Most of us remember what it was like to be in high school. More specifically, to be in a class in high school where either we didn’t really understand what was going on or, when we got our test scores back, they were lower than we thought they would be. It wasn’t so much that we didn’t study; it’s simply that we were having a harder time in that particular subject than others. And if our parents were playing close attention to all of this, one of the things that they might have done was gotten us a tutor.
Now we’re the parents and we see our son or daughter in a similar situation. If you want to get someone to assist them but your budget is tight, we want to share with you five cheap tutoring options; that way, your child can get the help that they need and you won’t have to spend a fortune in the process.
Check with their school. There are a lot of high schools that offer tutoring services (especially peer-to-peer ones) after school that are free of charge and so the first thing that we recommend is that you check with the administration. Chances are, even if your child’s high school doesn’t, they can put you in touch with a teacher or upperclassmen who can be of assistance.
Contact people you know. If you really stop to think about it, there’s a good chance that you know someone who is really good in math or history. Therefore, it certainly can’t hurt to see if they would be willing to invest some of their time. If you can’t immediately think of someone, don’t forget about using your social media platforms (such as Facebook and Twitter) to announce that you’re looking for a tutor for your high school student and that people can inbox (Facebook) or direct message (Twitter) you for details.
Look for a college student. Another really great option is to find a college student. You can do this by reaching out to a local college directly to see what tutoring services they might provide or to ask them for recommendations on how to locate a college student who might be looking for some part-time work. The smart thing about this particular option is that you will be able to get helpful assistance without having to pay the $25-50 per hour that many private tutors charge.
Reach out to some non-profit youth organizations. There also tends to be non-profit organizations that offer tutoring services too. One of them would be the Boys and Girls Club and there is a chapter in almost every major city.
Try some online programs. It seems like every day there is a new online tutoring program that becomes available. And the good news about online tutoring is that a lot of the websites are absolutely free. Khan Academy and Free to Be are two websites that don’t charge anything. There are also tutoring services offered on Tutor and Eduboard that have some really affordable rates. For more information, go to your favorite search engine and put “free online tutoring” in the search field.