With so many tutors out there it may be overwhelming to search for the one that is just right, but with some effort you can find him or her.  Since there are so many qualified tutors out there, go about searching at various places, such as educational organizations, tutoring fliers posted in libraries and schools, tutoring programs based at schools and universities, as well as online at such places as Craigslist.


Once you have made contact with a potential academic tutor, ask about his or her academic credentials, previous tutoring experience, areas of specialty, and if available ask for testimonies of previous students and / or parents (guardians) of students.  As you are speaking with the potential tutor, try to get a feel for his or her temperament.  Does he or she seem patient, easy to approach, appear knowledgeable of the subject matter?  Does he or she seem to care about the student or just concerned about getting paid?  Would this person be someone you as a student, or if you are the parent, someone your child would enjoy working with?  These are questions to consider on the front end of choosing a tutor.


For safety reasons, when first meeting your tutor, it is wise to meet him or her in a public place like a library until trust is built enough to meet in a home setting.  For parents it’s always a good idea to sit in on the first several tutoring sessions with your child so that you may see how your child responds to and is helped by the tutor as well as building trust between you and the tutor.  Beyond this, letting the tutor work with your child in a public place would be best but if working anywhere else such as your home, you should be present.


After a several weeks, you should begin to see some major improvements in you or your child’s understanding and comprehension of the material as well as study habits, if not consider looking elsewhere.  A good tutor is one that not only cares and is excited to see the student improve, but also one that produces solid, tangible results.  A good tutor is someone who works to build and encourage confidence in the student to push him or her past what he or she thought was possible.