How To Make The Most Of In-Home Tutoring Sessions

Regardless of whether you’re homeschooling or sending your child to school, there’s a good chance your child will need extra tutoring. Sometimes this can be arranged through peer support. Sometimes, it will require proper in-home tutoring sessions. These come at a cost so it’s advisable to make the most of them. Here are three tips to help.

Pick your child’s tutor carefully

There are a lot of people out there offering tuition, especially in popular subjects. You may therefore need to do a bit of research before you make a final choice. Asking for referrals can be a convenient place to start. Just remember that a tutor who does a great job with a friend’s child may not be right for your child.

As a rule of thumb, you want to know a tutor’s qualifications and experience. It’s great if you can see references from previous students. Be aware, however, that online rating systems can be manipulated so be cautious about taking these at face value.  

Similarly, be careful about placing too much value on the grades achieved by previous students. Quite bluntly, if a tutor has a high percentage of students achieving top grades, they are probably being very selective about who they take on in the first place.

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Let the tutor know what you want in advance

The more specific you can be about the exact areas your child needs help with, the easier it will be for your tutor to prepare a suitable lesson plan. Your tutor may ask you to complete a form with questions about what you want from them. They may also schedule an assessment/meet-and-greet session to get to know your child and their specific needs.

You will also need a strategy for measuring progress towards your agreed outcomes. Grades aren’t everything. Genuinely-objective tests are, however, a robust and transparent way of checking how your child is doing. If you don’t want to use formal tests, then you need to come up with a suitable alternative.

Find out what your tutor needs from you

You can take it as read that your tutor will need access to a room that can function as a classroom. What this means in practice depends on the subject. For example, tutors for academic subjects may just need a desk, chair, and lighting. These days, however, they may also need IT equipment and access to the internet.

Tutors of more “hands-on” subjects may request you to provide the equipment and materials. Alternatively, they may bring their own. In many cases, you can expect them to provide some or all of the equipment but require you to provide some or all of the materials.

You’ll also need to reach an agreement on your role as a parent. Some tutors may request that an adult be present in the room while the lesson is in progress. Usually, you don’t actually have to do anything, just be there.

For completeness, if your child’s tutor wants to connect their own equipment to your home internet, you might want to consider creating a separate profile for them to do so. Make sure this profile has minimal access privileges. That way if your tutor’s device is hacked, your home should not be at risk.

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