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