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Make Money by Being a Tutor

posted Sep 4, 2009, 7:24 PM by Danny Eusebio

College students usually tell me they can't find a job. "It's too hard they say, its too difficult", the cry. And then those students who do have jobs say, "It doesn't pay very much, I want more money." There is a solution to this, but it isn't simple. Become a tutor. Say Whaaat? That's right, become a tutor. Students are always looking for someone to tutor them and young individuals who know their stuff really well are valuable.  

Tutors are also paid fairly well.  They aren't your minimum wage workers.  Wages can vary from $10-$100 an hour depending on your expertise.  Now I've got your attention.

Becoming a tutor isn't all that easy either.  Some people are just more attuned to working with students while others hate the reality of working with students.  But you have to look at the big picture.  Do you want some extra cash?  Yeah, that's right.

If you've never been a tutor in your life before, then you've got a larger hill to climb.  However, if you have a very strong mastery of a subject, then your not doing bad either.  Let's tackle the no tutoring experience.

Some quick an easy steps to get into a tutoring mind set is to group study with your friends.  Take the lead, learn the information ahead of time, and show them how to solve problems.  If you can get access to a white board, then that's even better.

Some other quick methods are to just tutor your younger siblings or a friend.  Try to explain to them a complicated example in simpler terms.  Other useful ways to build skills is to put yourself in front of people all the time.  Take leadership roles or present more.

There are a lot of qualities that can determine whether you'll be a good tutor or not, but you have to build those qualities.  It takes some time, but it can be valuable at the end of the day.  Now if you've mastered a subject but don't know how to explain it, then your in luck.

Professors at Universities have the titles that they do because they are at the cusp of leading research in that field.  If you ask them a question, most professors will give you a confident answer.  However, if you asked Jo Shmo in your class, he probably will be clueless.

You get paid by your expertise.  The better you know a subject, then the more trust and confidence people will have of you.  If students know your a genius at a particular subject, they know they will get an answer from you if they ask.  If on the other hand your not, well, then you'll get scorn and mistrust from students.

If you're the mastery type, all you need to do is apply the same strategies I mentioned already.  Get more exposure to presenting complicated examples and breaking it into simpler ideas.  Try to think in the shoes of the other person.  Don't always assume they know as much as you do.

The last type I haven't mentioned is the no-mastery type.  If you have no mastery over a subject, it's pretty difficult to sell yourself as a tutor.  You'll probably get bad reviews at the end of the day.  Here's what you can do to compensate:

Get back into reading the subject.  If you haven't seen Chemistry in a while, then find your old book and start reading.  Go through the problems and learn it as sharply as you can.  It might be helpful for your major.

If you want to take a smarter approach, then study the material and learn it well as you are taking the course.  Because you might take a college Chemistry course and while you are taking that course you want to study the information deeply and learn it very well.  If your lacking enthusiasm or motivation, just understand there's some lucrative side to it.

So now you've got the tools, then what.  The next thing you do is advertise yourself.  You can post around campus for tutors.  You can apply for on campus tutoring jobs.  There are probably tutoring facilities near your area.  You can join and sign up for them.  Most tutors I know have gotten paid around 20-30 hour, which isn't all that bad.  The hours can be limited, but you can make a lot of money in a short amount of time.

As a final note, the better you get at your job, the more referrals you'll get.  If the students you tutor are acing their tests and exams than that can be used to qualify your rates.  Eventually you can start charging premium rates.  

There you go, becoming a tutor isn't all too difficult.  It just requires some motivation and planning.  People will pay for your expertise.  Now go out there and start making money.