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8 Questions to Ask When Considering a Private Tutor

Posted by Mark Skoskiewicz on Wed, Jun 05, 2013 @ 01:54 PM

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Whether you’re in high school, college, or graduate school (or you are a working professional preparing for a standardized test like the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, or MCAT, etc.)  hiring a private tutor can be a very good idea and investment.  Through customized instruction focused on an individual’s unique strengths, weaknesses, and learning style, the decision to hire a private tutor can result in better grades or test scores, more efficient use of study time, and ultimately, a faster route to however you’re defining success.

However, it can also be very costly, both in terms of the cost per hour itself, and the investment of time and attention you must put into finding and hiring the right tutor and making the experience successful.  In the past three years of operating MyGuru, which we believe is a premier destination for individuals considering private tutoring, we’ve identified 8 key questions one should ask before hiring a tutor.  You’ll notice that some of these questions should be posed to the tutor, but others are questions you need to ask yourself (or your child).

Here are the questions we discuss in the white paper.

Question #1: Have you exhausted all available free resources?

Question #2: Do you have the time to do the research to find the right tutor?

Question #3: What is your specific goal in hiring a tutor?

Question #4: What is the academic background AND tutoring/teaching background AND track record of the tutor? Hint – as these questions together, as a group.

Question #6: How much are you willing to spend?

Question #7: Is the first session risk free?

Question #8: What are your expectations for the first session (i.e. objectives, location, etc.)?

To download our white paper that covers how to use these 8 questions as you’re considering a private tutor, please click below.


Private Tutor Questions to Ask