Katy has worked both for tutoring companies and as a private tutor for 5 years. You realize will succeed in math with the right help. But that help is so hard to find. You want someone qualified but don't want to overpay and really don't want to spend all your time searching.
Let's review them. How do you find a math tutor? There are few places you can search:Online tutoring services like Wyzant Chain tutoring businesses Local library postings for private tutors Online listing for private tutors from Craiglist or Care. com Read about the pros and cons of hiring a tutor from these places.
Are they the best choice for improving math grades?There are a good choice for convenience and safety but might not deliver the best value. Let's look at more details:Tutoring companies are all over. Most you will find are nation-wide with chains in your area. These locations are well-established and a lot of their information can be found online.
A tutoring business may be the best choice for someone who needs a tutor with a specific specialty. Tutor businesses can be very convenient because their services make it easy to find tutors and understand the process, but understand this comes at a cost. These companies have to make money by taking their cut so the tutor will receive less than you are paying.
Depending on your circumstance this can be an acceptable trade-off for convenience. The quality is hit or miss. This is because tutoring companies don't pay the tutors very well so a skilled tutor can usually find their own business and make more themselves. Consider what your money is being used for when you pay a tutoring company.
This involves finding a math tutor, determining a schedule and location that works for both the student and the tutor and paying them directly. The advantage of hiring an individual directly to tutor math is every cent you pay goes straight to them, so the quality of instruction you get will match their rate.
This is a huge cost and time saver if you use a tutor often. A private math tutor can use the methods best for your student and isn't tied to fulfilling any other obligations. The cons of hiring a tutor directly are the same of hiring anyone not through a company: you have to find them yourself and review their credentials.
If you don't want to go through a tutoring company you'll need to connect with a tutor on your own. Here are some options:Wyzant lets you view profiles of local tutors. When you select one payment is handled through Wyzant so you can take a cut. Tutors and student lose some money in the transaction but it can be worth it to find a bigger pool of people.
Tutors from Craigslist are more difficult to vet. If you find some with a public profile to back them up that can help. Care and many other sites have profiles for private tutors. An advantage to Care is they let the tutors submit a background check for their profile. You can also see previous ratings.
Some math teachers choose to tutor in their free time so they are carrying a teaching degree and years of experience teaching math. Other tutors don't have direct experience as a teacher but do have specialties in education that will be beneficial to your child. Still, other tutors earned math or related degrees in college and enjoy tutoring students in similar subjects.
A learning or behavioral disorder is better handled by a professional. A local math tutor can be difficult to find on your own and definitely does require more work but can save you money in the long run and can get you great results. Here are some possible sources:Try asking your neighbors, parents of other students or a school academic counselor for suggestions of private tutors in your area.
Your local community center and the library is a good place to start. Also, check out online boards like Craigslist or Nextdoor. If you find someone through a posting ask about their background, cost, and availability. Setting the first meeting at a public library works well for both parties. Interview math tutor to evaluate their credentials.
Here are some areas to cover:What is your experience with tutoring? Will you be available to help more frequently around big tests? What can you do to accommodate my child's learning style? Decide what is most important to you and the student. Finding a tutor that is a good match will make math so much more manageable..