Which Tutor is Most Suitable for Your Child?

Finding Tutors

In today’s increasingly academically conscious world simply entrusting a tutor with your child isn’t enough.

You need to find that perfect fit and yes, thanks to development in professionalism and specialization in recent years, doing so is possible. The solution to the problem of finding a suitable tutor for your child can be broadly categorized into two parts-

The Child- Parenting today is one humongous task and you need all the help you can get.

The stress of homework, peer pressure and the fear of failing as all fields today require excellence- your child requires a support base that needs to be provided by you both financially and emotionally.

Endeavoring to find out your ward’s strengths and weaknesses, theoretical as this might sound , could really be made quite simple:

  • Monitor your child’s school progress. Talk to teachers.
  • Enrol her/him in as many extra-curricular classes as possible giving her/him the liberty to decide what she/he wants to do with a little observation from your side of course.
  • Let your child decide his own life priorities. Help him only if he is indecisive and asks for your help either directly or indirectly.
  • Once this is done, support her/him in reaching the goals she/he has set for her/himself rather than the ones you set for him.

The Tutor-Coming to the second part of the solution, your child needs a tutor who can give her/him the extra and necessary support which you cannot provide. Thus, to ensure that the tutor you hire is best suited for your ward, following this checklist will help:

  • Is he qualified enough? A Math teacher cannot teach physics especially if the child is aspiring for an engineering course which will require high levels of expertise.
  • Tutors who have actually undergone special training to sharpen their teaching skills would be the best option.
  • What are his tutoring methods? For example, does he give every child individual attention or believes in group interaction? Choose one depending on your child’s learning ability.
  • Experienced tutors will have the ability to accommodate a wide variety of students under their guidance thus increasing their suitability level.
  • Resources are one point most of us usually overlook when looking for a tutor since we as parents haven’t really moved forward into to the age of technology. With schools becoming hi-tech, the desirable tutor must catch up on his technological knowledge. For instance, it would be great if your child’s tutor can conduct audio-visual classes once in a while, possible with easy access to internet these days.
  • A suitable tutor must have good recommendations from ex students.

While it is up to you to do the first part, MyTustedTutor.com ensures that you have no difficulty in covering you suitable tutor checklist. In fact, it will do half the work for you including other benefits like narrowing down tutors location wise and giving you a list of tutors in your computer screen instead of having to talk to a million people about it.

Pratyasha Ghosh


Things to Consider before Choosing a Tutor

This article gives insight into several tips and tricks before choosing a tutor for your child. Read on for more information about tutor selection.

Does the Tutor have the relevant experience?

Does the Tutor have good communication skills?

Does the Tutor have academic credential and qualifications to teach students?

Does the Tutor have his or her own resources?

Does the Tutor travel to your place or do you have to travel to the Tutor?

How much does the Tutor charge?

Can I afford the Tutor charges?

Does the Tutor have references from previous students?

Does the Tutor have a good track record in getting results?

Does my child really need a Tutor or is it a deeper underlying issue that can be resolved at school?

Can I be a Tutor to my child?


Qualities of a Good Teacher: An Insight

This article mostly brainstorms over the top qualities of a good teacher.

Knowledge is power they say but only a strong guide can effectively chart out a path to harness this power as a tool to aid development.

Modern day teaching entails a lot. Though fundamentals always have and will remain the same, monumental additions have been made to the art of teaching in recent decades.

Keeping this in mind the teacher of today requires classic skills like confidence, communication, a caring and sensitive demeanor as well as new and improved skills on the space age technology called the internet, spontaneity and a level of wit that surpasses today’s all knowing generation of students.

All these attributes and a few more will definitely make for a good educator be it at any institutional level. So lets us go through these essential teaching skills in detail.

Confidence is number 1 on the list of qualities of a good teacher. Teaching must be done with conviction as this is the key to capturing the student’s attention.

