Within the field of tutoring, there exists three main styles. The first style is Center Tutoring. Here, the student who needs assistance on his work would be required to go to a place of business and receive services. This is also known as Contract Tutoring, because customers are most likely required to sign a contract for a pre-determined amount of sessions. There is generally a 3 to 6 month commitment. Should a customer try to back out of that commitment, he is often assessed a financial penalty of sorts. Here, students range from preschool to late high school; however, the majority of students are in upper elementary and middle school. Most tutors are certified teachers that work at these centers part-time. There are generally no benefits to these positions, quite a bit different than the school district jobs these tutors hold during the daytime. The benefits of this style of assistance is a well-organized machinery of available tutors and a vast library of books and resources at the tutor’s fingertips. The support network here is great. In essence, a tutoring facility is a quasi-school in and of itself. The drawback is that it is often quite expensive, and what you thought was a 1:1 situation with a tutor becomes a group situation for convenience.
The second style of tutoring is Online Tutoring. This form is a hot new way of delivering material that years ago had to be accomplished face to face. With the creation of YouTube, Skype, Net Meeting, and Facebook, Online Tutoring bridges the miles. A tutor in England can be on Skype with a student in the United States. Students must have the needed computer hardware and software to make it happen. Of course, this style of tutoring saves on transportation. Other benefits include the broad availability of tutors worldwide and the latest in technology used as teaching aids. Yet the drawbacks are plentiful too. Nothing will replace the rapport building that face to face, “in the flesh” tutoring provides. How can the tutor gather any nonverbal cues that the student is bored with the material or just doesn’t understand? What if the computer crashes? Does that mean the lesson is cancelled, even at the most crucial time?
The third style of tutoring is Home Tutoring. The home tutor is the professional that will come to a student’s home (parents need to be present more often than not), and tutor him. The tutor will provide educational support in all subject areas, plus many non-traditional subjects, such as Study Skills and SAT/ACT Exam help. Home tutors are rarely contracted. They provide searches on an hourly basis, often for a price of $30-$60 per hour, depending on location and assistance needed. Prices are usually very affordable, and there are rarely contracts required. If the parent wishes to add more hours, it is often accomplished through a user-friendly website or directly with the tutor. The biggest drawback of a home tutor is that they often do not have a broad range of “at their fingertips” educational materials with which to choose from. They rely on what materials they have on hand, and if the student needs other resources in the middle of a lesson to help him understand the concepts taught, he is usually out of luck.