Imagine you're stuck on a new concept in school. What do you do? You ask for help!

Lindsay Lohan in the movie Mean Girls saying,

So many tutors, where to begin?!

Hiring a tutor is a great start, but how do you know who to choose?

Think about what criteria are important to you before you embark upon the hunt for the perfect tutor.

Budget And Availability

Tutoring is an investment in time and money!

The cost of a tutor can range from$40-150 per hour depending on their experience and credentials.

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Take into account your budget and the tutor's availability to fit your schedule.

Paying less per hour may mean getting someone less experienced, but don't discount other qualities they possess, such as compassion and being relatable.

Experience

Asking the right questions can help you decide what level of experience you're looking for in a tutor.

Milhouse from The Simpsons saying I am the tutor the company sent over.

Are you looking for a younger tutor with slightly less experience who you feel will connect better with you?

Or an older tutor who has decades of experience working in a university environment?

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Good questions to ask a prospective tutor include:

  • What subjectare you most comfortable teaching?

  • What did you study?

  • What other qualifications do you have?

Quiz

Aaron needs help with his Biology class work. He'd like to hire a tutor with experience who's close to his age. Which tutor would be the best?

Learning Styles

Education is a highly unique experience. A "one size fits all" approach simply doesn’t work when it comes to choosing a tutor.

There are 4 main learning styles :

  1. Visual — prefers images, videos, graphs, charts, etc.

  2. Auditory — prefers spoken words and audio

  3. Reading and writing — prefers to work with text

  4. Kinesthetic — prefers hands-on activities and physical interaction

You might prefer to learn through one or more of these styles, and your learning preferences might change from subject to subject.

A child clenching their fist. The text reads: If students can't learn the way we teach, we should teach the way they learn

Before beginning with any tutor, find out where they stand with these questions:

  • What are your feelings on learning styles?

  • Do you have a way of assessing the learning styles that might work best for me?

  • Will you incorporate my learning preferences into tutoring sessions?

Take Action

Man with long white hair saying, Without tutoring you shall not pass.

It is time to ask for help and pass that class!

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Leslie Larson

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