Coronavirus & Online Tutoring

Physics And Maths Tutors – Finding The Right One

The whole concept of finding a tutor to teach your child physics and maths (or any other subject come to that matter), can be a minefield.  You only have to type the words “physics and maths home tutor” into your search engine and you will be inundated with a plethora of different tutors all claiming to be the best.  So how do you go about finding the right tutor for your child?

Qualifications and References

First of all, it goes without saying that the tutor you choose should be qualified in their subject matter and have experience of teaching.  As a matter of course you should ask to see references and in this regard it can be useful to ask for a reference from a past pupil.  However, if such a reference is not available then a reference from a university or past employer would be equally acceptable.

So, putting the two above essential points aside, what other factors should you consider when choosing an appropriate tutor?

A Passion for their Subject Matter

Maths and physics can be incredibly tricky subjects to master – but taught with an innovative approach and a passion for the subject then not only will the topics come alive, but hopefully a stimulus for deeper learning and a hunger for further knowledge can be developed. A tutor’s passion for their subject really cannot be underestimated.

An Empathic Appproach

A good teacher will not only have a thorough understanding of the topic, but they should also be able to see the position through the eyes of their students.  In other words, the tutor should be able to look at the subject from the pupil’s point of  view and work towards creating a rapport where the pupil feels confident, at ease and able to ask questions or voice any difficulties they may be experiencing.

A Motivational and Encouraging Attitude

A good tutor will be able to explain difficult topics in a manner which the pupil can understand.  We all learn in different ways, some pupils prefer learning by sound, others by the written word, some prefer visual aids whilst other pupils learn via a combination of these methods.  The tutor you choose should work to quickly develop a bond with your child, enhancing the learning environment by adapting their lessons and delivering them in a manner suitable to your child’s best learning requirements.

Approachable – with Regular Feedback

Your tutor should be approachable – not only from the pupil’s point of view but as a parent you should also feel free to raise any concerns or queries that you may have.  A good tutor will not only explain what they believe to be the best course of action for your child, but they will also listen to your concerns, working around them to ensure that any worries you may have are ironed out from the outset.  It is important that you receive regular feedback regarding your child’s progress and a good tutor will offer this as a matter of course.  You should feel at ease asking questions and discussing your child’s progress and a good tutor will encourage and appreciate parental involvement in this way.

Affordability and Punctuality

Naturally the cost of home tuition will come into the equation, but it certainly should not be the “be all and end all” of the decision-making process.  It is obviously important for you to calculate your budget and to stick within it, but you also need to ensure that the tutor you choose is punctual.  It is no good paying, say, £20 per hour if the tutor is constantly late and only providing lessons of forty-five minute duration.

Taking all of the above into account, when sourcing a tutor for maths or physics it can be seen there are many different aspects to consider – but if a little research is done beforehand then the correct tutor can be located who will provide stimulating lessons and hopefully their passion for the subject will shine through and encourage a desire for gaining a deeper knowledge of these difficult subjects.