There are a number of things that should go under consideration when deciding to hire a tutor for extra academic help. First and foremost is the decision, whether you really want a tutor or is it something which could be done through other resources. How is the tutor going to help you, what is your aim and objective? Some people hire a tutor to run through a crash course, just before exams, while others hire to have detailed studying sessions besides class lectures.
A well learned and experienced tutor, the one that suits you can make learning tremendously easier. But a bad tutor can make the case worst and end up in a bad disappointment. Remember, there are a few things to keep in mind that all tutors have in common. Below is a list of what’s on your tutor’s mind.
Using your own skills: Hiring a tutor does not mean an automated success in the academic course you have hired the tutor for. It means that through his/her support and your skills, the learning will be reinforced and you will have better knowledge. Using your own skills is important; you cannot just leave everything on your tutor. You can ask your tutor to need help on my homework, but you cannot assume the homework itself will be automatically done or your tutor will do it for you.
Motivation and commitment: If you have zero motivation and commitment to learning, even the best tutor in the world is of no use. Without dedication, willingness and strong motivation there is no way you are going to excel in that particular course.
Tutors also work for money: One cannot assume tuition will be given for free. Tutors put their hours in with you, they make an effort and invest a lot of time. This is an opportunity cost for them by not doing something else which could help them earn money. So tutors always expect to be paid and you should already know tutors ask for a lot of money.
Tutors are human too: If you are paying your tutor, that does not mean you own them. There are dedicated hours that a tutor will be available for you to help and support. This does not mean he/she will be your slave and will respond to your work and help 24/7. Some tutors might go an extra mile out of courtesy, but the expectation that they will be with us all the time is unfair.