile to see if they mention the subject you need there.
Does the tutor describe in their profile previous experience that’s relevant to the help you are seeking? Have they tutored before, taught classes, studied relevant course work, or worked at jobs that built relevant skills?
Appropriate Level of Education
What level of education is required to provide you or your student with the help you need? A college student majoring in the subject you need help with might suffice. But your circumstances also might call for a tutor with an advanced degree. Check the tutors education on their profile page.
A certified teacher can make a huge difference for certain types of students, especially younger students. But many teens who struggle in school might do better with a younger, more relatable tutor. Think critically about whether your student’s situation requires a certified teacher as a tutor.
The way a tutor presents him or herself in their profile says a lot about the level of professionalism they will bring to their duties as a tutor. Is their bio free from spelling and grammar mistakes? Do they refrain from using informal language? Are they dressed professionally in their profile picture? A tutor that demonstrates attention to detail in their profile is likely to provide it during tutoring lessons as well.
Once you identify one or more tutors you think might be a good fit, send them a message from their profile page. It’s best to contact more than one tutor, because you’ll want to do some additional screening once you’re in contact.
Consider asking your tutor the following questions to verify credentials and gauge goodness of fit.
- Tell me about your tutoring experience. Do you have any success stories?
- Describe a time when you felt challenged as a tutor. What did you do to overcome this challenge?
- My child’s situation is [such and such]. How would you approach helping him or her?
To help evaluate the tutor’s credentials and goodness of fit, ask yourself the following questions.
- Is the tutor’s story consistent with their profile?
- Do they appear to genuinely care about understanding your student’s needs?
- Do they have good ideas about how to help?