Becoming a personal tutor is a rewarding career that allows you to help students reach their full potential. Tutoring can be a fulfilling job, whether you’re a recent college graduate, a retired teacher, or a professional with a passion for teaching.
For many, there is more of an appeal for the personalised side of tutoring instead of tutoring in small groups. Many tutors and tutees alike will prefer 1-2-1 sessions to allow you to really become the personal tutor that some students need.
Here are our top tips on how you can become a personal tutor:
Decide on your tutoring niche
Before becoming a tutor, you need to decide on your tutoring niche. What’s something that you’re good at and can encourage others to enjoy? Some personal tutors specialize in specific subjects such as maths, or English, while others offer services such as test preparation or study skills. You need to have relevant experience in your subject such as a degree. It’s also a good idea to get some experience teaching, so you know this is the right career for you.
Determine your target audience
Know what ages you want to target, and know which level of education you’ll be most comfortable teaching. If you’re a fresh University Maths graduate, you might not be comfortable teaching people in the course you’ve just completed for instance. But teaching GCSE-level Maths would be well within your comfort zone. Knowing your audience and content will allow you more confidence in personal tutoring and will therefore make your tutee place more trust in your knowledge.
Build your skills and qualifications
Becoming a personal tutor requires a strong knowledge base in your subject area, as well as the ability to effectively teach and communicate with students. Parents and students will be expecting results that reflect the money being spent on your personal services, so being at the top of your game is a must.
You can build your skills and qualifications in areas that you lack by taking courses, attending workshops, and obtaining certifications.
Develop a curriculum
Developing a curriculum is an essential part of becoming a personal tutor. Your curriculum should be tailored to each student’s needs and learning style. You should also have a plan to track progress and adjust your curriculum accordingly. This curriculum can begin generic when you take on a new student. But, as time progresses and you learn about this student and what they struggle with, it can be adapted to meet their needs.
In conclusion, becoming a personal tutor requires a lot of hard work and dedication, but it can be a rewarding career. By being a motivated and encouraging tutor you can help all types of students in the areas that you love. If you think becoming a personal tutor is your thing, visit our Become a Tutor page.
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