Choosing a tutor for yourself, or your child is an important decision. They are imparting their knowledge and expertise on a 1-to-1 basis, and therefore spending time in a more personalised learning space. For some, this means that finding the right tutor, and therefore the right personality is the most important aspect. But for others, the most important thing is having a tutor with specific experience in teaching, and certain qualifications.
Things to consider
Does a tutor claim to have certain strengths where they excel? This could be preparing students for a certain music exam or preparing students to sit an A-level exam. These strengths could prove very useful when it comes to matching these with a student's areas for improvement.
Their availability and price
This is a practical consideration and will narrow down tutors which are suitable based simply on facts, where they live, and how much they charge. If you’re looking for in-person tuition, the location of the tutor is vital to their suitability, but if online lessons are a possibility then not so much. Price is price and if you have a budget in mind, this is a pretty big deciding factor.
The personality of the tutor is a big deciding factor. As they say, first impressions count, and no matter what tutors include in their bio, this is interpreted differently by various people. TeachTutti provides tutors with a bio page where they can add photos, videos, and a bio. This is a great way of getting to know the tutor and ‘get a feel for them’ even before any communication between the 2 parties.
A tutor's experience will most likely be detailed in their bio. With information on how long they have been tutoring, what ages they tutored, and how they even approach tutoring sessions. This information can give insight into certain characteristics, or strengths that you might be looking for. Alternatively, you can message tutors listed on TeachTutti and ask them more specific questions relating to the students learning goals and needs.
Everyone’s learning experience differs from University to University, and college to college. But, this provides diversity in ways of thinking and approaching teaching. Understanding what the students need will direct you in what qualifications the tutor will ideally have. For example, a piano teacher who studying in Prague may have a more classic approach to teaching as opposed to someone who studied in London.
Get in touch with our tutors
If you have any questions for the tutors listed on TeachTutti, get in touch with them directly by visiting their profile and clicking ‘message. They will be happy to answer any questions you have, in regards to them as a tutor, and how they could provide support and guidance for you or your child.
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