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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Five Easy Ways To Select The Right Tutoring Service For Your Needs

By Edward French

It is not too hard to find a tutor these days. There are a number of tutoring center franchises that have sprung up in strip malls, online tutoring, and more traditional one-on-one tutoring. But how do you determine which service is the right one for you? Here are five tips to steer you into the right direction.

Research, research, research. Most tutoring services have their own sites online, so you can start your research there. Most of the information you need - subjects they cover, fees, qualifications and mission statements - is going to be on their website.

Know your goals. Before you look for anyone in particular, you will need to be clear on what you are trying to achieve. Maybe your child is just lagging behind and needs extra help with math. Maybe your child is a gifted or accelerated student and needs to be challenged to reach his or her full potential. It could be that your child needs help in test preparation in order to be ready to take his or her SATs. Or maybe you are studying for your GRE or CBEST and need the boost that test preparation can bring. Understanding your specific needs will help you determine whether or not the tutoring services under consideration are a good fit for you or your child.

Take personalization into account. Each person is unique, both in learning style and in what kind of tutoring is needed. Because of this, you might be more propense to choose one-on-one tutoring. When they are preparing them for a test, tutoring services enroll over 20 students in the same class. It's difficult to get the individualized attention you or your child needs with a large class.

Don't overlook location. You should have a clear idea of where the tutoring will be done. Some children don't thrive as much in tutoring centers. They need to adjust to the new scenario before you see solid results. Or, the time and place of classes might turn out to be inconvenient for you. Many people prefer one of two approaches - at home or online. If children are comfortable at home, they will learn with more ease. In the event that this option doesn't work well for you, one-on-one online learning is a great possibility.

Look for evaluations and assessments. The tutoring service you choose should do an initial evaluation for no extra charge. This will allow you to keep up with your child's achievements. Periodic assessments are also necessary, since they show how much progress has been made.

Tutors and tutor services are used for many purposes. Ideally, though, the tutor you choose should listen to your student, be upbeat and enthusiastic, make learning fun, instill confidence in your student, and, ultimately, teach your student new learning habits so that he or she can succeed in all of his or her educational endeavors.

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