1. What are your goals? Do you want to be fluent, conversational or get an “A” in Spanish class? Any and all are great, but be sure you know what you are looking for.
2. Have expectations, but be reasonable. Fluency and learning take time, no matter what the language or subject. Hire a tutor before you start struggling in class. It’s better to be prepared and not need much help than to wait a few weeks before grades come in. Having a tutor is helpful to grasp concepts and help with understanding, clarification, etc. But tutoring is more effective when you also put study time in on your own.
3. Tutoring can be fun! Depending on what your goals/needs are, sometimes it’s nice to do something out-of-the-box, creative, and away from the textbook.
4. Ask your tutor if they have any specials, discounts, or packages. Many times your tutor is willing to work with you and can find ways to meet a budget or schedule. If you can’t come to them, maybe they can come to you. If traffic is consistently a problem, consider online lessons.
5. Is your tutor a full-time or part-time tutor? Now, this may sound like a silly question, but it’s an important one. If your tutor is full-time, they may have more openings and scheduling options, which could be beneficial. Also, like any other appointment you schedule, try to keep it or reschedule with enough warning. That way, rescheduling is much easier on the tutor and the student.