I decided to become a personal tutor at the start of this year in order to up my income and so that I could teach more of the higher scheme of work. It is a great work to earn some extra money alongside my regular teaching hours and improve your subject knowledge. Today I am going to outline how to become a tutor and the best way to start.
Decide where you are going to tutor
You can either tutor in your own home, your students homes or online. I personally travel to my students as I have them planned around when I finish work so I drive straight there. If you want to tutor from home you need to ensure you have a suitable space to tutor, this could just be a dining table. If you decide to tutor online take a look at this blog post to help out with anything else that you need to think about as it is slightly different to tutoring face to face.
What age range and subjects do you want to tutor?
Important things that you need to consider are the ages that you teach at the moment and what ages you would be comfortable teaching. You don't just have to teach your current subject but you do need to ensure you have the subject knowledge to teach whatever you choose.
How much will you charge?
Take a look at what others are charging in your area, price yourself somewhere in the middle making sure you aren't underselling yourself. It is also important when comparing prices to ensure that you take everything into consideration, for example you can charge more if you are a qualified teacher than if you aren't.
Getting your first students
You can start by advertising on local Facebook pages, put flyers in your local shops and contact local schools.
Other things to remember
Get a DBS check to show parents, this will make them feel more comfortable about letting you teach their child. Always protect yourself by making sure that the door to the room you are tutoring in is left open and that you tutor with someone else in the house to prevent allegations. Finally don't forget to declare anything you earn.
Let me know how you get on and if you need any further advice leave a message in the comments below and I will help you as much as possible.
I am a Maths teacher working in the UK. My blog started in February 2018 and I am using it to share ideas to help you in the classroom and to improve your work life balance. I also have some free course and resource along with my new tutoring agency.