This will not only garner respect for the teacher but also help the student in grasping as much as possible from the classes. Making eye contact helps.

Next is a well established line of communication. Asking questions is a good way of doing this but one must be careful not to sound too difficult otherwise the student gets scared into silence.

Mutual respect is a very good facilitator of communication. A teacher must respect every student’s opinion no matter how much he disagrees with it or even if he thinks it is buffoonery. His response must be sensitive.

A good teacher is one who ensures the wholesome development of the entire class and this will only happen if he sets achievable goals before them and remains firm on his expectations.

This attitude must be the same for everyone as partiality, a common feature of higher education, destroys collective morale of the students.

A sensible teacher will come down to the student’s level of understanding instead of showing off his acquired knowledge. This helps no one as it lowers the student’s self confidence. Simplification of complex subjects is one difficult feat a teacher must achieve.

Amongst modern methods technology has become the most important tool for teaching and basic qualifications of any teacher today must have this.

From power point presentations to audio-visual exhibitions, all have tremendously aided intellectual development in the student population.

Technology thus goes hand in hand with human teaching skills the internet being the biggest example. Here it is not enough for the teacher to know how to use the internet but he must ensure to the best of his capabilities that the student is using this technology for his general development and not otherwise.

This also spells caution to the teacher as every word spoken by him can now be verified with the click of a button and thus the teacher must ensure that he always remains one step ahead.

To conclude I would like to add an additional attribute of professionalism that in my opinion the ideal teacher must maintain at all times to avoid ego clashes (Yes, it can happen even with a student!).

Today’s students like no one to intrude into their personal space. One who broadly keeps in mind these basic characteristics should ideally make a good teacher.

Pratyasha Ghosh


Private Tutors and Holding Educational Degrees and Certificates

Basic Tutor Advice Column

The teaching sector today is a huge body, having gained much importance in recent times; not that it was not given importance earlier, but today teaching is a specialized job that requires much training. Here is some basic tutor advice.

As far as educational degree of private tutors is concerned, it would definitely be an excellent addition to any tutor’s skills however the necessity of such a degree is debatable.

Private tuitions are a relatively new phenomenon having developed in the past few decades due to increasing competition and student population.

Under such circumstances it becomes crucial to formulate certain must haves as regards the tutor such as educational degrees. It is not necessary for every subject specialist to be a good teacher.

Teaching is a job that requires a special set of skills if not talent. On the other hand, even naturally talented teachers need to hone their skills. Some gain it through experience, others through training.

Strictly speaking keeping in view the tutor’s interests, training oneself in the business would be the preferred option as this will ensure optimal utilization of time as well as a formal knowledge. In order to understand the need of an educational degree in teaching we must first delve into the benefits of such a course.

A B.Ed(Bachelor of Education) or an M.Ed(Master of Education) is not just simple classroom training but a detailed guide to the technical aspects of teaching such as lesson plans, child psychology, problem solving skills,  bringing the subject down to the student’s level, etc. skills of great importance to both a private tutor as well as a school teacher.

Most private tutors who do not undertake such courses usually take years to learn these skills and build a reputation. A trained one on the other hand will be prepared from the very beginning to face common challenges that come with the job and not depend on experience to teach them.

A tutor holding a certificate of training will be able to establish a symbiotic relationship with his students. While his training will result in a holistic development of the child, the degree will also rightly attract more students much to his benefit and he will be able to widen his spectrum.

Despite the growing need for education to educate, most private tutors neglect it, considering it as only an additional qualification which only professional school teachers require.

They fail to realize that they are professionals too. Globalization has created an urgent necessity for specialization by increasing competition to aid the utilization of the opportunities it provides if only for economic benefits.

All in all, private tutors certainly do require professional courses and an educational degree to prove it, despite claims made otherwise.

A growing awareness needs to be spread regarding the issue as such an enterprise will definitely result in education of the new generation reaching new heights, faint beginnings of which has already been made.

Pratyasha Ghosh