Are you a teacher?
Do you have a strong understanding of the educational process and want to help students facing academic difficulties, helping them overcome them with real progress?
If you aren't afraid of challenges, and if you like interacting with students and children, you should try the experience of tutoring.
You'll be rewarded by this unique human experience and deeply gratified. You'll feel a deep sense of personal satisfaction while you earning an attractive salary!
With tutoring, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain!
Tutoring to Help Students
The desire to help and share knowledge is indispensable if you want to give tutoring lessons. There are a lot of qualities every good "teacher" needs. We have listed some below, but the list is far from exhaustive...!
A Good Ear
It's useless to undertake this activity if you don't have excellent interpersonal skills, in particular knowing how to listen to people. Properly understanding the needs of a student is essential in terms of their trusting you and discussing specific trouble spots that they need you to help clarify, step by step.
So this is undoubtedly one of the most important aspects of in-home tutoring.
Knowing how to listen to your students, however, does not mean being silent. In order to be a great tutor, clear communication and precise explanation skills are must haves. It also means asking the right questions.
Your excellent teaching skills directly relate to a child's continuing progress.
Homework help, general support, and tutoring require teachers to draw on a sound understanding of education. You must understand, guide, and mentor your student, throughout the process, to make substantial progress.
Discover other characteristics the best tutors embody!
Punctuality and Organization
Interpersonal know-how is almost as important as technical know-how!
This might seem like an obvious point, but if you're going to tutor in someone's home, you need to be serious and arrive on time.
This is not something that can taught in tutor-training...
Your student needs a good academic role model and you won't set a good example if you start your lesson off by being late. Also, if you're a great teacher and responsible, there's a good chance that you'll be in greater demand since your students' parents will spread the word.
If you're juggling a hectic schedule with lots of students to coach, you need to be well organized and make sure you're never late. There are lots of easy solutions:
- Determine and plan for all travel times in advance
- Be aware of times and areas when traffic might cause delays
Another thing that's indispensable for being on time is an agenda, somewhere to keep track of all of your appointments, addresses of your clients, their contact information, and anything else you might need to know.
If you're allergic to paper, there are numerous smartphone apps, many pre-installed, with schedule calendars that can synchronized via the internet. They work very well and leave with no excuse for being late or forgetting an appointment!
If you have no other choice but to cancel a session, notify your client well in advance and suggest a new time and day while you do so. This will make you seem professional and proactive, two qualities that everyone wants from tutors.
Here is a guide on how to tutor math well.
Private Tutoring: Continuous Professional Training
Private lessons in French, History, Biology, or the piano or even Quantum Physics at the graduate level... Subjects being tutored are too numerous to count!
And don't forget test prep tutoring for everything from the SATs to the GREs, ESL classes, entrance exams... Tutors have a lot of choice, don't they?
Students' needs will vary widely, making tutoring a real form of personal support, which even the IRS views as something essential, often allowing tax credits to parents and students for in-home tutoring services.
A middle school student might need straightforward help to understand a recent math lesson, while a junior in college might challenge you to make specialized review lessons for a course on biological metamorphism.
Giving tutoring lessons to groups or individual students in their homes offers a certain benefit that is rarely mentioned but is valuable nonetheless.
It allows a teacher to broaden theirs skills day by day, due to the variety of lessons. This is because each student is different and will respond to different teaching styles, so what works for one student might not work for another. You'll be forced to juggle multiple approaches and methodologies as you adapt to each student.
The situations surrounding academic support will always be different from one student to the next and that's what makes this activity particularly interesting and stimulating on an intellectual level. It forces you to adapt each of your lessons, to make each unique!
Do you have the training that every private tutor needs?
Earning Money from Tutoring
In the U.S., the average cost of an hour-long tutoring session is almost $30.
That number is just an average, however, and the rates can be much higher or even lower, according to a variety of factors listed below but also according to region. New York, for example, will see higher rates than Little Rock. If you're giving courses to PhD students, the rates can change according to the subject material, and can be as high as $100 an hour.
If you're a full-time classroom teacher at a school, private lessons can be a great way to supplement your income and perhaps fund a nicer vacation every summer...
If you're a student yourself, giving tutoring sessions to younger students can serve as a part-time job to help with educational or room-and-board expenses, and is relatively reliable.
Find out how much you should charge per hour of instruction in your area...
The cost of a tutoring lesson depends on several factors:
- Experience with the subject material
- The educational level of your student to whom you're giving lessons (middle school, high school, college). For elementary school students, you're often more of a homework aide than academic tutor.
- The subject being taught. For example, language lessons, especially from a native speaker of that language, or often more expensive than other subjects.
- The teacher's profile. A student tutor costs less than a college professor, but that college student can legitimately charge more than a high school student.
- The teacher's training.
Find out what type of qualifications you need to become a private tutor!
Different Types of Tutoring
Private tutoring and academic support cover many different subjects:
- English (grammar, writing, reading comprehension)
- Physics or Chemistry
- Foreign languages
- Music (guitar, violin, theory...)
And can be structured in many different ways:
- Homework help
- Problem-specific tutoring on a particular topic
- Weekly academic support that can last months or the entire school year
There are also intensive language courses that last just a few weeks.
Immersing yourself in the everyday culture of another country is an ideal way for students wanting to make significant and quick progress with a language. A lot of specialized organizations offer language-based trips to foreign countries (Spain, Japan, France...) to give real experiences!
Find your niche in any given form of scholastic support...
Working with a Tutoring Organization
From first grade through high school, any student could potentially benefit from academic tutoring!
It might mean a one-time lesson, or be more regular.
Many organizations offer tutors a way to easily connect with students' parents looking for private tutors for their children. The advantages of working with a company like this, like Superprof, are numerous:
- You are actually employed by the organization and don't have to deal with all of the administrative aspects of collecting payment from clients
- Your taxes are handled for you, unlike if your income were undeclared.
- It's much easier to find students for your tutoring lessons, making the process much more efficient.
If you know of parents looking for tutors for their children, you can suggest that many organizations offer discounted rates for group lessons.
As you already know, academic support can be an enriching experience on a personal level, especially since you'll encounter students from all walks of life, from all backgrounds, at all levels, and with their own unique challenges!
Private tutoring functions on a case-by-case basis, demanding a capacity for adaptability as well a flexible intellect. Your reward will be seeing your students progress with the material, get better grades, and — more generally — take greater pleasure from their educational experience.
Financially, private tutoring pays well and organizations that specialize in tutoring lessons in the students' home represent a very good option if you want optimize your time to dedicate more of it to students and their lessons and not on paperwork.
Now enjoy this complete guide to private tutoring...