Friday, February 15, 2013

Consider Personalized Tutoring to Invest in Your Child's Education {Guest Post} and iPad Mini Giveaway

In general, I truly believe in the importance of supplemental education for most students. The fact is that even at the best school - public or private -- sometimes your child may be placed in a class where the teacher is a dud. I cannot tell you the number of horror stories I have heard from students about teachers not being able to properly explain material. Fortunately, a good tutor can more than make up for a bad teacher.

Without getting too much into the nitty gritty details, tutoring can have positive effects for students who actively are motivated to do better. There is only so much our education system can do at the current state it is in, so why leave it up to them to try to solve the problem?

Finding your tutor 
If you live in a major metropolitan area, access to tutors is readily available, but the problem is, most brand name programs do not introduce you to your tutor beforehand. Look at most tutoring program websites, and you'll realize that tutor information is mysteriously absent. You put your money in their pockets and then have to blindly trust that they will place you with a competent professional. Even then, will your personalities match?

I have been tutoring for nearly a decade now and have worked with hundreds of students. While I do consider myself an expert at what I do, I have often found myself in situations in which I knew I wasn't the right tutor for the student. There are many factors that come into play when choosing a tutor, and the cards don't always line up correctly. If it happens that your tutor and your child don't match, you have to start a search for a new tutor.

If you live in a small town, you might not have such resources. You may be limited to just a few tutors, and unfortunately any number of reasons could prevent the relationship from being a successful one.

Go Online
Preply seeks to solve these problems. They are a platform that connects students and tutors from all over the country via the Internet. Gone are the days where you have to schedule time to sit down with a tutor to and ask questions about qualifications. On Preply, all tutors who join our platform voluntarily publish all applicable statistics including, but not limited to: test scores, GPA, educational history, work history. We even allow them the option to post an introduction video. Furthermore, if you would like, you can drop them a quick message online if you have any questions. We realize the importance of investing in your child's education, but we also realize that your time is extremely valuable.

One more way in which they save you some time and money is by allowing you the option to have your son or daughter tutored online. That way, you don't waste time shuttling your children back and forth. Remote tutoring also allows you the opportunity to work comfortably and safely from your own home.

Furthermore, since Preply isn't a brick-and-mortar company, you do not have to pay excessive fees for overhead, nor do you pay inflated rates for a brand name. You pay your tutor directly - for the same services -- which saves you money in the long run.

Who are the tutors on Preply?
As a matter of fact, Preply doesn't just let anybody publish a profile on the platform. Each approved tutor must meet a set standard of criteria before being published on the platform. There are Ivy League graduates, 99th percentile test takers, college professors, professional tutors, and more. And the best part is that you get to choose who you want to work with.

Preply allows tutors the opportunities to become "verified". A "verified" tutor is one who has actually demonstrated mastery of the subject they teach. If their profile is stamped with a red badge, it means they have been interviewed by a Preply staff member, and have proven that they know their stuff. To be honest, this is more than can be said for a lot of tutoring companies, which have been known to hire their tutors off a resume submission alone.

You can connect with Preply on Facebook and follow them on Twitter. Preply offers exclusive content for fans of their Facebook Group. You can contact or hire any tutor on Preply by visiting their website.

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About the Author:
Joyee Lin has been a test prep and academic tutors for about eight years, working in both Chicago and Los Angeles to help students boost their grades and test scores. Having worked for dozens of different companies, his mission now is to inform the public of all the pitfalls of for-profit education to prevent parents from wasting their precious time and money.

Disclosure: Monetary compensation was received for this post, however, all opinions are my own.


Jayme Hennessy said...

I like the fact that you can become a tutor through the use of their site. They will even help you become a better one to make more money. This something to look into considering I already teach K4, 2nd, 4th, and 9th with my children for home schooling.

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Anonymous said...

I like that you can search for a tutor by subject.

Julie said...

like how they work with you on a budget

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Nikki Krutz said...

i like that you can find a skype or local tutor

Cuevas77 said...

I didn't know there was such a thing as an online tutor, very handy and saves a trip to and from picking up a child!

Jeannie said...

I like that it is online and convienent

Tina J. said...

Very convient that u can have a tutor online instead of traveling. I have 2 boys that are in special classes that get extra help in subjects. This would be great for them!!!!

Anonymous said...

One on one tutoring! That is great!
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ronda said...

They offer customized tutoring to
target your needs

Joann Alvarado said...

I am actually happy to have found this. I have been thinking about online tutoring for my son, but was unsure how well that would work out. I like that Preply offers a free 1 hour trial.

Tina Lee said...

I like that they allow you to choose tutors base on your needs.

Anonymous said...

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Theresa said...

I like how it can be done through Skype.

Amy B said...

One hour of free tutoring

Wanda Tracey said...

I like that you can find a local tutor.

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faboosh said...

I like that they have customized tutoring based on 'weaknesses'

Linda said...

I learned that they offer tutoring of 5 different languages.

Ticsblog75 said...

They offer customized tutoring and satisfaction guaranteed.

Jennifer K said...

I learned that Preply is a tutoring service

lilyk said...

I learned that the company does not charge tutors any fees for listing their auction.

Lauren jonczak said...

Great post. I hired one of the best Bay Area tutors to help my son when he was having troubles keeping up with his other classmates in math. It was one of the best things I could have done for him. His grades got better and he is so much happier now. Thanks so much for sharing.

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