Home Tutoring Offers More Than Online Tutoring

Ryan has asked to be on the mom blog today to share his knowledge about finding the perfect tutor for your child.  Meet Ryan:

How to Find a Great Tutor

‘‘Tis the season for worried mothers.  Around November every year mothers start to worry, not about Christmas, or how they’ll feed the horde at Thanksgiving, but about their child’s grades. Between K and twelfth grade, most kids will struggle with a class or two, and it’s always a source of stress for the parents. Tutoring can help struggling students immensely, working one on one with someone who knows the material can help children quickly regain their confidence in the classroom.

Finding a good tutor can be a trick however. If your child is young enough, and so inclined, a parent can make for the hands-down best tutor. But, as Mark Twain said, “When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”  So at some point many of us will need to find a tutor. The good news is there are plenty of options, the bad news is some of those options aren’t good.

Learning Centers will be expensive, and require a long term contract. I hope their magic proprietary method works for your child, otherwise, you’re out thousands of dollars. Online tutoring can be a good cheap option for your family if your child understands the subject matter and just occasionally gets stuck on a homework problem. Online tutoring won’t be a good option if “Johnny” is getting a D in algebra.  The limits of the online channel prevent primary instruction from being done in an effective manner. Craigslist might work, you could get lucky and find someone who knows the subject matter, AND how to teach it. Unfortunately, Craigslist doesn’t provide background checks for someone you’ll be putting in close proximity to your child. Nor do they offer any help if your tutor disappears after they get paid, or are simply an ineffective tutor. Tutoring services such as Club Z! Tutoring can be a great option. You get the same tutor every time. Background checks are ran, and complaints can be handled by the parent company.

In short, if your child occasionally forgets how to factor a quadratic equation, online tutoring might be a good option. But, if he’s getting a D, you need to get serious, and call a home tutoring service.

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