How to become a Tutor
Tutoring is a great way to earn money, help students reach their potential, and learn valuable skills that you can apply across many different industries. If you’re interested in becoming a tutor in Australia, then this blog post is for you. Read on further as we go over the qualifications, skills, and tools needed to become a successful tutor.
Step 1: Become an expert in your field
Depending on the subject you choose to teach, students will expect that you are an expert in your field. For example, if you wish to become a math tutor, then it would be beneficial for you to have completed a degree or master's in mathematics. The more experience or knowledge you have, the more demand you are likely to see, and the higher you can charge. Additionally, many tutoring companies will only hire tutors who have a degree in the subject they wish to teach.
Step 2: Work on your soft skills
Being an expert in a topic is obviously the baseline for becoming a tutor, however, if you are not able to teach and mentor, you won’t be very successful. Having strong communication and organisational skills will also be invaluable when it comes to tutoring students effectively. If you can’t communicate in an effective way, students will struggle to understand and learn from you. To build up your teaching skills there are various courses you can undertake to get the experience you need. There are a variety of teaching qualifications available, so be sure to choose one that is relevant to the subject you wish to tutor.
Step 3: Join a tutor marketplace
Once you have the necessary qualifications or experience required for tutoring in your chosen field then it’s time to start connecting with potential students who might benefit from your services. There are various marketplaces where students can connect with tutors, which make it easier than ever before for both parties to gain access to each other. All you need to do is list yourself online as a tutor with these organisations so that they may refer prospective clients your way.
Step 4: Price your services
When it comes down to deciding how much you should charge for your services there is no “one size fits all” answer as prices generally vary depending on factors such as location, subject matter expertise and even demand. However, as a general guide, most tutors will charge around $25-30 per hour for private sessions although this number can vary depending on the complexity of the subject or level at which students wish to learn.
Step 5: Advertise your services online or offline
Once you have registered with a tutoring company or created a profile on an online tutoring platform, the next step is to start advertising your services. You can do this by creating flyers and posting them around your local community or by creating an online ad campaign. Another way to market your tutoring services is by setting up your own website. On your website, you can include information about your qualifications, rates, and availability. You can also use your website as a portfolio by including examples of your work or testimonials from previous clients.
Step 6: Set up a bank account
Now that your business is generating income, you’ll need to set up a business bank account, so you can start tracking your earnings. With Thriday, you can open a business bank account* online, and even create sub-accounts so you can segment your income across different students. Thriday also offers invoicing, so you can accurately track your receivables. To see how much time you could save with Thriday, take this quick tax quiz. If you are interested in using Thriday to automate your banking, accounting and tax, then you start your free trial today.
Becoming a tutor in Australia is an excellent way of helping others while also earning money and gaining valuable skills along the way. The key steps involved include understanding what qualifications or experience are necessary for teaching in your chosen field followed by connecting with prospective students online or on marketplaces such as Gumtree. Lastly but certainly not least don't forget that pricing your services competitively yet fairly will help ensure success here. We wish you the best of luck, and we look forward to seeing you take your competition to school.