Tutor because you care.
Tutoring is hard. It’s lonely, the work is unpredictable, and it’s difficult to know if you’re doing it right.
But tutoring as a job makes sense – the hours are flexible, you can work from home and it can pay well.
Of course, it can also be incredibly rewarding.
You have to build a rapport with both the student and their parents. You have to know your subject and how to make it super-clear. You have to be sure you’re adding value every session, so that when you receive your payment you know you earned it. You have to organise your own taxes, insurance, police checks. You have to find, and keep, enough clients to pay your bills.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: being a tutor is hard.
It’s also lonely. You never see other tutors. You don’t know whether they approach tutoring the same way as you or completely differently. You’re not even sure whether you should think of them as colleagues or competitors.
A tutor is a freelancer. And they’re vulnerable to all the pressures and whims of their employers. The parents, the agencies, even the students themselves will have opinions and preferences that need to be planned around. And they’ll differ for each client.
I know tutoring is hard. But it is worth it.
The relief in a parents’ smile, the bounce in a student’s arrival, the moments of earnest concentration, endless patience or downright silliness, the time flying by, the thank you notes months later – those are the things that keep us going.
We start tutoring because we can, but we love tutoring because we care.