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Selecting a Tutor

1. Explain to your child why you think a tutor is needed and what a tutor does. Talk about what you hope will be accomplished with a tutor.  It will be more productive if your child agrees to be tutored. Ask your child to find out how many other students have a tutor. You will find the number quite amazing.

2. Upon contacting the tutor ask about training, experience, and references. Check the tutor's credentials. You may do this by using the school information they have provided. It is important that the tutor is a certified teacher or has expertise in the area being taught. Find out whether the person has experience working with students at your child's age level. If the tutor is working with a child with a learning disability, it is essential that he/she has been trained to use appropriate techniques that can address the student's special needs.  Ask to see documentation. 

3. Set clear goals for the tutor.  This may avoid future misunderstandings.  Whenever possible, advise your child's teacher that they are being tutored. Try to create a partnership between you, your child's teacher, and the tutor.  

4. If possible, schedule tutoring for the time of day your child is ready to learn. After-school hours are the most common time for tutoring but this is also when students are tired or distracted by other activities.  Allow for much-needed breaks from the school routine. Allow your child to arrange the time.

5. Observe your child working with the tutor.  The session should be relaxed yet professional.  The tutor should be guiding your child through direct teaching and guided practice.  Good tutors and coaches guide the learning.

6. Request periodic reports from both the tutor and your child's teacher.  

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