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How to Find the Right English Tutor in Boston: 5 Steps

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Tue, May 24, 2011 @ 09:00 AM

English tutor in BostonHow do you find the right English tutor in Boston? Boston is a wonderful place to learn English. It is a city of universities, students, new and innovative ideas and it has a vibrant atmosphere. It is an American city with a slightly European feeling. If you have chosen to study English in Boston, you have made an excellent decision. However, there are many options for learning English in Boston and it is important to know how to make the right choice based on your needs. Although you will have more opportunities to speak English with American people in Boston than you would have in New York, you still need to make an effort to get out into the city and practice your English with native speakers. If you have a limited amount of time to learn English or if you need to improve your English for your career, you might want to consider working with an English tutor in Boston. In this article, I will give you some tips for choosing the right tutor.

 

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5 Steps to Finding the Right English Tutor in Boston:

 

  • Determine your goals: What is important for you? Do you need a flexible schedule or a convenient location for your lessons? Do you need to have the English lessons at your workplace? Are you preparing to take the TOEFL or the IELTS exam? Do you want to improve your fluency and get more conversation practice? You should have your goals in your mind when you contact English tutors.

 

  • Decide on your budget: Remember that the price of private English lessons will reflect the tutor's experience, qualifications and the overall quality of the lessons. If your goals are important than you might want to consider paying more for a better tutor.

 

  • Ask for recommendations and search online: A truly professional English tutor should have a website with information about his or her teaching style, a resume and testimonials from former students. You can also ask your colleagues at work if they have worked with any good English tutors.

 

  • Ask for a trial lesson: Your tutor or the academic director of the tutoring service should be able to meet with you in person or online to discuss your needs and goals. During the trial lesson, you will get a sense of the tutor's style. You can decide if you feel comfortable learning with him or her. You can also ask about qualifications and experience. Does the tutor present a specific plan for how he or she will help you reach your goals?

 

  • Try a few lessons and evaluate: Do you feel comfortable working with your tutor? Does he or she motivate you to practice your English outside of class? Do you look forward to the lessons? Is your tutor always prepared with activities for each lesson that are based on your goals? Does your tutor make it easy for you to understand difficult grammar points? Can he or she show you how to pronounce a word correctly?

 

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