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Consumer Handbook: Hiring A Tutor For Your Child

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As parents navigate returning to school - some being informed that school will start with virtual learning due to COVID-19 - many are turning to tutors to help keep kids motivated and learning.

 

Hiring a tutor for your child is a great way to help them with a subject in which they struggle, ensure that they’re staying on top of their curriculum, or prepare them for an assessment.

 

When looking for a tutor, however, it can be difficult to know where to start. There are many different options out there, from frequency and subject matter to types of tutoring businesses. 

The following BBB tips will help you find the best tutor for your child: 

There are many types of tutoring services: in-home one-on-one sessions, small group lessons, online instruction, and tutoring centers. You also have to choose between hiring an individual freelance tutor, and going through a tutoring company that will match you to a tutor.

Asking friends and family if they have any recommendations is a great place to start. You can also ask your child’s favorite teacher, or other school employees for referrals. 

Make sure the tutor is knowledgeable in the specific area your child needs help in, and has experience working with students your child’s age. You should ask the individual tutor or tutoring service for references, and contact them. It’s best to speak to at least three references. 

Discuss the details. The most important factor to consider is your child’s comfort with the tutor. Make sure to include your child in the hiring process. Throughout the process, ask your child how they think the sessions are improving their school work. If your child is not comfortable with or doesn’t like a tutor it can have a big impact on the session’s effectiveness, so don’t be afraid to find a different one. 

Private tutors and tutoring companies promise to boost children's competence, but BBB says to do your research before hiring.