Before we launched beanbaglearning.com, we undertook a series of market research sessions with tutors, and we thought that new tutors understand what is can be like being a tutor, to help them make sure that it is for them.
Tutors told us that they found tutoring fun and rewarding. They told us that what appealed to them most was:
- Having the ability to earn extra money, at a time convenient to themselves and doing something that they enjoyed;
- Less stressful environment, dealing with one student is much more straightforward than a large class, and allows you to try different teaching approaches that wouldn’t be possible with larger numbers;
- One to one interaction with the students, particularly seeing the ‘lights go on’ when going through problem areas;
- Being in someone else’s home. Some said that they were treated like a family Aunt or Uncle, and were made to feel very welcome.
But there are downsides too, and all new tutors need to be aware that sometimes they will encounter:
- Pressure from parents, who expect rapid results;
- Requirement to travel;
- Little or no support / communication with the student’s School.
Being self-employed also carries responsibilities, income is taxable and a tutor needs to include this in their annual tax return.
At the end of the day though it is all about working with people. Do you have it in you to be a Tutor?