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How to Become a Private Tutor

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If you want a career that lets you work from home, and one that involves helping others, you may consider becoming a private tutor. Private tutors are in-demand, and you’ll have the opportunity to help children and adults grasp information on a particular subject. Although you don’t need a college degree to become a tutor, you’ll need a passion for the subject.

Become an expert in one or more subjects. If you decide to become a private tutor, specialize in subjects you know well. For example, a science teacher or science major may tutor students in this area, whereas a person who loves literature may become an English tutor.

Brush up on your skills. Even if you know everything about a subject, it doesn’t hurt to hone your skills. If you plan to make tutoring a career choice, take continuing education courses or workshops in your subject.

Gain credibility. Although private tutors don’t need a college education, you may consider a degree. Many professional tutors began their careers as teachers. If you don’t want to complete four years of college and obtain a teaching degree, opt for a certificate or Associate’s degree.

Get organized. As a private tutor, you’re responsible for designing a syllabus and keeping up with your tutoring sessions. Depending on the number of clients you have, this takes great organizational skills.

Create a lesson plan. Before looking for clients, you’ll need to write a lesson plan. Ideally, it’s best to create different lesson plans for adults and children. Moreover, you may want to accommodate varying skill levels, and create lesson plans designed for beginner, intermediate and advance learners.

Advertise your services. Starting a private tutoring business is easy – getting clients is a different story. Contact public schools and offer your services. This is a great way to tutor homeschooled students. Post flyers on college and community center bulletin boards, or run a small ad in the local classifieds section.

About the Author

Valencia Higuera is a freelance writer from Chesapeake, Virginia. She has contributed content to print publications and online publications such as Sidestep.com, AOL Travel, Work.com and ABC Loan Guide. Higuera primarily works as a personal finance, travel and medical writer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English/journalism from Old Dominion University.

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