“We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” - Albert Einstein
Without getting into the coronavirus pandemic too much, a lot of private tutors may have noticed its effects one way or another.
Have you lost students? Have you found it more difficult to establish yourself as a tutor because you started just before or during the pandemic?
Don’t worry, we’ll find a solution, but we are going to have to learn to live with COVID-19 for a while yet. Be assured that we’re thinking of ways that private tutors and teachers can continue to work and support themselves during the pandemic.
In this article, we'll look at how you can find students, where you can offer private tutorials online, the measures tutors should be taking, and the rules that apply to tutors.
Private Tutoring: How to Find Students During the Pandemic
Perhaps you’ve been able to get financial help from the government during this time but there’s no guarantee that it’ll go on forever. You’re going to have to find some new students to teach maths, physics, chemistry, bio, social sciences, English, or foreign languages to.
To do this, you’ll need a multi-channel marketing strategy! By using several channels, you’ll increase your chance of quickly finding students.
Talk to friends and family. You should let them know that you offer classes and are looking for students.
- Use social networks. Get on Facebook, encourage people to share that you’re looking for students, use your LinkedIn profile, etc.
- Stay in touch with former students. You never know when they might need more tuition, help with their school work, or some tutoring to catch up with the schooling they’ve missed out on.
- Head to the small businesses in your local neighbourhood. Places like baker’s, butcher’s, chemist’s, greengrocers, etc. may have notice boards you can use.
- Put adverts through letterboxes. Who knows, perhaps your neighbours are looking for private tutoring in maths, science, or whatever!
- Put your adverts up in schools. As the kids go back to school, there may be many who need tuition to make up for all the schooling they lost at the end of the last academic year. If they need help, they’ll know where to find it.
- Check online platforms. More than ever, students are looking for online private tutorials. Don’t forget to use the internet to your advantage.
Keep in mind that students may be unwilling to pay for an entire year’s worth of classes upfront. These are uncertain times and it’s almost impossible to plan so many months into the future.
Don’t hesitate to offer a discount if they pay for more classes. Maybe a 10% discount if they choose to have classes for a term or the whole year. Some may be very willing to take you up on this offer.
We know that nothing’s easy at the moment. You must keep adapting and looking for solutions to help you keep teaching. Good luck!
The Best Platforms for Offering Private Tutorials During the COVID-19 Pandemic
The internet is the key in all of this. This tool will help you keep teaching maths, English, science, etc. to school students or adults.
During the lockdown, the kids weren’t going to school. This meant that not only schooling was affected, but exams were also ruined for many students. Furthermore, the future’s uncertain for everyone. People are scared that their jobs won’t come back and, for obvious reasons, not everyone is willing to spend money on private tutorials.
Now that school is back, though, some parents might see their children start to suffer from having missed so much schooling and be looking at new ways to help them.
During the lockdown, the world got used to using videoconferencing software for work, study, and socialising.
Why not offer your tutorials via webcam?
Whether you want to offer private tutorials at home or offer lessons remotely via webcam, there are plenty of online platforms where you can advertise your services (especially if you don’t fancy making your own website):
Classified Ad Sites: You can look for tutors on websites like Gumtree or Craigslist. These sites get tonnes of hits so there’s a big audience you can tap in to. The more eyes you can get on your adverts, the more chance you’ll have of finding students.
Tutorhunt: This is a website for students to find tutors and vice-versa. The tutor’s don’t have to pay anything as it’s the student’s who pay a fee.
Superprof: This is much like Tutorhunt. It’s free to sign up and the payments are made directly between the students and tutors. Tutors pay nothing to put their ads up but can boost their visibility with the Professional Pass.
As for teaching via webcam, there are a few options: Skype, Facetime, WhatsApp, Google Hangouts, etc. Choose the one that works best for you and your students!
COVID-19: What Are the Rules for Private Tutors?
Depending on where you are, tutors can still teach private tutorials in person.
Most rules tend to limit larger gatherings and will rarely affect a one-on-one tutorial between a student and a tutor. However, you need to be sensible and adopt the recommendations of health officials while also respecting the rules that apply to you:
- Physical distancing and good hygiene: regularly wash your hands, if you must cough or sneeze, do so into the inside of your elbow, and avoid shaking hands. Stay at home and self-isolate if you have symptoms of COVID-19. Get tested as soon as possible.
- Wear a mask: You can spread the novel coronavirus, (SARS-CoV-2) without showing symptoms. To avoid transmission in enclosed spaces, it’s recommended that you wear a mask. Children under the age of 12 don’t have necessarily have to.
- Disinfecting rooms and surfaces: Clean tables, chairs, handles, and any material that you will use to help reduce the spread of the virus.
Opt for classes via webcam if the risk of infection is high or rules or guidelines are stopping you from teaching face-to-face. While children don’t tend to develop dangerous symptoms, they can pass it on to more vulnerable members of their family. The same is true for you.
COVID-19: What Health and Safety Measures Should You Put in Place at Home?
Private tutors and teachers should also respect the rules and guidelines when teaching children or adults. Consider the following measures:
- Before each private tutorial: Take your temperature, tie your hair up, cut your nails short, wash your hands, put on your mask, and ask the student to air out the room before you arrive.
- During each private tutorial: wash your hands upon arrival, don’t shake hands, disinfect the area where the tutorial will take place, keep your mask on throughout the whole of the session if possible, and keep your distance from the student.
- After each private tutorial: disinfect the space you used, open the windows, wash or throw away your mask (depending on whether it’s reusable or not), wash your hands, and if you’re going to shower, wash the clothes you were wearing.
Avoid going from tutorial to tutorial. Limit the spread of the virus as much as you can. You may also want to avoid group classes if you can’t get the students to distance themselves from one another. The easiest solution is online private tutorials via webcam.
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.