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Finding a tutor for your child can be a daunting task. Fortunately, we’ve got 5 great ways to find the ideal tutor and some bonus interview questions to help you on your way too.

Work out your expectations

You might know instinctively that your child is struggling in school, or you might want to prepare your child for entrance exams for selective schools be they private or grammar. You may also want to fill a gap in your child’s knowledge after a period of illness or even just to improve their knowledge of a particular subject in general.

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The first priority when deciding to embark on private tutoring is to work out exactly what your expectations are. Knowing what it is that you want to achieve from the sessions, means you can best select the right tutor for you. Different tutors have different areas of expertise and different strategies for coping with the myriad situations that come their way. If you know your child needs a firm hand, or that they need a gentle approach then you will be best placed to find the right tutor for your child.

Work out the options

Now comes the hard bit. There are a number of ways to come by a good and reputable tutor for your child. You could try to find a tutor on your own, track down a recommendation from someone you know, or you could find an agency to do the hard work for you.

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The benefit of finding a tutor through an agency is that they already have great candidates on their books just waiting for you. They will also take care of the paperwork and all the checking that needs to take place before people are allowed to work with children.

The benefit of finding a tutor through an agency is that they already have great candidates on their books just waiting for you. They will also take care of the paperwork and all the checking that needs to take place before people are allowed to work with children.

Work out your limitations

This means before a tutor can be engaged to work with your child, you must first work out what your limitations are regarding price and location. Where would you prefer the tuition to take place? Would it be better for the tutor to come to your home, or would you mind dropping your child at the tutor’s home?

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While nobody likes talking about money, there are a broad range of charges depending on the area, specialism, level, and time. If you’re looking for a subject-specialist A Level tutor then that is going to cost more than general primary school help, naturally. Knowing what your limitations are when it comes to what can be a big investment in your child’s education means you won’t be in for any nasty surprises.

Knowing what your limitations are when it comes to what can be a big investment in your child’s education means you won’t be in for any nasty surprises.

Check qualifications and DBS check

If you decide to engage a tutor that you have found yourself, you need to be aware that it is your responsibility to ensure your tutor is qualified, that they have a current and up to date DBS check – and that they can show you the necessary paperwork. This is where an agency can be a real plus as they do this work for you before you meet potential candidates.

Good questions to ask potential candidates

When you meet a potential tutor for the first time, it can be a good idea to have a few questions up your sleeve such as:

How do your sessions work?

Try to find out how they organise the time they will spend with your child. This is especially important if you want the tutor to work on Maths and English in the same session, for example.

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How will you motivate my child?

This is important if you know your child is lacking in motivation and doesn’t necessarily want to have a tutor. The best tutors work wonders with reluctant children so if the person you are meeting doesn’t have a good answer to this question, it may be best to walk away.

Do you have any references?

Being able to speak to parents with experience of the particular tutor you are meeting can be reassuring in a number of ways. Knowing they did a good job with other children, or that they proved to be easy to work with is always a plus point.

So, when you’re looking for a tutor for your child follow our top five tips and ask our questions and you know you’ll be well on the way to finding the ideal tutor for you and your child.

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