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According to the experts at, the importance of choosing the right private tutor for your child simply cannot be overstated. The simple fact of the matter is that just because they are working in the industry and perhaps have an impressive website up and running does not necessarily mean that they are right for your child, or any other child for that matter. There are so many private tutors in business today that it is simply inevitable that some will be practicing at much higher or lower levels than their counterparts. And as this is the very education and development of your child that is on the line, taking anything for granted is simply unacceptable.

Of course, for those looking to hire a tutor for the first time it can be difficult to know what to look for and what represents a genuinely reassuring sign of a professional that measures up to the mark. However, it is technically quite easy to ensure that the tutor you hire is in fact the real deal in every way – it all comes down to the questions you ask during the interview process.

Key Questions To Ask Before Hiring A Private Tutor

So for those looking to hire a tutor who may be unsure as to exactly what questions they should be asking, make sure the following examples are covered and chances are you’ll find it difficult to go wrong:

How Long Have You Been Tutoring?

First and foremost, you need to ensure that they have been doing what they are currently doing for some time at least. The reason being that all the qualifications and credentials on paper are nothing if they are not able to translate them into a successful approach to practical tutoring. So before even considering taking them on, be sure to ask them how long they have been in business for.

What are your qualifications, certifications or credentials?

Of course it is also important to ensure that they do indeed have the relevant qualifications, certifications and credentials as it is all too easy these days for anyone wishing to do so to launch a website and masquerade as a private tutor.  Suffice to say, there is also a very big difference between a tutor claiming to have all the qualifications in the world and a second tutor who is willing to offer evidence to back up their claims.

Have you worked before with similar kids or adults before?

Chances are that you will have reached the decision to hire a private tutor because your child is facing something of an obstacle in one specific area of their education or development. It could be a confidence issue, maybe they are finding it difficult to pay attention to anything or perhaps there is simply one subject they just cannot get to grips with. Whatever the problem is, you need to make sure that the tutor in question has worked with adults or children facing exactly the same kind of difficulties before so as to ensure they have experience of a relevant nature.

Can you tell me about your teaching philosophy?

Chances are that every tutor you come across will have a different philosophy when it comes to teaching and will base their teaching approach on a somewhat different set of rules and standards. Needless to say, you will probably find yourself impressed by and agreeing with most of them, but from time to time you may find that a tutor has an approach to teaching that clashes with your own beliefs and requirements.

When can I expect to see results?

It is not generally the case for a professional tutor to offer some specific timescale to the resolution of any specific problem. They could offer an indication as to how long it has taken to overcome such a problem in previous instances, but to offer any kind of specific timescale is unprofessional to say the least.

Do you have references?

Last but not least, for obvious reasons it is of the utmost importance not to go ahead with any kind of agreement until you have first verified that the tutor is indeed all they appear to be by checking their references. Ask them to put you in touch with past or present clients in order to gain insights into exactly how they perform when put to the test in a real world situation. Of course they will not be able to divulge any confidential information, but one way or the other they should be able to verify their claims to fame with hard evidence and client backing.


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