Whether you’re a University student, a high school student, or have a child who could use some assistance, asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness. Hiring a private tutor is a great way to get assistance from someone who is experienced and highly knowledgeable in areas that you struggle with.
But how do you know you are hiring a good one? Here are a few things to consider before hiring.
- The best-case scenario is finding someone who has completed a minimum of an undergraduate degree in or related to the subject you need assistance with. However, if you are a parent looking for a tutor for a young child, an Undergraduate degree may not be enough. Try looking for someone who has a Bachelor of Education and is more specialized in working with children.
- Ask the potential tutor for University transcripts so that you can see the different courses they took and how well they did.
- Ask your potential tutor for a practice lesson so that you can get an idea on their teaching style. We all learn differently (some prefer more diagrams, and others prefer more note-taking, for example) so it is wise to ensure their style suits your needs.
- If you are a parent looking for a tutor for their child, an Undergraduate degree may not be enough, however.
- Do not be afraid to negotiate pricing. If a tutor has to drive to your home, they may charge you more for transportation costs, so consider meeting them half way or at their home instead. You can also often negotiate costs down if the tutor is willing to tutor a few people at once, rather than you alone. Before hiring, be sure to check out the listings on Gumtree and ask around to see what the going rate is. You don’t want to find out later than you are actually paying too much!
- Always ask for recent references so that you can hear first-hand experiences other families have had with them.
- Ask the potential tutor what their long-term plans are. If you are looking to hire a tutor for your child for the entire school year, make sure your tutor is not planning to get a new job or leave the country part way through the year making you have to hire someone new.