Find a tutor for your child

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The process of finding a suitable tutor for your child can often be a confusing one.

There are a number of important questions to ask, including finding out about any potential tutor’s qualifications, experience and whether they truly have a level of expertise in the subject being taught.

Beyond this however, it is also important to ensure the tutor is able to connect on a personal level, at least to the extent where your child will be able to learn successfully with them.

According to tutorfinder.com.au, the first thing to do is to identify whether your child actually needs a tutor.

Some of the most common reasons to hire a tutor include: re-teaching a basic skill or subject, weak organisational skills make keeping up with others in class difficult, medical, social, emotional, behavioural or family problems, help in maths, English and science (particularly in high school) or often advanced students use a tutor to challenge their thinking and accelerate their learning.

Often children with a learning disability that poses a challenge to the mastery of information and slows down progress in school benefit from a tutor as well.

If you do decide a tutor would be beneficial, make sure you explain to your child why you think a tutor is needed and how a tutor will help them to improve on their school work.

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It can also help to include your child in the interview process, by interviewing one or more tutors with your child. According to tutorfinder.com.au, if your child is part of the process they will be more open to accepting help.

A good rapport between the tutor and student is vital to the success of the partnership.

It is wise to give the relationship a chance to develop, but if things are clearly not working it may be best to hire a new tutor.

Once a match has been found and a tutor has been decided upon, it is important to set clear goals and to make sure you know what is being taught and when.

Ideally, the tutoring plan should be developed in accordance with the school curriculum. It can be highly beneficial to create a partnership between you, your child's teacher, and the tutor.

When the learning takes place is also important. While after-school hours are the most common time, it is at this point in the day that many students are often at their most tired, or are distracted by sport, games or other events.

When they are working, it can be helpful for parent’s to observe the process every now and again.

Key points of each session to look out for are an interactive learning experience, with the tutor guiding the child through direct teaching and guided practice.