As a parent you want to be able to help your child get the best grades that they can. If they need a little outside help then it is your job as a parent to get them that help. By choosing the right tutor is the first step in helping your child get that great education that they deserve. First thing that you have to decide is what kind of tutor you are looking for. Do you want a tutor who works with a center or an independent tutor?
This will all depend on where you get the tutor. If you are looking for a center like Sylvan then you can call and make an appointment and go down and check it out. See what services they offer and then if you like what they are teaching, then bring your child down to the center and have your child meet the tutors. If your child is comfortable then you can discuss times and rates.
If you prefer a home tutor then you can look in the yellow pages under Tutoring Services and independent tutors are listed. Give them all a call and make a list of questions that want to have answered and then possibly set up and interview for them to come to your home (most tutors who work separately will do home visits). Introduce them to your child and then see if they meet the type of tutor that you are looking for. Ask to see credentials and recommendations.
If you have decided against a center and an independent then your next choice would be a college student. College students are great for basic subjects if they are falling behind a bit. College students have flexible schedules and they are very inexpensive. Plus they have the advantage of still being in a classroom setting. They understand what it is like for the students and they can relate to them more.
Overall you want to be able to hire a tutor who can help your child the best to their ability. But a tutor can only do so much, your child has to be able to contribute and learn with the tutor. That is why it is important that your child is comfortable with the tutor. Choosing the right tutor is very important for your child. Sometimes you are not going to choose one right off the bat so you may have to prepare yourself for the fact that you may need more than one. Take your time and interview many tutors from centers, independent and college students and see who you believe can help your child the most.
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