How To Find the Best Online Tutor for Your Child
So you’ve been convinced of the advantages of an online tutor? Now, how to find a the best online tutor, one who your child will like, who will care about their success, and who is excellent at what they do? Whether you’re looking for an online math tutor, online reading tutor, or online biology tutor, read on!
Ask Friends or Family
Often friends and family are the best sources for recommendations. As online tutoring becomes more and more popular, chances are someone in your social circles has found a tutor they’d love to recommend. Online tutors network and know other online tutors, so if you’re looking for a Spanish tutor, ask your niece’s online math tutor and you might be surprised to find her with a few recommendations. So, ask around! Maybe someone you know has a relationship with the best online tutor! Bring it up in a conversation at your hair salon, send an email, or post on Facebook.
Watch a YouTube Video
YouTube has become one of the best places for students to get help with their homework. (And for parents to learn how to help their child with homework!) You may be surprised that many of these videos are created by online tutors who are ready and would be thrilled to work with your child one-on-one. Search youtube for something that your child is having trouble with like “the scientific method,” “simplifying complex fractions,” or “consonant blends”. As an added bonus, you’ll get to see the tutor’s teaching style before you contact them.
Here’s an example of one of my videos on simplifying complex fractions.
Peruse listing sites like WyzAnt or Craigslist
Although there isn’t one ultimate site where all online tutors are listed, there are a few to check out. WyzAnt is the most well-known and has the greatest number of tutors. (Although it is less popular among many tutors, as the site takes a hefty chunk of commission from each lesson.) Other sites where you may find a tutor are University Tutor or Tutorz.
No luck on those sites? Check out Craigslist! While there can be shady things going on, a lot of people are out trying to find clients for their services. Search under the “lessons” category, and only contact tutors that you feel safe with. Better yet, the tutor will provide a their website so you can learn more about them.
If you’re looking for a tutor immediately or think you’ll need one who is available on short notice, check out Chegg Tutors. You can immediately be matched with a tutor and with this link your first 30 minutes are free.
When in doubt, google! Many online tutors have great content and will show up in your search results. You may even find public reviews on Google or Facebook. Search for “online math tutor” (or replace math with the subject you are seeking out). Big companies tend to take up the first spots of search results so if you don’t find what you’re looking for on page 1, don’t be afraid to check out pages 2 and 3. The best online tutor may be waiting for you in the middle of page 3.
Have you found the best online tutor for you yet?
I hope these strategies help you in your search! Finding a tutor can be overwhelming or scary, and I commend you in your effort and commitment to your child. If you’re still looking and haven’t had any luck, comment below or send me a message and let me know what you’re looking for. I’m an online math tutor, but I have connections with tutors who do everything from elementary reading to college molecular biology. I’ll do my best to recommend a great match.