How To Become a Tutor and Earn Extra Money:

If you are wondering how to become a tutor, keep reading and I will do my best to give you the information you need.

Tutoring is one of the fastest growing home-based businesses that you can find. There are many options available to you, including working as a private tutor, tutoring online for an online tutoring agency, tutoring locally for a tutoring center, or tutoring students who are taking classes by distance learning or correspondence.

Setting up a tutoring business, in which you have a group of tutors working for you, is also an option you should consider. Many skilled and experienced people are looking for online tutoring jobs or local tutoring positions. If you are interested in running your own little-or big- business, this may be the choice for you.

First you will need to you want to tutor online? If you do, the whole world is your marketplace. Do you want to tutor in person only? This is very satisfying and rewarding, and there is great demand for local tutors who can meet in person with their students for tutoring instruction.

Next, you will need to will you do your marketing for your tutoring business? You can put up signs locally where accepted. You can advertise online, you can ask your friends to spread the word. For the 25 years I have been tutoring, I have used only word of mouth advertising and I have more students than I can possibly take on for tutoring.

How much will you charge? What hours will you work? How much tutoring will you do in a week? Where will you do the tutoring? Are you knowledgeable about tutoring regulations in your country?

Once you have answered all these questions, it is time to proceed with your plan. Get some students, and start sharing your skills. You will be helping someone else and making good money at the same time.

This blog contains much useful information for your tutoring business. Good luck! And please leave comments if you desire.

How to Become a Tutor: Teaching Students to Read

How to Become a Tutor: Teaching Students to Read
A tutor who teaches reading skills should have a repertoire of reference material. Whether you are tutoring children, teens or adults, it is very helpful to own some resources you can use to base your lessons on or to supplement what you already have.

A good starting point for your reference collection is the book by Siegfried Engelmann, titled, "Teach Your Child To Read In 100 Easy Lessons."

This is a highly successful program for beginning readers, one that you cannot afford to be without.

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I have outlined building relationships and building confidence in other posts. These are also very important areas when teaching children to learn how to read. In a future post I will cover some basics on teaching adults how to read, and in teaching english as a second language.

How to Become a Tutor: What Qualities do You Need?

How to Become a Tutor: What Qualities do You Need?
A tutor is a very special person, someone who can teach and coach a student, can identify the problems in the learning process of the student, and then formulate and carry out a plan to help the student work through the difficulties and become successful in their subject.

Four of the basic traits a tutor should possess are:
  • Knowledge of the subject
It probably goes without saying that a good tutor would have some knowledge, experience and background in the subject they are tutoring. Your combination of knowledge and experience will be one of your greatest assets in your tutoring business.
  • Skills in communicating
As a tutor you should be both a good listener and a good communicator. Being able to effectively transfer your knowledge to your student is paramount. A tutor does more than just transfer knowledge; a tutor is also good at identifying why the student is having a learning barrier and helping the student to break through that barrier. The ultimate goal of a tutor is to prepare the student to no longer need the tutor.
  • Patience and understanding
You are working one on one, most of the time. Each student will be an individual with their own personality. You need to learn to exercise both patience and understanding, even when you have explained something very clearly and the student is just not getting it. You must show the student that he/she can trust you and that you will be understanding as he/she works through the difficulty.
  • Ability to make a plan and carry it out
As you are working with your student, you will be looking for the areas which are tripping up your student. You will be making a plan for the student to take him/her from the current level they are in to the level of success you both think they can attain. You need to be realistic in these goals while at the same time giving your pupil a challenge to reach up to.

Your students will be able to tell if you genuinely care about them. Sharpening your people-skills through practice and study gives you more confidence as a tutor and as someone your student will both look up to and be able to relate to.