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How to become a private tutor

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

At 121 Home Tutors we regularly get calls and emails from people who are interested in becoming private tutors. Some of these people are already teachers, have teaching qualifications, have tutored in the past or have some sort of educational experience. However,  many have no teaching experience or qualifications at all and want to take the first step into tutoring. Here’s a quick guide for those who want to start a new career in tutoring.

  • You’ll need a specialist subject and usually at one level above those you are teaching. So if you want to teach A Level Maths you’ll need a degree in Maths (or a closely related subject).
  • If you only have industry experience you may still work as a tutor but it’s a good idea to try and get some work experience in tutoring or training.  One way is to offer to volunteer in schools.
  • You generally don’t need a PGCE (teaching qualification) to tutor but it may be worth exploring further qualifications to enhance your CV.
  • In general most tutors are self-employed so be prepared to find your own work and to have ups and downs in your income. Tutoring often happens in evenings and at weekends to fit around school times.
  • Many tutors work in their students’ homes so you’ll need transport and may have to pass a DBS (previously known as a CRB) check.
  • Depending on what you are teaching you will need to be aware of the syllabus for the subject you are teaching and any educational changes that impact on your tutoring.
  • Remember when you apply for a tutoring post to put together a well-composed CV and letter and proofread it very carefully.

If you’d like to know more about private tutoring in Manchester and Cheshire you can contact us here or you can apply to be a private tutor through our website.