Some parents may think that choosing a tutor for their child is a walk in the park. While that can be done, that isn’t exactly the responsible thing to do. If you’re not meticulous enough in choosing your child’s tutor, you may end up wasting your money on ineffective tuition services, or worse, you may even put your child in harm’s way.
That is why it is really important to do some level of due diligence when looking for a home tuition specialist that will be working with your child. And in order to do so, it is best that you take into consideration the following key questions that should ask a potential tutor:
- What are your qualifications?
In hiring a tutor, the first thing that would come to mind is what credentials the prospective tutor has? Of course, you would need to find a tutor that has the right academic qualifications so that your child can be taught what he needs to learn.
Your child’s potential tutor should of course be confident in his or her knowledge, and also has the needed skills in teaching so that your child can get the most out of this home tuition experience.
- What is your teaching strategy?
It’s a good idea to take a deeper look on how the prospective tutor aims to teach your child. You must check what kind of approach he or she has in tutoring, and what tools he or she aims to use. What kind of assessments would be done to gauge prior knowledge, and how would progress be measured? These questions can help you better understand what kind of tutoring experience your child will be exposed to, and if this fits what your child needs.
- What is your current workload?
It would also be good to know how much time a tutor can dedicate for your child. There would definitely be a lot of great tutors out there but their popularity may command so much demand. While these in-demand tutors would have a great track record, it wouldn’t do so much if they won’t meet the needs of your child.
So it must be a balance of a tutor’s aptitude as well as the focus that can be dedicated for your child’s tutoring needs.
- How do you handle stressful situations?
Perhaps more of a question of safety, asking a potential tutor his or her stress management skills is a way that can help you make sure that your child is in good hands. Your child may not be well-behaved 100% of the time, or your child may have challenges regarding a certain topic despite repeated attempts to learn it. Asking how the tutor aims to manage such situations is a good step in ensuring your child’s safety, as well as how potential challenges with your child will be addressed.
- Do you work well with different learning styles?
It is a known fact that we each have a different learning style, and the same is true for your child. A tutor must have the ability to adapt to different learning styles, and should have the capacity to tweak his or her teaching style to your child’s specific learning style. A holistic home tuition specialist would be adept in various styles of learning, and would have the right approach in order to impart what your child needs to learn in the manner that works with him.
Beyond the basic questions of affiliation with tuition agencies or centers, accessibility of your home from the tutor’s place of residence, mode of transportation, and of course, fees, the five questions above aim to help in choosing the right tutor for your child.
Only by being able to find the perfect match of a home tutor for your child will you be able to maximize the benefits that your child can get from this whole tutoring experience. So, screen your prospective tutors well and hopefully, you will cross paths with a candidate that is a perfect match with your child’s learning needs.