Finding a Good English Tutor

One of the best ways to improve your English skills is by working with a private tutor. Although learning in a class with many students also has its advantages, nothing beats having a person sitting beside you, listening to you speak the language and telling you when you get it wrong–and right.

If you’ve decided you want to get an English teacher, here are some things you should remember.

1) First, decide if you want a male or female tutor. This might sound funny, but it’s important. For instance, some men could not work well if another man is teaching them. On the other hand, some men might be so enamored of an attractive female tutor that he needs to work with a male. You must know what kind of learner you are, and which tutor will benefit you more as a student, not the one who excites you emotionally.

2) Try to find a tutor with previous experience or qualifications. This could mean the person has previously taught in a school. But more important is whether the person has experience as a tutor. School teaching and private teaching are two different things.

3) Don’t put too much emphasis on if the person knows your language. Believe it or not, a person who does not know a word of your native language can still teach you English! You should be more concerned about if the person knows English well and whether he or she is a good private teacher.

4) It stands to reason that you should select a teacher who lives fairly near to you. Traffic delays will frustrate you if you (or he / she) has a long distance to travel. And being close to your tutor makes it less likely that you’ll have to cancel because of bad weather.

5) And of course, price is also a consideration. Sometimes you can find a tutor for free. The better ones, though, might charge you an hourly fee. It’s up to you to decide if the paid tutor’s quality is something you can afford.