Some people believe that simply being a native speaker is enough to make a good teacher. Don't fall into that trap! It should go without saying that your teacher needs certain experience and qualification in order to help you achieve your goals. Of course, there are exceptions to this rule. Some people were simply born to teach and are naturally good at it. But just to be safe, look for a tutor that has at least 2-3 years of experience and an internationally recognised teaching certificate (TEFL, CELTA, TESOL). That will definitely save you some time and money.
- Shared interests or backgrounds
Mastering a foreign language is a pretty long process that requires regular lessons. It will be a lot easier to commit to a lengthy English course, if you have something in common with your teacher. It could be anything: a shared hobby, similar taste in music, a professional background in the same field. Just make sure you find it interesting! That way it will be a lot easier for you to stay motivated and to continue studying with your teacher.
Another thing to consider, especially if you're dealing with a native speaker, is whether you are interested in their culture and mentality. Make sure you choose someone from a country that's on your dream destination list – that will definitely make your lessons more exciting!