Who would have thought that with the power of the internet and a personal computer, your child can receive quality and engaging instruction by a tutor in reading right from the comfort of your own home? Not only is it a thought…but now very much a reality with the power of a robust online classroom and a highly qualified and experienced online teacher.
With the opportunity of getting tutored online comes some challenges however. For example: how do you find the right online tutor for your child? Is online learning complicated? Will my child need any extra equipment? These and many more questions can overwhelm a parent shopping for an online tutor.
Help is here…read on
To receive online tutoring is a lot simpler than most people think. Essential items are:
A) a personal computer or tablet or mobile device
B) Reliable internet connect
A headset is advantageous as it helps to keep out minor noises and helps the student to focus on the instruction and the teacher. There are many places both offline and online that offer tutoring services. Here are six useful tips to help you confidently shop for a highly qualified online reading tutor.
- Set your mind in advance to search until you find the right person. There is no need to rush the process and try 3, 4 or even 5 different tutors in the process. Spare your child that kind of hassle and be prepared to search until you are well satisfied.
- Start at your child’s school and ask for a referral of a local tutor. Even though the sessions will be held online, it’s nice to know the teacher is from your area.
- Ask about the tutor’s credentials. The best tutor would be a certified teacher for your child’s grade. Search your state education agency’s website to verify the tutor’s certification information. For Texas, search here if you know the person’s full name:
- Unless your child is severely behind grade level and needs individualized instruction, inquire of the potential tutor if he/she offer small group sessions. Students learn extraordinarily well in a structured group setting and can can serve as a great motivator to help accelerate learning. Another advantage to small group tutoring is that it may even be more affordable. A small group of 3 to 5 students is a reasonable starting place.
- Ask for a few references and contact them to see what their experience was with the tutor.
- Let price be the last consideration. If you have a well-qualified teacher, her credentials check out, and if she offers an incentive like “first session is free”, then grab it if it’s within your budget. It will be a life-long investment.
When all is said and done, using a bit of gut instinct to evaluate the tutor can often help. Is he/she professional yet friendly? Does he/she have an excellent command of English? How do you feel about his/her plan for the sessions? Are they practical and realistic for your family’s schedule?
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