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Is a Tutor Right For You?

By Edited Feb 26, 2016 0 0

If you are struggling in school then perhaps you would benefit from the likes of a tutor. If you are having trouble understanding material, your grades are suffering, and you feel like giving up then you should definitely consider hiring a tutor.


A tutor is there to provide you guidance and help with understand the difficult material you are not able to grasp. They are going to provide you with some individualized help that will target the areas you are struggling with. They can be a big asset to have, but you need to make sure that you find the best tutor for you.



When you begin your search for a tutor it is important that you know what you are looking for. If you are struggling in math than you want to look for someone who is very knowledgeable about the subject. You may get recommendations from friends or teachers to a certain tutor who has had success, however if they are good at being an English tutor then they will not benefit you. Make sure you know what your area of need is so that you can find someone who will be able to help you make the most of your studies.


Once you have found someone who is knowledgeable about your trouble area it is also important that you make sure they have good communication skills. You don’t want to hire someone who isn’t able to break down the material for you. A good way to evaluate their communication skills is to set up a meeting with them and judge the interaction. Are they able to observe and listen to you? Are they friendly and outgoing? Do you feel comfortable around them? Are you able to carry on conversation? All of these things are important to look at when hiring a tutor. If a tutor can’t communicate with you then you are simply wasting your time, as you won’t be able to take anything away from your tutoring sessions.


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Once you have found someone who is knowledgeable and a good communicator you should hire them, at least on a trial basis. The biggest way to see if a tutor is right for you is to have a few sessions with them. Keep in mind you aren’t going to see drastic changes in your grades immediately so give the tutor a few sessions before you start evaluating them. A good tutor is going to be able to break down the material for you so that you can gain an understanding of it. They won’t simply give you the answers to problems; rather they will help you figure out how to come up with the answer on your own. If you have a tutor who simply gives you the answers they aren’t helping you, they are actually hindering you as you won’t be able to take away any knowledge about the subject. Make sure you have a tutor who takes the time to explain things to you so that you are able to apply what you learn.


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Tutoring isn’t for everyone as you will find out in your search for a good tutor. Not everyone is going to be a good fit for you, so make sure you take the time to find someone who will be able to help you. Tutoring is an art and anyone who has done it knows that it takes a lot of time and effort. Good tutors are an excellent resource to have as they can help you learn not only the material but also good studying methods that you can take with you in the future. The one big thing to remember is that if a tutor isn’t working out, then don’t hesitate to find another one. It is your education that we are talking about so make sure you have someone who is able to help you make the most of it.



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