I thought it may be useful to have a little look into my day as a tutor.
Firstly I may have online marking, to manage this alongside my other income streams I get up early and do some before work, it takes me an hour to do one script so can I get 5 done per week while having breakfast.
Then I go to my day job. It’s important to check my messages at lunch incase there has been a cancellation or a child is ill. I bring lunch to work, but also a snack for the afternoon as I know I won’t be eating until 8pm or later.
I finish work between 5 and 6pm and travel to my student. I let them know by text that I am leaving work and what time I will arrive. Each lesson lasts 1 hour, I mainly teach individual students, but sometimes I work with small groups.
So once I arrive, I greet the parent and the child and sit at the dining table to get started. Sometimes I’m lucky enough to even get treated to a coffee and a gluten free biscuit.
A pull along briefcase on wheels makes life easier
I have a pull along case which contains books, pencils cases, lined paper and worksheets, this is always stocked and lives in the boot of my car. I have one for English and one for maths. This cuts down on the prep time and if the student chooses to do something else or has already done the work I have planned I can quickly improvise.
Another essential tool is the laptop or the tablet, this needs to be connected to wifi and a useful resources to use during the session.
‘Parents are paying a lot of money for my services and I respect this’.
I use the resources from the TES website and I subscribe to Twinkl for approx. £50 per year.
For older children, I find it useful to work on exam papers. I print off previous exam papers and split them into small achievable activities suitable for each student.
Often my sessions are directed by the students, they may discuss areas they are struggling with and we work on developing these.
Sometimes parents might make a specific request or teachers might send a message home from school, ‘…please work on fractions…’
The key thing is to get to know the children, their abilities can be different in each area of their studies.
So I work all throughout the year and often have a waiting list, some students finish after their exams. The summer isn’t as busy as the academic year. I still keep students throughout the summer holidays especially those continuing with me in the following academic year.
I also work with early years children, 2 to 4 years, but my tutoring is based on play. This is usually earlier in the day, for example, I may take some time off work, or tutor at the weekends depending on the needs of the family.
I currently work with an 8 yr old and I include games like ‘jenga’, marbles, buttons, beads and any other counting games to help her with her skills.
So freelance tutoring does need to be quite flexible.
So let’s talk money,
Flexibility is key here, but I know some tutors only accept direct debits and give a discount, for example 1 week free if you buy 6 weeks of lessons.
The family needs change throughout the year. For example; one parent stopped after 5 weeks, I identified that the student required more intensive support and I would not be able to meet his needs. On the other hand another child made a massive improvement and the family felt that they no longer needed my services.
so a win win
Tutoring is flexible and very enjoyable, it is so rewarding especially when you start working with a student who has low self esteem, believes they will never achieve and you can support them to turn this around.
If you have any questions or want any advice on how to set up your own tutoring business send me a message.