How do I choose a Tutor?


Tutoring is on the rise and more and more people are turning to tutoring as the National Tutoring Programme and Sutton Trust reports show. You want to get a tutor but how do you choose a good tutor? Fear not below are some of the qualities you should look for in a good tutor.

UNDERSTAND NEEDS


Firstly, your tutor should understand your child's needs. Do you need someone who specialises in special needs? Do you need someone who can raise a student's grades from foundation level to higher level? Do you need a tutor who is patient and instils confidence and/or a tutor who sets homework regularly? Do you need your tutor available at specific times? By asking yourself the tough questions of what you are looking for exactly this will make it easier to ensure the perfect match and your child will have a more personable service and enjoyable experience.

Once you have chosen your tutor, see if you can organise a free taster session to see if your child and the tutor click. It gives you a chance to trial before you buy. However, after this constantly checking in with your tutor is important to ensure your child's needs are being met and your child is progressing. A tutor should be constantly on their toes!


QUALITY TUTORING


Secondly, ensure you are getting quality in your tutor. A good tutor has the qualities of a teacher. They are dedicated to teaching, can engage your child and entice them to ask questions and tutors adapt to situations. You don't want a tutor who cannot reschedule a lesson if you know your child has mental health difficulties for example. Good tutors are lifelong learners and are consistently trying to improve themselves. However, tutors are not just people with teaching qualities, they are mentors and coaches as well. They may help show your child how they can reach their goals, provide a helpful ear and encourage their self-motivation for example.

This all means that a good tutor should have strong interpersonal skills. A good tutor needs to be able to develop relationships, be personable, friendly, caring, empathetic, patient and a good listener. They need to be knowledgeable about their learners and understand your child's hobbies and interests to aid the tutoring experience.


SAFETY


Thirdly, safety is paramount when looking for a tutor. You need to be able to ensure you can trust your tutor. Make sure they have the required DBS checks. An Enhanced DBS is part of the Disclosure Barring Service that ensures who you are recruiting is safe to work with vulnerable groups, including children and young people. You can ask for the tutor to show their certificate to you. If your tutor has a subscription to DBS as a parent who is employing the tutor you are entitled to request a DBS check. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/dbs-update-service If you are struggling to work out how to do this, I would contact the DBS Customer Services for support (see link).

As well as having DBS a good tutor has safeguarding and child protection training. This can include e-safety certification. To confirm this you can ask for your tutors certificates to identify that they have undergone such training. This should be kept up-to-date and renewed regularly by tutors.


CREDIBILITY


Finally, credentials and reviews are important when finding tutors. Find out your tutors qualifications, read their credentials and reviews on their website and generally as well. Try to find out more through social media about the tutoring company, how long it has been established and the people they've helped. If you can be referred to a tutor by a friend this can help ensure they are creditable.

RK Tutors prides itself in meeting every tutees individual needs, providing great quality tuition, ensuring tutors and tutees are kept safe and aims for great reviews. RK Tutors believes in trying before buying and offers free 30 minute taster sessions to all potential students. To find out more visit www.rktutors.com

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