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How can I Find a Good Tutor for my Child?

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There are many ways to find a good tutor for your child. One of the most common ways to find a good tutor is through recommendations and referrals. Many individuals ask family members and friends for recommendations of tutors they’ve used or considered using. You might even consider asking your child’s teacher or guidance counselor for a referral. Chances are good that he or she can recommend a good tutor for your child.

Newspaper and phone directory advertisements can be helpful for finding a good tutor. Keep in mind, however, that phone directory ads may be more likely to belong to larger tutoring or educational organizations than solo tutors. Many parents find good tutors for their children through such organizations. If you are looking for a one man or one-woman operation however, you are more likely to find help in the newspaper-classified section than through display ads.

Pay attention to flyers when you are in the market for a good tutor. Tutors often place flyers at places like the supermarket and library. You might even find a tutoring flyer near a bus stop or train station. If there is a recreational center nearby, check there for flyers as well. Tutors typically place flyers in locations frequented by children and their parents.

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Don’t overlook the Internet as a place to look for a good tutor. Just type “tutor” in your favorite search engine, along with the name of your city, and sift through the results that appear. You can find tutors willing to provide help entirely over the Internet or telephone, as well as those interested in tutoring in-person. As with dealing with anyone you meet on the Internet, exercise caution and check references before you decide to meet in-person.

No matter where you look for a good tutor, be sure to choose someone who is a smart match for your child. If your child is very cheerful and upbeat, a very somber tutor may intimidate him, making it harder for him to learn. Additionally, it is wise to consider your child’s unique learning style when looking for a good tutor. If your child responds best to a creative teaching approach or continuous repetition, look for an individual willing to accommodate his needs. In short, look for a tutor willing to tailor his or her methods to meet the needs of your child.

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LolaH
Post 17

Even though we have so many teachers, not so many are actually teachers from God and as a result they aren’t that successful. As for me, how I see the successful educator, this person has to be so passionate about what he or she does. He has to have a talent to share this passion with kids. Like I had an English language and literature teacher. She was amazing at making us fall in love with reading and writing. Lots of my classmates were accepted to colleges as they manage to write unforgettable essays that impressed the board commission. This is my vision of a successful tutor.

anon343472
Post 15

It’s such an important decision to seek outside academic help and then to discern what type of assistance is best for your student’s individual needs. There are a myriad of options including tutoring centers, after school enrichment programs, academic classes, etc.

anon81317
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anon64457
Post 5

Finding good, self-employed tutors can be difficult. One advantage of tutoring companies is that they perform a screening (police check, academic transcript and qualifications check) of their tutors.

Perhaps it is best to browse an online directory. that lists both private tutors and tutoring companies.

tutordave
Post 1

I would recommend a self-employed tutor over a tutoring company mostly because of the price, but also because tutoring companies often do not hire tutors with professional degrees.

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