So, the chances are if you’ve landed on this page, you’re interested in tutoring jobsor, at least you’re curious about becoming a private tutor. If so, read on!
More and more students and graduates alike are turning to private tutoring (including online tutoring!) as a way of either earning a living, or supplementing their existing income – and why not? You’ve honed your study skills over years of education, and now you can pass those skills on to new learners. What’s more, in our world today, where nearly every home has a computer and a broadband internet connection, you can lead online tutoring sessions from the comfort of your own home!
Academic tutoring, as an industry, is growing across the whole of the UK, so don’t worry if you’re not in central London! Over the last decade alone, the number of children in just England and Wales who receive private tutoring has risen from 18% to 25%.
It’s possible that a jump of 7% doesn’t seem all that impressive to you; however, according to the 2011 census of the UK, there were 11,184,000 young people aged between 5 and 19! Some crude maths tells us then, that roughly 2.8 million children are privately tutored across the whole of the country. I bet that figure doesn’t seem too bad, now!
So, we agree that the number of children receiving lessons at home is growing, but as a prospective tutor, you’re probably interested in whether it’s going to carry on growing: and it seems the answer is, yes, it will! There are a few reasons why this will probably be the case:
Increasing competition for university places
Government plans to expand grammar schools (this means standardized tests like the 11+!)
Parents who want their children to enter a private school
None of these factors seem likely to be disappearing any time soon, and this isn’t even considering the standard exams that many UK students sit: SATs, GCSEs, A levels – many students will be tutored before sitting at least one of these stressful and difficult examinations. It’s clear that the private tutoring sector isn’t going to dry up in the near future! Of course, the varied nature of the national curriculum also means that there is a demand for tutors of all subjects: chemistry tutors, algebra tutors, biology tutors – the list goes on!
Enough about the money! There are other reasons to begin private tutoring, and in fact, it’s probably sensible for you to have at least some motivation to enter the business that isn’t money related. There are numerous other arguments for taking up one on one tutoring: mentoring students from a variety of backgrounds gives you a wider view of the world, and a better appreciation for what’s involved in explaining and understanding concepts. The best tutors usually have a genuine passion for their subject.
These two skills alone make tutoring worthwhile. Let’s not stop there, though – you’ll also become more experienced in talking to strangers, and if you tutor small groups rather than individual students, speaking to crowds.
Any number of these skills are bound to appeal to future employers, not only in education, and particularly if you can demonstrate them in your interview (think: a confident approach when talking to interviewers will seem like second-nature to you!), and tutoring a subject often highlights strengths and weaknesses in your own understanding, allowing you to continue to improve: this is great if you’re tutoring in the same industry that you’re working in.
We’ve discussed reasons on why you might want to become a private tutor, now let’s talk about the how!
There are some common UK-wide ways to find tutoring jobs: going it alone, joining one of the many tutoring companies, tutoring in your home, in the homes of others, and, of course, online! Below, we’ll discuss how to get started in various areas of the UK!