And in fact, it never is. Why offer identical tutoring classes to every student when every child has a different academic profile?
Kids have different personalities, different ways of tackling private lessons, or different ways of taking notes at school.
In short, the word here is definitely "tailor-made." But how can one find such a tutor? Where do you look for one? What questions should you ask your child in order to follow up on the lessons? What exactly is tutoring, anyway?
How does One Choose the Right In-home Tutor?
As a parent, do you feel like you should provide quality academic support for your child? Whether your child is in elementary school, middle school, high school, or university, there are many solutions for academic in-home support.
On the Superprof database to start with, for example...
Where will you find that in-home tutor who will really change things for your child?
Now that you've found out what your children's needs are and you've come up with the solution, the following question arises: where can I find the right tutor?
When one has no experience with in-home private tutoring, the answers are not necessarily that obvious.
We advise you to have your first look around close to home. Whether it's in your neighborhood, your village, or your city, you can be sure to find many self-taught or professional tutors in the vicinity. Finding them may be as easy as looking on the ad boards in your local gym or supermarket--so get started today!
What you can do too, is leave an ad of your own describing what kind of tutor you are looking for. Getting started with in-home tutoring is often as simple as that!
Obviously, you can also find a tutor using the internet. Finding the right tutor to provide homework help or school support is actually not as hard as it sounds! You can start looking through Superprof and its very wide database of private tutors all over the United States of America.
Superprof's big advantage is that you can search via subject matter and location. With just a few clicks, you will be put in contact with dozens of tutors near you.
What questions to ask your new in-home tutor?
Once you've done your initial research, you will need to interview the few special tutors who stuck out to you. This interview will enable you to find the tutor who can offer tailored support to your child.
This interview is very important because you will discover each tutor's strengths and weaknesses. You will also find out about their experience as a teacher in the national school system. Depending on your child's needs--whether it be a refresher course or further academic success--some private tutors will correspond to the job and others won't.
What questions should you ask, then?
Here are some examples of questions you may want to think about asking during that first interview:
- What subjects do you teach?
- What does in-home private tutoring really bring to the child?
- Do you have a specialty?
- What's your work history?
- What is your experience in academic support, homework help, and in-home private tutoring?
- Are you used to giving in-home private tutoring classes?
- What is your in-home private tutoring pedagogy?
- What educational tools do you like using?
- What are your hourly rates?
- Are you able to regularly follow up with my child?
- Do you think you could raise my child's grade average?
The goal of asking all these questions is pretty simple: to quickly understand who is the in-home private tutor on the other side of the computer screen. Will he correspond to the difficulties or needs of your child?
Will he be able to manage the in-home private tutoring your child needs? From international business, to languages (Spanish, French, German), chemistry, physics, history, math, geography, English…
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A Pre-tutoring Interview Is Absolutely Necessary!
If you liked being the interviewer when it came to finding an in-home tutor, know that you will have to invert the roles and be in the shoes of the interviewee pretty soon!
If the in-home private tutor you hired to ensure in-home private tutoring stint does good work, he will start by conducting a little interview with you and asking some questions. It's absolutely necessary. Why? Simply because it will help him understand whether his or her future student wants a refresher course or academic success! Do the parents--who work hard, and even sometimes on the weekends--want someone to help with homework all throughout the week? Or, for example, are they looking for a new pedagogy which would allow for their children to understand the class material.
The objective of all these questions is for the in-home private academic tutor to understand the needs of everyone involved: child and parent. But also so he or she can determine a tailored method that works for the child. Because he is an amazing in-home private tutor--used to giving academic support at home--he or she knows that he or she cannot teach every student the same. The in-home private tutor will need to be flexible.
Adaptation is what the tutor's job is all about. All these questions will be asked of you in advance.
What questions will the in-home private tutor ask you?
Here are the questions the in-home private tutor will probably ask you before starting any kind of academic tutoring:
- What particularities is there to know about your child's school year?
