A guide to your introductory call

Does my child need a tutor?
How can a slow learner learn fast?
How can a weak student be improved?
How do I help my child catch up in school?
How do I know if my child needs a tutor?
How do you help a struggling student in the classroom?
How do you motivate a lazy child in school?
How do you teach a child that doesn't want to learn?
Should I get my child a tutor?
Should I hire a tutor for my child?
Should kids study after school?
What Does a Tutor Do?
What parents want from tutors?
Why do children need tutoring?
How many types of tuition are there?
Are private tutors worth it?
How do I choose a tutor?
Are teachers allowed to tutor?
Can I use childcare vouchers?
At what age can you start tutoring?
How long is a typical tutoring session?
Do online tutors need DBS checks?
How do I prepare my child for SATs?
Does tutoring help ADHD?
Are SATs and 11+ the same?
Do grammar schools do 13 +?
How can I find a good English tutor?
Are maths tutors in demand?
Can you get a 9 in Combined Science?
Are GCSEs worth retaking?
How do I find a good A-Level tutor?
Are homeschoolers socially awkward?
A guide to your introductory call
How to become a tutor
Why do parents employ private tutor for their children?
Why get a tutor?
Is a tutor the same as a teacher?
Is online tutoring worth it?
One-to-one or group tuition?
What are the benefits of group tutoring?
What are the benefits of one-on-one tutoring?
What are the disadvantages of online tutoring?
What are the qualities of a good tuition centre?
What is a private tutor?
What is small group tutoring?
What is the purpose of a tutor?
What is the purpose of one-to-one learning?
Which is better, face-to-face or online tuition?
Why is in-person tutoring better than online?
Are tutors good for students?
Can tutors help with exams?
Does tutoring actually help?
Does tutoring improve grades?
Is a tutor worth it for your child?
Is it good to have a tutor?
What are the benefits of home tuition?
What are the negatives of tutoring?
What is the advantage of tuition?
Why is private tutoring good?
How do I find a good private tutor?
How do I find a tutor ?
How do I find the right tutor for my child?
How do students find tutors?
How should parents select a tutor?
How would you select a tutor?
How would you select an online tutor?
What is the best way to find a tutor?
What tutors are most in demand?
Can anyone be a tutor?
Do I need a qualified teacher as my tutor?
Does a tutor need to be a teacher?
How do I know if a tutor is good?
Should I get a qualified teacher for tuition?
What makes a good home tutor?
What makes a successful tutor?
What qualities do good tutors have?
What should I ask a potential tutor?
What should I look for when hiring a tutor?
What skills should a tutor have?
How much do tutors charge?
How much does a private tutor cost UK?
How much is a tutor per hour?
How much should I spend on a tutor?
Is online tutoring cheaper?
What do private tutors charge UK?
Why is tutoring so expensive?
Can you get a tutor for a 4 year old?
What age should you start tutoring?
What age to start private tuition?
What is a good age for a tutor?
How long should a tutoring session last?
How much tuition and how often?
How much tuition do I need?
How often should I use a tutor?
How often should my child be tutored?
Is tutoring once a week effective?
Do tutors need a DBS
How do I keep my child safe when using a tutor
What are the main areas of risk when tutoring online
What is safeguarding?
How do you motivate students in primary school?
How much do primary school tutors charge?
Should I get a tutor for SATs?
What do primary tutors do?
What is phonics tuition?
Does tutoring help dyslexia?
How can a tutor help with dyslexia?
How can I help my child with anxiety at school?
How can I help my child with SEN?
How can you help learners with difficulties?
How much do dyslexia tutors charge?
What do you do when your child is having a hard time at school?
What is ABA tutoring?
What is SEN tutor?
What is the best way to teach someone with autism?
What is tuition for special needs child?
What tuition for ADHD child?
What tuition for autistic child?
Why is my child so far behind in school?
Can an average child pass the 11+?
Can you pass 11+ without tuition?
Do I need a tutor for the 11+ Exam?
Do schools still do 11 Plus?
How do I get into grammar school?
How do I know if my child should sit the 11 plus?
How do I prepare for the 11+ exam?
How hard is it to get into grammar school?
How many hours should I tutor for 11+?
Is it better to go to a grammar school?
What age to start tutoring for the 11+?
What date is the 11+ exam 2023?
What is the pass mark for 11 plus in Birmingham?
When should you start tutoring for 11+?
Which is harder GL or CEM?
Do private schools have an entrance exam?
How do I prepare for a 13+ exam?
How do I prepare for high school entrance exams?
How do I prepare for my Common Entrance?
How do I prepare my child for selective school?
What if I fail an entrance exam?
How do I choose a good English tutor?
How do I find a local English tutor?
How much do English tutors charge per hour?
How much is an English tutor?
What happens if you fail English language GCSE?
What is a private English teacher?
Which course is best to improve English?
Which is the best platform to learn English?
Are maths tutors worth it?
Do maths tutors help?
Does Kumon really help?
How do I choose an online maths tutor?
How do I find a local Maths tutor?
How do I find the best Maths tutor?
How much do private maths tutors cost?
How much does GCSE maths tutoring cost?
How much is a maths tutor per hour UK?
How much is a Maths tutor?
What happens if I fail maths GCSE?
What happens if you fail GCSE Maths?
What is the best maths tutoring site?
Which tutor is best for maths?
How can I help my child with GCSE Science?
How difficult is Physics?
How do I find a local Science tutor?
How much is a Science tutor?
Is Physics harder than Chemistry?
Is Triple Science harder than Double Science?
What does a Science tutor do?
What makes a good Science tutor?
Are IGCSEs harder than normal GCSEs?
Are tutors worth it for GCSE?
Can I resit my GCSEs at any time?
Can I resit my GCSEs from home?
Can you pay to resit GCSE exams?
Can you sit a GCSE exam online?
Can you sit a GCSE exam without doing course?
Can you take GCSEs privately?
Do private schools charge for GCSE exams?
Do you need a tutor for GCSEs?
Does tutoring help for GCSE?
How do I write my GCSE exams privately?
How many times can you resit GCSE?
How much does it cost to resit a GCSE?
How much revision should a Year 11 do?
Is it hard to get all 9s in GCSE?
Is it too late to start revising for GCSEs?
Is it worth getting a tutor for GCSE?
Should I get a tutor for GCSE?
What happens if you fail your GCSEs?
What is the cost of a GCSE exam?
What to do if you have no GCSEs?
When can I retake my GCSEs?
Where do GCSE resits take place?
Where do I find a good GCSE tutor?
How much do A-Level tutors charge?
Where do I find a good A-Level tutor?
Can I remove my child from school UK?
Can you get funding for homeschooling in the UK?
Do homeschooled students perform better UK?
Do I have to register to homeschool?
Does homeschooling help anxiety?
How are home schooled students tested UK?
How do homeschoolers have friends?
How do homeschoolers take GCSEs?
How does homeschooling work?
How expensive is homeschooling?
How many hours for homeschooling?
How much does a homeschool teacher cost in the UK?
How much does homeschooling cost?
Is home tutoring better than school?
Is homeschooling regulated in the UK?
What are the disadvantages of being homeschooled?
What is the success rate of homeschooling?
What subjects do you have to teach for homeschooling?
How to become a tutor with Teachers To Your Home
Why get a tutor for my child?
Why should I select a qualified teacher for tuition?
What type of tuition is best for my child?
How will I select the best tutor for my child?
How will I know that my child is safe?
How do I start and stop the tuition and delete my account?
What happens if a lesson is cancelled?
What does this tuition cost and how does the payment work?

