Learning all of the rules and regulations of the English language is not always easy, especially if a child or adult's natural aptitudes lean towards math or science. Parents or returning adult students may find themselves in need of a good English tutor to provide some insight and encouragement. How does one find such a qualified English tutor? One might only be a phone call or email away, or right in a student's own classroom. An English tutor may work independently or under the auspices of a learning center or English department.
One way to find a qualified English tutor is to place a classified ad in local newspapers. In the ad copy itself, include a brief description of the student's grade level or course name. If there are extenuating circumstances, it might be best to mention them as well. A sample classified ad could read "English tutor needed for fourth grade child with special needs..." or "English tutor wanted for local ENG 102 adult student with limited transportation...". The ad should end with full contact information. Anticipate screening several applicants before finding the ideal English tutor.
Another source for a good English tutor is the student's school or college English department. Many instructors may be willing to provide private English tutoring to supplement their incomes. Even if your child's regular teacher does not have spare time available, he or she may know of others who do, such as teachers' aides or certified substitute teachers. A college English department may sponsor a campus tutoring service for math and English students. Some colleges maintain a list of peer-to-peer tutors available off-campus.
There are professional learning centers that specialize in matching a qualified English tutor with the right student. These services can be expensive for parents, but they provide intensive one-on-one attention for students who face the possibility of repeating a grade. Even some larger churches provide tutoring services as part of an after-school ministerial program. Social organizations such as Big Brothers/Big Sisters may retain the services of an English tutor for after-school programs of their own. Adult students may find a qualified English tutor by contacting a local Learn to Read or adult literacy organization.