Things to Look for when Hiring a Tutor

guest written by Eric Clark of Quincy Tutoring

Last week, my friend Mark from My Town Tutors wrote a great guest post for TestSoup.  This follow up will give you five things that you should look for in a tutor.  Don’t limit your list to these five categories, use the list as a starting point once you being the tutor search process.

References

Do your due diligence and make sure that each tutor that you hire is a great fit for your student.  Each student has a different set of needs, and it is important that the tutor meets those needs adequately.  It is important to gain trust in your tutors, but that takes time.  Ask for references; if the applicant doesn’t have any, stay away!

Experience

Experience tells a lot about a tutor’s ability to do their job well.  A tutor may be a great tutor with little to no experience, but experience is usually better.  Experienced tutors should be able to adapt a tutor session mid-stream, and help the student reach their potential.  Inexperienced tutors can help students, but it may be less efficient.  Experienced tutors also cost more, and for some, an inexperienced tutor is the best option.

Training

Quality training is almost as important as experience.  There are several great tutor training programs out there, and I would recommend the Crossroads of Learning (CRL) tutor training.  When a tutor successfully completes the CRL training they are certified by the National Tutor Association.  Tutors that have gone through teacher training are great as well.  My Town Tutors has a database of tutors that are/were full-time teachers.

Communication

Communication is a key component to a successful tutor/student relationship.  Tutors with great non-verbal communication will be extremely successful.  Tutors that can ask open ended questions will also be successful, because they require students to make connections.  Students will learn far less if they are given direct answers to their question.  A good tutor will allow their student to think and come up with their own answer by providing clues that the student can piece together.

Intentions

Is the tutor in it for the money?  If so, that relationship is not going to work.  Tutors need to be invested in their students, much like teachers are.  I don’t know a single good teacher that is in it for the money.  The students must come first!

As stated in the beginning, use these 5 categories as a starting point in the tutor search process.  There may be specific criteria that will come from the initial interview, so don’t be afraid to ask the tutor specific questions.  Students should feel comfortable with the tutor from the onset.  Don’t get started off on the wrong foot by hiring a tutor that is not a good fit.

The Quincy Tutor Network is only four months old, but it is a great place to start the tutor search.  New tutors are registering every week, and there is always room for more.  If you are a tutor please consider joining our free network and our LinkedIn Group.  Tutors are also given the ability to blog, which is a great way to show potential clients your skill set.  As always, feel free to find Quincy Tutoring on Facebook and Twitter.

About the author: Eric Clark is the founder and CEO of Quincy Tutoring, an online tutor network.  Quincy Tutoring also offers affordable standardized test prep, and fully endorses TestSoup’s flashcard system.  Follow Eric on Twitter and Facebook.

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