If you are looking for a tutor, there are probably a whole range of questions that you would want to ask

7 answers to questions you may have when choosing a tutor

Here are 7 that we commonly get asked and our answers to them:

What do you charge?

At Clara James we charge £25/ hour for an online lesson, £30 if we come to your home. However, the first lesson is always free. (Please note that we are putting our prices up from the beginning of August to anyone who gets in touch after that date).

Where do the lessons take place?

Before the pandemic we always carried out the lessons in your home. I am a firm believer that if the child is in an environment where they feel relaxed, they will be in a better state of mind to absorb the information that they are given.

However, when the country went into lockdown back in 2020, we had to change that and started providing online lessons. This has proven to be a great success, so now we offer families the option of both. Lessons online or in the comfort of your own home.

What is the tutor’s experience?

This varies from tutor to tutor. However, I learned a long time ago that I need to be confident in recommending each tutor because (selfishly) it has taken me a long time to build up our reputation and I don’t want to recommend a tutor who could ruin it. Therefore, if you were to get in touch with us, I would recommend the tutor who was the best fit to your child’s needs.

How would they structure the lessons?

Question 4 is something I have become quite opinionated about over the years. Over the past 20+ years I have spent a lot of time studying learning differences and learning styles. One thing I have learned is that each time we do something we create a memory. Do the same thing again and we make that memory stronger. However, our brain still only has one place to go to where it can find the information that it needs.

Therefore, we use a wide range of resources, often games, to help us to structure the lesson so that we can assist the child in creating multiple memories and making it easier to recall the information when needed.

Are you tied into a contract?

No, sometimes life throws us some curve balls that we weren’t expecting. All that we ask is that you give us a week’s notice so that we can offer someone else the opportunity to take that space.

Is there an upfront fee?

No, and like I said earlier the first lesson is always free so if you’re not happy you’re not committed in anyway.

Do you do an initial assessment?

Our answer to the final question is no. I know that if someone came to assess me on a subject, I knew I struggled with, I would not perform at my best. I would be traumatised! So, instead of an official assessment we work from talking to you and the child. Establish where the help is needed and go from there. We can learn just as much or more from communicating through conversations and observations. We hope that during the first lesson we can start to build a rapport with the child so that they will feel comfortable enough to say when they find something difficult and want to spend more time on it, or vice versa.

I hope this helps to answer some of the questions that you probably have. If you have more, please do ask. If you want to find out more about us offering you support as a tutor, please do get in touch.

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