If you are in the process of choosing a tutor for your child, then it is a good idea to organise an initial introductory call or meeting with them (face-to-face or online). This will enable you to learn more about their character, qualifications, experience and teaching style, and you will be better able to assess whether they are a good fit for your child.

How to structure an introductory phone call or initial meeting

This introductory call or initial meeting should take around 20 minutes. Feel free to include your child in this call (if they are of suitable age) as you want to see if there is a good rapport.

(1) Ask the tutor to introduce themself to you in much more detail and talk through their teaching style and experience.

(2) Discuss your child's needs and the purpose and ambition for the tuition. 

(3) Provide the tutor with any further details they need regarding the role, such as the age and year group of your child, their school, any relevant exam board or exam dates, and any specific SEN, EHCP, or diagnostic reports.

(3) Ask the tutor how they might initially assess your child and how they would implement a plan to measure progress.

(4) Be clear about your own expectations around setting work and whether you want the tutor to provide and mark any structured homework.

(5) Clarify whether you want the tutor to liaise directly with your child's school and class teacher.

(6)  Confirm the timings, timescale and location of the tuition if it is face-to-face.

Next steps

At the end of the call, confirm any next steps.

If you decide that this tutor is the right fit for your tuition needs, you may wish to arrange a first lesson with them ... or if you want some time to think about it, please tell the tutor that you will get back to them. 

If you plan a first lesson, agree on a time and location that works for both of you and discuss what to expect from that first lesson.

Establish some ground rules. You should be able to give 'reasonable' notice to your tutor should you need to cancel a lesson with them. Please clarify how you will communicate with your tutor if this happens (text, voicemail, e-mail). Most tutors will expect 24 hours notice, though understand that it is not always possible to give this (e.g. last-minute illness). This reasonable notice also applies if your tutor needs to cancel a lesson due to unforeseen circumstances.

Concerning safeguarding, tuition (home or online) should always occur in a supervised setting, i.e. with a parent, guardian or carer also present in the home.

Confirm their availability for your preferred lesson times.

How do I know if I have chosen well?

Be around for the first few lessons and listen in on the teaching and learning.

Talk with your child after each lesson and watch their response to it. Though your child may initially be nervous or unenthusiastic, you should quickly begin to see a positive response from them. 

With many years of experience teaching children on a one-to-one basis, we know that children often make remarkable progress in only a few weeks. Ability, self-belief, confidence, enjoyment … all begin to take root and grow.

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