How to Become a Tutor in Your Chosen Subject
Tutors have always played an essential role in the education of many young students yet this year more than ever their importance has been highlighted. As more and more students were forced to stay home in the wake of the pandemic, tutors were on hand to provide remote support which helped so many to continue their education. The beauty of tutoring is that it is something which you can do from home, it is also something which you can do as a side-hustle, in order to bring in some additional income. This is certainly something which can done as a full time gig too, and here is how to become a tutor to support students.
There are two lanes which you an look to when you wish to become a tutor, basically speaking these are the amateur and the professional lanes. For example if you are well educated in a foreign language, and you have lived in that country for a number of years then there is nothing to stop you from offering your support as a tutor for primary and high school students. If however you are looking to take this seriously and offer you services for higher prices and to all levels of students, it is best to earn a certificate in tutoring which will add more weight to what you are doing. There are many independent accreditations which you can find to earn this license.
In order to ensure that you have a steady flow of students it is important that you look to pitch yourself in the right places. One thing which many tutors find is that they have fast turnover of students, the reason behind this is that many will reach out to a tutor when they are struggling with a certain area of a topic. Owing to the cost of paying a tutor these students will often leave their tuition once they have gained a firmer understanding of what they are doing. And so you have to position yourself well through the use of social media, traditional ads in cafes and areas frequented by students and rely on word of mouth to bring in more students.
The current climate restricts you to working through video calling technology and possibly in public spaces, but it won’t be long before we get back to how things were. When this takes place you have to consider what sort of set up you plan to offer. Will you invite people to your home, will you go to the homes of others or will you look to use public spaces or even solely tech? If you choose to go face to face then this will limit your opportunities to local only, but you may feel more confident in the advancement of your students through this approach.
The key is first of all understanding what kind of tutor you will be, someone who lends support or someone who is trained to do so, then pitch yourself in the right spaces and begin your tuition in a way which makes you feel comfortable.