In Canada and around the world, private tutoring and teaching services are on the rise, with an increasing number of students becoming part-time tutors.

The decision to start private tutoring is not always an easy one.

How do you know if private tutoring is the right choice for you or your child? Will it really lead to an improvement in academic performance and better grades? Will it be worth the time and the money?

There are a number of important questions to consider before making the decision to hire a private tutor for yourself or for your child.

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Don't be afraid to ask your tutor as many questions as possible to get to know them better. Source: Visualhunt

Finding a great tutor to meet you learning needs is not always an easy task. Before hiring a tutor to start working with the are a number of important things to consider, including your budget and your purpose for starting tutoring lessons.

This guide will outline all of the major points you'll need to consider before starting private tutoring lessons.

  • What is the best location to hold private tutoring lessons?
  • Does private tutoring guarantee academic success in the long run?
  • Is private tutoring worth the money and time investment?
  • How much should I be paying for tutoring?

These are amongst the most frequently asked questions by students and parents considering whether to embark upon private tutoring lessons. By reflecting upon each of these questions, this will help you to decide whether private tutoring is right for you.

What is the best location to hold private tutoring lessons? 

The best part of private tutoring is that you can take your lessons from the comfort of your own home.

Private tutoring can be held anywhere outside of school, including at your home, the tutor's home, or in public place such as a library or a cafe. It's important to select a location that is convenient and comfortable for both you and your tutor. Whether it's a café, a park, a community centre or a library-  you can choose whatever works best for you and your tutor.

There are important safety considerations to think about before deciding to start tutoring lessons at your tutor's home. You'll want to make sure that the tutor has conducted health and safety checks, and may even wish to ask your tutor whether they have private insurance as well as a criminal background check.

As a tutor, you'll want to think about the same risks when going to a student's house for lessons. When holding lessons at your house, always make sure that your home and work space is clean and tidy, with excellent lighting. Make sure there are no potential health and safety hazards including loose wires or water on the floors.

We strongly advise tutors to invest in personal insurance policies, which will cover the cost of injuries and damages when individuals that are members of the public are present in your home. If any accidents happen, you'll be able to protect yourself and your students.

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Online platforms are a great way to meet students and tutors. Source: Visualhunt

Online tutoring is another great option for private tutoring, as it means that both the student and tutor can work from their own homes. All they'll need is a good internet connection, a computer and a webcam!

Online platforms such as Superprof are a great way to connect tutors and students around the world. You can decide whether you want to start lessons in person or online via webcam. Superprof is very easy to use, and will connect you with passionate tutors in hundreds of subjects all over the world.

This means that you could learn German from a tutor in Germany, or receive acting lessons from a teacher in New  York. Wherever you are in the world, you have countless opportunities to learn from the comfort of your own home!

Online tutoring for students abroad has become increasingly popular, particularly when learning a new language. The Canadian tutoring industry is growing rapidly, with many companies expanding internationally.

Tutoring is a great way to earn extra income by working alongside full-time or part-time employment and studies. With online platforms such as Superprof, it's easy to connect with students online and in your local area.

Check out our article about the pros and cons of private tutoring.

Does Private Tutoring Guarantee Academic Success in the long-term?

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Private tutoring can boost grades and confidence! Source: Visualhunt

Private tutoring can be a great long-term solution to achieving academic success. However, it's important to remember that both the tutor and student need to invest the time and effort to guarantee success.

A tutor can help you to prepare for your exams, by practicing exercises and identifying  your weaknesses and problem areas. As a result, you'll feel more confident going in and will most likely have much better grades!

However exam success is only a short-term issue. In the long run, students will also learn better study habits, improve their math and reading skills, and improve their confidence which will help them do better in the long run.

Long-term success is really dependent on the student and tutor's motivation. If the student is determined and willing to learn from the tutor, then they're already headed for long-term academic success.

 Is Tutoring Worth the Money and Time invested?

This is often the most important question that people will think about before starting private tuition.

Private tutors aren't cheap!
You'll want to get your money's worth when paying for private tutoring lessons. Source: Visualhunt

When both parents and students decide to start private tutoring lessons, they'll want to pay for results and feel that their money is being used efficiently. They'll want high quality lessons that will help them not only to improve their academic performance but  to improve their confidence in the subject taught.

Tutoring can definitely be worth the money, if  you've found the right tutor that will help you to excel and gain confidence in your subject.

Before hiring a private tutor, you'll need to have a clear idea of what your goals are and what you want to get out of your lessons. For example, you may wish to see a clear improvement in your grades for tests and assignments. You'll want to consider what your budget is and how often you'll be meeting your tutor for lessons.

As a student or parent, it's always important to do some research beforehand, to get an idea of the average rates charged for tutoring in your local area and online and for your subject. You can also contact your local school to find if any students offer tutoring services, and check out adverts in libraries and local community centres. Superprof will help you connect with tutors in your local area or online for lessons in hundreds of subjects.

Once you've got a good idea of your goals and the budget you're willing to spend, then you're ready to start contacting tutors to make enquiries! Keep in mind the level and subject you are seeking lessons for. If you are looking for lessons in a less common or very specific subject, then the fees may be higher than for Math or English lessons for elementary school students.

How much should you be paying for private tutoring? 

Private tutoring is a growing market, meaning that it is becoming increasingly competitive and prices can seem very high. But it's important to remember that with the right tutor, private tutoring is a great investment in your education that is worth paying for.

Unlike the traditional schooling system, there are no distractions during private tutoring lessons. You are really getting one-on-one attention from your tutor. This is why some people choose to invest money in private tutoring, because they know that they'll receive excellent one-on-one education from their tutors. As a result, they'll be able to improve their academic performance, motivation and self-esteem.

If you decide to start paying $20 a week to start tutoring, this could be the difference between C's and A's in your exams, which could eventually influence where you go to university and the career path you choose!

Tutoring can be accessible to everyone!
Check out different tutoring associations across Canada. Source: Visualhunt

Keep your Child Safe during Tutoring Lessons

The most important thing to consider before starting tutoring lessons is how to keep your child safe.

You can ensure that your tutor is qualified by asking to see proof of their diplomas and other certifications that they may have listed in their CV. It's also a good idea to ask for references from former students. You'll be able to discuss with them to get an idea of the tutor's personality and work ethic and this will help you to decide whether to go forward them. You may also wish to ask your tutor for a background check if they are a self-employed tutor.

As a parent with young children, you may also want to select a tutor with previous work experience with younger or vulnerable people. Don't be afraid to ask your tutor for details about their current employment and to ask for contact details from former employees and past students.

In conclusion, before starting tutoring lessons, you'll want to consider everything from health and safety risks  involved, the budget you are willing to spend and the goals you wish to achieve through tutoring.

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Yvette is a freelance Canadian writer living in Paris. She spends her time between Toronto and Paris and likes to travel and learn. She's the proud mom of two strong minded women and enjoys her free time giving back to her communities.