My Town Tutors is a website that connects parents with teachers who tutor. We currently list over 275 teachers, mostly from Massachusetts. Our goal is to register 500 teachers who tutor with our national directory before October 31st, 2012.
It is FREE for parents to search for a teacher in their area.
This blog is an interview with a Hanover High School math teacher who was very busy this school year tutoring. We sat down with her and asked her a few questions about tutoring and the benefits of joining My Town Tutors.
How long have you been tutoring? 18 years
What is your hourly rate? $50
How much did you make this past year? A little over $5,000.
What do you like most about tutoring?
You get to know kids differently. It is easy to focus on their needs. It can be incredibly rewarding when you see them do well. When you have a motivated student, it is really good because you can accomplish so much.
What is the most frustrating part about tutoring?
Students who do not apply themselves in the classroom and see tutoring as the cure for everything. In this case, I am not really tutoring, but rather teaching the student the information for the first time.
It is also very frustrating when students and parents see some short-term progress and then stop coming until the next crisis, such as a poor exam, a low grade on mid-term progress report, or low term grade. The best results occur when I can meet with a student on a consistent, regular basis.
How many clients did you have this past year?
It was the most I ever had, thanks to My Town Tutors. Overall I tutored 12 students, some for 2-3 sessions as a review before a big test. I regularly met with 7 students, who I felt I made a great deal of progress. We developed a great routine and I was able to cater the session to fit their learning style and needs.
How has My Town Tutors affected your student totals?
My Town Tutors has made a significant difference in the amount of students I work with. Although, the majority of my students are referred to me by word of mouth for the past 3 years, I have picked up 2-3 regular clients each year since I joined. This has been great for my bank account, but tough on my schedule.
What do you like most about My Town Tutors?
My Town Tutors has developed a great user-friendly website from both the parent side and the teacher side. My daughter is currently being tutored in Spanish with a teacher I connected with through My Town Tutors.
As a teacher / tutor it is so easy to use. I communicate directly with the parents, so there is no confusion. I also am paid directly by the parents. My Town Tutors does not take a percentage of my fee. I do not have to wait to get paid, I guess the only drawback is the need to go to the bank a few times a month to cash the checks., but I am not complaining!
Do you have any advice for teachers who might be thinking of joining My Town Tutors?
I would definitely recommend that they consider joining. I do not think anyone can argue with the fact that “Teachers are great tutors.” The investment of $12 is such a small fee. You really get great bang for your buck. If you pick up one client, your membership fee will be covered in the first 15 minutes of your tutoring session.
My Town Tutors is such a great resource for parents and teachers that I am sure that once the word gets out, it will be one of the top tutoring resources in each state.
My Town Tutors is a website that connects parents with teachers who tutor. We currently list over 250 teachers from Massachusetts. We are always looking for qualified teachers from all 50 states who tutor to join our national directory of teachers who tutor. We could possibly help you make $5,000.
It is FREE for parents to search for a teacher in their area.