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What Makes a Great Tutor

Updated: Mar 19, 2019

There are a lot of options for academic support – everything from after school office hours with your teacher, to group classes, to private 1-1 tutoring. Regardless of which route you choose, you want to make sure that you have a great tutor. TutoringBoston offers the best Academic Math and SAT/ACT tutoring in Newton, MA and the surrounding towns.

We service the Greater Boston area: Arlington, Belmont, Brookline, Cambridge, Concord, Lexington, Medford, Natick, Needham, Newton, Somerville, Sudbury, Wellesley, Weston, and Winchester. TutoringBoston would love to help with Standardized Test Preparation, and K-12 Academic Tutoring! If not, here a few things to look for when shopping around for a great instructor.


This one is not a surprise! Experience comes in all shapes and sizes, but it’s definitely a must have. Teaching in a classroom and tutoring privately require a different skill set, so make sure the instructor you choose has a proven track record of success. Ask for references.


Students tend to perform better when they feel a connection to their instructor. Having a tutor who is relatable, personable, and engaging could encourage students to go the extra mile!


Make sure the teacher/tutor you hire is open, honest, and responsive. Effective communication is key for setting expectations, discussing any issues, and monitoring progress.


Everyone learns differently and everyone has his or her own strengths. Teaching is not a “one size fits all” profession. Expert instructors should be able to adjust their teaching styles in real time to fit the needs of their students.


Similar to style, the best tutors understand that instruction should be tailored to the individual. Customized lesson plans, worksheets, and content delivery is crucial for success.

Content and Strategy

Your tutor should instruct you on a combination of content and strategy. Especially for standardized tests like SAT, knowing how to approach the test (time management, techniques, specific strategies including picking your own number) can help you optimize your score. For example, check out these 3 must know tips for the SAT.

We hope you’ll choose TutoringBoston to support you in achieving your academic goals. We offer 1-1 private tutoring for standardized test prep including SAT, ACT, PSAT, SSAT ISEE, and GRE, as well as for K-12 Academic Mathematics.


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