When people talk about home tuition, they usually talk about the children and how they are going to interact with the home tutor, but what about the parents? The parents have to have a lot of interaction with a home tutor because the home tutor is going to play a large role in the early life of their child. So, what can parents do to help know a tutor and even learn from a tutor?
One of the first things to do is to have a private meeting with the tutor. This should be done before they even start teaching your child. You want to see what the tutor is like and find out if they are going to be a good fit for your child. You want to know if the tutor is going to be someone who will be able to teach your child the way you believe they will be taught and most importantly you want a tutor that your child will feel comfortable with. All this can be found out with the first interview.
Next, you want to see your child with the tutor. Observe how the tutor teaches your child. This will show you what your child will be learning, how they will be learning and how they respond to the tutor. You want to see the entire process so you know how everything will go during a typical training session with your child.
After this, talk to your child and find out what they thought about the tutor. Find out if they liked the tutor, if the tutor was nice to them and how they liked learning in their own home. Ask your child if there is anything they may want to change about the learning process and make a list of things that you can bring up with the tutor later on. This is important because you have to have an active dialogue between you and your child about the tutor because the child will tell you about things that they may not talk to the tutor about.
Lastly, have monthly talks with the tutor to discuss your child’s progress. If your child is progressing very fast, then it may be time to talk with the tutor about changing the curriculum so that the child can learn at a better rate. If the process is going slow, then you again may need to adjust everything. You want to be able to talk with the tutor each month because you can also hear their concerns and address them. If the child is not listening to the tutor, then you may need to talk to your child about this. Constant communication is vitally important between you and the tutor, just as it is between you and your child.
When your child gets a tutor, they may not hit it off well with the tutor and you may need to talk to them about it and even find another tutor. The important thing is you want to find a tutor who works well with your child and with you.
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