- Experience: When looking for a math tutor, one important question to ask is how long have they been a teacher/tutor? What are their areas of expertise and have they taught the grade level of your son/daughter? The curriculum is different at every grade level and so this question is essential. You don’t want them experimenting on your son/daughter if they have never taught the subject matter.
- Credentials: It is also imperative to see copies of the tutor’s credentials. Every state gives a teacher something in writing that states they are qualified to teach a particular grade and subject. You can look up educator licensure information for persons licensed to teach in your state. For example, my Professional Certificate qualifies me to teach Math 5-9.
- References: I would also suggest contacting references that do not include friends or family because they can be biased. I would contact previous and/or current employees. This is a good way to find out the tutors character and how they will interact with your son/daughter. Be sure to ask if they have anything critical in their file that may warrant a red flag: hostility towards students, aggressive behavior, bad attitude, and so forth.
- Background: As a parent, I think it is imperative to do a thorough background check on anyone who will be in constant contact with your kids even if its for an hour, two, three, etc. There are crazy people in this world and you will be surprised how many registered sex offenders are in your area.
- Flexibility: Last but not least, you want to know will the tutor be able to meet your demanding schedule. Basically, are they willing to work with you or do they want total control of your day-to-day events.
Teacher certification look up in each state:
http://www.alleducationschools.com/education-careers/article/depart... - Find your State Department of Education and call them to verify certification status of a teacher.
Ten Critical Questions to Ask When Checking References: http://www.drgnyc.com/List_Serve/Jan24_2005.htm
U.S. Department of Justice National Sex Offender Public Registry: http://www.nsopw.gov/Core/OffenderSearchCriteria.aspx
Background Check: http://www.backgroundchecks.com/ - Get permission first