5 Lessons YOU Need to Learn To Become the Best Tutor Ever

Money. So easy to spend, yet so hard to make. I learned this lesson the hard way from my parents who constantly emphasized that “money didn’t grow on trees.” Every allowance made from cleaning dishes and babysitting didn’t go toward Malibu Barbie or the red patent leather Mary Jane’s I’d always wanted, but was fed directly to my pink, plastic piggy. This was why when I was a senior in high school and prom time came around, it was no surprise that my parents wanted me to either pay my own way or go the Molly Ringwald way from ‘Pretty in Pink.’

Luckily, I had attended an SAT preparatory academy during high school to study for the SAT’s and had done well enough to get asked to teach there during the summers while I was in college.  And that marked the beginning of my decade-plus long career as an SAT instructor. While I’ve had numerous jobs from being a barista to taking sushi delivery orders, no other job has given me the opportunity to pay my way through school and to gain financial independence from my parents.

Best TutorFrom then on, I’ve always been fortunate enough to help a steady stream of students through word-of-mouth (thanks to all the tiger moms!) and this financial freedom has allowed me to take certain risks, ones that I would never have been able to do without these teaching gigs. For example, I had worked in publishing for some time and was seriously considering a career change, but without having a severance to fall back on, there was no way that I could’ve taken the leap without having tutoring’s safety net catch me.

Lesson 1: Get Everything in Writing

Whether you’re acting as a freelance tutor or working for a private institution, make sure all the terms, including number of hours worked, hourly rate, cancellation policy, etc., have all been discussed, negotiated, and on paper. [Read more…]

How to Become an Online Tutor

Knowing the basics of offering private classes, and having inside knowledge on how to attract students is only the beginning. Nowadays tutoring or offering online classes doesn’t have to be restricted to face to face time in some library, community center, or crowded dining room table. With some pretty nifty software and programs, you can now offer tutoring online. That means that you can offer your skills as a tutor to people in China, Europe, California, or even just the kid next door.

If you want to be able to offer your tutoring services to people all over the world, tutoring online is by far the best way to achieve this- it’s one of those money making ideas that is easy and actually quite fulfilling. Here is a simple how-to for getting started and succeeding with as an online tutor.

Get Skype

With the advancing wonders of online communication, it wasn’t long before communication geniuses designed the masterpiece that is Skype. Skype is a communications platform that allows people to chat through text, using voice devices and built in software, and to even make phone calls to international phone numbers. Not only that, but Skype users can play games, share files, share links, share photos, and basically have conversations that count on the internet. With a free Skype account you can easily conduct lectures using the video chat feature. You can teach and your students can take notes all without you having to get out of your PJs (although you might want to put on a t-shirt over your PJ top).

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Offering Private Lessons: Work as an Independent Tutor or With a Tutoring Company?

If you have been looking for money making ideas that let you do what you are passionate about, you have in all probabilities considered offering private lessons. The question however is, should you hit the road as an independent tutor, or work for a larger tutoring company? In this article we provide you some of the benefits and bothers of working with a tutoring company, so you have all the information you need to make the right choice.

Let’s discuss the benefits of working with a tutoring company first.

Benefit #1: Prospect of Steady Work

Working with a tutoring company means that you will most likely have a steady schedule of students to tutor, which means a steady income.

Benefit #2: Chances for Advancement

Tutoring companies usually work very close with local schools and colleges. That means that you can get in on the ground floor as a tutor, but you can advance to administrative and even executive positions in the company or in local schools.

Benefit #3: Resume Building

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Teaching Excellence: 10 Qualities of a Great Tutor

If you have expertise in any particular field, teaching private classes is one of the best money making ideas for you. As with all the ideas we discuss, your success at how much money you can make depends entirely on the quality of service you provide. Provide the best damn quality possible and you will have people queuing up to come learn from you.

Here is the list of the 10 qualities of a great tutor. Try to master as many of these as possible, in addition to your field of expertise, and you will find success knocking on your doors in the form of a many, many new students begging you to take them on.

#1 Patience

Any teacher will tell you that one of the most important qualities that they practice daily is patience. Being patient is important not only because each person learns at a different pace, but there are some students that will test every ounce of your patience- have you ever seen Dangerous Minds or To Sir with Love? Sometimes, the most trying student is the one that has the most potential. If you find yourself with a difficult student, stick with it, have patience, and be the best tutor you can be.

#2 Skill

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10 Time-Tested Tips for Finding Students for Private Lessons

Now that you know that you can make some extra money by offering private lessons, you are probably interested in learning the different ways to find students. There are money making ideas, and then there are the marketing techniques that go with them, that will actually help you make money from the ideas! In order to make some money by offering private lessons you first need to find students that are interested in paying for the lessons. The following 10 tips are methods that have worked in the past, and, if you do them right, you too will have students lining up to pay you for the opportunity to learn from you.

#1 Word of Mouth

Never underestimate the power of word of mouth, especially in the digital age with so many people using chat services, blogs, social networking and email. If you want to get students you should ask your friends and family if they know anyone who could use lessons in______ (place your skill here). If they don’t know anyone, ask them to spread the word around that you are offering lessons in_____ and that you are looking for students. Once you get students, your students can help spread the word and get you even more students. Word of mouth works. And that’s the reason it has been the primary marketing technique used since thousands of years.

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Offering Private Lessons: A Guaranteed Way to Make Money from Your Passion

Making money has been the goal of everyone since man first realized that his work should bring reward. Unfortunately, making money in modern times is sometimes just as difficult as it was when cars were pulled by donkeys. And more often than not, quite as boring. But what if there was a guaranteed way to make money that lets you keep on doing whatever you are passionate about? Offering private lessons, in whatever you are good at, is one of those passionate money making ideas that allows you do just that.

Offering private classes involves taking something you’re really good at doing and teaching it to other people, for a fee. More often then not, people search for a tutor when they are struggling with some type of subject material. If you’re really great in math, you can offer math tutoring to students of all ages. If you’re a violin prodigy, you can offer violin lessons for beginners. If you can fly kites well, you can teach kite flying, or kite making. You get the idea. Honestly, if you’re good at it, you can teach it and earn money by charging for private lessons.

What Does it Take?

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