How to Find the Right Online English Tutor in the Philippines
Jun 15, 2022
By : Marielle Filoteo
It’s no secret that investing in an online tutor can spark your child’s learning. After all, every child has a chance to succeed! All they need is the building blocks to guide them in the process. As a parent, witnessing your child’s student journey can be a fulfilling experience. From counting numbers to reading letters, there are no words to describe the overwhelming happiness one can get from seeing them take their gradual steps into learning (aka, growing up).
But, with learning lapses all over the country, it gets you thinking about your child’s drive and confidence for school. And naturally, it’s also been tough on you to see them struggle with homework, not have their 100% focus on classes, or even have questions you might not be able to fully answer in these circumstances.
That’s where online tutoring comes in handy! From academic to moral support, online tutors can provide that extra care and attention your child might need in their learning progress. No need to have confidence in short supply—online tutors can build up their love for their favorite subjects! And aside from that, there are those added benefits of having classes on a schedule that fits the entire family (because, yes, you can be just as involved, too!) and trying out lesson plans that prioritize how your child learns.
But, with a sea of online tutorial services springing up like mushrooms, it can be hard to choose the right online tutor for you. So, we devised a guide to help you make the decision! Here’s a list of the factors you’ll need to consider in finding the perfect online English tutor in the Philippines.
1. Know your child’s learning style and needs
Before anything else, you need to know more about your child’s learning process. You have to understand what you’re looking for to help narrow down your choices. This can help cross-check your necessities in finding the right tutor for your child.
As a parent, you typically know how your child learns, but asking their teachers is another way to understand the intricate details of their learning style. You can also observe them as they do their homework or online classes. Alternatively, you can also be direct and ask your children. Here are things you might want to know about your child’s learning style:
- Their preferred learning style (visual, auditory, reading/writing, kinesthetic)
- Their preferred learning environment (one-on-one, group)
Apart from those, you have to know the level of help they need in their English. Tutors can help teach students the finer points of language learning. They might even have a few strategies and techniques to help ease the process.
When a child struggles in class, they become hesitant to raise their hand or ask a question. But, through an online tutor, the spotlight is on them. They get to learn the language comfortably, even with fumbling along the way. This can help boost their confidence for long-term benefits. Here are things you might want to know about your child’s learning needs:
- The level of help they need (homework help, supplementary support, intensive/more in-depth support)
- Their areas for improvement (reading and writing, grammar and vocabulary, sentence construction, speaking skills)
2. Review the tutor’s experiences
With online tutors, you have the benefit of getting to view their profiles before classes start. Here, you can find their educational background, previous experience, or certifications. The requirements for online tutors vary depending on the company. Some require only a high school diploma, while others require a bachelor’s degree. But typically, you might find any of the following credentials under an online English tutor’s profile:
- Degree/Diploma in English Language, Education, or any related field
- TEFL, IELTS, TESOL, or any other local/international certificates to teach English
- Teaching license and/or certification
- Previous teaching or tutoring work experience
With that in mind, you need to review these credentials carefully and, if you can, meet with several candidates. You can even include your child in the process! Remember: This
is someone you’re entrusting with your child, so it’s essential to put them at the heart of your choice. At the same time, good tutors need a family’s cooperation. So, getting to do trial classes or meetings can also help ease your own concerns.
At this point, I know it’s tempting to go with someone with many titles and certifications to their name. But, more experience does not equate to being better qualified for the job. So, here are a few factors you might want to take into account for an online English tutor:
- Complete fluency in English: This is the bare minimum requirement and the most important! Credentials and experience will say a lot about this, but also take into account their confidence in speaking English. That will say a lot about their fluency! And aside from technical know-how, the tutor must be able to understand the other aspects of the English language outside the textbook.
- Passion for teaching: Passion can be emitted in so many different ways! But, your tutor must be just as passionate about your child’s progress as you are. This can show through their enthusiasm to teach, patience for your child’s learning, and even accessibility to contact them on how your child is doing.
- Skills that match your child’s needs: Your child should always be at the forefront of your decisions! To know if the tutor fits your child, you can try asking about their teaching methods (e.g. game-style, drills and quizzes, speaking exercises), how they motivate their students, and if they have experience working with students similar in age and ability to your child.
3. Look into recommendations and reviews
Luckily with the internet, there’s no need to dive in blind into the online tutor business! You can look up reviews about different online tutor services through social media, forums, or even online communities. Even on the main websites of tutoring services, you can find accounts or testimonials from parents and students. And if possible, you can even reach out to other parents you know who have been under the wing of specific online tutors you’re eyeing. Teachers and guidance counselors may also have insight on online English tutor recommendations, so consulting with them can also be helpful.
And although these are personal opinions that may contain bias, it’s helpful to know other people’s stories because it gives a clearer picture in your head of how these certain online tutors truly conduct their sessions. It provides some sort of ‘social proof’ behind everything. After all, it’s tough to just read words off of a website and brochure to understand what goes on in real life.
Sometimes, we need the push of other people’s experiences in order to know what we like. In this way, you hear from people who have tried or at least know someone who has tried their services. You get to know if these promised services and methods are being applied. And you get to figure out the credibility behind the online English tutor. This helps build better trust for the online tutor. At the end of the day, we want the best for our children, so we’d want them to be taught by online tutors with positive reviews!
4. Consider the student/teacher fit
Ultimately, you can only ever assume what’s best for your child. Sometimes, you’ll need that first-hand experience on how a tutor and student can work together.
The great thing about online tutoring is that, as parents, you get the benefit of being closely involved in their learning! Most parents don’t often get to see their child in school. Most of what they know comes from accounts with homeroom teachers in parent-teacher conferences and their child’s after-school stories. But through online tutors, you get to sit in on sessions, have constant communication with tutors, and monitor your child’s progress intimately.
The best way to consider the student/teacher fit is by sitting in on their session. There’s no need to sit in the entire time, but getting to stay in at least one part of the session can help you make a better-informed decision. It can help you assess how your child relates, responds, and feels about their new tutor. It also lets you see how comfortable your child is with the tutor. Comfortability plays a massive factor in how your child will learn under the watchful eye of your chosen online tutor. It will determine their actions and attitudes for the rest of the sessions.
Other ways include reviewing recordings/reports of their sessions, talking to both the online English tutor and your child separately, and monitoring improvements to your child’s academic performance and attitude. Besides the credentials and reviews, it’s crucial to see how your child and their tutor can grow in learning. Children need to be motivated and encouraged to learn in order to truly succeed!
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