Type in “home tuition” in Google Search. What do you see? You see dozens and dozens of Tuition Agencies advertising their Services and claiming to have the “BEST Tutors“, “Proven Results“, “Best Rates“; You don’t even know which Tuition Agency to pick.
Trust me, we have all been there before as Parents.
With so many choices for Tuition Agencies/Centres, we have compiled a List of Things to Avoid when Hiring Tutors from Tuition Agencies:
1. Check for Bad Reputation/Reviews
Of course as a start, we all should look at the Tuition Agencies’ reputation first, before engaging a Home Tutor from the agency.
Surely we all do not want to end up in contact with agencies like this “Little recourse for unpaid freelance Tutors“. It would cause great distress to the Tutors when they do not receive payment for the work that they complete. This would then translate to the Tutor not teaching well or the Tutor not coming for lessons anymore as he is not getting paid what he is due.
If the tuition agency has had disputes and bad reputation from in the past, what makes You think they might not do the same to you behind your back?
With bad reviews aplenty such as: Tuition Agency not paying their tutors, Agents being unprofessional, Bad Tutors, Unprofessional and poor service. Why take the chance to go through all these when you can avoid it COMPLETELY? (See: How to find the Perfect Tutor)
Solution: Check out reviews and testimonials in Parent Forums, such as SingaporeMotherHood, MummySG, or our Tutor Blacklist
Our Tutor Blacklist contains a List of Tutors, Parents/students that have previously engaged and abused our Services. The name of the individual and case details are disclosed. These are real life cases of stunts that Tutors and Parents pull, that will only endanger your Child’s education.
Search the respective tuition agency on Google search, such as “cocotutors review”. Should you find any negative press or article regarding the tuition agency, stay far away from it.
If there is a Tuition Agency there with even 1 bad review, STAY EVEN FURTHER AWAY FROM IT. You will never know what you might get yourself into, and jeopardise your Child’s progress and education.
2. Tutors that keep rescheduling and cancelling lessons
When Tutors keep rescheduling and cancelling lessons, you will have to seriously question their commitment. Are they just taking in more students for the sake of money? Or do they truly care for the welfare of your Child, and want to provide the most help possible to the Child?
During key exam periods or tests, when you want to increase tuition frequency (number of lessons/hours), can you trust them to come for the lessons?
Imagine a scenario where it is 1 week until the end-of-year exams, and your Child would need 1-2 more lessons to clear all his doubts/questions before the exams. The tutor calls to inform that she is unable to make it for the entire week due to a certain valid reason. What can you do at this point?
A Tutor that constantly reschedules lesson is a tutor that is unable to commit wholeheartedly. Would you want to risk your Child’s education under these types of Tutors? (See: Part-time/Full-time tutors or MOE teachers)
Avoid these types of Tutors like the Plague
These tutors, however well they can teach, will deal the most harm to your Child during the most unexpected of times. Times when you require the Home Tutor to be there to clarify doubts. Times when your Child needs the Tutor for the last push.
If the Tutor pulls the same trick again, your Child will be left stranded to deal with the examinations with little help. If possible, contact your agency and change your Home Tutor immediately. Some tuition agencies allow for a change in Tutors at no cost.
CocoTutors is a Tuition Agency that allows a change in Tutors at no cost, should the Tutor be unsuitable. They will provide you with a List of Tutor Profiles to replace the current tutor, so the Best, most suitable tutor can be found. (See: How to Request for Tutors)
How can I find the Best Tutor?
Ultimately, it is up to each Student’s needs and learning style/environment. There is no one fixed solution for everyone, so it would be best to try out all the different options and see which one is the most effective. (See: How to Choose from a List of Tutor Profiles)