Top 5 Tutoring Myths

Common myths in tutoring / hiring tutors


Myth #1: Tutors need to be certified teachers.

In a study done by Hay McBer Research into Teacher Effectiveness: A Model of Teacher Effectiveness (Norwich:HM Stationery Office), it was found that “pupil progress outcomes are affected more by a teacher’s skills and professional characteristics than by factors such as their sex, qualifications, or experience.”

At MyGradeBooster Tutoring Services we believe that the best Vancouver tutors are those who are role models for students. They have an impressive list of accomplishments and are great communicators, passionate, encouraging, warm, patient, and know their stuff. We acknowledge that just having a teaching certificate does not make one good at tutoring. Therefore we have a thorough interview process to ensure we hire only the top tutors.


Myth #2: To save money look for the cheapest hourly rate possible.

So many families have wasted money thinking they were getting a good deal. There is no way to know the total cost of tutoring based on the tutor’s hourly rate. The reason for this is when you have a better tutor, you use fewer hours of tutoring. Not only can a tutor who charges more end up being cheaper in the long run, but a good tutor can also can also keep you from wasting your and your child’s precious time. Ineffective tutoring may result in even lower confidence in your child, and this can make the situation much worse than before you hired a tutor.


Myth #3: You should wait until you need serious help before looking into hiring a tutor.

Most students only need up to 1.5 hours of tutoring per week. But, by the time the decision to get a tutor is made, most students are so far behind that it’s just impossible to catch up and keep up in just an hour per week. Also, math and sciences courses are cumulative – this means you need to understand this year’s stuff in order to understand next year. If you have waited years to get a tutor, just imagine the amount of catching up the student will need to do to gain a strong foundation in what has already been covered.


Myth #4: Tutoring will take a lot of time. We are too busy with extracurricular activities.

Hiring a tutor can actually save time so that you can get on with volunteering, sports activities, or whatever else you do best. Sure, you will need to set aside time for tutoring. Most high achieving students set academic achievement on top of their priority list. Some short-term sacrifices may need to be made to your social life, but on the other hand, think of all the time you will not have to spend trying to figure things out on your own!


Myth #5: My child only needs a tutor during the school year.

Students lose approximately two months’ worth of learning over the summer. Also, starting school after a long break makes it harder to get into the school mode and pick up where they left off.  The only way to prevent this loss is to continue instruction while your child is not in school. Only 1-1.5 hours of tutoring a week during the summer holidays can make a significant difference in how well your child adapts to the new school year.

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