How do I choose the best tutor?

Search here to find a learning provider that follows best practice or read the research findings below to check out your own learning provider.


Research tells us that these are important.

1. Make sure the person working with your child is a trained teacher.

It is not enough that the tutor is supervised by a trained teacher. Good tutors find teaching points as they work with your child.

Older students who are good at the subject are often not good tutors.

2. Make sure the tutor is familiar with the NZ curriculum and/or NCEA standards.

The New Zealand curriculum is not the same as any other country.

3. One-on-one tuition is not necessarily the best.

One-to-one tuition can be stressful for the student and boring for the tutor.

Tuition within a group of three or four is a good balance: your child has help when they need it but doesn’t feel under pressure.

4. Tuition must be tailored to your child’s needs.

The advantage of tuition is that it can be targeted to your child’s needs, unlike  in a classroom.

A good tutor will use tuition methods that work for your child, not the same way as everyone else.

5. A mix of learning methods must be used, not computer only or paper only.

Lots of research shows that handwriting is important for brain development. Using a keyboard is no substitute for writing to maximise your child’s potential.

The brain loves change. Every time the learning changes from computer to paper to hands-on, it pays attention.

6. The relationship with the tutor is most important.

Not everyone gets along with everyone else. If your child does not get on with his/her tutor, ask for someone else.

An online tutor is not as good as a caring tutor face-to-face.

Using a website without a tutor’s direction is less effective.