Did you do well in school? Are school subjects like math, English, foreign languages, science, or history really easy for you to understand and explain?
Do you want to make a positive change in someone’s life? If you answered yes to these questions, you should definitely consider being a tutor for the summer or all year long.
Tutoring is an awesome summer job. It gives you the opportunity to share your knowledge about a subject with someone that may struggle to grasp the concepts. You might help a middle school kid learn about algebra, a high school kid to have a better grasp on physics, or a college kid master the art of Spanish. Every subject needs tutors, so pick your strongest subject and help out.
Tutoring isn’t a standardized program. Every tutor is different, which is the beauty of tutoring. Different people learn differently. Your teaching and tutoring style may be the exact thing necessary to really spark an interest in a subject or make the basics click for someone. It’s pretty cool. Tutors may be self-employed, work for a tutoring company, help professors, or just volunteer their time. You may work with groups or have individual sessions with students in need.
You may have never considered having a tutor for yourself or may not know anyone that is a tutor. Surprisingly, according to Parenthood.com, tutoring is a $4 billion a year industry in the United States. That’s right, BILLION.
If you’re ready to jump into this lucrative industry, you’ll have no problem finding work. Check the local newspaper, call a tutoring company, or phone the local schools. You may even have to turn down work so you can find time to sleep and eat. But with this much work, you’ll also be taking a lot to the bank.
Tutoring jobs pay well, but the jobs vary depending on your age, credentials, subject matter, group sizes, employment status, and what level you’re teaching at.
You can plan on being paid by the hour. Pay can range from $10 per hour for a high schooler tutoring an elementary schooler on spelling to $50 for a college grad tutoring a college student on microbiology. And in rare cases, for post grad tutoring you may even be able to charge $100 per hour if you meet the right tutoring criteria.
Before you drop everything and start looking for tutoring jobs, you should know that tutors don’t work 40-hour weeks. Plan on working 10 to 20 hours per week at somewhat random times – from 10 to 12 on Saturday morning or Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 to 10 in the evening. You’ll find plenty of work, but it may not be the most consistent.
Tutoring is a great job for the summer or to fill some hours during the school year. It pays well, is fun, and you’ll feel good when you help students master a subject that they once struggled with.