This is more a learning and education question, so posting here, not in Parenting. Two of my friends and their teenagers are looking for tutors. One in Math (Pre-Calculus Honors) and other for Physics (Honors). Child does not need help on a regular basis. Each mom helped child as needed for the more difficult concepts. Parent helping child means parent needs some time to get up to speed or read the lesson too. One of the moms did this: when child asked for help with a topic, she spent time reading it up herself while child did other homework, and then sat with child to explain it. For a busy child, parent cannot take up 2 hours of a child's evening to explain a concept that should take 30 mins. Child has other homework, activities and needs to sleep too. The dad can also help but it ends up becoming a 2-3 hour project with dad employing innovative ways to explore the concept with the child, and recalling how it was explained differently in his college textbooks. Ends with tears and slammed doors. Both moms are pressed for time and need to spend time to prepare for job change and interviews themselves. Solution: get a tutor. Here's the problem: Child usually has to meet or skype with tutor at a set time(s) each week. Might or might not be needing help that day. On-demand tutoring websites are an option but they require some advance notice and do not guarantee that the same tutor will be available. My kids have used only coaching (not tutoring). Coaching as in preparing for standardized tests and AP tests, which starts a few weeks before the exam, they review all concepts briefly and learning test-taking skills to score better, work faster. How to find a tutor for tutoring needs like the two kids described? How do 8th-12th grade students work with tutors for science and math subjects when the need is ad hoc? Any suggestions? .