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Misconceptions About Tutoring

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Are you considering signing up to be a home tutor? Have you read or heard many great deals and experiences after becoming one? With the demand for home tutors increasing, it’s reasonable that many are also looking into becoming one. Being a home tutor is a special job, there are many things that you have to consider before becoming one. There are many benefits of becoming a home tutor that goes beyond just your career. As such, there may also be misconceptions about tutoring. And if you’re looking to become a home tutor, you need to read this article to clear doubts and misunderstandings about home tuition and tutoring.

1. Tutoring is easy money

Tutoring is seen as a job that makes a pretty decent pay on shorter working hours compared to 9-5 jobs. Private home tutors can earn from $480 to as much as $5,000 a month depending on if they are part-time or full-time. With this, many may think that tutoring is just all about getting that easy money. However, being a home tutor is so much more than just a money-making opportunity.

Unlike corporate jobs, tutoring is a special job that does not focus on clocking in hours. Sure, flexibility as a home tutor is a given. But it also requires a lot of compassion, patience, and a deep passion for teaching and helping others. And unfortunately, not everyone can be suited to become a good home tutor. It is the responsibility of a home tutor to help their student improve in their academics through different methods that fit the student the best. Aside from that, tutors go through interviews and background checks to make sure they are the best match for the student.

Additionally, standards should also be set and maintained when tutoring. The parent or the student themselves can choose to replace you at any given time if they deem that you are not meeting their expectations or not giving them what was agreed upon at the beginning of the sessions. In tutoring, you will be compensated based on the performance that you give so in essence, being a home tutor isn’t really “easy”.

2. You’ll spend a lot on lesson materials

Tutoring is seen as a job that makes a pretty decent pay on shorter working hours compared to 9-5 jobs. Private home tutors can earn from $480 to as much as $5,000 a month depending on if they are part-time or full-time. With this, many may think that tutoring is just all about getting that easy money. However, being a home tutor is so much more than just a money-making opportunity.

Unlike corporate jobs, tutoring is a special job that does not focus on clocking in hours. Sure, flexibility as a home tutor is a given. But it also requires a lot of compassion, patience, and a deep passion for teaching and helping others. And unfortunately, not everyone can be suited to become a good home tutor. It is the responsibility of a home tutor to help their student improve in their academics through different methods that fit the student the best. Aside from that, tutors go through interviews and background checks to make sure they are the best match for the student.

Additionally, standards should also be set and maintained when tutoring. The parent or the student themselves can choose to replace you at any given time if they deem that you are not meeting their expectations or not giving them what was agreed upon at the beginning of the sessions. In tutoring, you will be compensated based on the performance that you give so in essence, being a home tutor isn’t really “easy”.

3. You’ll be spending a lot of time with tuition even outside of the sessions

Planning your lessons will definitely help you in teaching as it will help make the lessons go smoother. As such, many home tutors also choose to do their lesson planning outside of tuition sessions. Many also do marking of their students outside of sessions although it’s not really necessary for you to spend too much of your extra time outside of the tuition sessions.

Lesson planning and marking students’ work are both essential in tutoring but it’s not necessary for you to leave this out after the sessions. Weigh in if you are spending an appropriate amount of time at the rate you are asking for. If you are charging higher, make sure that the quality of your lessons is also worth it. This means it’s understandable for you to spend a significant amount of time on the lessons even outside of tuition sessions.

Time management, especially with your personal time, is very important as a home tutor. There are instances wherein you can squeeze in some time marking your student’s work while they are also working on another material. This can help you save a lot of time you may have to spend outside of tuition. You can use this time instead but also make sure that you are using this wisely and not neglecting your student.

4. Work-life balance is not possible

Planning your lessons will definitely help you in teaching as it will help make the lessons go smoother. As such, many home tutors also choose to do their lesson planning outside of tuition sessions. Many also do marking of their students outside of sessions although it’s not really necessary for you to spend too much of your extra time outside of the tuition sessions.

Lesson planning and marking students’ work are both essential in tutoring but it’s not necessary for you to leave this out after the sessions. Weigh in if you are spending an appropriate amount of time at the rate you are asking for. If you are charging higher, make sure that the quality of your lessons is also worth it. This means it’s understandable for you to spend a significant amount of time on the lessons even outside of tuition sessions.

Time management, especially with your personal time, is very important as a home tutor. There are instances wherein you can squeeze in some time marking your student’s work while they are also working on another material. This can help you save a lot of time you may have to spend outside of tuition. You can use this time instead but also make sure that you are using this wisely and not neglecting your student.

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5. It's simply going through a student's work

There’s nothing as simple as going through a student’s work. While there are many tutors who adopt a style of letting their students do assessment books, worksheets, or their homework, this has become an old age practice in home tuition. Many home tutors have discovered they can do more for their students than just simply going over what they have already answered and clarifying those with them.

Since the tutor is in charge of the session, you can also choose the way you conduct your lesson that can benefit the student. You can use the session not just sitting around a table and theorizing. You can bring them out on educational trips to museums or parks. You can also incorporate play into learning such as doing educational games with them. Students can learn a lot more from hands-on experience and they will also be having more fun moving around. The possibilities for these activities are endless.

6. Tutoring is only for weak students

This may be true in the past but this isn’t the case nowadays. It’s true that the majority of students who have engaged in home tuition services are struggling students, however, almost all students now are under some form of tuition regardless of if they are struggling with their lessons or not.

Singapore is very competitive when it comes to education, it is prioritized and that reflects on the students as well. They only want to be the best and their parents also want the best for them. The last thing they want is for them to fall behind their fellow students. Even for students who are already at the top of their class, they still want to secure their position and grades so that they don’t slip. Singaporean parents are also willing to spend a significant amount on quality tuition so their children will be able to obtain excellent academic results, which can also open a path to a bright future for them.

This means tutors aren’t only hired for struggling students but are also prepared to coach students who are already academically competent but need the extra help for them to take it further and ensure their good progress.

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Carelle is a teacher who has been through the ups and downs of the teacher and learner life. She wishes for every learner to gain educational satisfaction that will help embody the people they want to be in the future.

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