Tutoring agency, Tutors International, published an article today that looks at who should be involved in the recruitment process for a private tutor, and what they should look for in the ideal candidate.
Nearly all homeschool tutoring candidates will look excellent on paper, with exemplary qualifications and vast experience, so sifting through the list needs to invoke other criteria.
Adam Caller, IECA member and founder of private tutoring agency, Tutors International, today published an article that questions the involvement the student should have in recruiting their homeschool tutor, and what they should be looking for.
Involving children in the search for their private tutor may remind parents of The Perfect Nanny letter from Mary Poppins,
“…You must be kind, you must be witty
Very sweet and fairly pretty
Take us on outings, give us treats
Sing songs, bring sweets…”
and lead to unreasonable demands for a rosy-cheeked, feeble-minded governess, instead of the firm hand that parents feel is needed to coax their children to learning.
Mr Caller, who has personally overseen the successful placement of countless private tutors worldwide since founding Tutors International in 1999, believes that hiring a full-time private tutor is a serious investment in your child’s education, and to be a fruitful and happy placement the chosen candidate needs to be welcomed by everyone involved.
“Children want to learn, they want to enjoy learning and they want to feel that they are have a safe, supportive environment in which to learn,” says Mr Caller. “In all of our job adverts we state, in their own words, what the children are looking for in their private tutor. It’s very important to us to hear their criteria – and it’s usually very insightful and valid criteria.”
Full-time private tutors that live close to a family, and those that live on-site or travel with a family, spend a lot of time over several years in some cases, with that family. They become more than a member of the household staff – often a friend, mentor, and assistant and even teach new skills to the parents, such as a musical instrument or another language when they’re not tutoring the children. It’s therefore vital that every member of the household meets and ‘interviews’ the final candidates, and this can sometimes be several extended meetings.
“You need a private tutor that has the correct educational qualifications, the best match socially and can stimulate the student in the right way for the individual to realise his or her full potential,” concludes Mr Caller. “Only by involving every member of the family in the recruitment process can you ensure you find the right candidate in each of these areas.”
About Tutors International
Tutors International is a worldwide organization providing experienced private tutors to work with children of all ages and nationalities. Tutors are available for full-time tutoring positions, for major support and tutoring outside school hours, or for home-schooling.
Tutors International provide tutors in a wide variety of situations, including international relocation, after-school support, full-time home tuition, support for AD/HD and dyslexia, home schooling for frequent travellers, and college prep and coaching.
Tutors International was founded by Adam Caller who has tutored students of all ages. He has received specialist training in dyslexia and Attention Deficit Disorder and is very sensitive to children’s educational difficulties. He has now turned this expertise to recruiting, training and placing other tutors with HNW and UHNW families around the world.