Tutoring as a side Hustle

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Tutoring is a business that more and more teachers are moving into, imagine being your own boss, planning your lessons around a child’s individual needs and seeing the progress of the child developing week by week.

Tutoring was featured in the Guardian,

Although you could make a good living from this side hustle, I don’t make even near as much as suggested in the above article. But I do make a tidy sum.
I get positive feedback from parents, schools and the children themselves. Consequently parents tell their friends about their tutor and their child’s improvement (which brings more custom) and the child’s confidence developing in the classroom.

This year’s feedback

‘Miss, I was doing Macbeth in class today and I knew all the answers, each time the teacher asked a question I had my hand up’
‘I got a B in my GCSE Maths….Thank you for your support’
‘My wife and I really appreciate all your help and I can see the difference in our son since he started your lessons, so thank you!’
‘Thank you very much for all your hard work and professionalism.’
‘We were so pleased to get good grades in our English GCSE’s, thanks for your lessons they were great fun’
‘I just want to say thank you for your help, I passed the exam and I got onto the course at college, your lessons helped me understand different concepts that I struggled with at school’

I began tutoring in 2014

Upon redundancy I signed up with 2 websites (Tutor Hunt and First Tutors) and the rest was word of mouth.
I teach primary, secondary, A level and undergraduate.
I use resources from TES and Twinkl.
These lessons can be one to one  or small groups. I also provide skype lessons and online marking.
Once I have contacted the parents or student I plan to do a small assessment, this can be a chat and a simple worksheet. I will have printed off the Scheme of work from TES for the keystage for that child to discuss with parents where the child may be on the curriculum and where they need to be by the end of the year. This helps to plan for the next few months.

I use a template like this below;

Childs name                    Date                                             Time

  • Icebreaker              10 mins comments                 achieved
    Main activity         20 mins comments                Needs more support on …
    Second activity     20 mins comments                achieved
    Plenary                    10 mins Homework set        Completed date

I’ve added an icon that I use (an Owl)

While the student is doing the icebreaker, I mark homework that I set the week before.


I give feedback to parents at the end of the lesson and this template is useful to discuss what the child has learnt and needs to improve on, as well as discussing homework.
I keep a folder for each child to keep their work, this enables us to see the progression made. I tend to plan a few weeks in advance, for example for primary maths, I plan and print off worksheets that will last a month, sometimes I get through them quicker and sometimes it takes longer or we might divert to something the child is struggling on in school.

Older students’ have more autonomy on what they are learning as they come to me with a list of things they are struggling with or they need to revise for a test or assessment.
As a guide, here’s what national curriculum level the Government suggested a child should achieve by the end of each school year:

Year 1 Level 1b
Year 2 Level 2a-c
Year 3 Level 2a-3b
Year 4 Level 3
Year 5 Level 3b-4c
Year 6 Level 4

My main subjects

English, Maths,  Psychology and Health and Social Care, primary and early years.
I’m currently teaching the following for English literature;

An Inspector Calls (Heinemann Plays For 14-16+)
GCSE English Text Guide – An Inspector Calls
An Inspector Calls: York Notes for GCSE (9-1)
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde: York Notes for GCSE (9-1)
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde: York Notes for GCSE (9-1) Workbook
A Christmas Carol: York Notes for GCSE (9-1)
The Woman in Black (Philip Allan Literature Guide for Gcse) by Susan Hill (2010-10-10)
Animal Farm: York Notes for GCSE (9-1)
Of Mice and Men
Of Mice and Men: York Notes for GCSE
Macbeth: York Notes for GCSE (9-1)
Macbeth: No Fear Shakespeare (Spark Notes)

Romeo and Juliet: York Notes for GCSE (9-1)
Romeo and Juliet (Sparknotes No Fear Shakespeare)
Blood Brothers (Methuen Modern Play) (Modern Classics)
Blood Brothers (Methuen Modern Play) (Modern Classics)

Poetry for GCSE

Anthology of Poetry: Poems past and present/Conflict/Love and relationships as well as unseen poetry
New GCSE English Literature AQA Poetry Guide: Power & Conflict Anthology – for the Grade 9-1 Course
New GCSE English Literature AQA Unseen Poetry Guide – for the Grade 9-1 Course
New GCSE English Literature AQA Poetry Guide: Love & Relationships Anthology – the Grade 9-1 Course

Don’t forget you can get previous papers and marking schemes from the awarding bodies see the link below
AQA past papers

I love this side hustle as it is regular and my business is growing as well as my knowledge and resources, I still work fulltime, so only tutor evenings and weekends.

I also offer an online service through Skype or via email. I encourage parents to keep up with the lessons in the summer holidays to ensure consistency and to keep their places as I always have an ongoing waiting list.

If you are thinking of doing this side hustle please message me and I can take you through the steps or give advice on what to teach.


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