Watching your child struggle in school, no matter how young or old they are, can be a difficult thing. While you may have the best intentions, you won’t always be the best person to help them with their studies. If your child needs help, you may need to hire a private tutor. Whether you decide to have your child meet face-to-face with their tutor or get help online, there are things that you should look for when choosing someone to help your child with their studies. Here are five things to look for in a private tutor:
1. Subject Knowledge
You don’t have to hire a professional teacher to tutor your child, but you do need to hire someone who has knowledge in the subject matter. If your child needs help in math, you don’t want to hire someone who specializes in essay writing. When looking for a private tutor, be very clear about your child’s needs to ensure that the person you are interviewing knows what is required. You may want to look for a local high school or college student who has skills in the appropriate area.
While everyone can claim to have advanced knowledge of something, they won’t be a bit of help to your child if they don’t have patience. It can be difficult to teach a child who just can’t seem to “get it,” and a certain level of patience is necessary to prevent frustration. If the tutor you choose can’t sit calmly with your child and explain the ins and outs of the Civil War for the twelfth time, you will need to look for a new tutor.
3. Flexibility and Creativity
Not every person learns in the same way, so you will need to find a tutor who can be flexible and creative. While your child may be a whiz at understanding the Periodic Table, he or she may need flash cards, or even a demonstration, to understand how molecules combine to form water. Sometimes it only takes being taught with a different approach for the light bulb to turn on; look for a tutor that can alter his or her instruction methods to suit your child’s learning style.
4. Communication Skills
Without effective communication skills, a private tutor will be useless. Look for a tutor who can offer encouragement, empathy and support in a positive, upbeat manner. Chances are good that your child is already feeling a bit down due to their difficulty in understanding the subject matter; a private tutor will need to not only instruct your child, but build his or her self-esteem as well.
If a tutor isn’t available when you and your child are, there is no point in hiring them. Look for a tutor that is close to your home and can come to your house when it’s convenient for you. If you choose to use an online tutor, you will still want to make sure that they are available when your child needs them. If you need a tutor who is available at night on Tuesdays, in the morning on Fridays, and for several hours during the weekend, make sure that you state your needs clearly.
If your child needs help in school, a private tutor can be the solution that you have been looking for. Whether you choose a face-to-face meeting or an online one, follow the five tips above to make sure that you find the perfect tutor for your child and his or her needs.
Autumn Smith blogs for Awesome Home Tuition, an online tutoring service that can help you match a tutor to your child’s needs.