How do you choose a tutor for kids who learn and think differently? Whether you’re looking for a tutor to help your child with dyslexia, dyscalculia, or something else, it’s important to ask the right questions.
Here are questions to ask before you hire a tutor for your child.
- How long have you been tutoring?
- What are your qualifications, certifications, or credentials?
- What’s your expertise in the content area my child is studying?
- Have you worked before with kids or adults who have trouble with the same skills as my child?
- How will you get a sense of my child’s needs?
- What strategies have you found help most when you start to work with a child?
- Can you tell me a little bit about your teaching philosophy?
- What kind of results can I expect to see, and what happens if my child doesn’t make progress?
- What might get in the way of achieving your tutoring goals?
- How would you help my child deal with [specific challenge your child has had]?
- What can I do to support the process?
- How will you communicate with me, and how often?
- How will you work and communicate with my child’s teachers?
- How do you measure progress?
- Do you have references I can speak to?
- What’s your availability?
- Where will the tutoring sessions take place?
- How long is each tutoring session?
- How much do you charge per session?
- Are there other fees (for materials or assessments, for example)?
- What’s your policy for cancellations and make-up sessions?
Learn more about the pros and cons of different tutoring options. You might also be interested in exploring online tutoring services.
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About the author
Amanda Morin is the author of “The Everything Parent’s Guide to Special Education” and the former director of thought leadership at Understood. As an expert and writer, she helped build Understood from its earliest days.
Sheldon H. Horowitz, EdD is senior director of learning resources and research at the National Center for Learning Disabilities.