It is not uncommon to hear of rogue tutors or tutors to fall short of expectations. By then parents often face such distress due to the short amount of time left and our children will usually be the ones who suffer.
Most parents often skip the interview but this is really the most vital. What you are doing is that you are making sure the tutor is the right person for the job of tutoring your child to reach their maximum potential.
Here are 6 questions and factors you can use to interview your next potential tutor and why do you do so.
1) “Why do you tutor?”
This question is simply for you to gauge the passion of a tutor. If the tutor provides monosyllabic answers with little elaborations in a monotonous manner, warning flags should appear in your head. This may mean that the tutor may be just doing it out purely as a job, rather than for passion.
2) “What are the steps/ sequence in a typical tutoring session?”
For this question, you are gauging if the tutor is aware of the teaching sequence for one-to-one or group tuition. Some tutors will waste your time and money. If the tutor is just sitting there to watch your child do homework, he/she is really playing the babysitter role. During the session, this is deceiving because it seems like your child is learning a lot, but the reality is that the tutor is missing major weaknesses.
When tutors tell you the rough sequence in the session, you will know how the tutor maximise the effective use of time in a session. Sure, they will deviate some sessions if there are some topics that require more time but generally they should follow the sequence they stated.
3) “What would you do if my child disclosed something to you during the session that raised concern?”
This happens more often than you think. When a child forms rapport with a tutor, they may tell tutors things that they do not usually tell their parents. This is fine – for most part. Most things that the children would share with their tutors would revolve around trivial stuff on crushes and school. However, what happens if these situations turn for the worse (e.g. bullying, molest, etc) and your child only confide them to the tutor? It is important that your potential tutor must establish that trust and agreement with you that the he/she must tell you about it.
4) “What skills do you look at / will impart during tutoring sessions?”
Nobody wants to depend on tuition forever. One of the main goals of a tutor is to help your child to become an independent learner. While certain lessons may focus on a particularly troublesome topic, learning to understand and appreciate the learning process, theory and logic behind concepts will help your child overcome subsequent obstacles, avoid future frustration and flourish as a student. Memorisation should not be the ultimate learning strategy as it will only produce short term results. To improve at studies, it usually require 3 areas: i) behaviour, ii) test strategy and iii) test content. A tutor will usually assess the behaviour of your child first before being able to impart other skills. Here are some factor they may look at:
- Right attitude
- Budget time
- How to answer different types of questions
- Identification of weaknesses
- Right resources to improve these weaknesses
5) “What’s your availability like?”
You need to clarify several things such as their available schedule near examinations and how flexible they are in cancelling sessions. Decide what will happen if your child or your tutor is sick. Will there be a make-up session and any fee for the missed session?
6) “How often will you update me on my child’s progress?”
Tutors should be able to tell you if they notice any improvements in your child – be it attitude, marks or behaviour. If you are not in the know, you will not be able to properly assess any improvement in your child. If no improvements are made, you can check out if it’s incompatibility of teaching and learning styles or inexperience of tutoring one with different learning needs. That way, you can properly assess if a switch is needed.
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