5 Things to Consider When Hiring a (Language) Tutor

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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.

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That ‘new-fangled’ internet

exam-preparation I guess in all reality I should admit that I am getting older. And yes, yes before I hear the backlash, I know that I am not old, but I’ve noticed that learning methods and things I used to do in school are not done (or are done minimally) anymore. Now, I know that I was spoiled because we could and did use the internet for research, but I do remember the card catalogue days! But I know that my students today rarely use a textbook and do most (if not all) their work on a computer and submit assignments over the internet.

I am glad that I didn’t have to do this when I was in school. I know I would have struggled with doing everything on the computer. Given the opportunity, I would choose to write something down before I type it. And I am one of those ‘old-fashioned’ people who still has a daily agenda and doesn’t program my schedule into my phone. But the great thing about all the computers and the internet is we are so easily connected! Especially during this time of year, when everyone is cramming for exams, the computer makes even tutoring convenient!

So, we’re offering Skype tutoring sessions for all subjects for $35.00 p/hr. Now until May 20 you can book 3 sessions at a 10% discount!

It will save you a lot of time and some green and we all can use a little of that!