A private teacher can make a huge difference in your homeschool. Here’s how to find one, and what you should be looking for when choosing the right fit.
If you’re interested in homeschooling but haven’t taken the plunge yet, it might seem like an intimidating prospect. But with some research, planning, and patience, you can get started on that path today.
Homeschoolers often struggle with finding the right tutor or teacher for their families. Some people are able to get their children into public school, while others feel they need someone who is more hands-on to teach them the way they want to learn. If you’re not sure where to start, here’s help!
Finding The Right Tutor
There are many different options available for homeschooling tutors and teachers. It’s important to understand that there’s no one-size-fits all solution when it comes to learning style. Everyone learns differently, so your tutor should take the time to figure out which method works best for you and your child. There are several ways to find the right tutor for your family.
First, you should try to match up your potential tutor with your goals. What do you want from your tutor? Do you want someone who will teach specific skills? Or would you prefer someone who has experience teaching a certain subject?
Once you have a goal in mind, you can start searching for a tutor that fits those needs. If you’re starting to look at the internet, the first place you should start is with Google. Search for “[Your Subject] tutor” and see what pops up.
You can also reach out to your friends and neighbors to ask if anyone can recommend a tutoring service. This is a great way to check out local tutors without any obligation to hire one. And don’t forget about local schools—they may have good recommendations of private tutors as well.
What You Should Look For In Your Potential Teachers
After you’ve narrowed down your search to a few potential tutors, it’s time to talk to them face-to-face, preferably over coffee (unless you know how to code). When you meet with your potential teacher, ask them questions. Ask them about their background in the field, how long they’ve been teaching, and whether they have any special training or certifications.
Look carefully at their resume and qualifications before deciding to hire them. Make sure they have enough experience, have worked with students similar to yours, and have any certification or training they claim to have. Don’t just take their word for it, either. Check online forums to see what other parents think about their experiences working with that teacher.
And once you’ve been matched up with a tutor, don’t be afraid to ask questions. Be open to anything new or exciting. As a parent, you’ll likely be excited by the prospect of making your kids smarter through learning. That excitement can be a powerful motivator for your little ones. However, if they’re too young to understand why they should be learning something, don’t let that stop you from asking questions.
Choosing Which Subjects Are Most Important
One of the most important parts of hiring a tutor is picking which subjects your children should focus on. Depending on your child’s age, this can be a bit tricky. Here are a couple of tips to consider:
If your child is very young, you’ll probably want to start them off with things they can’t really do much with yet. Things like basic reading and writing skills, math basics, and science concepts are important, even if your child doesn’t know how to do them yet. These foundational skills will be important later on in life, and you won’t want to cut corners.
As your child gets older, you will eventually want to introduce more engaging subjects. Games, art, music, foreign languages, and sports are all excellent choices. If you’re worried about your child being bored during these lessons, remember that boredom can actually be a positive thing. Children need downtime in order to recharge after being exposed to information overload. Boredom isn’t necessarily bad, especially if your child can find creative solutions to keep themselves entertained.
It’s easy to get caught up in the idea of starting your child off with every single subject possible. If you’re not careful, you could end up with a ton of work on your plate. Instead, pick your favorites and stick to them. You can always add new subjects later on in life, but it’s better to save yourself the trouble now than to run out of time later.
Picking An Effective Teaching Style
Another aspect of your home schooling journey that’s worth considering is the teaching style you choose to use. Different teaching methods suit different types of learners, and different personalities. If you’d like to hear about some of the different teaching styles out there, you can refer back to our guide on learning styles. However, we’ll give you a quick rundown of the most popular styles below.
Traditional classroom-style education: This is the type of teaching you’re used to seeing in public school. Students sit quietly at desks and listen to lectures, and then test themselves on the material taught that day. This style is ideal for children who thrive in a structured environment.
Self-directed education: This is the opposite of traditional education. Instead of having a teacher tell the student what to do, the student decides what they want to learn, and takes ownership of their own learning. This is a highly effective way to learn almost anything. Kids love being given freedom to decide what they want to pursue, as long as they’re still getting the education they need.
Forces-based learning: This style aims to develop a sense of responsibility in the learner. Instead of giving them information, you show them why the information matters, and encourage them to practice the skill learned until they get it right. This technique is particularly helpful for developing skills such as critical thinking.
These are just a handful of the dozens of different teaching styles out there. Think about what kind of person you are, and what kinds of skills you want your kids to develop. Then, find a tutor who teaches using the same style you’d like to use. Once you have a solid understanding of each of the above strategies, you can start applying them to your learning process. Good luck!
The Best Way To Learn Is Self-Teach
Learning how to self-teach is the best way to go if you want to avoid having to rely on a teacher. Learning on your own allows you to control what you’re learning. You can also try out different educational approaches and techniques to see which ones work best for you and your child. Remember, though, that you can’t expect to master everything overnight.
In fact, it’s much more realistic to expect to spend years mastering a particular subject before moving onto the next one. While it can be frustrating, it’s also healthy to accept that taking your time with each subject makes you a better overall learner.
If you can afford it, you’ll want to hire a private tutor to help you through the process. They’ll provide extra assistance and guidance, and allow you to focus entirely on learning.
When you’re ready to start homeschooling, make sure you contact us for help! We’ve got lots of resources available to help you begin your homeschool journey.