The academic school year is here, and many parents may begin contemplating hiring a tutor to help their child in difficult subjects. How do you choose the right tutor for your child, and how do you know whether he or she is a great tutor? We all know the general characteristics to look for in a great tutor: reliability, experience, preparation, etc. But there are other, more subtle characteristics that really define a great tutor. We’ll shed some light on these character traits in the below text. This article will first make the case for the value of hiring a tutor through a tutoring company, and then discuss several unique aspects of what makes a great tutor.