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Thinking of becoming a private tutor?

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

A new year often brings new aims and ambitions – maybe this is the year you’d like to become a private tutor? Last year we asked our tutors why they became tutors and what they get out of it. This is what one of them said…

“Tutoring gives me great satisfaction when I know I have helped a student achieve higher grades than they expected and when they gain admission into a school they have desired for.  I enjoy helping others and the relationships made with both my students and the parents and I tend to have long lasting clients due to the good working relationships made with the students who benefit from my sessions. Many thanks for valuing my opinion, it is very much appreciated.”

Are all your tutors teachers?

No, our private tutors come from all kinds of backgrounds. Yes some are teachers, lecturers or teaching assistants but we have tutors who are professionals with a particular skill (so for example a writer could be an English private tutor). Most of our team are based in Cheshire or Manchester as that’s where our students are.

Not being a qualified teacher doesn’t instantly discount you from being a tutor and we find non-teachers have a different and very useful way of looking at problems. What is usually important is that you’re qualified to at least the level above the subject you want to tutor in (which means if you want to tutor in A Level Maths then you’ll probably need a Maths degree).

The kind of people who are attracted to tutoring are usually very committed to learning and absolutely love their subject area. You’ll probably have an idea about learning styles and understand how important it is to be flexible to meet the needs of  your students.

Students will really come to rely on you so you’ll need to offer a consistent amount of tutoring hours across the academic year (that’s September until July).

Why do people become private tutors?

There are all kinds of reasons you might want to become a private tutor, to supplement your income or to use your skill or passion for a subject to help a student. And you’re probably wondering what you’ll get out of private tutoring…

1.      An additional income (that’ll vary depending on what subject you teach, what level you teach at and how many hours you tutor for).

2.      Flexible hours that work around your existing job.

3.      Students in your local area (and at 121 Home Tutors we can ensure they don’t attend a school you teach in).

4.      Ongoing support and training (look out for companies that can offer you this).

5.      Even a possible new career path.

If you’d like to know more about becoming a private tutor in Manchester or Cheshire contact us or check out FAQs on becoming a private tutor.

Study shows private tutoring improves grades

Monday, January 17th, 2011

Did you know just 10 hours tutoring could boost your grades from a C to an A?

A US based student matching service (similar to the service provided by 121 Home Tutors in Manchester, Cheshire and the North West of England) has carried out a study of nearly 300 tutors. The results of that study show that just 10 hours of private tutoring can have a dramatic effect on grades – the survey showed that 72% of students improve their grade by between one and two letter grades (so moving from a C to a B or even an A). They also found a small percentage of students (around 12%) improved their grade by two or more letter grades- meaning your child could potentially move from a D grade to an A grade.

So why does private tutoring improve grades?

1.      One on one support. The main advantage of a private tutor is that they spend a great deal of one on one time with a student. This means they can quickly and effectively assess strengths and weaknesses. Based on this they can create a highly targeted plan of study to tackle any issues.

2.      Fun learning. Each tutor has their own teaching methods but they can be incredibly flexible depending on the needs of the child and their learning style. They also have the scope to create fun lessons that may be different from the traditional, less interactive approach in a classroom.

3.      A safe environment. Private tutors allow a child to talk about their problems in an environment they feel safe in. They can discuss their fears, chat about subjects they struggle with and talk around problems. They don’t have to worry about what their friends or teacher thinks. This often means a child becomes more confident, which helps them in the classroom setting, in turn improving their grades.

Overall grade improvement depends on lots of factors including the subject your child is being tutored in and how dedicated your child is to their study (self-motivated students tend to do better). However, if your child is having two hours of private tuition a week you could see a significant improvement in just a month.

If you live in Manchester or Cheshire and you’d like to find out more about how private tuition could help improve your child’s grades contact us today.