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Which is the Best Place to Teach Academic Support Tutorials?

By Yann, published on 03/07/2018 We Love Prof - AU > Tutoring > Advice for Tutors > School Support: Should You Teach at Your Home or the Student’s?

“No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.” – Voltaire (1694-1778)

Teaching private tutorials at a student’s home is a good way to teach both primary and secondary school children while earning some extra money.

After finding students, you need to ask yourself about where you’re going to teach them.

Where do the tutors on Superprof teach their private tutorials?

More and more students are opting for private tutorials and the private tutorials market is growing, too.

So where should you teach a student? At theirs? At yours? Online?

Here are our thoughts on where you can teach private tutorials and how to provide students with supplemental instruction.

The Advantages of Private Tutorials at the Student’s Home

It’s hardly surprising that students prefer the tutor to come to their house for private tutorials. It can be hard enough sometimes trying to encourage a child to sit down and do there homework. Imagine convincing them to take a bus or walk along to a tutor’s home to do it!

Which room should you teach private tutorials in? You can teach in any room that’s suitable. (Source: ErikaWittlieb)

With the tutor coming to them, they just have to get out their pens and books and wait for their tutor to arrive.

Even if a student is waiting for you to arrive, make sure you tell them that they have to be ready at a certain time. The last thing you want is to waste the first five or ten minutes of your tutorial because they’re scrambling around looking for their homework or their textbook!

This type of academic support is useful for plenty of different subjects including maths, physics, biology, chemistry, English, French, Spanish, German, etc.

From a practical point of view, the student doesn’t have to waste time on public transport and they can study in a suitable environment.

On the other hand, the parents will have to pay slightly more since the tutor’s rates will have been calculated taking the transport costs into account.

Private tutorials at a student’s house are also a good way to make students feel more at home (literally). Some students struggle with studying in an unfamiliar environment and to make your life and your student’s life easier, you want to make them feel as comfortable as possible.

So how can you help a student who’s struggling before their first tutorial’s even started?

Another huge advantage of travelling to the student’s house is that you have the option to also teach primary school children who’d otherwise need to be taken to your house or take public transport on their own. Those who are very young probably wouldn’t be able to traverse larger cities.

What Are the Disadvantages of Teaching at the Student’s House?

It’s midday and I’ve an hour-long maths tutorial. I have to leave at half past to get to my student’s house for two in the afternoon.

Sometimes you’ll be expected to travel long distances if you live in some of the larger cities in the UK.

How far should private tutors travel? If you don’t have a car, getting to your student’s house mightn’t be worth it. (Source: Didgeman)

If you earn £20 or £25 the hour, it can quickly become half that amount once you’ve considered how much travelling you’ve done.

I used to teach science tutorials and I was wasting so much time travelling to teach just one student. It’s was worrying because I couldn’t make the student pay double. That’s one of the main problems with teaching a student at their home.

Secondary school students tend to have busy schedules (especially when they’re doing their GCSEs and A Levels) and are rarely available for some of the most common working hours during the week.

Private tutorials need to work around the student’s schedule. As a result, you may be expected to offer tutorials during evenings, weekends, school holidays, and bank holidays.

In other words, a private tutor tends to work when everyone else isn’t working. Academic support is often presented as a way to help a student improve their grades, better understand certain aspects of their classes, and revise for exams and do test prep.

Even experienced tutors aren’t miracle workers. How can you teach a student who has literally no interest in learning?

Wouldn’t it be better to try a different approach?

You could teach your classes outside in a relaxing public place like a library, cafe, etc. Of course, if your student’s an adult, a quiet pub could be ideal. Of course, it goes without saying: You can’t take primary school students to the pub!

Can you teach private tutorials outside? If the weather’s nice, there’s nothing stopping you from taking your tutorial outside! (Source: cocoparisienne)

Some subjects, like foreign languages, can be taught almost anywhere.

It’s much nicer learning French or Spanish in a nice café or outside in the sun when the weather’s nice. How would you plan for your first lessons outdoors?

Academic Support Tutorials at the Tutor’s House

Private tutors living in big cities should be able to find tutees throughout the whole year.

What about those living in smaller towns or the country?

How do you teach online private tutorials? If you live in the countryside and have an internet connection, you could always teach online tutorials. (Source: 12019)

Even in towns with a population between 20,000 and 30,000 inhabitants, finding a private tutor can be quite difficult because there aren’t many tutors about, especially for rarer subjects. It can be even more difficult in the countryside to find one on one tutoring.

In some cases, tutors can teach tutorials at their own home. While most people think that home tutoring takes place in the student’s house, in some cases, it can be better to get help with your studies at the tutor’s house because they can set up a dedicated classroom in their house or flat.

Childminders can also tutor the children they’re looking after. After all, learning games with very young children are basically like private tutorials for the young. A childminder could also help a child do their homework before their parents pick them up. Becoming a private tutor for young children could help childminders find more work and earn more money.

Teaching academic support tutorials online is another way to do it. Naturally, such lessons must be planned meticulously…

Offering Online Tutoring Services

It doesn’t matter where you live, you can offer one on one private tutoring to anyone in the country via webcam. This is a learning approach that suits children living in rural areas. It can be difficult to find a tutor for students in smaller towns and villages where there are so few inhabitants that one to one tutoring and private tuition wouldn’t be viable.

The digital revolution has changed the private tutorials market by letting children and adults living in villages with fewer than 100 inhabitants learn. This means that there are academic tutoring jobs available to everyone with a decent internet connection.

That said, it can cost you more to get started as an online tutor as you’ll need to make sure your internet connection is fast enough and maybe even upgrade it. You’ll also need to invest in a decent webcam and a microphone or a headset. While many laptops come with these built in, they’re usually not very good.

Remote learning means that the student doesn’t have to be in the same physical location as the tutor.

How do you do it? How do I get paid?

The simplest way is to get paid via bank transfer or PayPal. You could also get paid by cheque, but this will take much longer.

You could also create an academic support website where your students can pay online for your tutorials like they would any other product on an online shop.

For students who need help with languages, one on one tutoring over webcam is great because you can still speak with the learner. If they need to succeed in a speaking exam, you could consider scheduling intensive speaking sessions.

For students struggling with calculus, geometry, trigonometry, and algebra, there are plenty of useful online resources for mathematics tutors. Don’t worry that your student isn’t in the same room as you, an online tutor can use software to correct homework or an assignment remotely.

For students that need general academic coaching or help with their studies, an online tutor can be useful for providing important feedback on their work, set them tasks to do, and schedule regular mentoring sessions.

Don’t forget that in addition to choosing the right place to be tutored, you need to be confident in your choice of tutor. To find the best tutors and guarantee academic success, you should keep in mind that most tutors on Superprof offer free tutoring for the first hour. Get the most of this hour by discussing how your child is doing in school, what their instructor can offer them in terms of study skills, and have them sit down with your child so that they can work out their strengths and weaknesses.

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