Johnny is struggling with chemistry and algebra 2, and you have to get a tutor for him. You decide to get a home guitar tutor, because you don’t want to have to take Johnny to and with the Bijles in Rotterdam sessions.
So where do you start?
First, ask friends and colleagues if they have used a good home tutor. You’ll be surprised how many parents have used a private tutor these days. You may might get lucky. I say you would be getting lucky because individual help is a very transient job – many of the best tutors are doing it on their way to bigger and better things. Therefore, the tutor your friend used 2 years ago may be around medical school now.
Second, go online and look for a teaching company in your area. There will be many options – at least half of these folks will be center-based tutoring. Look for keywords like “home tutor” or “in-home tutor” which will imply that the tutor arrive to your home. Once you narrow it down to a handful of tutoring providers, then use the following steps:
Look at the website. Is it qualified? Do they give an email and a phone number to contact them? Do these cards explain their policies, their philosophy, and the way their whole program works? Can you read about the owner of the company?
Does the provider have testimonials or success stories listed on their site? If you have, take a minute to read through them. Do they look like we were looking at written by a real person? Are there any from parents or individuals in your town?
Call the company or send them a web analysis. If you do this with several companies, you can measure the time that is needed for a company to get back to you. Some of them have auto-responders of which send you an automated message, this doesn’t count. You can tell a strong auto-responder because it is a general, canned email and it comes to you in just seconds of sending your inquiry. You want to time how many years it takes to get a live response from a real person. Selecting surprised by how many companies don’t reply at all!
Ask after price, and consider the price vs . service offering. When you’re dealing with a company, you are generally going to pay a little more with the service they offer. Most tutoring companies screen their instructors – interviews, references, background checks – and if the one you’re talking to doesn’t, then I would hang up. When you go with a individual tutoring company over an individual, you are paying for their work locating and screening the tutor. This costs money because work is done by real people. So don’t expect to find a premium tutor for $20 per hour. The price range pertaining to private, in-home tutoring from a company ranges from $40 through $150 or more per hour. Most companies charge between $40 and $75 per hour, and many offer pre-paid discount programs. Remember that often you get what you pay for – a higher cost tutor will have more experience, better credentials and be even more engaging, on average, than a cheaper tutor.
Does the company necessitate an upfront fee or a long term contract? This is avoidable, and unless there are other things you really like about a company, nobody pay an upfront fee or be forced into a long lasting contract.
What happens if you don’t like the tutor? Do they credit the first session? Can you get a new tutor quickly?
Past the tutors communicate with you? Do they write session stories? Is it only verbal? Is there any followup from the software of the company? You want to stay in the loop on the growth of the tutoring, so make sure they have a system in place.