Your safety is a top priority. Of course in the vast majority of instances, the potential clients you meet will be excellent people just needing help for themselves or for their kids. Nonetheless, you still need to use wisdom when meeting up with folks you never met. It is also important that you stay professional and assure the safety of those you are tutoring. We suggest you consider the following:
When making your initial contact with a client/student, it’s a good idea meet in a public place such as a coffee shop, library, or some other public facility. You may elect to conduct all of your tutoring sessions at a location outside the home that is conducive to studying. Many libraries have excellent study rooms that can be reserved free of charge.
Don’t tolerate unwanted or inappropriate behavior from others, either from students or parents. If you experience something that crosses a line, confront it immediately and make your boundaries very clear. Also, depending on the nature of the action or comment, tell someone else what you experienced and never hesitate to report inappropriate behavior to Christian Tutors of America. We are on your side. Generally speaking, if you experience something makes you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, err on the side of caution.
Tell someone else about your first meeting ether verbally or by way of email, text, etc.
An adult should be present at all times. If you are doing in-home tutoring, there should never be a time when an underage student is left alone with a tutor. In addition, tutoring should be conducted in areas of the house that are highly assessable such as a dinning room or at a kitchen table. Avoid tutoring in areas of the house that cannot be easily monitored by a parent.
Never leave a student unattended. This applies if you are tutoring younger children at a public facility, and the parent or guardian is not present when the tutoring is completed. You shouldn’t just leave. If chronic lateness persists, you should discuss the problem with the parent. It is not unreasonable to charge the parent as part of the tutoring session the time you had to wait for them to arrive, especially if lateness is habitual.
Keep Things Professional: Tutors are mentors, role models, and figures of authority. They are not buddies. If you are working with older students, be cautious when communication must transpire outside of the tutoring setting. It is suggested that the content of phone conversations, texts, Facebook discussions, etc. be academically related, if they are necessary at all. In all cases, communication with students apart from tutoring should be conducive to your tutoring objectives and done with the knowledge and consent of the parent(s).