Tutoring a homeschool student is not only a great way to help your child master certain skills, but it is also necessary in many cases. For those of you that have been considering getting someone to help your child, in addition to yourself, my good friend Joanne Whitaker has some fantastic suggestions.
Joanne has been homeschooling for seven years and teaching co-op classes for over five years. She has her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology with a concentration in Education, and is currently a private tutor for elementary school students. Below you will find her guest article, along with her insightful thoughts and good advice!
There are many instances when a homeschool parent would benefit from hiring a tutor for their child. Hiring a tutor for your child is an important desicion, and it may not be easy to find the right one. There are several things you should consider when searching for a tutor. First, look for a tutor with a college degree. The degree does not necessarily have to be in Education, but it could possibly be in a related field. For example, if your child struggles with Speech then having a tutor who has their degree in Speech Pathology would be important to you. If your child has learning difficulties (like ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia, and Autism) then you might want to find someone with a Psychology degree, as they have studied and focused on the emotional, psychological, and cognitive aspects of these learning disabilities. Along with a Minor in Education, or an emphasis on Education, this person can help your child effectively. He or she can teach both you and your child innovative ways and specialized methodology.
If your child struggles with Math or English, seek out a tutor that has their degree in Math or English. Most importantly, the tutor you hire needs to have a positive view of homeschooling. Keep in mind that some tutors may be former or current school teachers. Have a "get aquainted" meeting with your potential tutor to determine and their views on education and homeschooling. While some classroom teachers are receptive to the idea of students learning at home, others are not. Be sure to research your prospective tutor. If you belong to a homeschool group that has co-ops and your daughter or son really likes one of their "teachers", inquire with that parent to see if they would like to tutor your child. Sometimes a fresh face and another parent who garnishes your child's interest and respect can become a great choice for a tutor.
If you are in the Central Florida area, and interested in Joanne's expertise as a tutor for your child, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will gladly forward your email to her. Please place "Homeschool Tutor" in the subject line.