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How Tutors Can Manage Parents' Expectations

Tiffany Smith
March 13, 2017

How to set realistic tutoring objectives with the parents and student.

Parents can be demanding. It's in your best interest to set goals and outline your plans for meeting them. If a parent is concerned about your program, you can later review and revise your goals, but from the outset you should:

  • Determine the objectives of the tutoring.
  • Clearly define what is expected of you, the child and the parents.
  • Map out a time line for meeting the objectives.
  • Outline your tutoring methods.
  • Let the parents know the behavioral expectations you have of the child.
  • Explain to parents your policies on arriving on time, canceling appointments and so on.
  • Set boundaries.
  • Agree to a schedule that details when you will speak with teachers and report to parents.
  • Involve the child in decision making, when appropriate.

A good relationship with the parent will make the child's chance of success that much greater and make your job many times easier.


Tiffany Smith has written for All You, Time for Kids and the Boston Globe. And as a former babysitter, she knows a lot about fun games to play with kids. Getting them to eat their veggies -- that’s a different story! Follow her on Twitter at @tiffanyiswrite

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