Leeds: the third-largest city in the UK with a diverse population and the fastest rate of private sector job growth. This city boasts the fourth largest student population in the country. Surely some of those scholars need help excelling, don’t they?
That is where you come in. If you’re looking for tutoring jobs in this most dynamic of places, whether you choose to work for an agency or to branch out on your own and establish a tutoring business, this article will tell you how to go about it.
Do you have experience in tutoring? Although experience is not necessary, you might find it is a good idea to test or expand your teaching capabilities by volunteering.
You could work with adults – literacy or English as a Second Language (ESL), or maybe you would prefer a cause you are passionate about, such as environmental concerns or the arts.
Learning possibilities are endless for you and your students when you volunteer as a tutor. (Source: Pixabay)
Volunteering has lots of benefits for individuals, communities and organisations. People who volunteer gain confidence, learn new skills and develop a real sense of belonging to their communities whilst helping to improve the quality of life for local people.
Organisations benefit from the skills, enthusiasm and time of a diverse volunteer workforce.
Volunteering offers the added benefit of networking within your community, which could lead to potential business opportunities.
Leeds is brimming with charitable and progressive organizations. Here we mention three of them, in no particular order:
Doing Good Leeds (Stringer House, 34 Lupton Street, Hunslet, Leeds, LS10 2QW) offers a wide selection of volunteer opportunities. Are you good at sports? You might want to coach a football team. Are you more musically inclined? You could pass your knowledge on through their arts and music section. Are you good with computers? You could help develop workshops.
The University of Leeds has a volunteer program called Opportunities where you can fill any position from volunteering at Saint Aidan’s Nature park to working with children and families through their Candlelighters’ program.
Do-It is an online volunteer exchange that lists opportunities in Leeds. You could assist as a reading helper through Beanstalk, the national literacy charity, or try your hand at being a youth activity leader through Whizz Kids.
You can choose to teach anywhere, even outside on a fine day! (Source: Pixabay)
Now with volunteer experience under your belt and eager to start teaching for profit, you need to decide: will you work for a tutoring center or strike out on your own? Either way, tutoring provides great jobs for ex teachers.
Working through an agency gives you the benefit of steady income and a measure of job security. As an employee, your taxes are taken out of your wages, your scheduling is (mostly) set and, quite possibly, your students will come to your home or office.
A word of caution about tutoring through an agency: you might be required to have a college degree.
Even though the law doesn’t require advanced education or any certification in order to tutor, agencies are like any other employer: they want top-rated talent, and they insure this with a degree requirement.
If you do not (yet) have a degree but still want to work as a tutor, you might consider being an independent personal tutor.
Being self-employed as an independent tutor offers many attractions: you work when you want to, how you want, where you want to and as much as you want. You can offer non-academic classes, such as gardening, yoga, cooking or sewing. You can give supplemental instruction online, in your home, your client’s home or in a mutually agreed public place.
Whether you have years of experience tutoring or are just getting started, competitive pricing is essential. Leeds tutors average just over £17 per session. Of course, your own rate should be tailored to your student’s learning level, what you are teaching and the level of expertise required to teach it.
Be sure to not price your services too low. It is tempting to underbid the competition to attract clients, but doing so implies that your services are indeed of lesser quality – for whatever reason. If attracting attention is your goal, and it should be, you could think about offering an introductory session at no cost.
Now it is time to drum up some business! Where and how can you find clients?
Do you excel in Maths, Algebra or Trigonometry? You might want to consider Leeds Maths Tutor, who know exactly what Leeds schools are teaching and testing for.
Tutorin provides students assistance with a wide range of subjects, such as: maths, reading, science, history and languages.
If you are well-grounded in the major academic subjects, you could enlist with Personal Tutors. They are a well-established agency with a long history of matching tutors with tutees. Although not based in Leeds, they are nationwide with an office in the city.
If you don’t (yet) have a degree, if you have skills to offer that mainstream agencies in Leeds do not promote – such as music or sports training, or you just wish to work independently, there are many ways to grow your business. The first step would be to find students in need of a tutor. How to do that?
If you are so inclined, a simple web search yields a wide selection of sites that list all manner of tutors with skills to teach just about any subject. Superprof is Europe’s leading tutor network and a great case in point: there you can post your tutor profile and list your specialties – anything from singing lessons to foreign languages.
Other sites, such as Gumtree, Vivastreet and, more locally, Leeds Freeads permit you to place an ad listing your skills, qualifications and experience (if any). And then, just sit back and let the work come to you!
Using the Web to find clients and teach can expand your tutor business (Source: Pixabay)
Tutoring in the digital age offers certain challenges, the biggest hurdle being that you are remote from your pupil. It is impossible to offer a reassuring pat on the back should disappointment loom. However, it is not difficult to build a rapport with your tutee from a distance: you need only be dynamic, enthusiastic and affable.
If you feel uncertain about your online prospects, you might prefer a more intimate, direct method of finding clients. There are several ways to go about it:
Visit schools of the grade levels you wish to tutor. Administrative staff can sometimes help connect pupils with tutors. Some schools keep a list of local tutors, for parents seeking extra help for their child. If they don’t, you could ask them to!
Post flyers on student bulletin boards at universities, in public libraries, in supermarkets and at community centers.
Distribute handbills in shopping centers (if permitted), in car parks and on college campuses.
Visit your neighbors, especially if you live in an area with a lot of school-aged children – if that is the age group you wish to teach. Here you have the added benefit of being known, along with the convenience of students almost literally on your doorstep.
Talk yourself up. Do you always shop at the same stores? Eat in the same restaurants? Enjoy your coffee in one particular lounge or a pint in the same pub? Perhaps the staff could pass word along to people they know who are seeking quality tuition.
Word of mouth is one of the most effective means of advertising!
Tutoring is satisfying and profitable. You can choose to operate strictly as an online presence, thereby reaching all learners who need you in Leeds and across the UK. If you work independent of any agency you can set your own hours and rates, working as much or as little as you wish. You can set up an office in your home to welcome students, or you can work with them in their home. You can specialize in test preparation or Math and Science.
Nothing compares to witnessing the glee your students gain as they learn to understand previously complicated subject material. And you gave them that! No matter which method you choose, which age group you teach and what skills set you have, you will have the satisfaction of knowing you are helping to ensure your tutees success in school.
Have you move to the Capital recently? Trying to find tutoring jobs in London? Check out our guide on private tutoring in London.