A growing number of students are seeking help from a private tutor to help achieve their academic goals. According to the Huffington Post, Ontario has seen a rapid growth in tutoring programs from 2017. 

Working with a private tutor can help you to expand your interests and to excel even further to achieve your academic and personal goals. Whether you want to help your students with exam or test prep or inspire them to learn a new subject, then you'll want to discover how to best go about giving private tutoring lessons?

Where should you give private lessons?

Depending on your student's needs as well as the nature of  the subject you are teaching to your students, you can offer classes at your home, your student's home, or in a public place like a library, a community centre or even online.

One of the biggest advantages of creating a tutoring profile through Superprof is that you'll be able to advertise your services to students in your local area and online. You'll be able to earn extra money each month just by sharing  your passion and help students succeed and achieve their goals.

On Superprof, there many opportunities to teach students online and in person!

Can tutors teach at their own home?
Make sure that your working space is clean and well lit when giving private tutoring lessons  (Source: Skitterphoto)

One of the most important things to consider when you start tutoring, is whether you should teach at your home or your student’s.

Where is the ideal place to teach? 

A majority of students do offer to travel to the student's house for lessons, as this makes it easier and more comfortable for both the student and parents. This is particularly true for younger students and children who are not able to travel on their own, and whose parents may have a busy schedule and limited time to bring them to you.

After school tutoring can really help students that our struggling to catch up with their classes and improve their grades, giving the confidence they need to excel at school. So for younger students in particular, we would strongly recommend offering lessons at your student's home.  Transportation fees can be incorporated into the hourly rate for your tutoring classes.

Whether it’s French, Math, ESL or coding, a majority of students do prefer to be taught in their own home. In general, the parent or student will be expected to have a clean and well lit place to work, either in the living room or dining room. You'll also want to check with the student or their parents that they have the correct material that you'll need for the lessons:

  • Textbooks
  • Notebooks
  • Marked tests and homework assignments
  • Exercise books and the exercises they’ve done in class

You will also need to organise your private tutoring lessons around your students' schedules. This means after school hours, including evenings and weekends. You may also wish to keep your school holidays free to get in those extra tutoring hours with your student.

For tutors that live in remote areas or are unable to travel, then not to worry! Tutoring online will give you the freedom to teach students from your own home all over the world! All you need is internet a webcam and microphone as well as any platform such as Skype or google hangouts.

Now it's possible to teach students from the comfort of your own home! 

How should you organise your tutoring lessons?

To ensure that you make the most of your tutoring lessons, you'll need to plan your lessons ahead of time and make sure that you have the materials necessary for your lessons. Here are a couple of things you'll want to consider:

  • Set your rate per hour. You'll need to research to find out the average rate for lessons in your subject in your local area, while taking into account your personal experience and qualifications
  • Decide where you will having the lessons ( at your home, the student's home or online)
  • Make sure you have the right materials (notebooks, pencils, text books)
How do you plan a private tutorial?
Always plan your tutoring lessons ahead of time and be on time! (Source: MabelAmber)

It's always important to make a good first impression. So make sure that you are dressed appropriately and professionally when meeting your student and their parents! You should take this into account for all classes, but particularly at the beginning when you are still establishing your student's level of trust.

One of the first things that you'll need to do when you start working with a student, is to assess their strengths and weaknesses and areas where they need to improve.

One of the most effective ways to do this is  to ask the student to do an assessment test  which you can prepare beforehand by looking through their exercise books and text books. You may also wish to discuss with the student's parents what their goals are and what the student needs extra help with.

Are they struggling with understanding concepts in math? Do they need extra help to prepare for an exam? Do they need to work on their writing skills ?

As you are going through your weekly lessons, you'll want to remember to review material that you've seen in previous lessons. It's important to go back and review exercises and concepts to reinforce tour students' learning.

Remember to leave time after each exercise to allow your student to ask any questions or to address particular areas where they are struggling. You should also ask your students for their input on your lessons, if you are going at the right speed and ways in which you can help them to learn more effectively.

A great way to make things more interesting for your students, is to practice interactive exercises to make your tutorials more interesting. Try to incorporate subjects which you know may be of interest to your student in your lessons, such as general culture, sports or arts to differentiate your lessons from their school lessons.

Remember it's also important to regularly assess your student's progress. Conduct exercises and tests regularly to see where they have improved and what areas still need extra work.

Resources for preparing after school tutoring lessons

Always be on time for your  tutoring lessons!

Where can you find resources for private tutors?
Always listen to your students' needs and tailor your lessons. (Source: Couleur)

Although having a formal teacher status is not a requirement for being a tutor, it is essential that you have excellent knowledge of the subject you are teaching. Teachers will have gained experience during teacher training by working in schools and will have an excellent knowledge of the curriculum.

Check out important resources should you use to prepare your tutorials.

As a tutor, a mentor and an educator, you'll be expected to encourage your student to learn, and spark their own curiosity in the subject you are teaching. In order to make sure that your student is making progress, you'll need to develop a learning plan and help your student to set achievable goals. Make sure that you have all the materials necessary to ensure your student's success, including textbooks, digital tools and revision sheets.

For high school students, private tutors should consider getting past exam papers to help prepare their students for their exams and assessments.

For primary school students you may wish to use more interactive exercises to help your student to learn the material.

How to give private tutoring lessons throughout the school year

Preparing tutor throughout the whole year is requires a great deal of planning and commitment. It's important to keep your student motivated and assess their progress regularly throughout the year. 

How do you create a course plan?
If you're going to be with your student throughout the year, you'll also need long-term plans. (Source: StartupStockPhotos)

Learning doesn't always have to take place within the confines of the formal education system. Learning should just as well be encouraged outside of the classroom.

For students struggling in school, academic support can be a great way to help them improve their grades and regain their confidence. A good tutor should have the following qualities:

  • Excellent communicator
  • Patient
  • Organised
  • Flexible
  • Dynamic
  • Good listener
  • Excellent knowledge of their subject

It's important to remember that each student is different and will have different learning styles. As a tutor, it's your job to adapt your lessons for each student to ensure their success.

Another essential part of giving private tutoring lessons is to regularly check your students progress to identify areas which they may still be struggling with and may need some additional support. You may also need to regularly adjust your teaching plan and lessons based upon your student's particular needs. Remember that using varied teaching material such as academic support websites, games, and applications can be a great way to keep things fun for your students while encouraging them to learn the material.

As a tutor, you'll need to be committed, patient and organised to work with students throughout the year. You'll need to remain flexible and may need to change  your lesson plans based upon your students' individual needs.

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Yvette is a freelance Canadian writer living in Paris. She spends her time between Toronto and Paris and likes to travel and learn. She's the proud mom of two strong minded women and enjoys her free time giving back to her communities.