Make Money by Being a Tutor

posted Aug 18, 2010, 5:38 PM by Danny Eusebio   [ updated Aug 18, 2010, 7:56 PM ]

College students usually tell me they can't find a job. "It's too hard they say, it's too difficult," they cry. And then those students who do have jobs say, "It doesn't pay very much, I want more money." Well, my friends, there is a solution and it's simple. Become a tutor! That's right, become a tutor. Students are always looking for someone to tutor them and young individuals who know their stuff are very valuable. 

Tutors, surprisingly, are paid very well. They aren't your minimum wage worker. Depending on your level of experience (DOE), you can make between $10-$100 an hour. Now I've got your attention.

Becoming a tutor isn't easy unfortunately. Some people are just more attuned to working with students, while other hate the reality of working with students. But you have to look at the big picture. Do you want money to check out the latest concert or even buy that new iPod? 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 in a subject, then you're not doing bad either. Let's tackle the not tutoring experience.

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

Have you tutored your younger sibling. Try to explain a complicated concept to a young child. Is it easy for your to diffuse information? If it is, then tutoring might just be up your ally. Other useful ways to build your tutoring confidence, is to put yourself in front of people all the time. This might include taking leadership roles.

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 you're out of luck.

Professors at universities have the title that they do because the are at the cusp of leading research in that field. If you ask them a question (pertaining to their field), most professors will give you a confident answer. However, if you ask Joe Shmo in your class, he'll probably be clueless.

You get paid for your expertise. The better you know a subject, then the more trust and confidence people will have of you. If students know you're a genius at a particular subject, they know they will get an answer from you if they ask. If on the other hand you're 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-master type. If you have no mastery over a subject, it's pretty difficult to sell yourself as a tutor. You'l find that you 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're taking that course, you want to study that information deeply. If you're lacking enthusiasm or motivation, just understand that there are 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 students in need of tutors. You can also apply for an on campus tutoring job. 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 per hour, which isn't all that bad. The hours can be limited, but you can make a lot of money for less 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, then 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.