Where to go when you need some help educating your child
Whether veteran or newbie, many parents think they need to tackle every part of homeschooling themselves. They buy curriculums and relearn what they have forgotten (or learn some things for the first time!) before presenting the material to their children. When their children struggle academically, they try to handle that, too. The truth is that they don’t have to. You don’t have to. There are situations when having someone else homeschool your child, at least partially, makes sense. An online homeschool tutor can be that someone, but you have to make sure that hiring a tutor either part time or full time complies with your state’s homeschool laws and requirements.
There are several reasons why you may want to consider hiring a tutor to supplement your homeschooling. Perhaps your child struggles with a particular subject area (e.g., math, social studies) or a certain skill (e.g., reading, spelling). Perhaps you are less comfortable teaching some subjects (e.g., higher level math or science). Perhaps you want to add learning in areas that are not typically part of a state’s required homeschool curriculum (only some states have such requirements), like test preparation. A homeschool tutor can help reduce anxiety for both you and your child, free up some time for you (particularly if you are working), and, most importantly, maximize your child’s learning potential.
Where Can I Find an In-Person Homeschool Tutor?
Many times you can find a local face-to-face homeschool tutor by referral through homeschool support groups, looking at postings on library bulletin boards, or searching through local listings. If you still struggle to find a tutor, there are services that will help you find the perfect tutor for in-person tutoring near you or in your own home. Here are just a few:
Find Tutors Near Me.com
“If you have children that learn outside of school, you may run into situations where you don’t feel adequately prepared to teach a subject. When this happens, we can help you set up private sessions with a homeschool tutor. We will want to know about your requirements first to get a handle on your situation. Based on your answers, we can develop a plan and quote. Then we dig into our database to find a homeschool tutor with the proper skill set for you.”
“Learning is difficult sometimes. We get that. That’s why we need tutors. Finding the right tutor can be hard though. So we decided to make things easier. We built a website that connects students with expert tutors – making 1 on 1 tutoring more convenient, and more affordable. You can focus on learning, let us handle everything else.” Just input one of 250 subject areas (homeschooling is an option) and your zip code to be connected with local tutors.
Home-School Tutoring UK
“We have teams of talented, local private tutors ready to provide bespoke lessons for almost any subject, level or educational need. Whether a child or young person is at school, college, or home educated we provide expert tuition for everyone and for all ages…. Tutoring can be online, in your own home or in another suitable venue.”
Professional Tutors of America
“For 36 years, Professional Tutors of America Inc. has provided educational services to thousands of students nationwide. We provide multiple venue options for our tutoring services, including one-to-one tutoring at the home or public library, small group instruction, and online tutoring. Additionally, our company has developed many specialized educational programs, including Counseling & Mentoring Services, Special Education Tutoring, Military & Veteran Programs, and Parent/Student Workshops.”
Quality Education by Design
“When your child is having difficulty with a class or preparing for a major test, it can be stressful for everyone in the family. Finding the right tutor often adds to this stress. At Quality Education by Design, we simplify your life by pairing your child with a tutor who meets their exact needs. Tutors work collaboratively with you and your child’s teachers to create a customized plan for success. Help is on the way. QED tutors work with students in grades 1-12 in all subject areas, both academic and extra-curricular, as well as on standardized test preparation (SAT, SSAT, PSAT, AP and more). They are graduates of prestigious universities and possess advanced degrees in their fields of expertise.”
Superprof is a UK-based web platform that matches tutors with students, connecting those who want to learn with those who want to teach. Tutors are available online or in-person to meet your needs.
Sylvan Learning Centers
Neighborhood tutoring centers offer personalized tutoring, primarily in math, reading, and writing, and even some high school courses for credit. Study skills and test prep also offered. Sylvan Learning Centers follow a four-stage process: assess, plan, teach, and apply with guaranteed results.
“Tutors International is a small private company based in Oxford, a city renowned for academic excellence. Our select clientele receive a personal service, with discretion and confidentiality guaranteed. Tutors International is the world leader in this field and is the very best company to find you the perfect full time tutor…. We meet with you and discuss your child’s needs and aspirations, then we draw up a job spec and search for the tutor who best suits the post…. We specialise in full-time, live-in private tutors, but can also provide short-term home tutors and part-time after school tutoring – anywhere in the world.”
“Understanding that the problem of finding the right supplemental educational support takes a lot of time and money, Tutree has been developed on the unique concept of bringing out the most in any community. We have roped in the best performing students as experts of various subjects, those who are willing to tutor others who need help. The peer tutors will enhance their skills and also earn in the process of tutoring. Our safety net is strong and fool proof as only students who have valid school IDs can join this platform. Extensive reference checks are made by us including reviews from multiple sources, thus, maintaining a high standard of tutoring. A peer tutor is connected through our app and he meets the student at the decided place and helps him to understand the topic and clear his doubts.”
Where Can I Find an Online Homeschool Tutor?
