I used to be a Math tutor to elementary students when I was in college. I would spend Saturday afternoons with tutees so that I could earn extra money to spend for that night when me and my friends go out.
Looking back, I realize that tutoring was not only a profitable endeavor, but also a gratifying experience.
Being able to impart knowledge to these children and seeing how they were able to improve their academic performance was indeed emotionally rewarding.
If you are looking for a way to get some extra income and you believe that you have the skills to teach, then offering tutoring services might be for you.
Private tutors are always in demand specially among high-income families and the pay is generally good. But before we go on to learn how to become a tutor, let us first enumerate some of the characteristics that make a good tutor:
- Patient, understanding and optimistic
- Good social and communication skills
- Reliable, punctual and dedicated
- Enthusiastic about teaching and learning
- Excellent organizational skills
Having the right traits to become a tutor is one thing, but having ample knowledge of what you will teach is another. Although it is usually preferred that you did well in school, being an average student should not stop you from becoming a tutor.
In fact, I believe that the latter is better because you can personally identify the difficulties in the subject and relate to your tutee how you were able to overcome them during your time.
Traditionally, Math and Language tutors tend to be the most in demand. However, there is also a good market for tutoring services in other subjects and skills.
Music lessons, typing tutorials and baking classes are just some of the things you can teach. I used to make extra cash from giving basic poi spinning lessons.
How To Find Students to Tutor
Well, the simplest thing you can do is to distribute flyers near schools and put signs in community boards about your services. You can also advertise online through forums and service portals.
In the Philippines, you can try posting your tutoring services at Craiglist Philippines and many other websites. Ideally, tutoring clients steadily grow through word of mouth. So if you do well with one student, then expect that you’ll be referred and recommended to their friends.
Furthermore, you can also try applying in established tutorial centers and instantly get students. These learning centers are often looking for full-time and part-time tutors.
However, the downside of doing this is that you will not be able to dictate your own rates and you will be subject to a strict time schedule. Nevertheless, this is still a viable way to earn extra income from tutoring.
How much can you earn as a freelance private tutor?
The rates vary depending on the subject you teach, the financial status of your tutee and the number of students you have in a class.
Currently, a friend charges P500 per hour home tutoring Algebra to a high school student in a private school. On the other hand, his rate is only P300 per hour to someone studying in another less expensive school.
Another friend, who occasionally holds baking classes at home, charges P350 per student for a four-hour lesson on making home-made cookies. Do some research work and find out the standard rate in your area.
That’s it! How about you? Have you ever tried tutoring? If so, then please share your tutoring tips below.
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