The biggest advantage to the customer in having a tutor is that they can get taught exclusively in the areas where help is needed. Under normal teaching conditions the class is taught the curriculum as a collective unit. This means that if one pupil is struggling they either fall behind (if the curriculum is sequential) or they simply do not understand parts of the course.
If you want to make money via tutoring jobs your main source of new clients will be customer referrals. If it is a high school pupil needing tutored their parents will usually ask around for recommendations. They will usually ask other parents they know who have older children who have been tutored in the same subject previously. It is from these previous customers that you will get (or not get) recommended for future work. It’s definitely a case of getting the snowball rolling. One of the best ways to get started is to talk to class teachers, let them know that you are looking to offer tutoring services. That way if anyone comes to them to ask if they know of anyone your name will at least be ‘in the hat’. Other ways of getting started are to use local newspaper classified sections and online classifieds such as Gumtee and Craigslist.
For tutoring college/university students the system works a bit differently. You’ll need to actively advertise as students tend to seek information themselves rather than ask for recommendations. You’ll want to advertise your services on Uni notice boards (both physical and online). In addition to this get in contact with the professor or secretary of the course that you’re looking to provide assistance for. This will help get you extra work if pupils do happen to request a recommendation for a private tutor. You’ll need to keep advertising your services year on year, but the pay is definitely worth it.
There are certain skills that you need to be successful in tutoring jobs. The main ones are patience and empathy; if you don’t have both of these skills you might as well throw in the towel before you begin. You need to be emphatic because the student has come to you with a problem. To help them with that problem you need to be able to understand how/where they are experiencing difficulty. Adapting to how the pupil thinks, learns and makes progress is vital to teaching them the material they are struggling with. They have struggled to grasp the standard teaching methodology, so you need to find a way of making the information understandable to them. In many cases it will require a great deal of patience. What may seem obvious or logical to you can be near incomprehensible to others. Therefore you need to be persistent and patient when tutoring because in many cases results will take time.
If you have the knowledge and skills to effectively teach others then tutoring is suited to you. You can make a good secondary income from tutoring if you build a reputation for yourself.
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