Posted in Inspiration, Tips for Parents, Tips for Students

When Should You Hire A Tutor?

There are three main reasons why people hire a tutor, listed here in order of reactiveness to proactiveness.

When There’s A Problem

The majority of people looking for a tutor are hoping to solve a problem.  These are parents seeking out tutors because their kids’ report cards are unsatisfactory, or college students looking for help after they bomb the midterm.  The motivation for these sorts of people is primarily damage control.

When You Want To Avoid Having A Problem

Parents and students who fall into this category are often concerned with maintaining a high standard, perhaps with specific educational or career goals in mind.  These are parents who want to ensure that their kids maintain a 4.0 GPA, or college students who want to be sure they get into a specific graduate program.  For people in this category, tutoring is often like a form of insurance.

When You Want To Ensure Excellence And Build A Foundation For Long Term Learning

This is the smallest category, consisting of students who want to take advantage of every opportunity to develop themselves and parents who want to maximize the value of their children’s education.  The motivation here is not image or performance, but the joy of fulfilling one’s potential.

Realistically, which category do you fit into?  Ideally, which one would you like to be in?


Dane Dormio is an online tutor and academic coach who specializes in helping all types of students achieve life and academic success, especially homeschooled students and those preparing for STEM careers. More information and resources can be found on his website at

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