5 Things that You Want from Your Spanish Tutor
By Space Coast Daily // April 8, 2021
There are many compelling reasons why you should learn Spanish. For one thing, there are lots of countries in the world that speak it, and if you go there, you will be able to converse with the locals. You can also put on your resume that you speak more than one language, which will impress many bosses and hiring managers.
You may have the chance to learn Spanish in school as many middle schools and high schools teach it. If that doesn’t happen, you can always take it in college.
You might also get yourself a Spanish tutor. There are some great online ones as well as those that will come to you in person. Let’s go over a few of the things you’ll want to see from your Spanish tutor.
They Charge a Reasonable Amount
If you’re looking for a Spanish tutor, one thing that’s definite is that you’ll wish to hire only one of those who you can comfortably afford. You will likely find that there’s a wide price range with Spanish tutors, just as there is with virtually anything else.
You might locate one that seems to have glowing reviews, but they’re not in your price range. You may be able to talk them down a little, but many of these tutors have a set price, and they are not willing to deviate from it.
They Have Excellent Feedback
You will also want to look online to determine what past clients have to say about this tutor. You can learn tons about a tutor online these days, and the more reviews you can read about them, the more confident you can be if you choose to hire them.
If you don’t see very much feedback, that could mean they are just starting out. You might be okay with that, or you may not. Some pupils don’t want to pay a Spanish tutor top dollar unless they can see that they’ve been doing it for a while.
If you see that they have several negative reviews, make sure you read them to see what the former client has to say. If they seem to have some valid gripes with the way that tutor does business, it’s likely that you’ll want to do some more hunting to find someone more suitable.
They Seem to Be Tech-Savvy
You’ll also need to figure out whether you want a tutor who is willing to come to you or whether you’ll be okay with one with whom you can have online communication. Since the pandemic is still a concern, some pupils won’t want their tutor to come to them. Maybe later on, when everyone has had the vaccine, then you’ll be okay with doing some in-person lessons.
Assuming that you are going to be doing online lessons, you’ll have to see how you and your tutor will communicate. If you are tech-savvy, then you will probably have no trouble downloading the app that they are using. You might have to utilize one that their agency designed, or you may use Zoom, Skype, or some other widely used and popular one.
Once you have the app set up, your tutor should be there to greet you and start your lesson at the appropriate time. If they can’t seem to figure out how to use the laptop, desktop, app, and so forth, you might have to go with someone else. You need to use an individual who is at least somewhat tech-knowledgeable, or else they will probably frustrate you in a hurry.
You’re Okay with Their Communication
You will definitely want a tutor who has excellent communication skills. It’s going to make you angry if you hire a tutor, and then they cancel your lesson more than once, or else they don’t show up when they say they will.
It’s always possible that an emergency can come up, and your tutor will have to reschedule, but if that happens too often, it’s probably time to pull the plug and turn to someone else. Also, if they simply ghost you and disappear for days at a time, you will not want to use them for very long.
Since these things do happen sometimes, you will probably not want to pay for too many lessons in advance. In fact, you might decide that you want to pay by the lesson, since, if you do that, you won’t have to commit a lot of money to sessions that are going to take place in the future.
They Can Deliver the Results for Which You’re Looking
One more thing that you’ll want to see from your tutor is results that seem reasonable. You should realize that if you speak no Spanish going into the lessons, then you should not speak it fluently after a couple of weeks. At the same time, if you dedicate yourself to learning, then you should begin to see some positive results before too long.
You’ll want a patient tutor who corrects you when you make a mistake but does not do so in a way that frustrates you too much. You have probably had both good and bad teachers in the past, so you should know the characteristics of both.
If you find that you have an easygoing tutor who you get along with, then that’s great. You’re still trying to learn, though, so you’ll want a tutor who can keep you on-task. You don’t want one who will start talking about something other than your lesson when you’re paying for the time that you’re spending with them.
If you find a suitable tutor, you will probably enjoy your time with them, and at the end of the experience, you’ll hopefully have the skills that you need for your next endeavor. Whether you needed to learn Spanish for your work or you simply wanted to know how to talk to your neighbors better, there’s no reason not to embark on this exciting linguistic adventure today.