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This site also shows tutors' ratings and their fees per session.
Another source is Care.com, which connects people with various service professionals, including tutors. Experience in tutoring varies widely, however. So, check their reviews and ask for references.
Online tutoring is another popular choice, though, it isn't right for every child. Homework Helpers LLC in Alaska, for example, offers “tele-tutoring” which uses a video chat platform, making it accessible for students to access online academic help. (Visit homeworkhelperak.com.)
FREE TUTORING
If tutoring isn't in your budget, there are several options. First, check with your child's school. Some schools offer one-on-one tutoring programs for eligible students. Many schools also offer after- school group tutoring. Kids can stay after school to work on their homework with a teacher to assist. Some teachers also offer after-school tutoring for their students.
For example, at the Anchorage School District’s “homework help” online page, you’ll find links to several free expert tutoring resources. (Visit asdk12. org/domain/1183.)
Tutor.com provides live one-to-one homework help on everything from basic math and English to AP physics and college writing every weekday (Monday- Friday) from 8 am-2 am and on weekends from 12 pm-2 am. Practice tests and career resources are also available. (For Alaska residents seeking to use this electronic resource, go to the Statewide Library Electronic Doorway (SLED) portal for access and assistance at lam.alaska.gov/sled.)
Consider contacting your local high school and community college. Students majoring in particular subjects or teaching are required to do a certain number of hours of tutoring. For that reason, students often offer it for free.
Remember to also check with your school or community librarian for help with books and other sources for homework help.
Another option: Ask trusted family members, neighbors and friends if they can help. You might discover someone you know is enthused to help your struggling child.
There's also the popular Khan Academy website, which offers free online video tutorials for students
at all levels. You’ll find online resources/lessons for math, science, economics, computer science and humanities. (Visit khanacademy.org.)
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A TUTOR
There are several factors to consider when looking for a tutor. These include:
• Is the tutor qualifified? Your best bet is to look for someone with a teaching degree since tutoring requires skills that not everyone possesses. For younger students, if the tutor has a teaching degree, specialization in a particular subject isn't necessary. From high school and beyond, look for a tutor with expertise in the subject your child needs help with.
• Does the tutor have the right personality?
First, a tutor should be patient, empathetic, positive, passionate, creative, and fun. These characteristics help ensure your child can learn from the tutor and will walk away with self- confidence. Also, the tutor's personality should be a good fit for your child. It's essential the tutor and your child connect with each other.
• Is the tutor flflexible? Each child has their own best learning style. It might be visual, aural, physical, verbal, logical, or any combination of these. Also, some kids are solitary learners, whereas others are social learners and enjoy learning in groups. Look for a setting and tutor that fits your kid's style.
• Does the tutor have excellent references? Online tutoring services often have reviews from previous clients. Look for those with overall
high ratings and positive comments. But beware of reviews directly on the tutoring company's website, since these can often be manipulated. If you find your tutor offline or find very few reviews, ask for several references. Still, the references a tutor
provides might
not be an entirely
accurate depiction
of their character
and experience
either. So, use
due diligence for
your child's safety
and to ensure
your child receives
quality service.
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