The Tutoring and Lessons Job Guide: Tutoring & Lessons Job Options

Find the right kind of tutoring or lessons job for you

Perhaps you've always been a good student, and tutoring seems like a reasonable way to earn more income. Or you may have a passion for math, writing, English, science, history, guitar, violin, piano, languages, voice, or another subject. You could consider tutoring or providing lessons as a way to make money in an area about which you are passionate. And work in a field that are passionate about is, for many, the key to fulfillment on the job!

Before you go further, however, consider the personality traits that often make for a successful tutor or teacher. For one-on-one lessons, patience, flexibility, creativity, and an ability to diagnose what the student's learning deficits might be, as well as knowledge about how to work around those deficits, would be helpful. And can you figure out a way to engage and motivate a student whose previous failures may have demoralized him? These are all issues you will likely face as a tutor.

Of course, many national tutoring companies train tutors in specific strategies to reach their students.  Working for one of those companies may be a way to get a foot in the door of the tutoring business. And companies that offer prep courses for SATs, LSATs, GREs and GMATs will also train you in their specific approaches.

In any case, you will need to:

  • assess the subject or subjects you feel comfortable teaching
  • determine the age level you would like to work with
  • ask yourself whether you would be more comfortable teaching a large class, say for SAT preparation, or providing instruction on a one-on-one basis
  • decide whether you want to work for a company or for yourself

So, what kinds of jobs are there in the tutoring and lesson industry? You can:

  • work as an independent contractor, on your own -- whether teaching one topic, such as math or guitar, or offering help in a few subject areas
  • work for a local tutoring company or business that offers lessons
  • work for a national tutoring company that will train you in their particular approach
  • work through a school system or university as a tutor Many universities have tutoring centers and many school systems have tutors that they recommend to students needing help. Universities may also recommend tutors through the specific department that teaches the area in which you want to tutor.

Once you have decided what you want to tutor, what age to work with, and whether to work for a company or on your own, you'll need to find clients.  (One resource for advertising your availability for tutoring is Care.com.)

The next step is to assess how much to charge.

Next: How Much to Charge for Tutoring & Lessons »
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Comments (8)
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Romelia D.
Currently I teach Spanish, physiology, anatomy and biology and I have found that it is very important to evaluate the knowledge and understanding of the subject to be tutored. A second point is to engage the student in his/her own learning, step fundamental to ensure a good outcome. Other important point is to find their learning style. This is easy in one to one interaction, but in a group setting, it is important to use different procedures, and presenting examples easy to understand and explaining as many times as needed to develop and keep interest going reducing frustration.
For Spanish, I mix music, poems, tongue twisters, reading, short videos and home work to use all the venues possible to learn.
I also teach physiology and anatomy to high school and college students and in these cases I try to develop their thinking and analyzing skills, helping students to connect concepts and make their own conclusions, to better understand how the body works. My goal is that the students learn not only how to answer an exam.
Posted: August 02, 2013 at 11:34 AM
Heiki Q.
Hello My name is Heiki . I am From England, attending school in San Bernardino California. My major is Human Services. English is my best subject . One of my teaching tactics is to test the students to see what areas they need help most academically. My Job is to help the kids I tutor to succeed academically and provide them with Reading and studying skills to help them in higher education. :)
Posted: January 08, 2013 at 2:59 PM
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Marcy E.
I provide an instructional cycle that incorporates the child's interests and needs to foster student involvement in the learning process. The focus is on literacy and developement of the student's affective and cognitive growth. I have been a teacher/professor, tutor and school principal. My students have been successful learners, which is a joy to me, the student and their parents. Learning is closely monitored to provide feedback and information to the parents and to link to prior learning.
Posted: June 17, 2012 at 4:38 PM
Stephen K.
i have been a teacher a postor and a councillor for many years.i tough students in all ages in science, geograpy,Africanas languages.I have been involved in court interplatation in swahili to English.
Posted: April 28, 2012 at 11:09 PM
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Maria M.
I have been a teacher for many years and I have taught students between 11 and 73 years old. The age of my students is not a problem, I addapt myself to different circumstances, my classes are student centered. I love teaching and enjoy my students so much! and I know that they have fun while learning a new language. I am certified to teach Spanish, but I also have the knowledge and studies for teaching English as a Second Language.
Posted: March 09, 2012 at 9:55 PM
Shushan A.
The best math tutor for you is you if you solve and review the SAME materials after each tutoring session.
Posted: December 01, 2011 at 1:06 AM
Annette Moore
This is myfirst time on this sit which was recommended by my employer, but I do find this information helpful. I'm learning so I can be more effective in my job working with the elderly.
Posted: April 14, 2011 at 8:54 PM
Mara E.
I AM AN ESOL TUTOR FOR 13 YEARS. I REALLY LOVE TO TEACH ENGLISH FROM PEOPLE THAT COME FROM AROUND THE WORLD. THEY LEARN WITH ME AND I LEARN WITH THEM, TALKING ABOUT DIFFERENT CULTURES.
I CHARGE $40.00 FOR 2 HOURS. AND THEY REALLY LEARN WITH ME. I AM PROUD OF MANY OF THEM THAT ARE ALREADY AT COLLEGE, AND THEY CAME TO THE COUNTRY WITH NO ENGLISH. OF COURSE, THEIR DEDICATION IN LEARNING HELPS A LOT TOO.
TEACHER MARA
Posted: February 26, 2011 at 10:11 PM
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