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Perhaps every student, and not just students, has thought about working as a tutor. But if you have no experience, you don’t always know where to start, where to look for students, and how to make a program. These little tips are sure to help you put everything in your head and figure out where you need to start and what to think about.
- Start with practice
Before looking for students, try to “work” for a while as a teacher for a younger brother, sister, neighbor’s or friend’s children. Often some students in the first year of the study help to prepare for school exams for free: give some advice, explain the theory, check essays. As a result, following your advice, the child is likely to pass the exam with a good grade, and inspire you to become a tutor.
- Ask around
Ask your friends: there are probably those in your environment who have been tutoring for a long time. Find out what the challenges were when they first started, listen to their success stories.
- Study the Literature
Look through school textbooks, go to a bookstore, and see what the requirements are for students today. If you graduated a couple of years ago, remember how you prepared for exams. Read books on child psychology and manuals on pedagogy to better build relationships with students. If you plan to prepare children for final exams, look at the website of the Ministry of Education: there are open forms of tasks, demo versions of exam options, as well as the latest news on changes in exams. It is best to visit the site at least once a week.
It’s harder to prepare for a specific university admission exam right away. But if you are a student or graduate of that university, and passed the admissions test on your own with an understanding of its specifics, then why not give it a try.
- Think about the overall plan of work
The programs are better to be designed for specific children. Until you find them, formulate a general scheme of work, for example, for graduating classes. Think of some tricks that will diversify your lessons. For example, many children often memorize exceptions to grammatical rules in the form of small poems, while younger students learn the rules in the form of a story. It is a matter of your imagination and the specifics of the subject you teach. But you should understand that it depends on how you manage to enthuse your student about the subject whether they will do their homework themselves or buy an expository essay.
- Start looking for students
Start looking for students in early August. By September, you will have found at least a few people, and you’ll have time to develop a program in a month.
It’s best to find your first students through people you know. Tell your mom or aunt, for example, they will tell neighbors, colleagues, and girlfriends in the fitness center. You can publish an ad on social networks – on their pages or in groups where tutors are looking for students, and students – tutors. Try to be brief about what you know, your academic and scientific achievements. And if you already have some tutoring experience, be sure to write about it.
- Choose a location for the class
Tutors in large cities have many options. You can hold lessons at your place or go out to your students, study in quiet cafes. You can consider a co-working space – a kind of office where you rent space for a certain period. Tutors in small towns most often work at home or go to students. Another way – lessons on Skype, but it is worth remembering that live communication in studying plays an important role.
- Set prices for your services
Study the offers of other tutors in your city and specifically in your area. Pay attention to the experience: of course, an experienced tutor will have a higher price for an hour lesson than a beginner. In addition, the cost of an hour lesson may vary depending on the conditions: the tutor is working at home, visits the student, conducts a lesson in a neutral area or remotely. After you analyze everything, assign a price. You can not specify it in the ad, and write it to those who respond.
We hope that our tips will take away your fears and help you organize the work process correctly, avoiding common mistakes.