Tutors only are worth it if they can anticipate the type and level of questions the teacher will be giving on a test!!! I am tired of hearing, from multiple tutors mind you, how well a student knows the material only to get a 70 or so on a test! Sorry, it's nice to know they understand the material but its the grade that matters too!
To continue.... I'd rather be told that my child doesn't understand the topic ( honesty first) and not be so repeatedly ( over the years ) disappointed with lower grades than expected based on a tutors assessment ( again these are high priced and multiple tutors ) ! Finally, most extra help offered by teachers is also a scam.... My S was encouraged to go to Honors Trig extra help ! He would go daily in the morning. He even went the morning of the exam. This idiot of a teacher would purposely not give anything that was on the exam for fear of giving an advantage! Are you kidding me!!!! Extra help is to get help! Clouding up a mind with math problems ( and I'm not asking for the exact problems just concepts and techniques) that are not on the exam forty minutes later is not extra help but extra HURT! What a moron!
I don't expect tutors to know what problems a teacher will give on a test. And a student who got a 70 with a tutors help may have gotten a 50 otherwise.
It's up to the student and their parents to understand what might be on the test and then engage the tutor to help find problems that will be relevant. One could pay a tutor to perform this work but most people would not be willing to pay a tutor to spend the time reviewing class materials and exams to try to figure out a specific teacher's testing style.
What's with the hostility to tutors on this thread?