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Sadusername Thu 18-Feb-16 17:16:48

I am considering getting a tutor for my Dd 16 who is doing AS levels. She did well in her mocks, and works hard, but I don't think she fully does herself justice in exams and would benefit from a tutor.
I am not sure where to look, it feels quite late in the year. Would a choose a brilliant student over a secondary school teacher? What sorts of thing should I be taking into account? Should I only use teachers from school familiar with exam board and specific syllabuses.
What would I expect to pay?

Sadusername Thu 18-Feb-16 17:17:49

Oh no..... Should have read looking not poking..... How do I edit?

OkaZaki Thu 18-Feb-16 20:21:51

A current teacher would be much better than a student. You need someone who knows about exam technique. Ideally teaching the same board. Which subjects? Cost depends where you are. About £50 /hour round these parts (SE)

honeysucklejasmine Thu 18-Feb-16 20:25:16

A teacher, definitely, as they have access to resources a student doesn't. As well as tears of experience of what examiners are after, or at least have had recent CPD (hopefully!) on the new expectations etc.

£30 an hour is the rate I charge in home counties.

Sadusername Fri 19-Feb-16 00:18:51

Thanks. What is the best way to find one?

catslife Fri 19-Feb-16 08:57:40

The best way to find a private tutor is by personal recommendation e.g. from friends with older dcs or from the teacher. Do they know anyone...?

honeysucklejasmine Fri 19-Feb-16 15:50:42

Absolutely. It's highly unethical for teachers to tutor their own students, so 99% would say no. But they will all be able to tell you of an old colleague at another school or who lives locally that they can recommend.

Alternatively other students may be able to recommend someone.

Lastly, there are agencies where you pay a fee for introduction to a local tutor.

Sadusername Mon 22-Feb-16 09:09:19

Have gone through online agency, one charges one doesn't . One is coming round this week. Would it just be for terms and conditions. What are the usual ground rules? Don't want to continue with it if DD doesn't feel it is helpful, so would it be ok to have trial lessons. We haven't had a tutor before but for various reasons she has started off a bit behing

catslife Mon 22-Feb-16 12:06:08

It's up to you to check this with the tutor (or agency). So you could try contacting the tutor and find out whether it's just a meeting to find out more about your requirements or an actual lesson. Does your dd have an area she would like to cover in a first lesson, if so let the tutor know. Most tutors would be fine about giving trial lessons but be wary if they insist that there should be a minimum number of lessons paid in advance.
One charges, one doesn't Please be aware that charges can be hidden. Some agencies charge an upfront fee that you pay (the agency) at the start, whereas there are others where a tutor pays a percentage of the fee to the agency in commission each week.

MrTiddlestheFatCat Mon 22-Feb-16 12:10:46

I think a student is fine and they tend to be much cheaper. We had a lad come out for our son while he was going his GCSES. He did a free trial lesson, and then came every week after that- had no problem getting his hands on resources it seemed (past papers, syllabus etc. and professional lesson set ups) and had relatively recent experience of exams himself. Obviously every tutor is different though, so I'd say recommendation is the best way forward.

antimatter Mon 22-Feb-16 13:18:12

I used a Tutor pages.

antimatter Mon 22-Feb-16 13:22:46

I mean found a tutor on this website

cressetmama Mon 22-Feb-16 15:00:20 seems to be working well for us. It's on-line only and the tutors vary from first year undergraduates to PhD candidates.

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