I also included a few sites that will connect you with local community colleges; In addition to the majority of these schools being able to recommend Spanish tutors, they also offer a variety of Spanish classes for you to choose from if you are interested. Traditional Language learning in a schoolroom gets a lot of flak, but the rigidity and monotony of going to class works really well for a few people.
- You should realize that finding a local tutor is not the only option that is available to you. You can also consider finding an online tutor. Now, I see two potential concerns you probably immediately have with the idea of online tutoring. The first concern is that you are not able to form as close of a personal connection with your tutor. The second is that online tutoring is simply not as effective as face-to-face tutoring. Obviously, they are interrelated concerns, and both of them are legitimate. I see it as all a matter of getting used to the video chatting format. There are a ton of software applications you can use to help you establish that vital personal relationship. For example, there is an application called Scribblar that allows you and your tutor to both edit a digital whiteboard in real-time. For more information on online tutoring, head to https://education.skype.com/resources/577-21-things-you-absolutely-need-to-know-before-you-hire-an-online-tutor. It is really quite a stellar article.
- Don’t be afraid to change tutors if you realize the one you are currently trying is not suiting your needs. Trust me when I say that five minutes of awkwardness is infinitely preferable to being stuck with a poor tutor.
- Please, please ask your friends for tutoring recommendations. This saves so much time and energy. Yes, I know this was probably the first thing that you did. But you would be surprised by how many people neglect this simple step.
Sites to Check Out
www.lrngo.com – Of course, I recommend that you check out the rest of the LRNGO website. It offers a variety of tutoring options to check out and there is an option to sort the offers by zip code.
http://pittsburgh.universitytutor.com/ - a site that includes many, many comprehensive lists of tutors in the Pittsburg area. This site also includes tutoring for subjects that are not necessarily related to Spanish if you are interested.
https://www.care.com/tutors/pittsburgh-pa - Another list of tutors in the Pittsburg area.
http://www.studyspanish.com/destinations/spanish_in_pittsburgh_pennsylvania.htm- this provides a list of schools you can go to in order to sign up for classes. I would personally recommend the University of Pittsburg, which is included on the list.
http://www.ccac.edu/ - Community College of Allegheny County
http://www.pointpark.edu/ - Point Park University
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