When it comes to learning, teachers and professors often take most of the credit for their students’ successes. However, learning is very individualistic, and students need a learning method that’s tailored to their strengths and interests. As a tutor, you too are responsible for helping these students reach their highest level of performance. And, you experience some personal benefits along the way.
Take Your Knowledge to New Heights
To help a student understand a particular topic, you must know it inside and out. Before your first session, you learn every intricate detail so that you’re prepared for every question and roadblock. Tutoring requires you to keep studying and learning. And thus, you become a master of the subject matter.
Boost Your Skills
Tutoring is an intuitive job that doesn’t follow a script or blueprint. Every student has his or her own idiosyncrasies, strengths, and weaknesses. These differences force you to refine your skills to get the best possible results. Tutoring students also forces you to get more creative with problem solving skills, communicate more effectively, and practice several different teaching styles (i.e. auditory, visual, kinesthetic, etc.).
Become an Entrepreneur
Despite the benefits to your personal skill set or the joy of seeing a student succeed, private tutorship is a business—one that generates more than $100 billion annually and keeps growing every year.1 As a tutor, you’re also an entrepreneur. You’re in control of your workload, you set your prices, and you manage your customer service standards. You’re running your own educational business, and each one of your successful students is also a satisfied customer.
Becoming a tutor is often a rewarding experience that increases your knowledge, improves your teaching skills, and offers a path forward into entrepreneurship. In short, it’s a dream job.