FAQs

How do I know that I can trust a tutor with my child?

All of our tutors have undergone a rigorous screening process including a fourfold safety and quality check:

    • Enhanced DBS check;
    • Character and professional references;
    • In-depth interview; and
    • Proof of qualifications.

Where will tuition take place?

Tuition can take place face to face at your home or choice of local public venue.

Tuition can also take place online via our virtual classroom, Tutorbranch and we will ensure you are fully set up and comfortable with using Tutorbranch before your first lesson begins.

How can I check the identity of a person presenting him/herself as a tutor?

All tutors will wear a Solent Tutors ID badge clearly displayed at all times. Each will have a unique ST tutor reference number.

How can I ensure that the tutor will provide a good service?

We have a rigorous recruitment process and have carefully selected our tutors on the basis of their ability to provide a quality service. They have had to prove their knowledge of all relevant exam boards and contemporary curricula. Furthermore, each tutor has had to clearly demonstrate exceptional communication and teaching skills as well as academic excellence. Through both background checks and in-depth interviews, all of our tutors have had to thoroughly prove themselves to us, so that we can prove ourselves to you!

How do I pay for tuition?

You pay the tutor via online bank transfer or by cheque.

How often will tuition take place?

This is largely up to you. You will be able to arrange lessons with the tutor assigned to you. Tuition is normally arranged on a weekly basis but additional lessons can be booked if necessary.

What if I can’t find the subject I need on your list?

We are constantly adding to our bank of tutors so our subject list is being continually updated. Contact us with your request and we will do our very best to meet your tuition needs.

I do not live in the Southampton and Solent area but would like to access the service of Solent Tutors – is this possible?

Yes. Distance learning is available via our specially-designed online tuition platform and has proved extremely successful with previous clients.

What makes a good tutor?

A good tutor must have good subject-specific knowledge. It is also essential that a tutor is able to communicate this knowledge effectively through the use of advanced teaching methods. Our tutors are chosen for their competence in both of these areas.

What is the advantage of one-to-one tuition?

The main advantage of one-to-one tuition is that our tutors can adapt their teaching techniques to the specific learning style of the student. Furthermore, a tutor can work to your pace. Most students also find that one-to-one tuition builds general confidence and results are often seen more quickly.

Will lessons be interesting?

Yes! Our tutors are aware of many different methods to stimulate interest such as interactive learning games and Internet resources, as well as using more traditional tutoring methods. This ensures that students are engaging with the subject matter at all times and therefore maximises their learning potential.

How will the lessons be structured?

Psychologists have discovered that we remember more from what we have learned at the beginning and the end of a session. The way to capitalise on this is to break a teaching session into smaller tasks. This maximises concentration and learning. Our tutors are aware of this technique and will therefore endeavour to divide each hourly lesson into 2-3 smaller chunks so that the maximum information is retained by the student.