November 13, 2013
How to Choose the Perfect Private Tutor
Education is an integral part of the development of child. And with private tuition on the rise in the UK, the London based private tutoring agency Tutor House has come up with its top tips on how to choose the perfect private tutor.
Tutor House’s director, Alex Dyer said, “Getting a child’s educational development right has never been more critical, with tough and highly competitive entrance exams for the best schools and stringent entry requirements for the top Universities.”
Where to find Private Tutors:
Upon deciding that your child would benefit from additional educational support, one of the first questions that you’ll ask yourself is where to look for qualified, experienced and high quality private tutors.
In a recent poll by Tutor House, 51% of parents said that they’d use search engines to find a private tutor whilst 32% said that they’d trust a personal referral and 17% suggested they’d use other means such as going through schools and local advertisements.
What to ask:
1. Is the tutor qualified?
One of the most important questions to ask is whether or not the tutor has a degree in the subject they are teaching. Do they have the appropriate knowledge and experience of the curriculum your child is studying at school?
Currently the industry isn’t currently regulated, which means that almost anyone can advertise himself or herself as a private tutor. Most agencies like Tutor House do not take on tutors without a degree in their chosen subject and a full CRB check.
Don’t be afraid to ask for recent client referrals!
2. What are your child’s needs?
Poor exam results aren’t always a reflection on a child’s intelligence or ability. Extra support in more general aspects of education such as exam technique, organisational skills, how to write an essay, time management etc. can positively influence exam results in addition to subject tuition.
Speak to your child and their teachers about their strengths and weaknesses to see how additional tuition can be put to best use.
3. Is the tutor CRB checked?
Private tutors should be able to produce a recent CRB certificate, and you should ask to see it before contracting that tutor, even if found through a word of mouth referral, and especially if the tutor is freelance.
When Tutor House asked its parents, 90% suggested that the industry should be regulated with 95% supporting the notion that tutors should be CRB checked.
4. How will your child get on with the tutor?
Being a great teacher is more than just experience, qualifications and subject knowledge. The best private tutors are the ones that build a friendly relationship with children by engaging with them, improving their confidence, focus and motivation to learn.
5. How experienced is the tutor?
Years of experience doesn’t necessarily mean that a private tutor will provide a better service. However, on the whole, the more years of experience a tutor has, the better they will be.
For example, all of Tutor House’s private tutors have at least 3 years teaching experience in schools, a degree in their chosen subject and have an up to date CRB certificate.
How much should you pay?
Tutoring fees are often dependent on location but as a guide, a highly qualified and experienced private tutor will cost slightly more. Tutoring agencies start from as little as £25 per hour and go up to £120 per hour, although the average is £40 per hour.
Alex Dyer goes on to say, “At Tutor House, we feel that the industry needs some form of regulation, and because of that we only employ private tutors that have a degree in their subject, a recent CRB certificate and have at least 3 years teaching experience in schools.”
“Private tutoring is not a cheap service, and can be a financial stretch for a lot of families in the UK. With that in mind, it’s imperative to ensure that the level of service we provide is the best for each and every child and parent that comes to us.”
Tutor House employs the services of over 300 private tutors, offering a variety of disciplines, from PE to physics, tennis to IT, with specific tuition offered for Common Entrance and senior school examinations, GCSE and A levels.