Questions to ask before hiring a Private Tutor

by Education Cube, posted on Apr 1, 2016

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Questions to Ask a Private Tutor

A tutor can certainly make a difference in your child’s ability to understand a particular subject or topic at school, but how do you make sure you hire the one who is going to make the most positive impact on your child’s comprehension and grades? Before you hire a tutor, make sure you ask questions to ensure you’re getting the best tutor for your child and budget.

1. What are your fees?

Average fees for lower primary tutors range between $15 and $18 per hour, while upper primary tutors typically charge between $18 and $25 per hour. Lower secondary tutors usually charge between $20 and $30 per hour. Tutors with teaching qualifications often charge 50 percent above the market rate while those who are currently teaching in schools may go as high as double the market rate.

2. How well do you know the syllabus?

Learning standards have changed in recent years, so your child’s tutor should know the current syllabus for your child’s level and the subject to be studied. It is also important for the tutor to be fully aware of the correct answering techniques that the child needs to apply in order to get good grades.

3. What are your qualifications?

Remember that just because a potential tutor has a list of teaching qualifications or degrees doesn’t mean he or she knows how to teach. Ask how experienced the tutor is working with children in your child’s particular situation.

4. May I have references?

Talk to other parents who have hired the tutor. Find out what the results were in the other students’ exam or class scores. What was the personality of the tutor like? Did the children get on well with the tutor? Was the tutor punctual and responsible?

5. How do you keep track of progress?

A good tutor will periodically check your child’s progress to make changes, if necessary, to the content being taught, to move at a faster or slower pace, or to perhaps change teaching methods. Progress monitoring also tells the tutor when the child no longer needs assistance.

6. How do you communicate with parents?

You want a tutor who can be easily reached by phone. The tutor should also provide regular reports to you about what he or she and your child are working on and how your child is doing.

Spend some time finding the right tutor. Rushing through the hiring process can cause the tutor-parent and tutor-child relationships to break down quickly, which isn’t beneficial for your child.


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