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With more choices than ever for tutoring within the Korean community educators have a responsibility to educate parents on what traits to look for in teachers to build the best future for their childrenMentors have been essential for development of great skill No matter how many books you read or how much time you spend researching on the web mentors are still a crucial part of learning in any arenaSo how do you find a great TeacherSkill is obviously important But theres a few more intangibles we use at Tutelage to screen for the most effective teachers And our results speak for themselves Our students average in the top 8 in the nation on the SAT for the past 5 years I want to inform parents about how to choose the best teachers 1Avoid Someone Who Reminds You of a Courteous Waiterone who focuses his efforts on keeping you comfortable and happy on making things go smoothly with a minimum of effortThis is a good person to have as your waiter in a restaurant but a terrible person to have as your teacher coach or mentor2Seek Someone Who Scares You a LittleLook for someone whoWatches you closelyHe is interested in figuring you out what you want where youre coming from what motivates youIs action-orientedShe often wont want to spend a lot of time chatting instead shell want to jump into a few activities immediately so she can get a feel for you and vice versaIs honest sometimes unnervingly soHe will tell you the truth about your performance in clear language This stings at first But youll come to see that its not personal its the information you can use to get better3Seek Someone Who Gives Short Clear DirectionsMost great teachers coaches mentors do not give long-winded speeches They do not give sermons or long lectures Instead they give short unmistakably clear directions they guide you to a targetTeaching is not an eloquence contest
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