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How to pick the perfect tutor?

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when scrolling down the list of hundreds of tutors. Capitalism often presents us with a paradox of choice, the abundance of options actually requires more effort to choose and can leave us feeling unsatisfied with our choice.

How to avoid this and ensure that we select the tutor who best meets our requirements?

This article will present you with a list of tips and advice, so that on MyDialogue, you will select the most appropriate tutor!

1. Personality

What type of personality do you work best with ? Would you like someone softly spoken and calm,  something very energetic and enthusiastic or someone austere and serious ?

On MyDialogue, all the tutors present a video, introducing themselves, and from this, you will be able to gauge their personality and choose a tutor that you feel you will get along with. It’s important that these lessons do not seem like a chore and you are able to look forward to them!

2. Specialisation

Are you looking for a tutor with a specific specialisation, for example, one specialised in business English, or a tutor who has experience with the CEFR certification? These tutors will write this on their profile so look out for it and select one accordingly. Alternatively, you could just be looking to have a relaxed conversation with a native speaker, and in this case, you may be looking for no specialisation!

3. Accent 

There is a plethora of accents within the anglophone community. Is your aim to speak like a Scotsman or an American ? If an American, a Texan or a Californian? Through speaking to your tutor, you will start to mimic the way they speak so it is imperative that you chose a tutor with the accent you would like to achieve!

4. Your Level

There are many levels of English (even amongst native speakers…two particular American presidents can attest to this…) and some tutors are better suited to more advanced levels and teaching technical grammar rules, whereas others are skilled in helping beginners! On their profiles, tutors should indicate the levels they teach, so look out for this!

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