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January 8th, 2012, 05:31 PM
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Hey guys, I'm interested in tutoring kids and I want to know, if you've hired tutors, your experience with them, likes and dislikes, etc. I'm not advertising or anything, I just want to know what moms think a good tutor would do. So, here are my questions.

When you hired your tutor, what were your expectations?

What were some things your tutor did that you loved?

What did you dislike?

If money weren't an issue, what things would would you want out of a tutor?
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January 10th, 2012, 01:58 AM
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I've never had a tutor for my son and would have no cause to since I'm a qualified teacher myself.

However from my idea of what a good teacher is, the main things I'd say is that firstly the tutor should have a plan and a direction for your child's progress: they should assess where the child is at in the subject(s) you want them to address, and then share targets with the child and plan work that will help him/her to achieve them. Secondly the tutor should make the activities fun, including a variety of games, spoken/oral work, written work, and a range of stimuli including things to listen to, look at and do. Thirdly the tutor should be polite, courteous and professional around you and your child.

Finally, it's not set in stone. When hiring a tutor, YOU are the employer. It's a private arrangement between the two of you. Either the tutor pleases you and you continue to employ them, or they displease you and you terminate their employment. You set the ground rules and if there's anything they do or don't do that you disapprove of, you should discuss it with them and make it clear that if there's no improvement you'll let them go. But I think you'll find most tutors, like most teachers, are eager to please, impress, and make a difference to your child's learning.
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January 10th, 2012, 07:59 PM
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I've never had a tutor for my son and would have no cause to since I'm a qualified teacher myself.

However from my idea of what a good teacher is, the main things I'd say is that firstly the tutor should have a plan and a direction for your child's progress: they should assess where the child is at in the subject(s) you want them to address, and then share targets with the child and plan work that will help him/her to achieve them. Secondly the tutor should make the activities fun, including a variety of games, spoken/oral work, written work, and a range of stimuli including things to listen to, look at and do. Thirdly the tutor should be polite, courteous and professional around you and your child.

Finally, it's not set in stone. When hiring a tutor, YOU are the employer. It's a private arrangement between the two of you. Either the tutor pleases you and you continue to employ them, or they displease you and you terminate their employment. You set the ground rules and if there's anything they do or don't do that you disapprove of, you should discuss it with them and make it clear that if there's no improvement you'll let them go. But I think you'll find most tutors, like most teachers, are eager to please, impress, and make a difference to your child's learning.
Oh, sorry for the confusion, but I'm not actually looking to hire a tutor, I want to be one myself.

I'm asking these questions so I can basically see what a good tutor specifically does, and follow suit. I do want to make a difference in learning, like you said, but I'm not sure how to go about it. Your comment was extremely helpful though, and I really appreciate it. You also gave me the mindset of a hiring parent, so I know what to expect. Thank you!
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January 14th, 2012, 06:19 AM
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I have not had to have a tutor yet for anything.

I wish you luck in your role as a Tutor
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January 15th, 2012, 08:29 AM
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Well, good luck with it! Teaching/tutoring children can be very hard work, but rewarding.
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