“To teach is to learn twice.” - Joseph Joubert
A student’s timetable could be their biggest asset. If you don’t have much contact time, you may have a lot of freedom when it comes to your schedule. Of course, a large amount of this time should be spent studying, but you can also use it to work.
When it comes to academic support, an estimated 2.8 million pupils were getting extra tuition from tutors in 2015 and this number has increased since then. Be it maths, chemistry, English, or foreign languages, students can dedicate some of their free time to working as private tutors, gaining teaching experience, and earning money.
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Money, experience, and a rewarding job as a tutor await!
Managing Your Schedule
Whether you teach as part of a tutoring company or organisation or work for yourself as a freelancer or self-employed, the fact that you’re in charge of your work schedule is one of the biggest advantages of being a private tutor.
Whether you’re doing it for the money or to gain experience and new skills, you won’t need to miss any of your regular classes by tutoring as you can choose where and when you teach.
You can teach a few hours during the week, in the evenings, or at the weekend; whenever your schedule allows. You won’t have to miss class or any important social events, either, which can’t be said for other jobs.
If you have exams coming up, you can always reschedule tutorials or let your students know that you won’t be available at certain times on certain days. Again, you’re in charge of the schedule. Of course, you still have to be reliable or you’ll run the risk of losing students.
Learning by Teaching
“If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.” - Albert Einstein
Are you stuck in a rut or feel unstimulated intellectually by your university lectures?
Tutoring could be a great choice since a private tutorial is also a great way to flex the old grey matter and brush away any cobwebs you might have lurking around.
To teach something, you have to have first learnt it and have a working understanding of the concepts you’ll be teaching. The student can’t teach you, after all.
Even if you feel fairly confident about the subject or topic you’ll be teaching, it’s always a good idea to brush up on it before your tutorial as we all forget things over time.
You’d be surprised by how much you’ll learn by teaching. After all, the tutoring starts with you.
A Rewarding Job
There’s no shortage of unrewarding and dull jobs for students, but tutoring isn’t one of them. Be it in the evenings, at the weekend, or during the school holidays, tutoring is a noble profession.
What’s more satisfying than knowing you’ve helped another student achieve the results they deserve or break a vicious cycle of following behind in their schooling?
As a tutor, you’ll strive to help your students as much as you can. You need to provide support and teach your students. You need to be encouraging. In short, your job is to help your student reach their potential.
What’s more rewarding than that?
Tutoring isn’t babysitting, and while you may have a somewhat supervisory role, especially with younger children, your main job is to teach your students. This support, while noble, is also a professional pursuit and a way for you to earn money.
Private tutors, whether they’re students working part-time or full-time professionals, will need to be paid. In many cases, the wages for private tutors are much better than your typical student job with the average cost for a tutor on Superprof is around £20 an hour.
This is quite a bit above the minimum wage, isn’t it?
Of course, the wages can vary wildly according to a variety of factors and student tutors don’t tend to command as high a wage as experienced tutors, but it's still worth a go, though.
Tutoring Looks Good on Your CV
Experienced tutors will tell you that tutoring looks great on your CV. Whether you aspire to become a teacher or not, private tutoring comes with a lot of transferable skills that employers are after.
While you’re studying, it can be tricky getting valuable work experience on your CV. A student who’s tutoring, however, is a student who already has work experience.
It’s also a good way to see whether or not you’d be interested in teaching. You’ll learn about effective teaching methods and maybe even about classroom control if you’re teaching group tutorials.
Training to Become a Full-time Teacher
In addition to the experience we just mentioned, there are a lot of other skills you can develop while tutoring that you can use if you decide to become a teacher.
Tutoring is more than just a simple way for students to earn some extra cash while they’re studying. It's a great way to learn about the noble profession of teaching and see if you have a taste for it.
While there are differences, there’s enough overlap between the two careers to give you a good idea. You’ll have to prepare classes, adapt them to the students’ preferred learning styles, and make sure that they’re engaging and educational. The effort you put in will then be rewarded through your students’ academic success.
You’ll very quickly understand whether or not teaching is for you by tutoring. If you take to it like a duck to water, you’re probably in a good position to take these skills and this passion into a full-time career. Of course, both teaching and tutoring are also very challenging careers so don’t say you haven’t been warned!
Tutoring is not only a great job for students, but it’s also what many would consider a “proper” job; one that you’ll use to further your career and not just one to pay your bills whilst at university. It’s also a job that can help you improve your performance at university rather than hinder it, which is why we’d recommend that any student with a passion for teaching consider sharing their expertise with other students in a professional capacity.
So are you tempted?
Give it a go!
If you'd like to start tutoring on Superprof, you can sign up today as a tutor and start offering private tutorials in almost anything, including academic support, without having to pay anything. You can always pay to improve your visibility to attract more potential students, but this is completely optional.
You can offer face-to-face tutorials, online tutorials, and group tutorials, and you can offer one or several types of tutoring depending on your availability and how you like to work. Each type of tutorial comes with pros and cons for the tutor in terms of preparation and expenses.
With face-to-face tutorials, you may have to travel to your students and will often be expected to tailor every lesson to the student. This means that while you can often reuse certain resources, you'll still be expected to put in some extra effort to offer a bespoke service to every student. Fortunately, many students are willing to pay a premium for a bespoke tutoring service so you can cover the preparation and travel time in your rates.
With online tutorials, you can teach a broader range of students as students from everywhere in the world can work with you. As you don't have to travel to them, you can save money and time and also schedule more lesson each week. This will help you to increase your earning potential and allowing you to charge more competitive rates.
With group tutorials, you won't have to adapt the lessons as much as you'll have several students to keep happy. In a lot of cases, you can earn more per hour as several students are paying for the class but they'll often be quite happy as they'll each be paying less than they would for one-on-one or online tutorials.
When you first start tutoring on the site, your profile will be quite empty before your students start filling it with glowing reviews. It's a good idea to offer the first lesson for free so that students are willing to try out your tutoring. This is also a good opportunity for you to show off what you can do and how you can help potential students.
Now it's over to you!