When you’re searching for someone to help your child with homework, you should also be searching for someone who has a passion for learning and wants to know what makes your kid tick.
Inborn traits such as personality type, temperament, emotional/relational style, learning style, gender differences, talent set and proclivities, inherent strengths and weaknesses, and resilience to trauma are part of each child’s natural makeup. Finding the right tutor means finding an educator who knows how to incorporate the right learning tools and strategies to accommodate your child accordingly.
As a tutor myself, I know that I am the first line of defense when it comes to sussing out struggles in school and at home. It’s really hard for the Parent to also wear the Tutor Hat, and so it’s important that your child has someone on their side who can be an objective advocate for the student and family’s needs.
We understand this, and that’s why the criteria for being a Terry Tutors Tutor is a tall order. We require our Tutors to come to the table with:
- A genuine passion for education coupled with the ability to break down information succinctly and provide structure while tailoring educational concepts to the student’s/family’s needs
- A personal investment in each student/family on your caseload — going the extra mile to ensure they understand and put in practice the concepts taught
- Ability to professionally communicate with all parties involved: Students, Parents, Teachers, Support Staff, Administrators, Therapists, and The Regional Center
- A college degree or higher + experience working with students with special education needs
- Commitment to working consistently with at least 1 student/1 family per semester
And then there’s that x factor.
We know that poor grades are often a symptom that something else is wrong: a learning difference, behavior challenge, social skills need, or family dynamic concern. We recommend that you look for tutors who understand this so you can get more than just a homework helper.
Here are a few defining characteristics of a Great Tutor:
You want a tutor who has a passion for understanding all the little nuances that help your child learn best. Everything from what type of chair your child is sitting in during class to what type of friends they are hanging out with should be of importance because when all of these little things are added together, it can reveal long-sought-after answers to struggles with homework, processing information, social-emotional behavior, learning style, self-confidence and self-worth.
You want a tutor who can communicate and collaborate with all parties involved. There are so many people helping your child throughout the day that it can be hard for everyone to get on the same page, even when it comes to a simple assignment. A great tutor knows that communication in a kind and collaborative way can ensure that you, as the parent, know what’s going on at all times.
You want a tutor who you can trust to get the job done but who understands creating a life-long learner is more important than getting an A. Grades are subjective. School is more of a lesson in psychology than we realize. When it comes to hiring someone to help your child improve, look for someone who understands that social skills are just as important as acing that history test. Being a tutor should be about forward thinking– peering into the next 10-15 years of the student’s life and asking, “What will help this child learn to love learning even more?”
Great Tutors are out there and ready to help. For more info about our Great Tutors check out TerryTutors.com
Christine Terry, J.D., is a Special Education Advocate & Founder of Terry Tutors. She created the One Comprehensive Wraparound Service for The Struggling Student. Want to Know More? Head on over to TerryTutors.com.