10 Important Questions you need to ask before you put your child in a Tutoring Program.
Is the Tutoring Institute/Program
Follows Strictly Calgary schools Curriculum ?
Do they provide daily Homework ?
What about the Learning Atmosphere?
Does it provide One-on-One Attention?
Check, how many students being served per teacher ?
Do they provide Exam Prep? Is it included ?
What about the FEES, is it justifiable?
Do you have to sign any long term Contarcts?
Are they follow 21st Century Education ?
Is the program Reccomended by Schools?
Before embarking on your quest for the perfect tutor, look carefully at your child’s academic strengths and weaknesses. Review their school books to determine the areas that would benefit from a close focus, and speak to teachers – they have a familiarity with your child that provides invaluable insight for a tutor.
Talk to your child about tutoring so you can gauge the commitment and the attitude they’re likely to show in lessons, as well as their level of interest and confidence in the subject.
The most highly skilled, expensive tutors are usually qualified teachers with classroom practice, and some are professional examiners. Sign teacher-tutors up as early as you can before exams to avoid disappointment. Undergraduate tutors are usually a less costly alternative and may have greater availability.
Choose professional tutoring service providers and avoid numerical targets such as “her maths test mark will go up 10 per cent” – lessons won’t be fun if the student feels over- pressured and frightened of failure. Increases in achievement come from confidence and clarity, so “understand how to analyse sources in more detail” is a much more constructive target.
Be aware that tutors shouldn’t assist with homework the pupil’s class teacher will be marking; scoring highly may feel good in the short term but it creates a false impression of ability that isn’t helpful. Tutors should work on skill development using activities that, over time, will enhance the student’s academic performance.
Make sure cost and payment arrangements are clearly agreed before tutoring commences to avoid awkward conversations later. After the first meeting and again after the first lesson, chat to your child and trust your instincts as a parent. A good tutor- student rapport is essential – if they feel upset or frustrated, the chemistry might be wrong and you may need someone else. Tweaks in the lesson pace or level of challenge, however, can and should be discussed comfortably with the tutor, who will adapt the sessions accordingly.
You should expect some disruption to lessons due to exams if your tutor is a student, or parents’ evenings if they are a teacher. Likewise, aim to give advance notice if your child will miss any lessons and discuss your plans for tutoring during school holidays.
Keep an eye on how your child is coping with the additional workload that tutoring creates after their school day and their level of enjoyment. Hopefully you’ll hear productive conversations, enquiring questions and the occasional laugh coming from their bedroom; a great tutor will become a trusted learning partner, empowering your child to achieve and increasing their confidence at home, at school and beyond.