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Tutor Selection 8: What Your Tutor needs to know from You

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Good tutors become invested in their students’ success and want to be sure their customers are happy with the results. If your tutor appears without asking any questions of your child, warning flags should appear immediately. After all, how can one fully understand a child’s needs if they do not seek the answers from their parents? This will usually end up with a cutter-cookie lesson approach that the tutor adopts towards all of their students – instead of a customised one. If your potential tutor asks you questions about you child, celebrate! That means the tutor is sincere in getting to know your child a little better. Some questions a passionate tutor may ask are:

How does your child feel about being tutored?

It may surprise some parents but there are some children who are very resistant to tutoring. This is especially true for students who associate tutoring with ‘being stupid’. Thus, they may not do their best or misbehave during tutoring sessions.

 

How does your child feel about standardized tests? Does s/he get anxious? What are his/her past standardized test scores like?

There are some children who have very bad anxiety attacks when they face examinations and yet, do very well during class tests and assignments. In this case, it may not be the weakness in subjects but rather, it is more vital that the students learn skills to cope with anxiety attacks.

 

How is your child’s memory?

While understanding concepts are more useful in the long run, memory is a necessary foundation for retaining information. If the tutor is able to pinpoint the exact issues in the memory lapses, the good ones will incorporate memory tips and techniques in the course of tutoring.

 

Does the school agree with your assessment of your child? 

It is not uncommon to hear of some parents having bias towards their own children. While this is not a statement that we must accept the school’s assessment of the child at face value, it is necessary to verify that both schools and parents have the same understanding of the root issues of the child.

 

Does your child have any specific organisational / study skill issues? 

Like it was mentioned in the earlier posts, a child may be suffering rom organisational or study skill issues instead of lack of understanding towards a topic or subject. If your potential tutor is able to identify and address these issues, you should be able to see gradual changes in your child’s organisational and study skills that will aid him/her for the rest of their lives. Good tutors are willing to teach that – and put themselves out of their job. 

 

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  2. How to gauge if your child really needs a tutor
  3. 5 Types of tutoring available
  4. 6 Types of Tutoring Options and their pros/ cons
  5. Types of Tutors in Singapore
  6. Analyzing FB Tuition ads in Singapore
  7. Factors to evaluate your Potential Tutor and Questions to Assess Them
  8. What Your Tutor needs to Know From You
  9. Types of Teaching Methods

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