How to select the right private tutor for your child

by Emily

There are many factors to consider when choosing the right private tutor for your child. Depending on your child's specific needs and methods of working, you may find yourself trying out more than one home tutor before finding the one who gels best with your child. However, there are a few basic guidelines that you can follow to make your task more straightforward.

First of all, the sex of your chosen tutor is an important area that needs careful consideration. Does your child react better to a male or female influence? Ask your child whether they would prefer a male or female tutor - involve them in the process.

Experience is an obvious consideration. If you require a tutor with a certain level of experience in the subject or level they will be teaching, ask for references and verify them. Having said that, experience isn't everything. If you find a knowledgeable tutor with a passion for his/her subject and they strike up a rapport with your child, they could well be an excellent choice.

Reputation is important. Gather as much information as possible about the tutor's previous assignments. Do they come recommended from people who have used their services before?

Lastly, make sure the tutor you select is located nearby if they are going to be visiting your home regularly. It is no good finding an excellent private tutor if you live in Cornwall and they are based in Manchester. Of course, you could get around this problem by arranging for the tutor to teach your child online.

Do you have any tips of your own when it comes to selecting the right tutor for your child?