How to Find an Online Tutor

Posted: April 16, 2012 in Education

It can be very frustrating to look at a homework that you don’t understand well enough from the start. Online tutoring services are slowly becoming popular for parents nowadays. Finding the right tutor can be a daunting process. Here are easy tips on how you can find the right tutor for your child.

Know what you are looking for.

Even before you begin to search for an online tutoring service, decide what kind of tutor you are looking for. List down all the subjects that your child requires and the qualities that you want in a tutor. What is the maximum price that you are willing to pay for a tutor? Always remember—you always get what you pay for.

Find a tutor from reputable sites online.

There are online tutoring companies that hire tutors and train them with their own tutoring software. Most online tutoring firms act as third party for the teacher and student. You pay the company and they will pay the tutors. Through a third party service, you are assured that tutors have been carefully sorted and have undergone a screening process. There are plenty of online tutoring reviews that you can find these days in forums, blogs and other informational sites. If you wish to have a freelance tutor, make sure you agree on the free and study times.

Do a brief but comprehensive interview.

Don’t just hire professionals based on their fees. Make a set of questions and then interview them over the phone. Find a tutor that is able to communicate well over the phone or perhaps the computer. Ask about their professional tutoring charges, years of experience, educational background and cancellation policies.

Communicate with your child’s tutor.

As soon as you have hired a tutor, it is crucial that you regularly communicate with him or her about the progress of your child. This can be done either through email or a small feedback session after the tutorial hours. A good online tutor should be able to send you daily reports regarding the day’s lessons, assignments and progress as well.


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