Today, tutoring services abound. There are a number of tutoring center franchises that have sprung up in strip malls, online tutoring, and more traditional one-on-one tutoring. But how do you make an informed decision about which tutoring service to use? Here are five tips for choosing the best.
1. Do your research. Most tutoring services have websites, so first go online. Tutor centers should have a wealth of information available on their websites that covers everything from the subjects they offer and their philosophy of education to statements about the qualifications of their tutors and testimonials.
2. Know your goals. When selecting a tutoring service, it’s important to know what you want to get out of the experience. Perhaps your child is falling behind in a subject and needs remediation with a math tutor. Maybe your child is a gifted or accelerated student and needs to be challenged to reach his or her full potential. It could be that your child needs help in test preparation in order to be ready to take his or her SATs. Or maybe you are studying for your GRE or CBEST and need the boost that test preparation can bring. Understanding your specific needs will help you determine whether or not the tutoring services under consideration are a good fit for you or your child.