How to Find a Great Tutor
Whether it is after getting a bad grade or realising you have no idea what was taught in class, many students rush in and quickly hire any tutor they can find out of desperation and spend little time finding a tutor compatible for them. However, a point that is so frequently missed is that it is not tutoring itself helps a student gain success, but it is a "good" tutor that will help you get through the struggles of school.
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.

Working with Children Check
It is also important to check that the tutor or their company is following all legislations correctly to guarantee the safety of the student. One of the main documents a tutor must have is a 'Working With Children Check (WWCC)' which all employers must apply for if they are to work in child-related services (working with anyone under 18), and this will ensure the tutor is aware of the respectful manner in which they must treat their students which will allow the student to feel more comfortable.
Time to search
After defining your goals and considering desirable traits in a tutor, it is time to search for a tutor, and this involves a range of research and enquiry strategies to help ensure all possible options are considered. There are many different ways to find a tutor such as google searches, information from family and friends, asking past successful students and even asking school teachers. Try as many of these make sure you are aware of all your options and choose the best tutor possible.

Take a trial lesson
It is often difficult to find whether a tutor is right for you simply by reading their profiles or talking to past students as every student is different and will have different views and opinions, and something good to try is to organising a trial lesson. Often tutors will be willing to do this at a discounted price or even for free, so make sure you book a trial session before committing to any tutor as this will help you identify whether the tutor is right fit for you.
Time to get started
Finally, after having a few trial lessons with different tutors and choosing the one you think best suits you in achieving your goals, consider how you would like tutoring sessions to run. This will include brainstorming as well as seeking advice from past students and tutors. Ask others how they approached their tutoring sessions. What worked well for them? Did they prefer to bring questions to the class or was it beneficial when the tutor prepared the lesson beforehand? Feel free to experiment with a variety of ways in your first few tutoring sessions by trying out a new approach each week before selecting which way you think works best for you.

The thought of starting tutoring can often be a daunting one with so many questions and confusions on how to find the right tutor for you, but I cannot stress enough how much tutoring helped me achieve my academic goals, and after following the steps outlined in this article, hopefully the process will much easier.