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How to become a successful private tutor?

Discussion in 'Private tutors' started by duminy89, Sep 24, 2015.

  1. duminy89

    duminy89 New commenter

    I'm 26 and studying Computer Science with Mathematics.

    I'm currently private tutoring mathematics.

    I would love to teach, I enjoy helping, inspiring people, helping people reach their full potential. I'm aiming to help up to degree level Maths, Computing as well as English language for foreigners.

    The website's I will use are: tutor hunt, first tutor, gumtree, yell, local magazine, newspaper, word of mouth, as well as other tutor advertising websites.

    I want to also tutor in the daytime as well as overseas. As with the marketing plan, I am qualified, have the skills, some experience, the right approach.

    How do I become successful embarking this full time? Target tutor websites, branch out to schools? I'm not sure if I would make enough money to sustain a decent living and enjoy life.

    All comments appreciated.
  2. duminy89

    duminy89 New commenter

    So all in all I can tutor Maths, Computing, Accounting up to degree level and english language for foreingers, ESOL, go to temples etc.
  3. langteacher

    langteacher Occasional commenter

    Are you a teacher? You say you are studying but also say that you are qualified?
  4. duminy89

    duminy89 New commenter

    I'm still studying while becoming qualified in my degree, I have the A-levels, that is what I meant to say sorry. However, I would like to tutor these subjects and also get people from abroad by helping out people on other forums like engineering, maths, etc.
  5. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    1. It is unnecessary to have QTS that you might be to be an effective tutor.
    2. It is necessary, even ethical, that you have successfully completed a degree in your core subject that you might be a effective tutor.
  6. bananamoore

    bananamoore New commenter

    Agree with the above poster completely. If you are offering A-level tuition, focus on one subject only and make sure you have a degree in it. A-level students will surprise you with their knowledge and ability - you need to be one-step ahead from the start. It also takes a huge amount of work to build up the resources for successful tuition in one A-level subject (across several different exam board specifications). Trying to start from scratch and offering several subjects at once will mean your tuition will be mediocre.
    swazisam likes this.
  7. never_expect_anything

    never_expect_anything Occasional commenter

    Agreed. There are no formal qualification requirements for private tuition, but it is generally accepted that to tutor/teach a subject, one should be qualified to at least the level above (if not 2 levels above) the students you are teaching (i.e. to teach GCSE, one should at least hold an A Level, if not an undergraduate degree in that subject; to teach A Level, one should hold at least an undergraduate degree if not postgraduate qualification...)
    If you are studying Maths & Computing at undergraduate level, then you should start by offering these subjects to GCSE level. Bear in mind, as you are not a qualified teacher, that even tutoring GCSE level (though it might sound basic) requires you to be familiar with the exam specification & course requirements.
    Are you a native English speaker? (Your grammar suggests otherwise.) Being able to speak a language is not the same as being able to teach it well. Again, you say you can teach ESOL, but do you have a qualification in this (by which I mean teaching English, not just an English qualification)? If not, until you gain one, I recommend you stick to teaching/tuition in your subject specialism.
    Skillsheets and swazisam like this.
  8. langteacher

    langteacher Occasional commenter

    Am I misunderstanding this?
    You have A levels but want to teach / tutor at degree level?
    Am I the only one who is confused?
    Apologies if this is obvious to everyone else!
  9. maurice-r

    maurice-r Established commenter

    University students with a GCSE but no teaching experience in a subject are touting themselves as tutors at one end, while at the other, some shysters are lying about their experience as heads of several schools. Apparently now happy to settle for twenty quid an hour.
  10. never_expect_anything

    never_expect_anything Occasional commenter

    I've interpreted this as an intention for the future (i.e. duminy89 is currently studying at degree level and presumably intends, after graduation, tutoring undergraduates)...
    langteacher likes this.
  11. Apple101

    Apple101 Occasional commenter

    I do this full time now and I am your age.

    When I started, I started teaching GCSE. I had just finished my degree. I couldn't get a job so I decided to tutor. 4 Years later I can do it full time and Im happy that I help people.

    I honestly think you should keep doing what you are doing, teaching and just build it up from there.

    Also I take it you know some, or several programming languages. I would just work as a freelance programmer on the side while making my coding better. Concentrate on being very very good in a couple of languages and you honestly won't be without work. Then you can either teach it or build things with your skill.
  12. fantastischfish

    fantastischfish Established commenter

    I'd advise improving your spelling and use of apostrophes before teaching any level of English.

    * foreign
    * websites
  13. never_expect_anything

    never_expect_anything Occasional commenter

    And I consider myself pedantic! Eva_Smith: both of those spellings were also correctly spelled elsewhere in the original post; we all make typos, give the OP a break.
    Nevertheless, having said that, duminy89, my previous comments about teaching English still stand; if you are in the UK, I suggest, like Eva_Smith advises, that you stick to tutoring Maths and Computer Science for the time being, rather than English.
  14. fantastischfish

    fantastischfish Established commenter

    So I guess your post came full circle then?
  15. nearmiss

    nearmiss Lead commenter

    How is the OP going to tutor in the daytime when students are in class? Does he/she have DBS? Where is he/she proposing to do the tutoring? Temples?
    Enough of this.
    luke_simms likes this.
  16. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    Having an ego the size of a planet like you have certainly won't help.
  17. nearmiss

    nearmiss Lead commenter

    I remember when you said that to me once Peakster and it got deleted by the moderator.
    Be nice.
    He's only using that sort of tone that everyone is obliged to take in applications and personal statements now.
    You still haven't taken me up on the challenge to arm wrestle.
  18. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    I've got a bad wrist from all the marking we have to do these days !

    It's a lame excuse but it's the best I can do for now.

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