So, you’ve decided that tutoring is right for you or your child. Now, there are a few more things to think about before you take the plunge.
Timing is Everything
One of the best things a tutor can offer is structure. By setting up regular tutor appointments, you’ll be sure to keep up with the work you need to be doing, and you get guidance while doing it! However, you need to decide how much time you can dedicate to the subject and tutoring. Ideally, you’ll need at least two hours with the tutor per session, as any less than that will fly by and note be as effective. When considering how often to meet with a tutor, you need to think about the long-term of your goal. If you want to get a higher score on the ASVAB exam, and the exam you want to take is in ten weeks, you’ll probably want to meet with a tutor at least two times a week to get the most out of tutoring. If you’re trying to do better in a college French class, maybe once a week is all it will take. A good rule of thumb is that the more short-term your goal is, the more condensed tutoring you’ll need.
Where, Oh Where?
At Tutor Doctor WNY, we feel strongly that tutoring goes best when it’s in a place where you feel comfortable, not in a large tutoring center. Whether you want your tutoring to happen at your kitchen table or at the library down the street, we offer lots of flexibility for location based on your preferences. Think about where you like to do work when considering where tutoring should take place. While you may love sitting at your kitchen table, will you be too distracted by other family members making snacks? You may enjoy the library, but does the Tuesday night knitting circle get a little too boisterous? You need to find a place that works for you, and will allow you and the tutor to make the most of your time together.
The Ideal Tutor
The relationship between tutor and student is very important. A good relationship means that you’ll work well together, working to accomplish a common goal. A bad relationship can sabotage your goal and set you back. At Tutor Doctor WNY, our tutors come from all walks of life. Whether you would work best with a certified teacher or with a retired engineer to ace your calculus course, we take the match between student and tutor very seriously. Considering that you’ll be working one-on-one with this person, you want to make sure you are compatible and that the tutor is able to really cater to your learning style.
But My Dog Ate It…
Bear in mind, your tutor is probably going to give you extra assignments to help boost your knowledge. Sure, the tutor will definitely be willing and able to help you with homework you may already have for a class, but he or she will also want to give you supplemental materials to help you master difficult concepts. If you’re receiving tutoring for an exam, you’ll have to make time to complete the worksheets the tutor will give you. Tutoring isn’t a magic solution if the student doesn’t put forth the necessary time and effort.
So Tell Me What You Want
A tutor is not a mind reader. Before beginning tutoring, you should have some idea in mind of the goals you’re looking to accomplish. The tutor can help you pinpoint areas that need work to help you accomplish that goal, but if you have no clear goal in mind the tutoring won’t be as useful. For example, you may want to improve the score you got on your SATs, and you know you scored low in the math section. The tutor may also be able to help you not only with the math skills you’ll need for the SAT, but can also provide test-taking tips in general, such as how to take a test or how to master test anxiety. By having clear and open communication with your tutor, you may reap even more benefits from the tutoring than you even expected!
Hopefully some of these tips will help your tutoring process a little bit easier! Remember, we at Tutor Doctor WNY would love to hear from you, so please feel free to contact us for a free tutoring consultation to help you start the school year off right!