Are you looking for a tutor for yourself or your child?
If so then, this question of where to get a tutor has probably crossed your mind.
Perhaps, you don’t know where to start searching for a tutor.
The following are six helpful places to find your idea tutor.
Connect with the School
Your child’s school will have information on where to find tutors, both through the school system and through private companies.
A lot of schools offer after-school group study sessions and access to computer games that strengthen common problem areas.
Your school may even have a program in place for students to assist other students or for enlisted parent volunteers to lend a hand.
An advantage of working with the school is that its tutoring will be targeted toward the expectations for specific grade levels.
Some schools offer free tutoring services for children characterized as needing improvement, so it is always better to check with your child’s school to see what programs are available.
Look for Peer Tutors
There are situations when a child doesn’t need another teacher, but rather a study buddy — someone in the same class who has mastered the subject matter or an older student who can break down theories she has mastered.
Peer tutors can help explain concepts while also building a supportive relationship.
Some kids are more comfortable working with a peer, and it doesn’t have to be that the child is having a lot of trouble but simply having someone to study with can be beneficial.
Organizing a study group can also help children feel more involved with the learning process and meld their academic and social lives.
Consider Tutoring Agencies
Plenty of businesses offer tutoring services; they can be found through parenting publications, radio and television advertisements, and websites.
Excellent Home Classes (www.excellenthomeclasses.com) helps parents find tutors with specific skills across Ghana; a parent can narrow the tutor search by subject, location and preferred interaction.
For families for whom the cost of tutoring is an issue, the site “offers a small group tutoring solution that allows the student or parents to enlist two to five friends to join in shared tutoring sessions, the costs depend on the size of the group and what tutoring options are selected.
Once you do find a tutor, confirm her background and credentials, and make certain both parties understand the terms of the agreement.
Call Nonprofit Organizations
Contact your local high school, colleges, or universities to see what mentoring and tutoring programs they offer.
Many nonprofits have training programs that employ students — high school students earning money and college students earning credits — by teaching younger pupils.
Because undergraduate and graduate school students often specialize in a few subjects and seek career experience, they may be the best source when looking for assistance in a particular area.
Use Word of Mouth
Mention your interest in hiring a tutor to friends, family members, neighbors, and coworkers.
Finding a tutor through a friend gives you the benefit of mining knowledge from a trusted source, and someone who has already hired a tutor can give you an idea on the pros and cons of different approaches.
It’s important to get different perspectives to find the right match for your child, and speaking with friends can give you insights into an instructor’s personality, skills, and teaching style and methods.
Plus, you may discover unadvertised discounts and tips on when a tutor is available.
Search Your Networks
A friend, family member, or neighbor may have the expertise of a tutor.
If you can arrange time in each other’s schedules and agree on compensation, this can be an ideal arrangement for children who are nervous about being tutored.
It also alleviates the stress of working with a stranger and it can be easier on the family if meetings take place within the home or at a neighborhood library, decreasing travel time and expense.
Of course, it is still important to have ground rules.
If you do employ a close friend or family member, it is essential for your child to respect the tutor as an authority and for the tutor to understand the importance of the commitment.
What other ways can you think of getting a tutor within your locality?
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About The Author
Emmanuel Asiedu is a Content Writer and a Home Tuition Analyst at Excellent Home Classes.
He helps connect parents and students to expert tutors all over the country.