Certified Teachers Versus Other Tutors


All NYS certified teachers have taken at least 24 college credits in teaching strategies and education. They have also passed at least 3 exams in teaching post-college to receive certification.  They have been observed while teaching and provided with feedback on how to improve their teaching skills and strategies.  Certified teachers also must take professional development and continuing education classes to maintain their certification. This requires them to be up to date on the latest curriculum and teaching methods.

There is no standard for certified tutors. Each company or organization creates their own certification.  These companies use words such as company certified, experienced, excellent, or qualified to describe the tutors.  They are also not required to learn the current curriculum or teaching methods.  Even if you do not agree with the current curriculum it is important for the child to learn it so they can pass the class and move on to the next class.  In addition, there is no way to know how qualified the tutor is to teach.

Individuals have the least insight into the current curriculum.  Most publishers and textbook companies refuse to sell the materials to individuals.  This means that an individual most likely does not know the current teaching methods.  This is not beneficial for the student.

Tutoring Company versus Individual Tutor


There are pros and cons to hiring a tutoring company or an individual tutor.

Tutoring Company Pros

  • They have clearly defined rules and regulations.
  • They have legally obtained access to resources.
  • They will provide proof of purchase.
  • They have many tutors specializing in many different areas.

Tutoring Company Cons

  • There are many tutors and requests for a particular tutor might not be honored.
  • Different companies have different qualifications for the tutors. Always ask about the qualifications.

Individual Tutor Pros

  • They specialize in their area they are tutoring.
  • They might be more flexible with pricing or scheduling.

Individual Tutor Cons

  • Teachers frequently use resources purchased for their classroom and not purchased for private tutoring.
  • They normally do not have insurance or a refund policy.
  • They might not accept credit cards.

If you are looking to hire a tutoring company or an individual tutor, download our free chart with questions.  This will help you make sure you are asking the correct questions to find the best tutor for your needs.  http://services.margotenterprises.com/helpful-links/resources/tutoring-questions

How to Know if Your Child Needs Tutoring


It is always a hard decision as to whether or not your child needs tutoring.  Sometimes it is hard to admit that your child is struggling.  Last year he was a straight A student and this year he  has a C in one class.  Many things change each year and throughout the year.  Did the child have a major life event to deal with such as a new baby at home, divorce, a death in the family, or moving to a new place.  Is something going on in school?  Or is the material just getting harder?  Tutoring can also be a finanical burden.  Tutoring can get expensive.  It can also limit other children in the family.  If you have to drive one child to tutoring and one child to soccer practice at the same time it cab be hard on the children if one is always late.  However, if your child is struggling in school it is always a good idea to provide extra help.

If your child has already gone to extra help in school, tried peer tutoring, and received homework assistance at home, you should look into tutoring.  Tutoring is not necessarily a permanent requirement for your child.  If the child receives tutoring before he or she has fallen too far behind, it might only take a month or two to catch up.  Beginning tutoring early is always recommended.  It can give your child the confidence he or she needs to more actively participate in class.  It can also help relieve some anxiety about the tests if the student feels that he or she is fully prepared.

Here’s a list of some benefits of tutoring:

  • Higher grades.
  • Better understanding of the material.
  • Less fighting about doing homework.
  • More time for extracurricular activities.
  • More self-confidence.
  • Higher self-esteem.
  • An additional advocate for your child.