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Career change: Could you train as a Private tutor?

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Many parents are hiring a private tutor to give their children additional help and support. There are also an increasing number of adults who also are seeking out private tuition in either specific areas of education or because they didn’t achieve their best when at school and want a better academic foundation. If you are considering becoming a private tutor then there are several things to consider before embarking on your journey.

What qualifications are needed to become a private tutor?

There are no official qualifications you need but many people who are looking to hire, will often want someone who is educated to degree level or can demonstrate sufficient dedication to the subject they are teaching. Many qualified teachers often become private tutors and it’s a great way for retired teachers to keep a foot in the door if they aren’t prepared to totally give up teaching. Many people prefer teachers but  many may specifically not choose a teacher and have someone with a different learning approach.

As well as professional qualifications, you want to ensure you have the right personal attributes to be a tutor. Are you patient, motivational, inspirational and help your student take on their work with enthusiasm? Many children having private tuition may have just finished a long day at school, so the ability to tutor in a way that will hold their attention is vital. Having a genuine interest in young people is essential and you should be personal, approachable and professional, giving confidence to parents and students, that you are good at your job.

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Home or visiting tutor?

Consider whether you want to become a home or travelling tutor. Home tutors will work from their own home or a fixed location, with students travelling to them. You should ensure you have a suitable place to work from such as an office or dining room table, without distraction from children or other family members. Consider whether your utility bills will increase and whether you will need extra insurance such as public liability insurance. If you are a private tenant, check with your landlord you are able to run a business from your home and as most tutoring takes place after school, expect to work evening’s and weekends.

If you are planning on travelling to students home’s, take into consideration your fuel or travel costs as well as the wear and tear on your car. Travelling to and from students can take a huge chunk of your time up, so think about charging extra to cover the cost of travel and time spent travelling.

CRB check will be required

Anyone who is planning on working with children or vulnerable people should expect to under go a criminal records check. You can’t apply for a CRB check yourself but there are umbrella organisations who can apply for one on your behalf. You don’t need a CRB check for tutoring adults but many people like to see one for piece of mind. If you plan on tutoring adults, you will probably carry out your lessons in colleges, universities or their place of work.

You will steadily have to build up your client base. You can register with an agency that will be able to advertise for you and secure work, but they will expect a proportion of your profits and will carry out a CRB check on your behalf. You should think about advertising in local schools and colleges, build a website and send out leaflets in your area. Once you have started to build up a good client base, word soon spreads amongst other parents and personal recommendation is definitely the best form of advertising.

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After spending the last 8 years juggling life as a mum of two, wife and working full time as a Project Manager for a global telecommunications company, Rebecca Robinson made the decision to follow her love of writing and took the plunge; turning her passion into a full time career. Since becoming a full time writer, Rebecca has worked with various media and copy-writing companies and with the ability to make any topic relevant and interesting to the reader, now contributes to The Working Parent on articles ranging from credit cards to teenage relationships. Ever the optimist, Rebecca's dreams for the future include a house in the country filled with children, dogs and horses in the field!

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