All parents want to see their children succeed in school. For some kids, regular classrooms aren’t enough — while they may get the basics of the day’s lesson, because of class size, distractions, or learning disabilities, they may be missing out on comprehension and retention. Tutors or homework helpers can be a great resource! Here’s a few tips on finding the right tutor for you or your child:
Tutors come in all shapes, sizes, and personalities. It may take a few “false starts” before you find the one that is right for your family or child. There are several sites available online that can help parents find a tutor in their local area that will fit (1) their child’s needs, and (2) their budget.
- At Care.com, tutors are pre-screened and searchable by zip code. Once the available tutors in your area come up, you’ll be able to see basic profile info, hourly rate, subjects each tutor specializes in, and whether they speak additional languages. Care.com also has listings for nannies and babysitters, pet sitters, special needs caregivers and more. You can also register as an individual or a family and post job listings for the types of tutoring or other services you need.
- At WyzAnt.com you can find everything from a math homework tutor to instructors for in-home piano lessons. WyzAnt provides private one-on-one in-home tutoring only, that you can setup and pay for online. Special needs or tutors with LD (Learning Disabilities) experience are also available. WyzAnt caters to a wide variety of students from pre-school to post-graduate. They can also help non-profits and institutions with training or staffing needs.
- Check out TutorMatch.com — a nationwide company that has been in business for more than 10 years. Initial contact between student and tutor is made via their private messaging system, which takes into consideration privacy issues many parents may have. You can easily send a message to a tutor and outline the educational goals you want to accomplish.
- Craigslist.org can also be a great place to find local tutors and instructors. To find available tutors, select a city or region, and select ‘Lessons’ under the Services section.
You most likely will find a large range in pricing between sites and between individual tutors. For instance, a quick scan on each of the sites listed revealed a tutor with experience in middle grade English (Jr. High level) billing at $20-55/hr, so it’s definitely prudent to be a comparison shopper.