“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” - Henry Ford
Have you been looking at your bank statement again? Is the end of the month going to be tight? Has the pandemic led to fewer students? Is the government aid running out or about to stop?
COVID-19 is still here, though... The number of infections seems to be going up and the measures in place seem to change daily.
So how can you get private tutorials when everything is so up in the air?
In this article, we'll look at how you can use social networks, friends and family, advertising, and the internet to find students for private tutorials.
Make Your Social Network Work for You During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Like in any line of work, networking is important. It’s never been more important than now with people desperate for work. Your network is one of the best ways to quickly find students.
Talk to Your Friends and Family
Don’t hesitate to ask around or tell your friends and family that you’re looking for students. Even if you can’t physically go to see your friends and family, call or message them and let them know.
Tell them that you’re looking for students for your private tutorials. You never know, you might have a family member who needs tutoring. After the lockdown and all the schooling that pupils missed, there are going to be some students who need academic support, help with their homework, or tutoring to help them catch up with everything they missed.
Even if their children don’t need any tutoring, they may talk to people they know and find someone who needs maths, English, or foreign language tutoring, for example.
Your network isn’t just for getting good jobs or a promotion! Everyone has a support structure and friends and family they can call upon to help them find work or solutions to their problems.
Be Active on Social Media
Speaking of networks, don’t forget about social networks. These are a great way to reach a large number of people. There’ll definitely be people in your social network who need tutoring or know somebody who does.
Let word of mouth help you to find students for your private tutorials.
You can start by posting on your Facebook saying that you’re looking for students and ask them to share it. Don’t hesitate to join Facebook groups for private tutors or teachers or student groups looking for help in a given subject.
Contact Your Former Students
The pandemic is still ongoing. Maybe you lost some students during that time. However, they’re now back at school and may need your help again.
Don’t wait for them to get back in touch with you. Send them a message letting them know that you’re still offering private tutorials and the subjects you offer be them physics, chemistry, biology, general academic support, etc.
If they’re not keen on the idea of face-to-face tutorials, remind them that you can also offer classes via webcam. If they’re still not interested, you can always ask them to ask around in case any of their friends or fellow pupils need a private tutor.
If you do a good job, their parents might talk about you to other parents and recommend you. Of course, if you’ve just started as a private tutor, you mightn’t be able to use this tactic.
Put Up Classified Ads around the Neighbourhood
If you want to offer maths, English, science tutorials, etc. the old-fashioned methods still work. You can always go to local businesses and advertise there. This is a good way to find students who live in the local area.
Put Adverts through Letterboxes
If you live in a city, you probably live quite near a lot of people. You may live in a block of flats and have plenty of neighbours. Make the most of this situation to let your neighbours know about the services you offer.
Where possible, you’ll probably want to place adverts into letterboxes or through doors rather than speaking to people face-to-face. Even if you live in the countryside, you can still call your neighbours. This will help you save a lot of time.
Try being original to make your advert stand out while also including all the necessary information:
Start with something catchy like an inspirational quote or mission statement.
- Mention what kind of private tutorials or lessons you offer: maths, biology, physics, chemistry, English, foreign languages, academic support, exam prep, etc.
- The levels you teach: primary, secondary, GCSE, A Level, undergraduate, postgraduate.
- Your experience: Engineer, retired maths teacher, university student, native speaker, etc.
- Your teaching approach and methodology.
- Your rates and whether you offer discounts for group bookings.
Your ad should be no larger than a single page and clearly laid out with the important words highlighted or in bold to draw attention to exactly what you offer.
Don’t forget to also include contact details. If you’re advertising in your building, you might want to also include the number of your flat.
Put Your Advert in Local Businesses
Everyone can still do their shopping. This means you still have the opportunity to put your ads up in local businesses. Head around the local neighbourhood and put up adverts for your private tutorials.
Head to the local bakery, butcher’s, chemist’s, etc. There’s usually a queue at most of these places, giving people time to read your advert. There’s not a lot to do so their attention may be drawn to their phone or the adverts on the notice board.
Unlike the advert you post through letterboxes, this ad will need to be more succinct. You should include:
- The tutorials or lessons you offer.
- The levels you teach.
- Your experience and qualifications.
- A contact phone number or email address.
And that’s it!
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Finding School Students During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Schools are open again. Of course, it’s just pupils going there and parents at the gates ready to pick their children up. This is a good place to advertise to students.
For primary schools, there’s often a noticeboard either at the gates or on the way into the building. Contact the school and ask them if you can put up your ad there. Parents still chat to each other when they drop off or pick up their kids.
Ask secondary schools if you can advertise in high-traffic areas of the school or on any noticeboards they may have.
Universities usually have public community noticeboards. If you can’t access the building, contact someone and ask them if they can put up your advert for you.
Find Students Online
Finally, don’t forget that there are online platforms and websites where you can find students for private tutorials or lessons during this difficult time.
Create a profile showing off what you offer in terms of tutorials, the experience you have, and where you offer the private tutorials. Increase your chances of being found in search results by getting your students to leave glowing reviews.
Don’t let this thing beat you. Times are tough but by changing the way you find students, you can get through this.
If you're interested in teaching either face-to-face or online, make sure you've set up a profile on Superprof. From there, students can find your profile, see how much you charge, and read about you, your experience, and your qualifications.
Many tutors offer the first hour of lessons for free to entice students to work with them. These free lessons are a great way to show how good a tutor you are and really show off how you much of a benefit you can be to your students.
Don't worry if you can't teach face-to-face due to the restrictions, almost every subject, especially academic subjects, can be taught online and this means that you can schedule more tutorials per week as you don't have to travel to your students' homes.