Where do I start?
A key question is to consider what actually makes a tutor "good" and makes them the perfect person to help achieve your academic goals. This means before beginning to seek for a tutor, you need to identify what your objective is and the end result you want from tutoring. Without a clear goal in mind, it will be much harder to choose a tutor as you will have no idea of what you are trying to gain from it and will have no clue of the qualities to look for in the tutor. For example, your goal may be to better understand concepts covered in class, and this would mean seeking a tutor with good communication skills who can clearly explain certain concepts.
What to look for
Whilst each tutor is different and will have their own good traits, here are a few general qualities I recommend you look for:
Organisation: Students often have to try and fit tutoring into their busy schedules so it is essential that the tutor is organised so students are not kept waiting for a tutor to turn up and a regular routine can be established easily. Organisation will also help to create a more structured program which is useful in the lead up to exams as the tutor can clearly plan out how to cover all the content beforehand.
Adaptability: Every student is different and learns in a different way and at a different pace, it is therefore important that the tutor is able to adapt their teaching style to accommodate the needs of each individual student via a variety of teaching methods so student can easily grasp all concepts.
Enthusiasm: It is also important that the tutor is enthusiastic and motivated as this will encourage the student by inspiring them try harder
The right intention: It is important the tutor is committed with their end goal being to benefit the student rather than other major incentive such as reputation or financial incentives as any other intentions may distract the tutor from fully committing themselves to the learning of the student and therefore will not bring maximum success to the student.
Knowledge: Ultimately, it is important that the tutor is knowledgeable in that subject area and are thorough and confident with what they teach. The main purpose of the child receiving tutoring is to expand their knowledge and gain better understanding of a particular subject area, and it is therefore essential that the tutor is very familiar with the subject. However it is not the knowledge alone that is important, but the tutor needs to be able to effectively convey this to the student through clear speech, a variety of learning methods such as visually, and also the tutor must be familiar with the current study design as schools constantly update the content they teach and the standards required for each year level, and it is important the tutor teaches everything that is relevant and required for that particular subject without missing vital information or unnecessarily teaching irrelevant information.