But where do you start?
These tips will help you decide which tutor is going to be best for you.
1. Select a format
First you need to decide what is best for you – would online tutoring be enough? Do you need more support, would one-on-one tutoring work better? Or are you hoping to enjoy something a bit more social –perhaps a group situation may suit you best? Whatever it is, before you set out to find the best tutor for you, decide which format would suit your learning needs the best.
2. Look for reviews
The beauty of finding a tutor on Tutors4You is that you can find reviews that will give honest feedback about how people have found this person’s support. You may also be guided by the ratings on their listing page. Where someone has rated 4-5 stars, they are likely to be a worthwhile tutor who gets results.
Reviews are the new referral – but where you don’t want to go with reviews online, you may also ask if you can contact a tutor’s past students for a referral or you may like to reach out to friends and family and see if they can recommend someone or know of anyone who can assist you.
3. Interview the tutor
Once you have chosen a tutor who you think may be right for you, contact them using the details under “Get in touch” and set up an interview. What you’re looking for is someone who is honest, trustworthy and that you genuinely connect with. The key is to find someone approachable who genuinely cares and wants you to succeed.
A good tutor will be happy to have a lengthy discussion to get to know you and understand your needs and requirements, as well as your interest in this particular language and what your goals are. This interview will be a two-way street and give you a good indication of whether this person will be right for you. Pay attention to their credentials as well as their attitude, teaching style and expertise in any specific area you need assistance with.
4. Ask for a trial
See if you are able to organise a trial class with them or if they can run you through a typical lesson plan so that you can get a feel for what to expect. See if you can get a feel for their teaching methods and style, and see if it will match your learning methods and style. Keep an eye out for someone who has the ability to explain difficult concepts in a simple format or can not only help you understand a concept but also memorise it.
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