- What's his or her grade average?
- May I have a look at his report card and the teacher's comments?
And if there are academic difficulties (whether in elementary, middle school, high school) :
- How long has he or she been experiencing difficulties in this subject matter?
- When did they start to show up?
- Is it a mental block or just a comprehension problem?
- What grade average are you looking to secure him in view of his difficulties?
If it's just a simple refresher course:
- What parts of the curriculum is he or she experiencing difficulties with?
- Is it possible to start with some basic homework help and then move on to a more tailored academic support program?
- Does he need new studying and learning methods in order to advance in school? Would you like me to transmit them totally new methods?
- What grade average should I aim for?
If the student is already excelling in school and is looking to improve even further:
- What parts of the academic curriculum need to be worked on?
- What is he looking to do in the future?
- Will the classes be regular or is it just a simple revision for an exam?
You've understood: the goal of this pre-tutoring interview is to hash out the difficulties item by item and the solutions that could work.
Private Lessons Adapted to the Strengths and Weaknesses of the Student
Classes According to the Student's Needs
One of the profiles we are most used to seeing (including with online tutoring) is in-home private tutoring for students in difficulty.
Used to seeing their child go from class to class without any problem, parents may feel a sudden surge of worry when they see their child struggle with some new class material. Above all, parents are afraid of their children getting held back. Every parent would like to see this situation avoided (don't hesitate to read about why children are held back in school).
The in-home tutor must absolutely adapt his or her class to the needs of the child.
What's obvious is the child is probably undergoing a mental block in relation to something he or she has had to learn in school. There is little comprehension and, for one reason or another, the student does not want to understand. The in-home tutor cannot give lessons to them in the same way as they would students who did not have any major difficulties.
The psychological aspect is very important. It is important for the private tutor to go there. To see exactly where the mental block was coming from and what the keys to it are. Thus, a simple math tutoring class (a subject used to these types of mental blocks) becomes more than just a simple class.
That's also a form of academic support, when there is a little more depth.
Tailored lessons, adapted to the child's personality
Tailoring can also change according to the student's personality.
Just like not everyone has the same needs, not everyone has the same personality! Faced with in-home tutoring courses that feel like a punishment, the in-home tutor has to learn how to bring a good atmosphere to the class!
Some students will have no desire to make any effort and will be quite pessimistic from the start. The tutor's role will have to adapt to this kind of situation.
Others are very shy. But they won't be as shy during a tutoring lesson as they are in class. In-home academic support requires students to be 100% proactive. They must ask questions, debate, and be curious. The professor will break this barrier by being close to them and generous with their learning methods.
In short, student profiles are extremely varied. But this is a part of a tutor's job. Each tutoring course is tailored to the student, taking all these things into account.
In-home Tutoring: A Long Term Adventure
Academic support doesn't happen in one straight shot. You need time. It's not just a few classes at home in order to have better grades. It can take months or even a whole school year. In fact sometimes it is necessary for a tutor to follow a student during an entire academic school year.
Here we are dealing with homework help or even of academic support. A period of time that will allow the in-home private tutor to fully adapt to being the private tutor.
An in-home private tutor who, little by little, will learn to know all the weaknesses and strengths of the student at hand. The objective has to be determined over several months: the student has to get better grades ; he or she wants to get into a certain university, or he or she wants to excel in a specific class.
Is Online Tutoring Helpful?
With Superprof, we also encourage online tutoring. Why? How?
Sometimes because of distance or scheduling reasons the tutor and student have trouble meeting. But if you like this tutor's teaching method, why deprive yourself of it?
The solution here is to put into motion online tutoring via webcam. Thanks to Skype or any other sort of videoconference application, the student and tutor can communicate during the lesson. It may be a more impersonal method but it is pretty effective regardless.
So have a little think about it. Be careful however: it is sometimes harder for a private tutor to connect with your child online than it is in person.