Reference and Education

How to Find a Tutor

Parents are always looking for tutors. They look for tutors in the fall, in the spring, and even in the summertime. However, they do not always know where to turn to find the best tutor for their child. I am going to explain some ways for parents to find a qualified tutor.

The easiest way to find a tutor is by contacting a tutoring agency in your vicinity. Make sure that the tutoring company is well established and professional before contacting it. The longer a company exists, the better it generally is. Read reviews on tutoring agencies. You can find them online in places such as Yellow Pages and Google Local. Ask parents which tutoring programs are the best in the area. Note that there are two types of tutoring companies: in-home tutoring services and learning centers. In-home tutoring services will send a tutor to meet your child at your house or at a library while learning centers will make you come to a centralized location. Not all tutoring services offer one-on-one tutoring services. Many only offer group tutoring services. While group tutoring services work well for some students, they do not work well for others.

If no tutoring agencies are available in your area, try asking a school counselor. Schools often have a directory of tutors. Note that schools list all tutors in the area and do generally not control the quality of the tutors.

Also, you can check newspapers and online classifieds such as Craigslist for tutor postings.

If you are working with a tutoring agency, there is generally no need to interview tutors or run a background check on the tutor. The tutoring company generally screens the tutors for you. However, it is a necessity when hiring a freelance tutor. There are many online services that offer affordable background checks. Observe the tutor during the first session to make sure he or she is competent.

If you cannot find a tutor using other methods, try asking your friends, neighbors, and colleagues. They may know a good tutor that does not publicly advertise his or her services.

When looking for a tutor, it is also very important to remember that not all people who are experts in a subject are great tutors in that subject. A math prodigy is not necessarily the best math tutor.