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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2013 9:06 pm 
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Hi

I am looking into hiring a 11+ private tutor for my child and starting to think how I know that they are reputable and measurable against the cost per hour they are charging.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2013 9:12 pm 
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very difficult to assess - need to rely on word of mouth from people whose children have been taught by the tutor


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 10:03 am 
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Hi mrdbacon!

We wanted a private tutor to be a third and independent adult with some academic contact with our DD outside of school, someone who liked kids. We chose someone who had worked through the 11 plus with their own child. We went for the tutor who seemed the most human, the one likely to have the most rapport with our child. That tutor was then not very experienced at 11 plus but our instinct was that they had something. Our child would benefit even if the 11 plus did not work out.

The tutor turned out to be very subtle, both gentle and tough, with special skills with kids and also very effective in managing our emotions as well!

None of that tutor's qualities are measurable or capable of being assessed in terms of benefit per pounds per hour. Yet the Tutor was priceless.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 10:54 am 
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Hi

As a tutor myself, I would encourage you to ask as many questions as you wish in order to make sure that you are comfortable with the approach that the tutor will be using. I always suggest that parent and child come for an informal chat first; this is so important as you need to see the tutoring environment and decide whether or not you can all work together to achieve that one objective. It's not easy and perhaps you have to follow your gut instinct sometimes.

Ask around, feedback from other parents is invaluable. Remember though that you and your child are unique, what works for one might not work for another!

Hope that helps.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2013 1:41 pm 
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I would say they shall be confident, kind and must have authority over the subject, and through the talk you shall be able to tell if they will have your child's best interest at heart. Are they diversified enough to adapt a teaching style that may best suit your child. Are they up to date with and using various teaching methods.

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