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Be Choosey When Selecting the Right Tutor for Your Child

Finding the right mechanic or a reliable roofer can be a challenging and daunting task. Even more important is locating a good tutor to assist your child with a difficult subject that could provide a new perspective on a topic they have a hard time understanding.

The BBB's Pamela Hernandez spoke with KRPS's Fred Fletcher-Fierro recently about finding and selecting the right tutor for your child.

Pamela and Fred Tutoring Interview as Parent-Teacher Conferences Near

The new school year is in full swing and parent-teacher conferences are on the horizon. It also could be time to find a tutor to help your favorite student with a difficult subject.

KRPS’s Fletcher-Fierro has more.

Every child, no matter the age has unique needs, and what works for one, could be unsuccessful with another.

Finding the right tutor could help your student with a topic that they are struggling with by providing a different point of view outside of the classroom or simply more time to focus on a subject.

Finding the right tutor or company to work with can be a challenge if you or your child has never worked with one in the past.

Pamela Hernandez, Regional Director of the Better Business Bureau in Springfield, Missouri says many of these questions can be answered by getting some feedback from people you already know and trust.

“And it’s so easy to ask friends and family if they have to test a tutor and even talking to your child’s teacher. There might be programs within the school or the school support programs that offer tutoring assistance.”

Questions to ask before choosing a tutor include asking about their availability, the cost and frequency of tutoring sessions, and the overall length of time you’ll need the tutor.

Finally, make sure your child is comfortable with the person you hire, and check in frequently after lessons begin to make sure their needs are being met.

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Since 2017 Fred Fletcher-Fierro has driven up Highway 171 through thunderstorms, downpours, snow, and ice storms to host KRPS’s Morning Edition. He’s also a daily reporter for the station, covering city government, elections, public safety, arts, entertainment, culture, sports and more. Fred has also spearheaded and overseen a sea change in programming for KRPS from a legacy classical station to one that airs a balance of classical, news, jazz, and cultural programming that better reflects the diverse audience of the Four States. For over two months in the fall of 2022 he worked remotely with NPR staff to relaunch to an NPR style news and information website.