7 tips for choosing a tutor
The reasons to seek out tutoring are many; parents don’t want their child to fall behind academically, students want assistance with organization, exam preparation or reinforcing subject knowledge, or are looking for someone to guide them through challenging subjects and ultimately help them finish the year with a grade they can be proud of.
In addition, it’s obvious that good tutors can make the difference between passing or failing, which can have a big impact on an individual student’s future. Therefore, tutors also have a special responsibility and it is important that they are trained and qualified to do so.
Tutoring is not just about having the subject knowledge. One-on-one tutoring requires a certain amount of patience, adaptability, and persistence. If you want to make sure you’re choosing the right tutor for your child, check out these 7 things to look for.
Every student has their own unique speed of learning and grasping concepts. Therefore, it is important that a tutor has the ability to adapt to each protégé individually, whether things need more time or less. Since there are many students who struggle with different things and are already behind in school, it is not helpful if a person outside of school puts pressure on them with impatience. In the worst case, this can lead to the child completely closing off from tutoring and not accepting any help at all. Therefore, patience is an important virtue that tutors should have.
Of course, a certain amount of specialized knowledge belongs to tutoring, that goes without saying and a lot of people have it. What not so many people have, however, is the ability to convey and teach this knowledge. This is really a work of art, because every single student has a very individual receptivity, some understand something when they write it down themselves, others understand it when you explain it using real situations. Finding out what works for a person and applying it successfully is no easy task and requires didactic training. At Good Tutors Finder, all tutors are handpicked and qualified to meet any student’s needs, whether it is IB Diploma, IGCSE, A-Level, AP, Matura, Abitur and Gymi curriculum.
Tutors must be able to adapt to each student they work with. Since there is no universal formula, their approach must depend on the individual needs of the student and the particular difficulties he or she is experiencing. During sessions, tutors need to keep track of the student’s progress and determine if they need to change your plan or approach if it is not working.
Keeping children's attention:
It is important to keep the attention of the students. This can be especially difficult with younger children or uninteresting topics, as there can easily be a lot of distractions. Even a speck of dust can be more interesting than learning.
A tutor must know how to keep the attention and not bore the children, even if the subject is not the most exciting.
With a lot of energy and enthusiasm, interaction and activities, even the dullest topic can become an experience and learning can happen in a very playful way. If a tutor can do that, they are definitely a good tutor. At Good Tutors Finder you can decide whether the tutoring should be done online or at your home all over Switzerland, including: Zurich, Basel, Bern, Zug, Geneva, Lausanne. No matter which option you choose, our tutors inside know exactly how to implement this way of teaching.
Tutors must be able to listen actively and show a level of openness that makes them approachable and accessible. Listening also helps you better understand the student’s situation so that you can develop an effective plan. The active participation and openness of the tutor will provide comfort and a sense of worth to students who are facing challenges. Tutors can demonstrate openness by making a visible commitment to making students’ academic performance better.
Tutors must demonstrate maturity in order to be a good role model for students and trustworthy for students’ parents. Parents will not trust them with their children if they are rude, cannot pay attention, or talk about inappropriate things. It is important to note that maturity has nothing to do with age, but how you act.
A passion for teaching and the subjects you want to teach is obviously very important. Having a tutor who has no desire or enjoyment for the subject is tiring and demotivating. This can determine the future of the entire subject. Students who already have difficulties in a subject, seek tutoring and only experience rejection there, may lose the desire to do so forever. Of course, we don’t want that to happen.