Whenever we hear about tutoring, the first thing that came to our minds is that only teachers have the authority to do so. But in fact, anyone of us who has the ability and the knowledge can do tutoring. And the good thing about it can be a great source of extra income.
Not only does this method help you earn money, you are also helping your community to build and shape the young minds and aid them to be their best when they grow up.
Tutoring can be more than a short term job as many people especially professional teachers do this as a part time job or even a full time job. Even if you are not a teacher or you do not a degree in teaching, you can still be a successful tutor as long as you have the know-how and the knowledge and most importantly, the potential client. To make you become more effective in tutoring, here are some guidelines that can help you.
- Finding students to tutor will be the first thing that you need to do. If you are a mother and you have a child who goes to school, you may know parents who need tutoring for their children. If you don’t know any parents but has seen any child who is in need of a tutoring, you can approach the parents of the child said. But you must be careful in doing this as the parents might be offended. So you have to do this in a manner where you will not offend the parents of the child.
- Determine your specialty. Whether you are excellent in math, well versed in foreign language, or simply good in other subject that you can think you can be well in teaching others. In this way, looking for potential students will be simplified.
- The next thing that you need to do is to gain information about the fees that regularly goes around within your area and the weight of the competition. If you know someone who is in the same business, you can approach them and ask questions about how much they charge and on what degree they are in their tutoring job. In this way, you will have an idea on how much can you charge on your clients. You can also make it cheaper than your competitors charge so that you will stand a good chance to gain more customers.
- Research your neighborhood to see if there are needs for tutors and, if so, in what area. You may find that you have not only a wide variety of ages and grades to choose from but adults as well. Many adults that travel frequently are in need of someone to teach them foreign languages. Tutoring involves more than just teaching young students the school subjects.
- Establish your popularity over your community. There are several ways you can let the community know that you are offering your tutoring service. Bulletin boards and poster ads can be a major way to increase your presence. Also, handing out business cards is one way to gain publicity. But one way to have your popularity soar high is to spread it via word of mouth. You can start with your friends and families know about it and they too can be your tool in spreading the word.