Lists of best practices help to define the standard of care in every professional service. It is best known among personal services such as medical care and education. Best practices not only define the standard at which all related services should be judged, it also sets out challenges and benchmarks to encourage providers to strive for the very best care or service possible. Like any professional service, tutoring has developed its own set of best practices. Understanding what these best practices are can be useful to parents as it gives them a roadmap to finding the tutoring firms or freelancers that are adhering to them.
The Best Practices of Tutoring
Tutoring is subject to core standards within their own school districts and academic disciplines. These standards can vary geographically but, as a profession, tutoring employes the following eight best practices:
- Organizational Management
- Cultural Proficiency
- Student Recruitment & Management
- Tutor Recruitment & Management
- Tutor Training
- Tutor Intervention
- Engagement with Families, Schools and Communities
Organizational Management – The tutoring practice should have a clear order of management in its administration and coursework development. Parents and educators should be able to easily communicate with the program’s management at any time.
Cultural Proficiency – Tutors should have an understanding of local culture and how cultures from all over the world have influenced their given subject. Consciously including an element of diversity in any subject can help engage students more fully.
Student Recruitment & Management – The organization should take an active role in the recruitment of new students by developing contemporary coursework and using available technology and applied research to enhance a student’s learning.
Tutor Recruitment & Management – Tutoring practices should endeavor to attract the best tutor’s available in any area. This can sometimes mean creative thinking in order to attract non-traditional teachers such as professionals in a business or arts background to enhance the services and education they offer.
Tutor Training – Tutoring firms, organizations or practices should always maintain the highest standard for continuing and further education for their tutors.
Tutor Intervention – Professionals should be able to coordinate their tutoring interventions to run complimentary to standard coursework.
Engagement with Families, Schools and Communities – Successful tutoring engages not only the student, but their family and educators as well.
Evaluation – Tutors are held to these standards not only by their students, their families and education boards, but by their peers as well. Tutors should be evaluated regularly in order to improve and hone their skills.
These practices ensure that tutors are able to deliver the best results for their students, school districts and communities. Once parents have a general understanding of these practices, they can better evaluate the services of their own local tutors in order to ensure they are hiring the best for their children.