How to Find The Best Tutors – What to Look For In A Tutor!
This article was written by Sarah, a current VCE English & Maths Methods tutor. Sarah currently is accepting students, so if you’re interested in her services, please go here.
So you’ve decided you need a tutor. Great choice! Tutors can help you catch up when you’re falling behind, or propel you into excellence if you’re aiming high. Ultimately though, every tutor is different and reading profile after profile can be overwhelming. Here are 4 tips to help you find the best tutor for you.
- Proximity matters
Although you have to make allowances if you live in a less populated area, ideally a tutor should be no more than 30 minutes away. Seeing your tutor should not become a drudge or inconvenience, and definitely should not be costing you a fortune in petrol or myki balance! Ideally, your tutor can be someone you enjoy spending time with and fully utilise as a resource, so you don’t want the distance to dissuade you from tuition until you are overwhelmed with work. For those living in regional areas, many tutors offer Skype tutoring which can be a helpful alternative to travelling long distances.
2. Cost efficiency, not cost
Different tutors charge different amounts, reflecting their experience, education and effort they put in. There is a reason this tip describes ‘cost efficiency’, not just ‘cost’. Sometimes paying more for a tutor means having someone who will answer questions over text for free during the week, or making additional resources for you. In my own experience, I have created exam revision worksheets for students in my own time and not charged a cent. I also encourage students to email me essays or text me maths questions with their working which I will mark and send back promptly free of charge. Discussing pricing with your tutor can help to establish to you how cost efficient a tutor is, and whether this works for you. These kinds of discussions can also help you decide if you need tutoring weekly, fortnightly or just whenever. For students who pay for tutoring themselves on a limited budget, there are certainly cheaper tutors out there for you. Although experience is certainly a factor, try not to reject young tutors just starting out. We all have to start somewhere and sometimes people have a knack for tutoring, even without much experience.
3. Comparing Modus Operandi
It is important to find a tutor whose approach to tutoring meshes with your own. Clarifying your needs can be a helpful way of determining whether a tutor understands how you learn. For example, if you are a visual learner, or like to understand the theory behind concepts, try to find a tutor who notes these things in their profile. Rather than telling a tutor how you would like them to teach you, ask how they teach first and see if you can find similarities. Some tutors are very busy uni students and prefer you to bring questions every week, while others may want to create a unique lesson plan each week where they summarise concepts. Only you know how you learn best, so it is very important to find a tutor who understands you.
4. Don’t be afraid to shop around
In my experience, the students who performed the best are those I developed a strong rapport with. Finding a tutor whom you genuinely get along with and look forward to seeing can motivate you in your studies and help you achieve your goals. If after a few sessions you feel a tutor is not right for you, don’t be afraid to consider other options. Remember, the priority is your own success and comfort and if you find a tutor unprofessional, too harsh or unable to help, there are always other options. The phrase ‘plenty of other fish in the sea’ is particularly true for tutors. There are tons of us. Nationwide. Worldwide. Finding the perfect tutor for you shouldn’t be a long process, but it may not always work the first time. Articulating your needs carefully to a tutor before you start lessons may help to minimise this process and help you find the best tutor for you.
Finding the best tutor for you is not always easy. It essentially boils down to making sure you communicate your specific needs clearly and letting tutors know exactly what you are looking for. Striving for that perfect fit between student and tutor may seem fussy, however, once you find that perfect tutor, you’ve found your greatest ally for VCE.
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