Hiring a Reading Tutor? 8 Questions You Should Ask


You have concerns about your young child’s reading abilities. You decide to get him or her help with a good Tulsa area tutor who can evaluate your child’s reading abilities and address any issues, now, while they are relatively easy to fix.

But how do you decide whether a potential reading tutor is up to the task?

Here are eight questions you should ask:

1. What Are Your Reading Tutor Credentials?

While a reading tutor does not have to be credentialed teacher, they should have good experience tutoring children like yours, in the same age range and with a similar learning style. And if your child has special needs, the tutor must be properly trained to deal with them.

2. Who Will Do the Training?

If you are dealing with a Tulsa reading tutor company, or online tutoring service, it is important to find out who would actually be tutoring your child. Do you have a say in their selection or does the company decide what’s best for you? If the tutor were sick or away, who, if anyone, would teach in their place? And overall, do you agree with the company’s tutoring philosophy?

3. How Will You Evaluate My Child’s Needs

You should find out whether the tutor is using standardized tests, school reports, or other forms of evaluation to reveal your child’s reading abilities and areas they need to fix.

4. What Are Your Past Results?

Besides getting references, you should ask a potential Tulsa reading tutor what evidence they can present showing how they improved the reading ability of other children. Did the kids, for example, get better reading scores, higher classroom grades or better homework completion rates?

5. How Many Kids Are Being Tutored at a Time?

Some kids thrive in small tutoring groups; others require one-on-one attention. Does the tutor have the right option for your child’s learning style? And if it is a group session, what is the maximum number of students allowed?

6. What Part Can I Play?

Good tutors usually want a student’s family’s help. Ask them what you can do to support your child’s learning. They will also want you to help by acquiring relevant materials from your child’s classroom (names of textbooks, worksheets, etc.).

7. Will You Keep the School Up to Speed?

For the best results, your tutor needs to be in regular communication with you and your child’s teacher. The tutor and teacher need to reinforce each other. You should make the teacher aware that your child does have a tutor who will be in contact with them.

8. What If My Child’s Reading Does Not Improve?

Does the tutor promise certain results and what are the company’s policies if these are not achieved? Can you switch tutors and is there a deadline you must meet to do this?

Contact Read Smart Today

As Tulsa area’s top reading program, Read Smart would be happy to answer all these questions for you and any others you might want to ask. We specialize in helping kids who are behind in their reading skills or who simply want to get ahead with reading. We offer a free reading evaluation that can pinpoint your child’s reading abilities and any problem areas.

Contact us today at (918) 559-7323 or click here for a free reading evaluation.

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