Private Tuition Advice For Parents: What to Consider When Choosing a Private Tutor

Private Tuition Advice For Parents: What to Consider When Choosing a Private Tutor

Advice for parents on choosing a private tutor

Private tutors can come from a range of different backgrounds and offer many different personal qualities and teaching styles.  Different parents look for different things when choosing a private tutor and there’s no ‘one size fits all’ approach to making a final decision.  There are however, a few constants that should be considered before agreeing to a series of lessons with a tutor.


As there is no governing body for private tutors in the UK, it’s up to you to decide what you feel are important questions to ask a potential tutor.  The following questions can act as a good starting point:


What Are Your Qualifications?

It’s generally considered that a private tutor should at least be an undergraduate at university in order to offer private tuition although this is not a hard and fast rule.  In some cases, high school students respond better to being tutored by someone closer to their own age who has recently experienced the UK education system first hand.  However, some parents feel that a more experienced tutor with teaching qualifications would be more beneficial to their child’s needs.


What Is Your Teaching Style?

This will vary according to the subject being tutored.  At the very least however, a tutor should be able to explain their basic methodologies and how they structure lessons.


At the beginning of the academic year, tutors generally tend to focus on class-related tuition, so as to provide a supplement to the coursework outlined by the school curriculum.  From January onwards, tutors are normally at their busiest as the demand for exam preparation increases and therefore lessons tend to be more orientated towards final exams.


How Do You Keep Up To Date With The School Education System?

As not all tutors are teachers, it’s important to know where they source their information from.  Tutors should keep up to date with the school curriculum from a range of sources particularly from their country’s National Curriculum website.


How Much Do You Charge?

Tutors generally tend to charge between £15 and £45 per hour, depending on location and the subject being studied.  Private tuition for non-curriculum based subjects can often be substantially more and those who tutor students for university entrance have been known to charge even more again.  A tutor’s experience and qualifications are generally determining factors in how much they charge.  Some tutors may also provide discounted rates to small groups of students who are interested in being tutored together.


Have You Been CRB Checked?

A CRB certificate is a document showing whether a person has any criminal convictions.  Anyone who is employed and works with young or vulnerable people needs to have a CRB certificate.  As private tuition is normally a private arrangement between tutor, student and parent, there is no legal requirement for a tutor to have a CRB certificate.


Do You Have References I Can Check?

Many tutors come recommended from friends and relatives, giving piece of mind that the tutor is up to the job.  All experienced tutors should have a list of names and telephone numbers they can provide for previous students and parents and these should be checked before agreeing to any lessons.


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