How to Find a Great Tutor to Match Your Child's Needs

Is your child struggling in school? If so, you are not alone. During this pandemic, many parents are seeking help to assure that their child keeps learning and flourishing. It is now recognized that prolonged periods of remote learning, coupled with the stress and anxiety many students are facing, has set back learning for students. This is exactly why more parents today are seeking a private tutor to help with their child’s learning. 

How to Find a Great Tutor to Match Your Child's Needs

How do I know if tutoring is right for my child?

The first question to consider is if your child needs a tutor. Is your child consistently performing below their grade level? Is your child suddenly falling behind in a certain subject? Does your child need a great deal of help with their homework? Is your child showing a lack of confidence or feeling discouraged? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then finding a tutor is probably right for your child. 

If you are not certain that tutoring is right for your child, do not hesitate to seek advice from an expert educator or tutoring firm. Many private tutoring companies, including Firefly Tutors, consults with you to determine if your student would benefit from tutoring, first by understanding your student’s learning challenges and learning needs. 

What qualities should I look for in a tutor?

The best tutor for your student is one that can understand his or her learning style and personalize the tutoring program to meet your student’s needs. In addition to academic credentials and years of experience, ask about tutor soft skills as well as their learning techniques and tools. Look for evidence that the tutor will bring creativity and fun into the learning process; both are proven to improve learning results

Consider also safety and security when selecting a private tutor. Tutors should have background checks and the necessary security clearances. For in-home tutoring, you want to make sure your tutor follows COVID-19 practices. 

What is best for my child - online tutoring or in-home tutoring?

The answer is it depends. Some students can do well with a good online tutor. Others learn much better from an in-home tutoring experience. Pod learning, or group learning, also works well for some students. Talk to your tutoring partner about the options, the subject matter, and your child's learning style to determine what tutoring program would be best for your child's needs.

What skills will my child learn from tutoring?

The answer is the skills your child needs. Some tutors focus only on a specific subject or skill. Others may offer a broad array of academic expertise and skill-building. Some offer only online tutoring. Others offer an array of programs, including online tutoring, in-home tutoring, and pod or group tutoring.

Before you engage with a tutor, think about what help your child needs and be sure to clearly convey this to the tutoring firm. To optimize your tutoring investment and assure your student has a great experience, consider tutors that teach skills beyond the subject area. Excellent tutors provide life-skills learning in areas such as organizational skills, research and critical thinking skills, confidence building, and more. 

How does tutoring help students?

The positive impact of tutoring can be significant. According to recent research from John Hopkins University, tutoring has proven to better close learning gaps than any other form of intervention. At the minimum, with a good tutor, you should expect that your student will learn the target subject to achieve a passing grade. But tutoring can deliver so much more. A good tutor can help your student overcome learning challenges and develop skills that can help your student in all subject areas. A talented tutor could even help spark in your student a love of learning that will serve for a lifetime. 

Where can I find a tutor for my child?

Finding a tutor is not always easy. A simple Google search will reveal that there are many choices and it can be hard to sift through them all. Your student’s teacher or school administrative staff could be a good starting point. They often know of tutoring programs in the area and can provide a referral. Many Charter Schools have identified tutors for you to consider on their vendor lists. 

What’s next? Let us help you through the tutor selection process

Firefly Tutors, brought to you by A+ In Home Tutors, has expertise in matching your student with the best tutor based on 17 years of experience. We tutor all subjects, grade levels K-12 and College. We are happy to help you through the process of selecting a tutoring program that's right for you. Please reach out if we can be of assistance.


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