Online Tools

Quick & Easy Grade Calculator

This tool will calculate your current grade and also tell you what grade you need to get on the final exam.

Important Info

Qualities of an Effective Tutor

What criteria should you consider in order to find a quality tutor?

Comparison of Tutoring Rates

How much should good tutoring cost and what affects this price?

Length of a Tutoring Session

How long should a tutoring session last to achieve optimal results?

Number of Sessions per Week

How many tutoring sessions per week is a reasonable number?

Diagnostic Tests

Calculus Self-Assessment Test

Take this test to determine if you are ready for university calculus.

Algebra Self-Assessment Test

Take this test to determine if you are ready for university algebra.

What are some criteria of a good tutor?

When looking at resumes for potential tutors, think of them as you would a potential employee for your household or business. While there are many things that you may hope for in a tutor, there are only two things that are non-negotiable when reviewing a potential tutor's resume.

First, make sure the tutor has significant academic experience with the subject they are being hired to teach. In other words, make sure they are qualified. Passing a high school calculus class eight years ago probably does not indicate that they have the skills necessary to effectively tutor your student in calculus. On the other hand, they are probably well prepared to help with algebra or geometry.

Second, take a few minutes to follow up with a couple references. If the tutor doesn't have any experience, follow up with other references such as employers or teachers. Personal testimony is usually a very valuable insight into the effectiveness and work ethic of a potential employee.

There are many other things that may make your tutor more effective, but are certainly not necessary. For example, a college degree may indicate mastery of study skills, academic rigor and expertise in a field. Likewise, professional training or certification (such as a teaching credential) may indicate more effective practice. Keep in mind, however, that while these things might contribute to a tutor's effectiveness, they do not guarantee it. In the end, nothing speaks louder than customer references.