Parents guide to tutoring
Tutoring·5 min read·22/02/22

Parents guide to tutoring

When it comes to finding a tutor for your child, options are abundant. It can be a bit of a minefield from decisions about online vs in-person lessons and the search to find someone with the right teaching style for your child’s individual needs.

The benefits of private tuition, however, are endless. From improving grades and increasing your child’s confidence to building better study habits and catching up after an academically challenging year due to Covid-19.

Our research highlights that a whopping 48% of students surveyed were currently using or had in the past 12 months used a tutor and although the remaining 52% surveyed didn’t at the time use a tutor they were planning to within the next 12 months. It’s fair to conclude then that private tuition, as a service is high in demand - and for good reason.

This guide covers the essentials to help you make the right choice when finding a tutor for your child.

Where to start

It can be hard to know where to start. Undoubtedly there’s a wealth of options out there to be considered but when it’s something as important as your child’s education and safety at hand, you want to make the right decision the first time.

The suitability of a tutor can be broken down into two key aspects:

  • The tutor’s qualification level and experience with the subject matter
  • Their experience in actually teaching

There are, however, multiple other factors to consider such as:

  • When and why you should consider finding a tutor
  • Online or in-person lessons
  • Budget considerations, availability and responsiveness of the tutor
  • Your child’s preferences and compatibility with your child’s learning style

Is it time to get a tutor?

Research suggests that in most cases, students are recommended to consider private tutoring by their school or a teacher but there are certainly other factors that might mean it’s time to consider the option.

Perhaps your child is lacking confidence with a certain subject and has requested some additional help themselves, maybe their grades are slipping or perhaps they have some upcoming exams.

This would be a good time to start thinking about the potential benefits of 1-1 tuition.

Furthermore, if it is the case that you start to notice that your child might want or need some extra support, then it’s probably best to act sooner rather than later - especially in cases where they have major exams upcoming.

Online or in-person?

The next decision to make is whether your child should have their tutoring sessions online or in person. This is a personal decision and will depend on your child’s schedule and preferences.

It might be worth bearing in mind that our research demonstrates an overwhelming preference for in-person tuition even despite the pandemic. When asked which method of tutoring they like the most, 54% stated 1-1 in person, with only 18.11% answering 1-1 online.

Luckily, Scoodle covers all bases offering both online and in-person 1-1 tuition, catering for whatever your child’s preferences might be.

Tutor experience and qualifications

An obvious one when it comes to the tutor selection process is determining the prospective tutor’s experience and qualifications regarding both their subject and their teaching ability itself.

Our research suggests that experience teaching and the tutors teaching qualifications are the factors considered the most by parents when searching for a tutor, shortly followed by the tutor’s hourly rate.

This of course makes complete sense. Any tutor will need to be able to answer all of your child’s questions and should at least be educated to the level of study they are teaching, if not above. Here at Scoodle, we’ve got this covered with 150 PhDs and 500 masters amongst our tutors. Our experienced tutors understand the nuances of their subjects and will put your child at ease with the sheer scope of their knowledge.

Having said this, some of our tutors are still students themselves and we would advise you not to underestimate these tutors. They have learnt about the subject more recently so their knowledge is fresh and front of mind. What’s more, with probably a little less experience under their belts, these tutors will likely be more affordable than those with years on years of experience, which leads me to my next point...

Practicalities

Of course, some practicalities should come to mind when organising your child’s private tuition. Firstly your budget. Scoodle hosts a range of tutors at different prices so you can find someone to suit your requirements. The more experienced tutors are likely to charge more so keep this in mind when making your decision. In addition, it’s a good idea to check the tutor’s availability to ensure it fits with your child’s schedule.

Another tip is to keep an eye on the tutor’s responsiveness to messages. Are they easy to get in touch with? Ideally, you want them to be on hand to reply to questions and queries your child might have between lessons or with homework tasks.

Get your child’s input

A further consideration to make when choosing the right tutor is whether or not the tutors teaching methods are compatible with your child’s learning style. Your child and their teachers probably know best what their strengths and weaknesses are so it’s important to try and involve them in this process wherever possible.

In this sense, it is important to get your child’s input about what they are looking for in a tutor and what their preferences might be. What’s more, after you’ve begun with a new tutor, it’s worth checking in with your child to see the extent to which they find them helpful and if any changes need to be made.

Try to keep open channels of communication with your child’s tutor so that you are kept up to date with their progress and perhaps discuss with them the possibility of having regular progress reviews or reports so that you know what they are working towards.

Good indicators of Scoodle's finest tutors

Finally, this section collates some of the best indicators of top-quality tutors on Scoodle specifically.

Our eye-catching badges feature highlights several great qualities of the tutors on our platform. They are earned from a range of achievements such as completing DBS checks and producing valuable content to being an experienced tutor and being ranked within the top 10 tutors for a certain subject.

Similarly, the students helped figure is a good one to take a look at to gauge the reach a tutor has. This number details a combination of how many students have seen the answers they’ve provided on the Q&A section as well as the number of bookings they’ve taken and how many students have watched their videos.

Selecting the right tutor for your child is inevitably a difficult choice and not one that should be made in an instant or taken lightly. It’s certainly a good thing to have so much choice but it's well worth taking the time to do your research and Scoodle is here to help you cut through the fog.

We’ll show you the tutors cost, experience, and star rating. You can then use this information to make your decision.

Why not browse our tutors today and narrow your options, to make a choice that suits both you and your child. With all the quality educators on Scoodle, you won’t believe your luck!

Happy searching!

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