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Last updated 1:53 PM on 24 May 2012

Private tutoring to give kids a helping hand in their schooling is a growing business. However, it's also an area where parents can be vulnerable to bogus offers and misleading advertising.

If you're considering using a tutor, you need to know how to get the best service for you and your child.
It's important to know that the job of a school is to ensure your child's educational needs are met in line with the curriculum.

Teachers in NSW public schools are university educated and use effective teaching and learning techniques. If you have concerns about your child's education, you should discuss it with your child's teacher, year adviser or principal.

Mohan Dhall, chief executive officer of the Australian Tutoring Association, says parents should first think whether their child would benefit from tuition. After all, a well-structured home environment may provide the best framework for parents to help their children.

However, if you have identified an area or areas that could benefit from extra academic attention, then you need to be clear about what you want the tuition to achieve, Mohan says.

Key points

  • Discuss your child's education with their teacher first.
  • Tutors need to add confidence and work in partnership with your child's school.
  • Tutors should be warm, empathetic and subject matter experts.
  • Tutors should build confidence in your child so that they trust their own skills.
  • Exercise caution if you're asked to sign contracts with a tutor.

Read the full article on the School A to Z website.