In today’s new normal, services that provide homeschool tutoring online are becoming more and more common. They also offer some benefits that in-person tutoring may not—like recorded sessions that can be reviewed later, fewer missed sessions due to weather and other factors, and more flexibility in scheduling. You have plenty of options, and you need to do your research to be sure you find a good fit for your family. Here are some online homeschool tutoring services to get you started on your research:
“Our tutors can provide a variety of services including: tutoring, assessments, evaluation, mentoring, homework help, study skills, organization, and test preparation. Our online system is completely transparent and allows you to search for local tutors matching your subject criteria, browse through tutor profiles to find the perfect match, securely create a free profile, then invite only the tutors you like. Best of all, since we don’t have to pay for an office or tutoring center, our markup is only about 20%, and we give larger discounts the more credits you buy!” Tutoring areas include learning disabilities, K-6 basics, math, science, and test prep.
“Do you have one-time question or need a repeating session with a tutor? Start with figuring out what kind of help you need. We’ll match you with tutors who specialize in your subject areas, and are ready to help you now. Work with tutors in a live lesson space including a virtual whiteboard, or chat via text, audio or video…. Chegg Tutors can give you on-demand help on hundreds of subjects, whenever you need. Online tutors are ready to help 24/7” for subjects like engineering, math, science, humanities (e.g., writing and foreign languages), high school subjects (math, English, history, biology, college admissions), and test prep.
Club Z! Tutoring Services
“Our online tutoring programs and curriculum are unmatched in the industry – not only due to their years of development, but because of our unbelievable tutors. Our tutors are certified professionals, meaning your student gets the perfect tutor every time. Our tutors work on our advanced platform with your student in the comfort of your own home on a schedule that is convenient for you!” Tutoring is available for study skills, preK, college, writing, reading, math, foreign languages, music, and science.
“We’re parents too. So we get it. Boosting your child’s skills (and their confidence) is right up there among your goals. With eTutorWorld, you have the assurance that they’re getting the education and academic support they need to succeed at school level and beyond. We offer: one-to-one tutoring, a personalized approach, and courses and test prep…. The easy-to-use web conferencing software requires a one-time download so your child can talk with their tutor, make notes on an interactive shared whiteboard, and share documents, assignments, and worksheets with ease. Our advanced online tools and 24/7 support system ensure your child’s lessons and progress are delivered in a high-quality, hassle-free manner.” TutorWorld uses the Learning by Design™ methodology and offers tutoring in math, science, English, and STEM, as well as tutoring by grade level (1-12) and test prep.
Learn To Be
“Learn to Be is a non-profit bringing free, 1-on-1, online tutoring to students around the nation. Our goal is to help students from K-12 to succeed in school through free, one-on-one tutoring in all subjects including math, science, reading, and English!”
Academic tutoring virtually by Andrea Lipuma Brown.
K-12 Tutoring – All Subject Areas
Individualized Face-to-Face Instruction
Remote Tutoring via Zoom
College Prep Assistance
Comprehensive Homework Help
While this site is known more for online classes, they also offer specialized online tutoring as well. Private tutoring and homework help is offered periodically in various subjects including math, Spanish, language arts (along with separate reading, writing, spelling, grammar), cursive/penmanship, French, science, test prep, public speaking, ESL, Montessori, special education, and more. You can even find tutoring in dog obedience and chess!
Rebecca Ferenchak Tutoring
Rebecca Ferenchak, a former third-grade teacher with a Masters in Education from George Mason University, has been tutoring for 10+ years in the Northern Virginia area. She has experience working with elementary-aged homeschool, private, and public school students. She offers tutoring via Zoom.
Tutor.com by Princeton Review
“Reach students at their moment of need. With 24/7 online access, your students never need to feel alone with their schoolwork. On-demand access can get them connected with an expert tutor in just a few minutes. Drop-off review service for writing assignments and self-study practice quizzes are also included…. Our tutors are experts in more than 200 subjects, covering grades 4-12, including math, science, computer science, social studies, language arts, foreign languages, and AP and IB courses. Bilingual tutoring (Spanish & English) available for math, science and social studies.”
“Does your child need help achieving their academic goals? If so, we encourage you to learn more about the homeschool tutoring services offered by Tutor Doctor. Over the last 15 years, we have helped 200,000+ students across 15 different countries—which is just one of the reasons why more than 95% of our customers say that they would recommend our program to other students. We take the time to understand the way students learn, and adapt our techniques to coincide with their needs. This enables us to build a uniquely holistic approach to further their educational success. We offer programs for homeschooled students of all ages, from elementary to high school, in-home and online.” Tutoring is offered in math, science, English, language, and test prep.
WyzAnt Home Tutoring Service
“Private, 1-on-1 lessons with the expert instructor of your choice. Meet online or in-person [in certain cities]. Decide how much you pay and who you want to work with. The choice is yours.” Tutoring is available in math, science, English, language, test prep, and more.
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