Things You Will Need
The first step is to determine the reason for using a tutor. Is it to help the student prepare for state requirements for grade advancement, graduation requirements, preparing for SAT/ACT test, remedial review, to gain a competitive edge in college admissions, or help an academically gifted student reach their full potential?
The next step is to determine the subjects that the student needs a tutor. Do they need an algebra tutor, a math tutor, an English tutor, a science tutor or a tutor in some other subject?
The next step is to determine the tutoring resources available in your area. Your students' school councilor, other parents, advertisements in papers and magazines, online, and even the yellow pages are good sources to use to find tutors. Schedule an appointment with a professional tutoring center if one is available in your area and private tutors and compare them. Both offer advantages. Ask each about their success rate and how they evaluate new students to assess their needs. Qualified tutors are trained to diagnose a student's learning style and understand how a student processes information. Ask how they determine progress and if you will be provided regular updates on the student's progress. Student tutors offer a less sophisticated form of tutoring but if the student only needs limited help in a particular subject, they may be the most appropriate because the student can usually relate better to another student. Online tutor services are harder to evaluate and the student needs self discipline and motivation or adult guidance to have success. There are a few free online tutoring services available on the web.
The next step after determining the type of tutoring service is to look at qualifications and references. Look at an individual tutors' training, educational philosophy, personality, and success rate. ALWAYS check references whether hiring an individual or a professional center.
Many times students need additional help to do well in school. There are a number of tutoring choices available today that include professional tutoring centers, online tutor services, a private tutor, and a student tutor. Deciding the right type of tutoring you feel meets the needs of your student can play an essential role in your child's learning ability and the success of a tutoring program.