Everything about the past year and a half has been different. The world completely stopped for a few months. People were stuck inside, not working, not seeing friends or family and no ability to shop. Of course, it was to keep yourself and others safe, but now as we see the world open up again, it's still affecting a number of industries.
Service-based businesses are one of those industries affected in Canada. Before in personal services were always the most common. Walking into a hair salon, being waited at dinner, and visiting your tutor have all changed. These places all have had to follow provincial guidelines that have impacted immensely there careers. Things will continue to be different even after Covid. We may always have to stay 2m, sanitize or wash hands before we touch anything. Some people that visit this service-based business might not want to revisit these places. One industry, in particular, that will see a change is tutoring.
- Covid-19 practices may always stay in place. Source: William Fortunato, Pexels
Tutoring, for the most part, was always very much in person. Online tutoring has only been around for years but was always least popular compared to in-person tutoring. Tutoring in person wasn't possible over the last year and a half. Now, we're starting to see some people return to their in-person tutoring sessions. However, online tutoring is still a growing trend.
Online tutoring made tutoring continue. Tutors could still offer support during these trying times. However, other factors made it difficult for tutors to adjust. Students were significantly affected by this pandemic. The school system completely went online, which made it harder for everyone, including teachers and parents. Everyone was adjusting to learning or teaching online, and it's no different for the tutors.
As we all know now, teaching or learning online seems more complicated. At least it's an adjustment period—the issues raised because it was new to everyone. The teachers and tutors likely have never taught online before, while the students felt the same way. Hopefully, by now working as tutoring, you have been able to adjust to tutoring online. You've found ways to offer the same support as before and now able to continue to provide your services.
Those considering tutoring as a job or career may be hesitant about tutoring now, but it doesn't have to be. Switching to online tutoring has made the industry be able to stand. The need for tutors is still at an increasing number. It may bring new challenges with getting clients or even getting set up, but it's still possible.
- Online tutoring has risen in popularity since the start of the pandemic. Source: Katerina Holmes, Pexels
Staying Up To Date as Tutors
Tutoring has been dramatically affected, but we find ways to adapt and continue to move forward just like other industries. Even with the world opening up, we may continue to see the same changes in place. Adapting to online tutoring would be a good start for any new tutor looking to start working. Online tutoring has seen an increase over the last year and even more so with the pandemic. Making the change now to get set up with online tutoring can help move forward even if everything were shut down again.
Tutors should also stay up to date with the education system regarding students' mental health and how they deal with online learning or even when they return to school. Being open to these changes will only make you a better tutor. You can meet the needs of your students and assist them in the best way possible.
One note we haven't touched on is the other reasons for hiring a tutor. Learning skills with a tutor can be an effective way to learn. You can learn how to play an instrument, learn a new language or anything else along this line. With so many people now home and working from home, they mind finding themselves wanting to learn something new. Suppose you are a tutor looking to expand your services or have a skill you want to teach others. In that case, this could be the perfect opportunity to offer these services and expand your reach. It's just one of the many ways to adapt to the situation and continue to move forward.
On top of everything, it's important to take care of yourself as well. We can often get consumed by helping our students in the best way possible. At the end of the day, it's important to focus on yourself. One of our best tips is having work hours. As tutors, your schedule can be all over the place some days. You may tutor in the morning and then again. It would help if you had a set break or a time to stop thinking about work completely. Not having a schedule makes it feel like you are always working, which isn't good for your mental health. Have a set schedule each day, and be sure to follow it. You need to have a work/life balance. This has been even more important with Covid-19 because of the stress you can experience. You need to find that time for yourself, and having a work/life balance allows you to achieve it.
Staying updated on everything ensures you know what to expect. You'll be ready for any changes that may arise as well as anything else. Working as a tutor has been stressful over the last little bit. You've done everything you can to keep moving forward and help your students. Continue to be doing all that great work.
- Lots of industries have been affected by Covid-19. Source: Ono Kosuki, Pexels
Covid-19 and Tutoring
This year and a half have certainly come with its unexpected moments in Canada, but tutors have continued to offer their services to the students in need. As a tutor, you have had to find new ways to keep your business running. Online tutoring has been a great option for many that wanted to continue. Hopefully, people will feel comfortable going back to in-person tutoring as restrictions and local guidelines lessen. We won't be surprised if online tutoring continues to be popular. It can be a great option for both students and tutors. Students can learn in the comfort of their own. They just need a laptop to get started. Tutors are able to teach anywhere and can expand their reach of helping students all over.
The choice is yours when it comes to tutoring and what you want to do. There is no wrong answer. It just comes down to your preferences.Covid-19 has certainly impacted the tutoring business, but tutors will continue to offer their services to everyone in the best way possible. Remember to take time for yourself and have a work/life balance. It's not healthy to be thinking about work all the time. You'll be glad you made the decision to have set work hours once you start following it. Now is the time to take care of yourself so you can continue to do great work with each and every one of your students.
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