Do you have a passion for teaching? Want to help build others’ confidence? To help young people reach their academic goals and grow to their fullest potential? Then maybe becoming a tutor is for you!
As a tutor, you get the satisfaction of knowing that you are making a difference in someone’s life. You can also benefit from flexible hours, a competitive salary, and the opportunity to learn and grow in the process.
To help you get started we’ve compiled a short list of everything you’ll need if you’re considering tutoring!
Having a passion for your subject.
You’ve got to love what you teach. Optimism and enthusiasm for the subject you’re teaching make all the difference to those you’re trying to teach. Think back to lessons you’ve had in the past, how much did you learn from a teacher who wanted to be anywhere but there, compared to someone who made you excited about the topic?
Have a Degree in your subject.
As a minimum, we require you to have a degree-level qualification or teaching certification in the subject you’re applying to tutor. This is to ensure you’re fully qualified to answer every question your students may have about your subject.
It’s also beneficial to gain some experience in a teaching environment before becoming a tutor. This will help boost your credibility and allow you to see if tutoring or teaching is really for you.
Develop a teaching plan.
Have a set plan for each age group you’re teaching but work at your student’s pace. Be ready for adjustments and scheduling changes, and keep a good record of each student you’re tutoring so you don’t accidentally repeat a lesson or jump ahead.
Meet your student first before setting anything in stone, every student works at a different pace and will require different things from you. Have a set plan, but listen to them and mould it to their needs. Figure out what parts they struggle with, and allow more time into your plan to focus on these things.
Build a portfolio of resources.
When you’re just starting out, obviously you’re going to have to do a lot of work to get all the resources ready to help your students. These don’t have to be new for every student though, keep all your resources together, well organised, and you can easily adapt and modify previous work for new students.
By creating this portfolio now, you can use these examples when applying for a job, to show your credibility, adaptability and organisation as a tutor.
Join a Tutoring Organisation
Joining a tutoring organisation can be a great way to further your personal and professional development. It allows you to network with other professionals while giving you access to various resources and support. Providing you with the latest teaching techniques and strategies.
Tutoring organisations like Powertutors, maintain high standards like running thorough background checks on tutors. This means parents or carers are much more likely to come to organisations like us for our expert tutor recommendations.
Does this feel like you? Join Powertutors now! Click here to fill out our tutoring form.