How To Hire A Tutor For Test Prep – Avoid These Mistakes

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Want to hire a tutor? Great—you’ve made the right choice. But where do you start? After all, hiring a tutor to help the student in your life with the test preparation they need might sound easy… but how do you know when you’re hiring the right one? And what pitfalls should you avoid when you’re looking for a tutor that can change the way your child approaches these life-changing college entrance exams? To help you make the right decision, here are some key mistakes to avoid!

Mistake #1: Failing To Do Background Research

Hiring a tutor can be a great way to help your student improve their SAT and ACT scores, but there is a lot to consider. Which tutor should you hire? Do you really know anything about a tutor’s background—or are you just hoping for the best?

Working with an experienced tutor who comes with a company that has an extensive background in tutoring students to prepare them for the ACTs and SATs is different than hiring a freelance tutor yourself. When a tutor works with a credible organization, you’ll have more assurance that they can bring the kind of expertise to the table that you need.

Without any knowledge of a tutor’s background, you may have less of a guarantee of success. This can lead to a tremendous amount of lost time and decrease in motivation. That’s why your background research should focus on accountability. How and why will a tutor be accountable to their results? Do they have experience, or do they simply want to come in and collect a check without challenging themselves or their students?

Mistake #2: Making The Cheapest Possible Hire

It’s okay to be on a budget. It’s not okay to hire a tutor simply because they’re the cheapest available option. So how do you find a happy medium between your limited budget and the success you want your child to have?

Have a look at our Private Tutoring section. There you’ll see multiple options depending on your needs and priorities.

  • A Specialist can tutor your student for only $50 per hour, which is great if you’re on a budget. If you commit to longer time periods than that, you can even save more money.
  • Our Master Plan is great if you’re looking for the most advanced and comprehensive tutoring. This plan includes tutors with at least five years’ experience.
  • Expert allows you to have the best of both worlds, including instructors that have at least 100 hours of tutoring experience.

Don’t go looking for tutors that offer absurdly-low prices in exchange for a lack of dedication to your student. Instead, do your research, and find the right fit for you.

Mistake #3: Not Taking Action

Although it’s important to avoid these mistakes, perhaps the biggest mistake is to not bother with preparation at all. Adequate test prep means taking a long-term approach to college entrance exams. Don’t make the mistake of hiring a tutor at the last minute to help your student “cram.”

Hire A Quality Test Prep Tutor Today

Ready to take action? Have a look at our ACT/SAT tutoring options to see if there’s one that makes sense for you.