Are you smart and personable? Do you have no qualms about dealing with all kinds of people who come from different walks of life? Is expertise in a field of study right up your alley? If so, you could make a living as a tutor. This article, which explains how to work from home as a tutor, could be of great help to you.
Skills and Qualifications
Working from home as a tutor may come in two forms – either your students physically go to your house (which is the traditional way) or you tutor them online. If you tutor them online, there are two general approaches to doing so – one is done through voice-only sessions, involving the use of a microphone, and the other is through audio-video sessions, involving the use of a webcam, aside from the microphone.
These distinctions are being made because the skills required may vary, in accordance with the approach you will use.
– Hard skills consist of expertise in the subject matter you are teaching, and proficiency in the medium of instruction (usually English, even with foreign students).
– Soft skills consist of calmness, patience, empathy, and a clear speaking voice that imparts authority, but is also friendly at the same time.
– Hard skills for Audio-Video sessions are the same as those for Audio-Only Sessions.
– Soft skills here are also the same as those needed in Audio-Only Sessions, with the addition of being able to project professionalism and credibility visually.
Whichever approach you use, the mode will always be interactive, with your student answering and asking questions, and giving feedback as the session goes along. The basic qualification that most clients look for is a Bachelor’s degree.
Employment Sectors to Target
The sectors and industries from which you can source homebased jobs are varied. Usually, it is in the field of ESL or teaching English as a Second Language where demand is high. Your clients (students) may come from the business sector, the academe, trade and industry, and even politics. This applies to both overseas clients and clients based in the US, who are still not conversant in English (such as foreign businessmen).
Other fields of expertise which have a high market are general subjects for the primary and secondary levels. However, tutoring sessions for these subjects are usually done in person, as opposed to virtual tutoring.
Fields as diverse as accounting, computer literacy, arts and crafts, vocational work, or basic life skills may also be taught by a home based tutor.
The main responsibility of a tutor is to see to it that his/her clients (students) gain sufficient knowledge and/or skills in the subject area being taught. Other responsibilities can consist of preparing a lesson plan, giving diagnostic exams, and creating study materials. For tutors who are accredited or certified by a state-recognized licensing organization, they may also be tasked to confirm whether a student is already certifiable, in turn.
Tutors are usually paid by the hour. The fees range from $9 to $30. Tutors who hold advanced degrees (Master’s and PhD) are, of course, paid more.
Getting the Competitive Edge
To stay ahead of others who already know how to work from home as a tutor, strive to earn an advanced degree, get as many relevant certifications as you can, and build a network through the help of your students and other friendly tutors.