Should I Get a Tutor?
More than once since becoming a law student I have considered hiring a law tutor. I usually find myself thinking about getting a tutor the week before an assignment is due or in the lead up to exams. But with the substantial cost of attending law school, what is the value of a tutor and why do people hire them?
According to one specialist law tutoring organisation that I came across in my research, proofreading is the service most commonly requested by students. Not surprisingly, the students I spoke with agreed that the main reason they have or would hire a tutor is to review assignments before submission.
Other areas of assistance include face-to-face exam revision, revision on specialist areas within law, and help with assignment topics.
So how much does a tutor cost? A quick search showed rates starting at $15 and going right up to $75 per hour for a private tutor and $100+ for a specialist company. It is not surprising that students would hesitate to hand over their hard earned cash, particularly if they are not sure it is worth it or whether the tutor they are contemplating hiring will actually help get them the results they need.
The students I found that were willing to admit to using a tutor (believe it or not this was very difficult) suggested students considering a tutor write down what you hope to achieve, know what it is you need help with and interview prospective tutors before committing. When you’re talking to a prospective tutor, listen to whether they explain things clearly, find out what their experience is, and see if they have any feedback or customer testimonials that you can read.
Finally, what are the alternatives if you simply can’t afford or justify getting a tutor? I’ll admit the main reason I wanted to hire a tutor was for reassurance that I was on the right track, and to make sure that I didn’t miss something. If this is you (and I know I am not the only one) a good option can be to join a study group.
If you’re uncertain about an assignment, ask your lecturer questions or speak to a fellow student about how they’re approaching the topic (but don’t plagiarise). Even a non-law student friend or family member can still provide useful feedback on an essay and offer useful tips to improve readability and the structure of your argument.
But if you really do need help, a tutor may be worthwhile, just remember to work out what it is you’re after and make sure you find the right tutor for you.
Original post written by Survive Law writer Paige and published on survivelaw.com