Ask 15 Questions to Qualify Tutors before you hire them
2. How long is one course and how many times every week should the student have course with you?
Most time, parents will decide how many times to meet with the home tutor based on the course fee, budget and student’s situation. If you want to be effective, you can ask home tutors to provide their professional opinions. It is quite common in Singapore that the home tuition is arranged to be 1 session of several hours per week. If the student need more help, home tuition can be arranged with students 2-3 times a week. Sessions can range from 1/2 hour to 2 hours. The home tuition schedule also depends on the age of your child. Usually small kids have short attention spans and should meet more often but for shorter periods of time.
3. How long have you been tutoring?
Home tutors who have more than one year of tutoring experience should have worked out their teaching systems. That’s not saying that fresh home tutors won’t be excellent teachers for your student. However, novice home tutors maybe very good at studies, but need find out their ways to teach. They may not have many resources available to them. But no worries, in Singapore there are over supplies for study resources. Novice home tutors just need work a little bit harder to find the tuition resources to come out their own teaching materials.
Some parents like to hire school teacher or ex-school teacher as their students’ home tutor. Usually school teachers are NIE trained in Singapore. If you have this kind of budget, it will be great as NIE trained teachers are the most expensive home tutors. If don’t like less expensive home tutors, you can look for other type of full-time home tutors.
If your students have difficulties to learn and need special attention, you’d better ask the home tutor in advance. Experienced home tutors should have outlines to help with difficult students. When students can’t focus on studies, they know how to get them back.
No home tutors are the same. Most tutors are good at one subject, some may teach several subjects. If one home tutor can teach more subjects, you can save a lot of time and energy to find other qualified home tutors.
Most home tutors have exact preferences about what age student they like to teach. Some home tutors just enjoy helping little students because they like the enthusiasm and energy young students have.
The best way to qualify the home tutor is asking the references directly. They have direct feedback for the performance of the home tutor. But it must be the true review.
Find the home tutor who likes to provide home tuition in your area. It’s better to let the home tutor come to you home for teaching. Some tutors only provide home tuition at their own houses. If you like the tutor, you can send your students to the tutor’s house.
Some home tutors may ask you to sign a contract. One clause should indicate the cancellation policy, such as if you cancel the home tuition within 24 hours, the tuition fee will be charged. You’d better ask the home tutor to provide clear cancellation policy.
It’s better to sign a contract. This will be the legal relationship between you and your home tutor. If there is any clause that you don’t agree on, you can ask to modify. The contract can protect you to receive good service as you required.
Ask for a trial lesson from the home tutor. So you can estimate the effects of home tuition directly. If you or your kid doesn’t like the tutor, can not understand the home tutor’s methods, you can stop the home tuition service immediately. Then you can try again to find another qualified home tutor.
To hire a home tutor, you want to get desired results from the home tutor. You want to get promise from the home tutor. But there is no guarantee in life. You can see how confident the home tutor is for the home tuition, then you can see if the home tutor is who you want to hire.
Find out the way how you will pay the home tuition service. Some home tutors allow cash, some prefer online payment. Now in Singapore, PayNow became very popular and convenient. Most home tutors won’t accept credit card payment. When you know the way you pay the home tutor, you can prepare in advance to avoid some embarrassment.
If you can get an invoice or a receipt from the home tutor, you can keep good track of your payment, especially when you paid the home tuition service by cash. There is no track no evidence to record your payment.