As a mum, you may well have experienced private tutoring from the other side of things. Whether your child needed support for their Common Entrance, or you had a son or daughter that struggled with one of their GCSEs, private tutoring has helped a lot of families with their educational needs. At Regency Tuition, we can vouch for the fact there is an increasing demand for reliable and talented tutors in this growing industry, and you may well be the answer.
One of the main perks, from a mum’s perspective, is how flexible the work can be. Whilst many tutees will be at school from 9am until 4pm, there are plenty of adult learners, university students with flexible hours and school pupils on study leave to fill in the gap. It should also be noted that home-schooling is becoming more and more commonplace, with parents across the country needing support for the subjects they aren’t capable of teaching themselves. With most tuition happening on an hourly basis, you can book it around your own commitments to avoid any clashes between work and home life.
Wide range of subjects:
People need tuition in dozens of different fields, so you don’t necessarily have to have trained formally as a teacher (although that would definitely be a plus!). If you did a degree in an interesting field, if you can speak another language, or even if you have a particular hobby or talent, there will definitely be people out there who want to learn. Regency Tuition have had requests for tuition in tapestry weaving, chess and flower arranging, as well as music lessons, English and foreign language tuition, and support for children in their early years. There is a whole host of subjects for which people want tuition, so don’t think you’ll only get work if you’re a maths professor!
Experience with children:
Regardless of whether you’ve ever had personal experience with tutoring or not, it’s completely understandable that most parents want tutors with childcare experience. In our experience, tutors with experience as teachers or parents are always high in demand. Not only is it reassuring to parents to have someone they can trust around their child, it tends to bring the best out in the child too. Finding someone who’s patient and kind, and knows exactly how to communicate with their son or daughter, is so important to these parents.
Great hourly rates:
Unlike many other part-time, flexible jobs, tutoring privately will earn you more than the standard £10/hour. Depending on how niche and in demand your subject is, you can comfortably charge £25-£35/hour. There is also the option of holding tuition sessions over Skype, which opens up the possibility of tutoring students further afield, or even abroad! Just a couple of sessions a week can pay the same as a full day’s work at the office.
Whilst all this might sound ideal, it is worth bearing in mind that tutoring isn’t for everyone. For a start, no matter how much you love your own children, you might well find that you can’t cope as well with other people’s! We always recommend a couple of trial sessions to check that there’s good compatibility between the student and the tutor, because the relationship between the two is so essential. It’s also important to know you can commit for a decent length as time, as too many changes in tutors can be very disruptive for the student. There are plenty clients looking for intensive sessions however, especially when it comes to teaching crafts and hobbies, so it might be possible to consolidate your lessons into a few afternoon sessions.
With so many different ways of going about it, tutoring privately can be a very interesting and rewarding career path for mums with lots of other commitments.
Author: Jeannette Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the Tuition Co-ordinator for Regency Tuition, a tutoring agency that offers bespoke private and corporate tuition in all subjects, for all ages. Go to http://www.regencytuition.com/ for more details.