One tip for finding a basic algebra tutor is to find one at a tutoring company, online, from the school's tutoring office, by posting a request on a library or community bulletin board, or by asking a high school peer. Another tip is to choose a tutor who knows the subject, can communicate ideas and can relate well to learners.

Tutoring companies such as Sylvan Learning offer tutoring and homework help at tutoring centers. After assessing the student's strengths and weaknesses in algebra and his attitude towards learning and the subject, the tutor creates a tutoring plan and implements it. The company arranges the schedule of tutoring sessions to fit the student's schedule and budget.

Online tutor websites such as lists tutors and lets families post requests for tutors. The tutors provide information about their background, their experience with the subject and with teaching or tutoring, the locations where they work, and their pricing. They may be retired math professors, teachers or college students looking for extra income, experienced math tutors, or just people who know algebra well.

Each tutor may have a different approach to tutoring; some start with an assessment and develop a plan, while others may let the student lead or base sessions on the student's homework. Tutoring sessions may take place in a public area, such as a library, or at the student's home. The tutor rating system lets customers give feedback on tutors and provides a guideline for prospective customers.

Colleges and high schools may have tutoring offices or after-school homework help rooms staffed by teachers or advanced students. Tutoring in schools is often free, though it may be more homework help than a personalized, assessment-based tutoring plan.