What questions should I ask my student's parent/guardian to get to know them?
An important part of the tutoring process is getting to know your student. A quick conversation with their parent/guardian will help you learn about the student, establish trust, and understand the parent/guardian’s involvement in the student's education.
You don't need to ask all of these, just the ones you find the most important:
- What are your student's greatest strengths and skills?
- What is your student passionate about- both academic & just general interests/hobbies?
- Why do you think your student needs help in <insert subject>? What do they have a hard time with?
- What would make tutoring an inviting and comfortable place for your student?
- What are your fears or concerns about your child this school year?
- What goals do you have for your student? Where would you like them to be by the end of tutoring?
- Aside from better grades, is there anything else you hope your student gains from this experience?
- What strategies would you recommend I use to work best with your student? Frequent breaks? Incorporating videos? Using incentives? Playing music? etc.
- Is there anything else you can tell me about your child that you think would help me support his/her learning?
- How would you like to stay in communication this year?