The United States is the land of opportunity. Many of us enjoy the freedom of being able to start our own business or services with very little hassle (at least to start with) in this country. Whether the service is opening up a lemonade stand as a child, opening up a small business, or inventing a new product, in the United States you can come through and make some (or a lot) of money.
What about trying to make a few bucks with education?
That can be a very difficult road to follow at times, for example, if you want to become a teacher in an elementary school or high school. While if working in education is your goal, working as a teacher would be a great idea although you would need different qualifications.
If you want to start working and helping students much sooner there is a different path you can follow and it can be done much quicker than becoming a teacher.
That job is becoming a private tutor.
There are many tutors all over the United States and many people become tutors for different reasons.
What can be said is that it is a great opportunity for people looking to get into the education business and becoming their own boss, which means becoming a tutor has a lot of advantages over becoming a classroom teacher, as well as some disadvantages.
So how can you become a tutor in the United States?
In general, it will be the same process for you whether you want to become a tutor in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, or another city or town in the United States.
You will have to know where to look for business and what courses you should be trying to give a class in.
With all that being said, take a look at this guide on how to become a private tutor in the United States.
Is academic private tutoring in demand in the United States?
One thing you may be wondering is if it is a good idea to try and become a tutor, maybe you think there won't be enough clients where you are or where you are going.
While it can't be promised that tutoring will necessarily make you a millionaire, as long as there is education, there will almost definitely be a need for private tutoring.
Students need private tutoring for a variety of reasons:
- Struggling with a subject
- Preparing for exams
- Not a good studier
- Wanting the professional help
Many people think that tutors are there only for struggling students, however, that isn't true. While struggling students make up a large portion of potential clients for tutors there are other reasons students go to tutors, and that includes straight-A students or students with a high-grade point average.
Students, especially good ones know that working with a tutor, one that is a specialist in a subject that they would like to focus on a bit more, or a tutor that is a specialist in giving out study tips and advice for exams such as the SAT, can be a huge asset for them.
The parents know that as well, so for this reason there is still a pretty big demand when it comes to private tutors in the United States.
Then there are students who have pretty good grades and their parents, or the students themselves feel that they could improve on their grades. The market for private tutoring is always there if you are able to market yourself well to students from elementary school through college and their parents as well.
What subjects are most in-demand for tutoring
If you are going to be a tutor, it would be good to know which subjects are most in-demand and you will likely be tutoring. Having elementary school students will make your job easy, if you are a college graduate you should have a grasp of what your students are currently learning in school.
You may get students that are looking for tutors in what you know best, however, if you get students in high school or college you may need to brush up on a few things if you want to give them lessons.
So what are the subjects that are most in-demand for tutoring?
There won't be many surprises when it comes to what subjects students need the most extra help in. Everyone has to study math throughout school, and many students need help or preparation for exams. Thanks to the SAT and the many different mathematical concepts out there, you are almost guaranteed to have students calling you.
Then of course there are students who need to stay on top of advanced classes in high school.
Many students who want to perform well in math want to go on and do well in all of the STEM courses, where they can go to a top university for STEM in California, Atlanta, or another part of the country.
Science is another subject that requires a lot of studying and many students need a bit of extra help. It can be a difficult subject for many, and those who want to study science in college might try to take an advanced placement science class, which is no easy task.
In middle or high school we have to take a foreign language, like Spanish or French. Some people unfortunately aren't gifted when it comes to learning a foreign language, and that means they need a bit of extra help.
It can also be helpful to have a tutor that can help you with the small details, such as improving your pronunciation if you see yourself working with a foreign language.
Foreign language is one tricky subject, then you have English!
While your students will most likely be native English speakers, grasping English literature can be really difficult. Sometimes your students will have some trouble with writing essays as well as short stories. Working as an English tutor should be about helping them with these tasks and more.
Private tutoring around the United States
Tutoring in New York City
New York is a city that offers opportunities in whatever field you can think of. That of course includes education and tutoring. New York City is home to countless elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, and a large number of colleges and universities.
It is also a huge city so trying to meet everyone for one on one, individual classes would be pretty impossible, luckily there are some easy ways to give a private class in such a large city.
- Private in-person classes in your neighborhood or close by
- Online classes
Make sure you know to market yourself to the local public and private schools in your area in whichever borough you happen to live in.
Becoming a tutor in Los Angeles
Los Angeles just like New York City is a huge cosmopolitan city with a lot of opportunities to tutor students. Just like New York, it can be a bit difficult to get around, however, you'll be able to settle in an area that is home to elementary, high schools, and find college students at some of LA's best colleges and universities.
Just like New York, you will have to market yourself well and possibly even take a class on how to tutor to bolster your resumé.
As a tutor in California, just like pretty much all states in the USA, you won't need any specific qualifications to tutor students.
Tutoring in Chicago and Houston
If you live in the Chicago or Houston area you live in large enough cities to find plenty of clients. You might find competition from some tutoring centers that can be found in the cities however if you make yourself known to teachers and parents you shouldn't have much trouble finding students.
If you are looking to work with high school and college students a good idea would be to market your specialties, especially if they are math, English, or science, as many students in high school will be preparing for the SAT.
Tutoring with Superprof
Becoming a tutor can be difficult at times, especially when it comes to finding students when you just start out. There are associations you could join that can help you to learn how to tutor properly as well as start you off on the right foot.
There is also a platform that is a major help to tutors around the United States called Superprof.
On Superprof you can create a bio and put your information, what subjects you tutor in, the area you tutor in, and more, and little by little you'll gain a good reputation and can gain more and more students.
You can also use Superprof to give online classes.
Superprof is the perfect platform for those tutors who are just starting out.
The platform that connects tutors and students