Thursday, November 8, 2007

How To Select A Tutor

By Sadiq Ansari These days, there are a multitude of tutors ready and willing to help your child grow academically and as a person. There are also a good number of unqualified tutors who will do little more than waste your time and take your money. So how do you find a good tutor? One mistake many parents make is assuming that a smart tutor is automatically a good one. I have met hundreds of people who have been very bright, but just wouldn't be good tutors. Tutoring is about more than "being smart" - a good tutor knows how to communicate and help a child learn to think for him/herself. Whenever I meet with a parent for the first time, 9 times out of 10 they will say that they used to have a tutor who basically ended up doing their kids' homework for them. This is the most common pitfall among modern tutors. They don't get the big picture - that being that it's important to teach the child how to think for him/herself. So, all that being said, how does that help you, the parent, in selecting a tutor? Make sure you talk to a tutor before hiring him/her, and find out the tutor's philosophy. Tutoring agencies are often the best place to find tutors because they are usually run by former tutors who train their tutors exactly what to do when helping your kids. If hiring an agency, talk to the head of the agency to find out of the agency's philosophy is in fact one that would help your kid. Make sure you are not hiring a "homework helper." Tutors are there to help your child learn to think for him/herself. Sadiq Ansari holds a B.S. in Computer Science from The George Washington University in Washington, DC, and expects to earn a J.D. (May 2007) from Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, CA. He has been a tutor for over 6 years, and runs Peerless Tutors. Their website -> Malibu Tutor, Article Source: order xanax no prescription
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