If you do a search on Google, chances are you would have come across numerous articles dispensing advice regarding engaging the services of a tutor. We have our own take on things as well, and presented below is a compilation of what we recommend hiring parents to look out for. Note that we shall refrain from marketing any specific individual from our list of tutoring experts so as to ensure an absolutely unbiased, dispassionate discourse. Here goes:

1. Gender

For female students of ages 14 and below, to avoid any unintended situational discomfort/misunderstandings arising out of interactions with an educator of the opposite sex, it would be wise if a female tutor is roped in to coach the child. We are not sexist all right? This is erring on the side of caution.

2. Part-Time Vs Full Time Tutors

It is argued that full time tutors have the hours on their side to dedicate themselves completely to the cause of improving grades, whereas part timers don't. We are not going to make any hard-line assertions here, because we feel it really bubbles down to the individual tutor you are seeking out.

Who says part-time tutors can't be equally committed? It is likely true they can't accept a large volume of tutees since they are holding down office positions; it is probably equally true most are available only on weekday evenings and weekends. However, if he/she is responsible and can do a fantastic job, it is safe to say almost everything else doesn't really matter yes? Don't be blinded by stereotypes, judge fairly and chances of you crossing paths with a teaching maestro would be much higher.

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Those who have taught long enough will very likely have encountered students who are angels on the one hand, and those who refuse to play ball on the other. While not exactly devils, they do succeed in driving you up the wall at times with their not quite impeccable behaviour and learning attitudes. Last minute changes to lesson timings, unwillingness to complete homework assigned to them et cetera et cetera.......just makes you go all "@#$%^&*!!!!!" . But a composed and professional tutor will not resort to physical violence or screaming the most unrefined of expletives in the presence of his/her tutee(s), because they only serve to fan the flames. Instead, there are far more elegant methods of resolution which you can consider employing to show who's in charge. Here goes:

Situation A: 10 minutes prior to lesson commencement, your tutee suddenly "falls ill" and wishes to cancel the lesson.

Even superman takes longer than 600 seconds to be fell by kryptonite, and it is obviously an attempt to skip tuition altogether. What should you do?

Text him/her : "I am on my way."

Better yet: " I have already arrived at your flat."

That will almost definitely catch him/her off guard. Ring the doorbell and he/she is left with little choice but to perform the usual open sesame.

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