Hiring an Spanish tutor online might be the best option for many people who need to learn the language as soon as possible and don’t have the time to go the traditional route, but that doesn’t necessarily make the easiest way; because there’s always the issue of how to get the best tutor to help you accomplish your goals.
Finding an ideal instructor can be pretty tiring, time-consuming, and can also make quite a dent in your wallet; because it’s not only about the expertise and professionalism, it’s also about efficiency, reliability and why not, also character and personality.
Therefore, when reading reviews is important to look for specific aspects such as credentials, success rate, experience, professionalism, availability, and reputation.
Credentials.- Are they certified? Where did they learn their Spanish? What kind of Spanish do they teach? etc. All of these are questions you should keep in mind before hiring an online Spanish course.
Success Rate.- How many people have been pleased with their program? Accomplish their goals?
Experience.- Do they consult or hire native speakers? People who travel Hispanic places or have lived there?, How long have they been in the business?
Professionalism.- Are they punctual? Do they have a structured lesson plan? are they encouraging? ? etc.
Availability.- Do they have flexible schedules? How flexible are they really? What about the material?
Reputation.- Is the team/staff helpful? friendly? fun? How quick are they to answer inquiries? offer technical support? are they patient? understanding?
All of these never forgetting that cost can be an important factor, but it shouldn’t be the main aspect to take into consideration because as they say in Spanish “lo barato sale caro”, which basically means that what’s cheap can turn to be expensive on the long haul.
In the end getting the best of your money is up to you, and nowadays is easier to get feedback on language courses thanks to the wonders of the Internet, social networks, search engines, etc.