How to find a tutor

Michllejoy Hughes – Bong 11+ blog


Michellejoy Hughes is a highly qualified and experienced teacher and tutor, with over 25 years’  experience in the education sector. Now regularly tutoring over 20 pupils a week, Michellejoy has helped hundreds of children prepare successfully for the 11+.


How do you find the right tutor for you and your child? Based on my experience, here are some points that might help:

  • Group or one-to-one tuition? Group tuition can be cheaper and some children feel more confident learning with others. Individual tuition is tailored to your child’s needs and some children concentrate better without distraction.
  • Home or away? Some tutors travel and others won’t, but if you want a tutor to travel, expect to pay for travelling time and travelling expenses.
  • Weekly or intensive lessons? Regular lessons work for many pupils, but if the process is like pulling teeth, a quick intensive block can work better!
  • Where to find a tutor? The best agencies take on great tutors and can match them carefully to your child, others care more about profit. Other tutors work independently and not through agencies. Try asking other parents for recommendations or if local schools have teachers who also tutor. (See our Related Links for more help with finding a tutor.)

What to ask potential tutors:

  • Success rates: My success rate is high because I pre-test each child that I take on. Some tutors will take on every child so their results will be lower, but they shouldn’t be too low. If a tutor doesn’t know their pupil’s results, why not?
  • Qualifications and experience: Anyone can become a tutor and a top education doesn’t guarantee results. An agency tutor or school teacher will have a DBS check, but other tutors won’t. Every tutor should want your child to feel happy, so ask as many questions as you need to.
  • Fees: Some tutors include books and materials others don’t. Ask in advance about costs and how fees are to be paid when tutoring your child.
  • Stay or go? I’m happy for parents to drop off their child or to sit in during lessons. In groups it is harder for parents to sit in, but if any tutor is uncomfortable with you being there, ask why!
  • Vacancies: Good tutors will have most lesson slots booked in advance. If a tutor has lots of spaces over many days, why?

A brilliant tutor for someone else might not be right for you. Perhaps more than anything, go with your own instinct. You know your child better than anyone else, so if something doesn’t ‘feel right’, then keep searching for the right tutor.

Michellejoy Hughes

Related Links

  • The Tutor Pages – Offers an online directory of UK tutors and is recommended by The Good Schools Guide.

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