Do you live in the city where once the Beatles first made their name, home to England's most successful football team in European Competition? If you were aware that a substantial portion of Liverpool's economy is driven by the educational sector...wouldn't you want to jump into UK tutoring head first?
Of course, we don't want you to jump in with your eyes shut. In this article we aim to tell you just how to become a successful tutor in Liverpool.
Let's start with football. Do you enjoy playing? Are you good at it? Maybe you are a member of a club and play for fun. Why not turn your love of the game into a full-time, money-making proposition? Besides, mentoring a team would be so rewarding!
Maybe music is your passion. Do you play an instrument or two? Do you know how to read and write music? Who is to say that you cannot pass your musical knowledge on to others?
Sports and music feature prominently in the Liverpool educational landscape, but there is also a strong academic presence. This city is the seventh largest in the UK, has plenty of tutoring opportunities, and learning facilities, including three Universities.
You can start your career as a mentor by answering this question: would you want to work for a tutoring agency, or would you prefer to strike out on your own?
Working through a tutoring company has several advantages:
Rather than finding clients on your own, you are given assignments according to pupils' needs and your abilities.
You can benefit from regular scheduling, usually depending on the company's needs and your availability.
Most agencies offer a wide range of subjects to their learners while others offer instruction only on core subjects, such as math and science, and test preparation.
Some agencies have classrooms set up for lessons while others might dispatch you to clients' homes and yet others offer distance learning through their online platforms.
There are two major aspects of working through an agency to consider, the first being that your pay might be less than if you worked independently because the firm would retain a portion of clients' payments as commission.
Secondly: although you are not required by law to have any type of degree or certification in order to tutor in the UK, you might have to provide a degree to any agency you register with. They are looking for the highest caliber employees and, just like any other business, they validate their staff through education credentials.
With those considerations in mind, here we list three tutoring companies located in Liverpool for your consideration, to demonstrate the sheer variety of opportunities available in your city.
Explore Learning offers instruction only in maths and English to students aged four to fourteen. If either or both of those subjects are your forte, head quickly to The Pavilion, 305 -309 Smithdown Road, Liverpool L15 0EB
Accelerate Learning, at 180 Allerton Road, Liverpool L18 5HU helps students build good learning habits that will not only help them achieve high marks in the short term but will stand them in good stead for higher education and beyond. They also offer homework assistance.
Askademia Learning are specialists in GCSE and A-level Maths and Sciences including Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. They offer private tutor sessions and group tuition of no more than 8 students per group. You can find them at The Capstone Building, 17 Shaw Street, Liverpool L6 1HP
If you don't (yet) have a degree, you needn't feel like the world of private teaching is closed to you. You can establish yourself as an independent tutor. You can create you own tutoring jobs as long as you follow the recommended guideline of being at least one year ahead of your pupils in the subjects you wish to teach.
Being an independent tutor gives you freedom to set up a business that best suits your needs. Do you excel at SAT's prep? Are you a master of high school maths? Perhaps you would prefer to teach adults (Culinary Arts or Photography, for example). Might you have experience with special needs students?
Working for yourself, you get to choose your instruction delivery methods: you could set up a teaching room in your home, go to clients' home, or meet your students in a mutually agreed-upon place such as a library or restaurant. You could opt to teach strictly online, or use any combination of these methods.
Tutors in Liverpool earn an average of £18.32 per hour. Of course, how high you set your fee depends on your level of experience, the subject(s) you are teaching and your students' level.
It might be tempting to set a lower rate in an effort to attract clients, but that is generally not a good idea. Underbidding the competition could suggest that your services are somehow of lesser quality. You might try instead to offer a free introductory session as an incentive for prospects to ring you.
Now that you have your ideal situation thought out, it is time to find clients. A simple web search reveals myriads of online teaching jobs & sites that list any number of educators who have skills to teach just about any subject.
Of course at Superprof you can build a profile that lists your specialties, qualifications and passions. Please note that, while placing an ad is free, you can pay for premium placement, so that your post is more visible.
And then, just sit back and let the work come to you!
Other sites, such as Gumtree, Vivastreet and, more locally, Liverpool Freeads permit you to place an ad, listing your skills, qualifications and experience.
If you prefer the drive and activity of finding clients without using online resources, here are some ways you could go about it:
Talk yourself up. Word of mouth is a powerful and useful advertisement medium. Do you visit a certain cafe or pub regularly? Top off your tank at a petrol station close to home? Maybe the staff there could help get word out that you are in business for yourself.
Print fliers. Give them out at shopping centers, bus stations, the subway, as permitted.
Post on bulletin boards. Supermarkets, libraries, even your local community center all have bulletin boards for service announcements. Make sure your ad is visible and professional looking.
Visit local schools. It is possible that schools would partner with independent tutors. Don't forget Liverpool's three universities! Student unions could arrange could help you connect with students who need your particular brand of knowledge.
Go door to door in your neighborhood. This is an especially good idea if you live in a community with a lot of school-aged children or higher education students.
It would be unreasonable to expect a flood of clients and a full schedule immediately after canvassing your neighborhood. You might have to do a bit more...
Have you move to the Capital recently? Trying to find tutoring jobs in London? Check out our guide on private tutoring in London.
Volunteering as a Tutor
Another good way to get in touch with your community and possibly establish some business connections is volunteering.
Individuals and organizations benefit from volunteering. If you want to gain confidence, learn new skills and develop a real sense of belonging to your community, join the thousands of people in Liverpool who already volunteer.
Here are some volunteer agencies that you could look into
Volunteering Liverpool is an online portal run by a partnership of education institutions throughout the city, with a physical office located at 160 Mount Pleasant, Liverpool, Merseyside L3 5TR. Through them you can work directly with schools' tutoring programs, either on academic projects or in sciences. If you are passionate about the environment, you can help teach future generations about sustainability.
The Volunteer Center is located at 151 Dale Street, L2 2AH. They are a network who places volunteers throughout the city. You can register as a volunteer to work with children, to coach a sports team or, considering how welcoming Liverpool is, teach English as a second language.
Tutor Jobs Summary
Being and educator is rewarding and remunerative. Establishing yourself as an in-home tutor permits you to set your own hours and rates, working as little or as much as you can comfortably accommodate. You can choose to work strictly online, from the comfort of your home office. Or you might prefer giving supplemental instruction in students' homes, for a more direct experience.
If your passion runs more towards the physical, you might consider focusing on coaching sports. You might be the key to unlocking future athletes' physical prowess and thus might choose to work with gymnasts, swimmers or footballers.
Whatever your preference – academics, music or sports, enabling your protegées will fill you with pride at securing the future of Liverpool's greatest traditions: learning, playing, achieving and winning.
Now, that's something to hang your hat on!
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