How to Find a Good
Private English Tutor
Having a good private English tutor is
one of the
to learn English.
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But learning with a private tutor isn't cheap, and you want to make
certain you are getting a good tutor for your money.
How can you
Look in the right places
The best way to find a good tutor is to ask people you know
A private English tutor who is recommended
probably very good.
Tutors advertise in different places.
For example, they may have cards
in cafés, or shops where potential students may go.
may be advertisements in the local newspapers
One of the
best places to find a private English tutor is a university
, where tutors sometimes put notices up offering help with
You can definitely search for a tutor online. Just make sure
the site has tutors from your own country or area.
Questions to ask a private
If you are going to pay someone to help you learn English, you want to
make sure they will be worth what you pay them.
So you should ask at least some of the following questions:
- What qualifications do you have?
- What experience do you have?
- Where will you teach me?
- How much do you charge?
- Can you offer any special deals?
- What materials do you use?
- Do you specialize in any particular
levels or kinds of English?
It's also a good idea to find out about their cancellation policy
Some may require a few hours' notice, while others may need a two days
A word of caution:
a tutor may seem great when you first meet, and
turn out to be not so great as things progress.
Impressive words can't replace results, right?
On the other hand, you shouldn't expect to become fluent in a week, or
even a month.
Just make sure you leave each lesson feeling more
knowledgeable and confident than before.
Qualifications and experience
A qualified teacher should have a CELTA
nglish to S
peakers of O
although there are other qualifications available.
especially with individual teaching, experience is more important than
If a teacher has done a lot of one-to-one tutoring then
they may be very good even if they don't have the typical
Don't be afraid to ask if you can speak to another of their students,
or see references.
A good, reliable teacher shouldn't hesitate to make
Some tutors teach in their own home so you will have to be able to get
Others will come to you and teach in your home, but they may ask
for extra payment on transportation costs.
Some teachers prefer to teach in a public place such as a library or
café, but be careful because these are not easy places to learn in, and
there are often a lot of distractions.
The cost of a tutor varies considerably so it is a good idea to ask
friends, classmates or colleagues what the standard rate is in your
Sometimes tutors may offer a discount on lessons, after your 10th
lesson for example, or if you pay in advance for a "package" of lessons.
Others will offer a lower rate per person if there
are two or three of you of the same level learning at the same time.
The content of the lesson is important, so ask the tutor what materials
they use, or whether you are expected to provide your own workbook.
you are taking lessons to pass an exam, make sure your tutor has
experience of teaching that exam.
Don't waste your money
Learning English with your tutor ONLY may result in wasting your money.
Because it may be too little to get anywhere.
If you are seeing your tutor once or twice a week, make sure you are
getting plenty of learning and exercises in between
This will maximize your results.
You need information from your potential tutor, but you also need to
like him or her.
Don't be afraid to ask questions, and make sure you know what the
acceptable rates are in your area.
And finally, even with a private English tutor, don't expect to learn
making a lot of effort.
Language learning is never easy, and although a
tutor will help, he or she won't be able to perform magic!
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