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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Tips to Find a Chinese Tutor

Are you looking for a Chinese tutor to teach your child, or do you want to learn Chinese yourself?

Some considerations first in selecting your tutor, besides speaking Chinese fluently:
- up-to-date on the best materials available
- also very familiar about Chinese culture.
- can create a doable plan for the student
- Very encouraging, easily motivates the student.
Please add if I missed any :-)

Now, where can we go to find tutors...

1. Referrals. Perhaps one of the the most convenient ways to find a good tutor is by asking friends and relative for a few recommendations. Ask them about the teaching style and if the tutor is very trustworthy.
2. Chinese Forums. Most people check out the internet when they need anything, including educational services. Simply google "Chinese forums" and once you’re taken to the site of your choice, join up. Or why not start a thread? Post exactly what you need and from what area you are. Many people interested in studying Pinyin or CSL (Chinese as Second Language) frequent these forums to offer tips, make friends, find students and tutors. Chances are they already know the people for the job. Ask them for referrals and some tips as well. However, always exercise caution when dealing online and check references.
3. Flyers. Tutors use flyers to advertise their services at places where they can meet prospective students. They usually leave their flyers in the library, grocers, and supermarkets, so keep your eyes open if there are any posted by a Chinese tutor. When you have the contact numbers, set an interview. Always remember to check the tutor's credentials, and ask for references.
4. Tutorial Centers. Visit these center and request for brochures. Feel free to ask about their Chinese language programs, their Chinese tutors, and of course, their tutorial fee.
5. Exchange tutorial. If you are pretty good in a subject area, why not find someone who can use your help, but also be able to teach you Chinese in return? You will be able to learn Chinese AND help another person out as well. You may also gain a good friend (or more than good) along the way. :-)

Those are just some of the ways to find tutors that can help you learn Mandarin Chinese. If you've done some other way to find a tutor and have had successful results, please do share it so other people may do the same thing too.

I hope you find a great tutor!

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