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Are you excelling in all of your classes, making straight A’s, and even correcting your teachers from time to time? While it’s not a good idea to call out your English teacher in the middle of class should he or she be a little off regarding the usage of who versus whom, it still goes to show that you’ve got a better-than-average command of that particular class. Regardless of what subject you’ve mastered so far in school, odds are there are still students out there that could use a lot of help. That’s where tutors come in.
Working as a tutor can allow you to hone your skills while helping others to thoroughly understand subjects the way that you do. Not everyone picks up on new subjects right away, but some students are reluctant to ask teachers and parents for help. Students want help from other students that they can relate to. Some subjects have changed tremendously since your parents were in school, so tutoring your peers is a great way to make sure that you’re both on the same page.
Tutoring isn’t strictly charity, either; tutors can actually make a pretty good income. A tutor will typically spend 30 minutes to an hour on each session, giving both the student and the tutor plenty of time to delve into a subject. And according to Care.com, a high school tutor can make anywhere from $10 to $20 an hour during that short time period. Not a bad income for an hour of your time!
Tutoring is also wonderful practice for students that may be interested in a teaching career later in life. Working with your fellow students, solving problems, and helping them to thoroughly understand a subject is a rewarding experience, and you just may find it one that you want to continue onward with after high school. If the one-on-one experience of tutoring seems more appealing to you than teaching in front of large classrooms, there are plenty of tutoring services and companies that regularly hire full-time tutors.
Does tutoring sound like the part-time job for you? You can use what you already know about various subjects to help out your fellow classmates, make new friends, and even a little bit of money along the way. Who knows, you may end up liking it enough to continue working towards a successful career in education. That’s definitely worth staying after the bell rings.
Job Summary: Tutor – Education
- Suitable for age range: 14+ years old
- Safety and security: Minimum safety and security risks when working in-home as well as within a school setting.
- Can improve your: Teaching skills, problem-solving skills, social skills.
- Can continue as a career? Many teenage tutors continue to work towards a career in education.
- Required soft skills: Ability to communicate clearly, and the ability to work with others while maintaining patience and understanding.
- Required hard skills: Ability to thoroughly explain a subject, to work through problems, to address any questions or concerns, and to maintain expertise in the subjects that the clients are struggling with.
- Resources and network:
o WikiHow.com – How to Become a Tutor.
o Care.com – Tutoring fees.
o About.com – Start Tutoring From Home.
- Where & how to find one? Tutoring jobs can be found locally by putting your name out there. Let everyone in your community know that you’re going into the tutoring business by putting out flyers around your neighborhood, at your local grocery store, and around your school (if the administration allows it). Word-of-mouth advertising is the best way to let people know that you’re looking to tutor, especially in a smaller community.
- Estimated pay: A teenage tutor can expect to make anywhere from $10 to $20 per hour, while more experienced tutors can earn up to $45 an hour. These tutors usually hold degrees in higher education and are masters of their respective subjects.