By Teachers, For Teachers
For some teachers, summer break is spent sleeping in or sitting on the beach with a good book, while for others it means supplementing their income by working. Teachers can easily work at their own convenience as a tutor. Tutoring is a popular job among educators because of the experience they have working with children. As a teacher, tutoring allows you to sharpen your skills, try out new strategies, and stay current in your subject field. Helping students by tutoring them not only puts money in your pocket, it’s also a rewarding experience because you get the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life while utilizing your passion for teaching.
Here are a few tips to help you get a tutoring job during summer break.
You can easily become a private tutor, you just have to know how to market yourself. In order to attract tutoring clients, you have to get the word out. Let your fellow colleagues, students’ parents, and friends know that you’re available to tutor this summer. Make business cards, hang up a flyer in the teachers’ lounge or at your local grocery store, or post an ad online for your services. If you have a specific area of expertise, be sure to advertise that, too. If you really want to get a lot of clients, then you can even create your own website. The more places you market yourself and your skills, the more clients you will attract.
If private tutoring doesn’t appeal to you, then maybe tutoring online will. There are plenty of online tutoring sites that you can choose from, like Varsity Tutors, Wyzant and Chegg Tutors. All you have to do is fill out an application, and once approved, you can tutor remotely from anywhere.
There are many benefits of being an online tutor: There’s no commute, you work from the comfort of your home (and maybe even in your pajamas!), and you have the flexibility to tutor when the time is right for you. However, there’s more than just the flexible hours and teaching in your pjs. It’s a way of developing your own understanding of the content you are teaching, as well as developing intellectually. It helps you build experience and confidence, and can be mentally and emotionally fulfilling. So if you thought you were going into tutoring just for some extra cash this summer, you may end up getting a lot more out of it than you thought.
Another option for getting a tutoring job this summer is to apply at a test prep company. There are a wide variety of nationwide companies, like Sylvan Learning, Kaplan, and Huntington Learning Center that are looking for experienced staff to help out during the summer months. Test prep companies are great to work because they not only have flexible hours, but the pay is decent. I had a wonderful experience working at Huntington Learning Center tutoring preschool through 12th grade students in reading, writing, and math during the summer months for years, and I really enjoyed it. In my experience, I found that test/academic prep companies are different than a typical tutoring session because they have a very specific structure that you must follow. I liked the structure because in a private tutoring session, you have to come up with your own strategies and lessons for the student, whereas working at Huntington, you don’t have to take the extra time out of your schedule to do any prep work: You just go in, do your job, and leave. The best way to find this type of tutoring job is to go on each company’s website and search for any open positions.
If you’re interested in a smaller, local tutoring company, then you can check out your local online news website, or search job websites. Many major cities have their own private tutoring companies that you can contact yourself as well.
Tutoring requires commitment, so before you decide how you want to tutor, be sure that you can commit during this time of year. Also, tutoring during the summer is going to be far more challenging, because during the summer months students will want to be with their friends, which means you will not only have to have a lot of patience, but you’ll also need to know how to motivate students. Take your time and factor in all of these things to find the best possible tutoring opportunity that suits your needs. Once you find it, you’ll be grateful you kept your mind busy while making some extra cash this summer.
Janelle Cox is an education writer who uses her experience and knowledge to provide creative and original writing in the field of education. Janelle holds a master’s of science in education from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. She is a contributing writer to TeachHUB.com, TeachHUB Magazine, and Hey Teach. She was also the elementary education expert for About.com for five years. You can follow her on Twitter @empoweringed, on Facebook at Empowering K12 Educators, or contact her at Janellecox78@yahoo.com.