In big U.S. cities, newspaper classifieds run by the big test-prep companies make it relatively easy to find qualified, private tutors willing to help your child with any given subject although at prices per hour (anywhere between $25 to $100) that can be pretty steep.
Otherwise, your child's school may have a list of qualified tutors who have worked with other area kids, or ask at your local school district or community center for information on less expensive after school programs.
In smaller communities, less-qualified though often no-less talented student teachers can be found at local colleges. Many are happy to gain teaching experience by helping your child through difficult courses with the added benefit of charging fees that are much more affordable.
Working with tutors
Although locating a tutor may be easy your job isn't over - yet.
Take stock of their qualifications and don't hesitate to ask questions and request references from other parents whose children they have worked with successfully. Can your tutor spot where your child may be having trouble learning? Can your child's tutor be reached after scheduled sessions with questions or particular homework
Once you have made a decision about hiring a tutor keep monitoring their progress and if your child continues to struggle with school assignments or receives a failing grade, it's time to hire another tutor.
More recently, e-tutoring has also been growing in popularity as parents learn about the advantages of long-distancing coaching, first in the in the UK and now by leaps and bounds in the U.S.
Tutor.com, which mainly employs North American teachers, continues to be the U.S. market leader. However, they have come under threat by companies based in India like TutorVista or Educomp.com which
employ a large staff of trained tutors at half to a third prices charged by American-based online tutoring companies.
Time will tell if kids are actually learning in this latest trend in education outsourcing.
More about tutoring on the Web:
Elsewhere on the Web, discover more information on tutoring along with advice on where, when, and how to choose a tutor for your child, with resources for finding a qualified tutor online or in your area, plus practical tips for parents & teachers on boosting kids' self esteem and preparing them for a lifetime of learning ....
at Family Education.com - Extensive list of star-rated and parent-reviewed U.S. based tutoring programs, plus surf around for more general tips and advice on choosing a tutor for your child and advice for parents of the learning disabled.
Your Guide to Employing a Private Tutor - UK agency with practical how to's & tips in what to look for, plus browse the directory or clickable map for qualified tutors throughout England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland.