Tutoring Options: Pros and Cons

By Amanda Morin
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There are several options for tutoring that can help kids with learning and thinking differences. From tutoring software to private sessions with educational therapists, each option has pros and cons. Use this chart to compare your options.

Tutoring Option Pros Cons Cost
Private Tutoring

One-on-one teaching.

Can be hard to find a high-quality tutor, and they don’t always have experience with learning and thinking differences.

Varies, but typically $25–$80 per hour, depending on the tutor’s qualifications.

Educational Therapy

Specially trained in working with kids with learning and thinking differences.

Can be hard to find educational therapists in some areas.

Varies, but typically $25–$80 per hour. Much higher in cities like New York.

Learning Centers

Provides testing to assess current skill levels. Allows your child to work with certified teachers. Includes the option to enroll your child in small group tutoring, which can help with cooperative learning.

Aren’t always trained to work with kids who have learning and thinking differences. You also may not be able to choose the tutor your child works with, and you may have to pay more for individual sessions.

Between $35 and $55 per session, plus $200 or more for testing fees. There may also be costs for materials used in tutoring.

Online Tutoring

Very flexible scheduling. Can be used on an as-needed basis. May reduce anxiety in kids with social skills issues.

Limits the ability to build a personal relationship.

On average, $30–$50 per one-hour session.

Tutoring Software

Allows your child to work at own pace and on a flexible schedule. Targets specific content and skills.

Has limited ways of teaching and practicing new skills. Not very personalized.

Varies, depending on the program and skills targeted. Between $25 and $200 to buy the software.

Learn about the different areas tutors specialize in, such as remedial skills or test prep. Get suggestions on what to ask when hiring a tutor. Read about the difference between tutoring and academic coaching.

Keep in mind that insurance often doesn’t cover tutoring. Find out about free and affordable options for tutoring. You can also find out what to look for in tutors for kids with dyslexia and dyscalculia.

About the Author

About the Author

Amanda Morin 

worked as a classroom teacher and as an early intervention specialist for 10 years. She is the author of The Everything Parent’s Guide to Special Education. Two of her children have learning differences.

Reviewed by

Reviewed by

Sheldon H. Horowitz, EdD 

is senior director of learning resources and research at the National Center for Learning Disabilities.

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