Getting Started with TutorBloom

For new TutorBloom learners

How to choose the right tutor

If you haven't hired a tutor before, the process can seem intimidating. An experienced tutor will find a way to communicate key information to you whether that is through email, his or her profile, or even by phone. However, it is always a good idea to go into your first meeting prepared with questions to help you make the right choice.

Here are some questions you could ask:

Tutor qualifications

  • How long have you been tutoring?
  • What are your qualifications, including certifications or credentials?
  • What's your expertise in the content area my child is studying?
  • Have you worked before with kids or adults who have trouble with the same skills as my child?
  • Do you have references I can speak to?

Meeting the needs of my learner

  • How will you get a sense of my child's needs?
  • What strategies have you found help most when you start to work with a child?
  • Can you tell me a little bit about your teaching philosophy?

Goals and expectations

  • What kind of results can I expect to see, and what happens if my child doesn't make progress?
  • How do you measure progress?
  • What might get in the way of achieving your tutoring goals?
  • How would you help my child deal with [specific challenge your child has had]?
  • What can I do to support the process?

Communication

  • How will you communicate with me, and how often?
  • How will you work and communicate with my child's teachers?

Logistics

  • What's your availability?
  • Where will the tutoring sessions take place?
  • How long is each tutoring session?
  • How much do you charge per session?
  • Are there other fees (for materials or assessments, for example)?
  • What's your policy for cancellations and make-up sessions?