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• Try a tutoring center, and be picky. For the student, it doesn’t matter much whether the tutor works for herself or for a company. What matters is the tutor herself — personality, qualifications, teaching skills. You may find that a big center, such as Sylvan Learning Center , Kumon, or Kaplan, is the best resource in your area. In that case, give them a call. And don’t hesitate to work with someone else if the first person assigned to you isn't a great fit.

• Ask around. Teachers and professors may know of a good private tutor; guidance counselors are also a good resource. Fellow students and parents may have referrals.

• Check with a local college or university for student tutors. For example, email the local university English department to ask for an English major who can help with papers. These types of coaches often charge less than a professional tutor, but are typically not as well-trained in education techniques.

• If you’re low-income, look for nonprofits that offer tutoring or may help you find a tutor. Most will only serve low-income students.

• If you belong to a religious organization, check there for tutors. You may find a willing volunteer.

• Scout online for private tutors in your area, starting on this site. If you do a search, dig past the first page of Google results. (Remember, most tutors are out there tutoring, not beefing up their websites.) Find someone in your area with at least three good references, and check those references.

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