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How to Become a Tutor

Tutoring is an international multi-billion dollar industry, particularly now that advancements in technology have begun to break down barriers that might otherwise make it difficult for some students to get the help they need. This means that there are currently two types of modern tutors: in-home tutors that assist students from their own homes, and online tutors, which can assist students from a variety of locations. Both have many of the same requirements for becoming successful.

Education Required
The level of education required varies depending on the type of tutor you wish to become and whether you work independently or for an agency. However, most people ask for tutors of at least eighteen years of age with a high school diploma. Certain jobs may have stricter requirements.

Understand Your Expertise
Tutors are better suited giving supplementary lessons in subjects they know well and enjoy. If your area of expertise is broad, try focusing on a specific area in order to provide better and more organized lessons.

Is Your Personality Suited to Tutoring?
The most successful tutors are the ones who are confident in their knowledge and have the patience to answer questions and plan lessons carefully. A good tutor is also invested in and willing to commit themselves to supporting their students. Good social skills are essential. If you don't enjoy communicating with people, you may want to reconsider becoming a tutor.

Meet the Legal Requirements
Particularly for those who intend to work with children, which is where most tutoring jobs are, there are legal requirements involved. The exact nature of these requirements varies, depending on the state you live in. Consulting with a local attorney is a good place to get started before jumping into your new tutoring career.

Consider Training
Tutors sometimes need instruction too, especially at the beginning of their career. Training programs for tutors can help you with everything from finding your tutoring pace to learning how to plan lessons or communicate better with students.

Decide How You Want to Tutor
Tutors can work either independently or through agencies. Both have their pros and cons. Although independent tutors have more freedom in their tutoring style and more flexibility with their lesson plans and work hours, agencies will locate clients for you and provide support services. However, agencies also take a share of tutoring fees and sometimes only employ qualified teachers.

Promote to Find Your First Clients
After becoming an accredited tutor, advertise your services. Your profile should include your name and contact details, educational background, and areas of expertise, posted locally in newspapers or online through accredited tutor finding websites.