An IELTS tutor is a good idea BUT…
… it is difficult to find a good one.
Here are three questions you should ask about your tutor before you get started.
Is your tutor a native English speaker?
A native English speaker will be able to help you with ‘real English’ and will have a deeper understanding of the cultural and stylistic aspects of English. This will be especially useful for General Writing – Task 1 and the IELTS Speaking module.
Is your tutor a qualified ESL teacher?
An ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher will have a strong knowledge of English grammar and, more importantly, be able to help you identify your weaknesses and improve your grammar. Ideally, your tutor will have +5 years ESL teaching experience. In most countries, English Language schools require their teachers to be ESL qualified.
Does your tutor have IELTS preparation experience?
The IELTS exam is a unique type of English exam with a specific structure. Your tutor should know about all aspects of the IELTS exam and be able to offer you advice on all modules. Ideally, your tutor will have +5 years IELTS preparation experience.
Did your tutor score 3/3?
1/3 is not good enough! Find a new tutor.
2/3 is okay. Depending on where you live, and your budget, it may not be possible to find a 3/3 tutor. Just pay attention to their weaknesses.
3/3 is good. You have nearly found your IELTS tutor.
There is one more factor to consider.
IELTS preparation is hard work. You need to find someone who will motivate and inspire you to achieve your objectives.
Make sure your tutor is committed to helping you achieve your IELTS objective.
After one or two lessons you will know if you have found the right tutor – your IELTS study partner.