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How Do I Know if Tutoring is The Right Job for Me?

May 19, 2014

Learn how to find out if tutoring is the right job for you.

Have you thought about becoming a tutor, but you’re not sure if it’s the right choice for you.  Only you can decide if tutoring is right for you, but there are some things you should consider before you make the leap.  Below is a list of factors you should take into account when trying to determine whether or not tutoring is right for you.

You Have the Necessary Subject Matter Expertise.
There are many important qualities a tutor must possess in order to be successful.  But without a solid knowledge base in the subjects you tutor, not only will you not be successful, you will be doing a disservice to your clients.  Students who hire you to tutor them are counting on you to be knowledgeable in the subjects you tutor.  If you’re not, you’ll either need to brush up on the subject matter before you begin tutoring or re-consider your career as a tutor.

You’re Interested in Helping Others.
If you’re interested in helping others achieve their goals and be successful, tutoring is one way you can do it.  Many students who seek out tutors are struggling in school.  They’re falling behind their peers, and they’re losing confidence in their ability to succeed.  As a tutor, you can help them get back on track and achieve their goals.

You Have Enough Time.
If you think you can tutor a student here and there for an hour or two to make a few extra dollars, tutoring is probably not the right choice for you.  But, if you have enough time to dedicate to preparing lesson plans and conducting regular tutoring sessions to help your clients achieve their goals, tutoring might be a good choice for you.

Your Schedule is Flexible.
Just as is it’s important to have enough time to dedicate to your tutoring endeavors, it’s also important to have a flexible schedule.  Since your clients will mostly be school age children and teens, the most likely times they will be available to meet with you is in the late afternoon and evenings and on the weekends.  Furthermore, because of other extracurricular and family commitments, it may be a challenge to settle on a time when both of you will be able to meet.  For these reasons, it is important for you to be as flexible as possible and try to accommodate the schedule of your students.

You Have Previously Worked with Children and Teens.
While not a requirement, if you have previously worked with children and teens in some capacity, tutoring may be a logical next step for you.  With this type of work experience under your belt, you are already familiar with many of the skills necessary to be a successful tutor—patience, communication, positivity—as well as the emotional and social issues that come with working with this segment of the population.  If you also have the subject matter expertise clients are looking for, tutoring might be a good fit for you.

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