Do’s and Don’ts for Hiring the Right Tutor
- Nov 04, 2016
Have you been going around in circles in trying to shortlist the right tutor?
We have come to your rescue with our perfect strategies.Whether you are a student or a parent, searching for, locating, and employing the right tutor can get quite overwhelming. It is important to tread carefully in this stage because a little slip can cost you your whole effort and a lot more.We recommend you to go through the following steps carefully before getting down to business.Here’s a detailed look.Do’s
#1. Be Clear About Your Requirements
Ask yourself a few questions to start with.
- What is the subject you are looking to be tutored in?
- Do you have any specific credentials in mind for the prospective tutor to possess?
- Where will the tutoring sessions take place?
- What would you like the medium of instruction to be?
- How often do you want to schedule your classes?
- How much are you prepared to spend?
#2. Take a Look at the Qualifications and Experience
Needless to say, credentials play a major role in shortlisting tutor profiles. A relevant qualification and a commendable experience in tutoring instantly push a tutor profile to the top of your list.
#3. Look through the Reviews by Other Students
A good tutor is quite likely to be recommended by other students who have employed his/her services.
- Go through the recommendations, if any
- Take a look at the rating
These can tell you a lot about the tutor even before you employ him.
#4. Schedule a Video Call With the Tutor Before Confirming
Once you have shortlisted the profiles, the next step is getting to know them better.
So, what can you do to achieve this?
Scheduling a Skype call can really help. Video calling is a gateway to a safer introduction than meeting in person. While at it, keep a list handy of the questions you wish to ask the tutor.
#5. Ask to See Proper Identification
You can ask your prospective tutor to send over copies of their identification documents to be on the safe side. These could include passport, driving license, and the like.
#6. Discuss about Your Educational Expectations
If you have learning objective in mind, discuss that with your tutor before the start of the session. Be clear about what you want to achieve. You should also ask about the approach that your prospective tutor might follow to check if it aligns with your goals.
#7. Be Honest and Polite With Your Tutor
You should always treat your tutor with respect and courtesy. And you should expect an equal treatment from your tutor as well. Your code of behavior should strictly be polite and restricted to education. Refrain from lying to your tutor, since it always creates a bad impression.
#8. Have an Adult Present in Case You Feel Uncomfortable
You might find the one-to-one tutoring sessions uncomfortable. If this is the case, then you should always ask an adult to accompany you throughout the sessions. If you encounter even the slightest sign of misconduct, do not be afraid to raise your voice and seek help.
#1. Do Not Forget to Run a Background Check on the Tutor
Even though every tutor profile in our database is completely genuine, you must do your bit in knowing more about the tutor than just the profile information. For this, you can run a background check on the tutor’s details regarding residence, previous tutoring sessions, trace felonies, and other such violations, if any. In addition, you can also ask the tutor to send over copies of their certifications and degrees.
#2. Do Not Meet at the Tutor’s Place
You can schedule a meeting with your prospective tutor at a public place to take things forward. It could be a coffee shop or a library or any place you feel comfortable in. But not the tutor’s place.
#3. Do Not Settle for a Ridiculous Price Tag
You should not have to pay extra money for a tutoring service. Make sure that you are not being overcharged.
#4. Do Not Overlook the Prospects of Online Tuition
LearnPick brings online tuition at your fingertips. It saves you the trouble of traveling and showers a number of benefits aligned with the tight schedule of students. You can opt for online tuition according to your needs.
#5. Do Not Share Personal Details
You must not include personal details in the initial communication, because a slip can lead to severe consequences later. The information exchange should be completely professional.
#6. Do Not Solely Rely on Your Tutor for Exam Preparation
Remember that a tutor’s responsibility is to aid in the education process of a student; not build the foundation. You have to do your part by studying and preparing for your exams and not depend completely on your tutor.
#7. Do Not Shy Away from Clarification of Doubts
Ask as many times you feel if you are not in the clear about a certain concept. It is your tutor’s job to make sure that you have understood the topic. If you don’t ask for a clarification in topics that are not clear to you, the learning hierarchy could crumble.
#8. Do Not Settle for a ‘C’
It might so happen that you can do a lot better than what you are settling for. Not all tutors can bring out the best in you. If you get a hint that you are on the wrong side of good and you could tip the scales over, then you might consider looking for a better tutor.
A little bit of precaution can go a long way in making your tuition successful. Make sure to follow these suggestions for a rewarding experience.
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