Which Type of Tutor Are You Looking For?Tutoring is not a one-size-fits all endeavor. Each student comes to tutoring for different reasons. The following is a list of 15 types of support a tutor may provide during any given session:

Confidence Builder

It is amazing how much a confident student can accomplish. Confident students are more likely to stick with a difficult problem through completion. They are also more likely to ask for help when it is needed. Tutors can teach students strategies and skills that will build their confidence, as well as provide imediate feedback with encouragement that can motivate a student to try.

Homework Helper

Although it is recommended that homework assignments practice skills that students already know, this is not always the case. Many students look at homework assignments and do not know how to begin the assignment. A tutor can guide students through the use of notes, online resources, and instruction to help a student complete the assignment while learning  study skills.

Challenge Creator

Some students don’t need help with class or homework. They are experiencing success in the classroom, but are bored. A tutor will take classroom content, extend the learning, and leave students feeling challenged and eager to learn.

Assessor

Parents and teachers can sometimes have a difficult time determining what is holding a child back from class success. A tutor can work one-on-one with a student through a variety of assessments which provide important information about how to help a child move find successs in the classroom.

Remediation Teacher

Did you know that grade-level content builds upon what a student has learned in previous grades? In order for a child to experience success in the classroom, tutors can provide instruction in previously learned topics while connecting them to current grade level content.

Study Habbits Instructor

Many students leave the classroom feeling confident about newly taught material. However, when they get home, the student doesn’t know how to get started. This is fairly typical. Teachers can make a concept look easy during class (they know how to do it after all). The teacher’s confidence leads the child to believe they also understand the concepts, but once they must work independently, they realize it isn’t as easy as they thought. A tutor can teach a student how to use notes and other resources to remember how to complete their assignment.

Organization Advocate

A child that misplaces homework, notes, and other resources may find that their grades are affected. A tutor can teach strategies for maintaining organization and follow up with check-ins to ensure the strategies are being utilized.

Test Preparation Strategist

With everything that depends on good scores (college admission, course placement, etc), many students and parents seek out experts that can teach their child test taking strategies prior to taking high stakes tests. In addition to strategies, a tutor can help a student develop a study plan that will work with their schedule and knowledge.

Learning Coach

A child that has missed instruction from a teacher can benefit from being taught by a tutor. Students that travel frequently, homeschooled students, and absences due to student illness are all reasons a child may need instruction from a certified teacher.

Student Advocate

A tutor can be a child’s best advocate when used properly. They can work with a child’s teacher to develop a learning plan based on the teacher and tutor’s experiences with the child.

Resource Gatherer

Sometimes all a parent or student needs is access to quality practice resources. A tutor can create resources or suggest practice materials that fit the student’s needs.

Q&A

Parents have lots of questions about school, learning, etc. and need a trustworthy source to bounce ideas off of and answer questions. Tutors can listen, answer questions, and provide strategies to alleviate parent concerns.

Why Responder

Students have a lot of why questions! Many don’t have time to ask these questions in class or are shy to ask in front of others. Why? is a great question for processing new learning. Once the question is answered with understanding many students are able to take off with their new knowledge.

Patience Master

Yep, you got it! Tutors need to have patience while students think through and respond to questions. It can be difficult to not jump in and show a student how to do their work, but what they need is time to think through their own understanding and ask questions.

Strategizer

Tutors must have many different strategies to attack the same problem. Different strategies work for different students. If a child is experiencing difficulty using a strategy provided in the classroom, a tutor can explain the strategy and use other strategies to get the ideas accross to a student.

This list is definitely not exhaustive! What are you looking for in a tutor? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!

Please contact us to discuss tutoring options and if they will benefit your child. We currently offer in person and online tutoring. I would be happy to answer any of your questions.

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Angela Culley

Angela Culley

Owner & Tutor at Math Ninja, LLC
As the founder of Math Ninja, Angela provides online and in person math tutoring for all ages including those studying for the GRE, GMAT, SAT, ACT, PPST, and other math specific subject assessments. Prior to launching her business, Angela coached K-12 educators on effective teaching strategies, curriculum writing, and assessment development.As a classroom teacher, she taught math to students ranging from grade 5 - 12. She has also taught both undergraduate and graduate math courses as an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia and Mountain State University.
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2 thoughts on “Which Type of Tutor are You Looking For?

  • June 30, 2016 at 7:16 am
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    Hey Angela,

    Nice post!!

    I completely agree with you that a tutor must be patient, so that he can make children more comfortable .For children struggling with math, having the support of an experienced math tutor has been proved to be crucial. Effective math tutoring involves both teaching the solutions to math problems and also, the structure of how math works. This helps math students achieve a better grasp of the core concepts.

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