Become a tutor in Australia is one of the most popular part-time jobs for University students, some may even work as a tutor full time and become a qualified tutor.
Demand for tutoring is growing
More and more parents are considering hiring a private tutor as an option to help their children due to large class sizes at school, or when their children aren’t performing to their full potentials.
Why become a tutor?
Being a tutor, you can experience the happiness of making a difference. You’ll be helping students grow and learn. You will also put your skills and expertise into practice and to good use.
We’ll discuss how you can become a tutor and start making a difference.
How You Can Become A Tutor
- Obtain Relevant Qualifications or Degrees
- Determine your hourly rate
- Finding new students
- How to promote your tutoring service
- Police check and working with children check
- Arrange your insurance
- Collecting students’ reviews and testimonials
1. Obtain Relevant Qualifications or Degrees
To become a private tutor, you need to show that you have certain minimum skills to be a teacher or a tutor.
For instance, if you want to teach English (literacy and IELTS) then you will need to demonstrate your skills in this area. In a similar way for mathematics, you need to show your ability in answering complex questions than applying different concepts.
To become a private tutor, you will also need to have excellent oral communication skills. You will be working closely with student and need to be able to respond quickly to their questions. You also must convince the parents that you are competent and can offer guidance to their child.
Do you have a good knowledge of revision and understanding various exam techniques? Sometimes, your students may want to know how they can succeed in their exams rather than developing a broader interest in learning. In this case, you will need to teach your students how to manage the time, develop revision plan and exam tactics.
2. Determine your rate
You can set your own rate as a private tutor but in most cases private tutors charge between from $30 and $50 per session, generally speaking.
Many tutors may also claim travel expenses on top of that if they have to go a long way from home.
3. Finding new students (clients)
One of the most difficult tasks for new tutors is finding new students. But once you have taught a few students, you may start getting referrals from your existing students (clients).
Nowadays, tutors tend to advertise their service online rather than sticking posters on the street. There are many websites you can use to find tutoring jobs. If you want to grow your client base, make sure you try the websites listed below.
- Gumtree (search for tutor and choose your suburb)
- Tutors Field Tutoring Jobs Listings
- Bored of studies forum
4. How to promote your tutoring service
With the websites above you can easily get in contact with new students. However don’t forget the students will receiving phone calls and messages from many other tutors. So you need to know how to maximise your chance being hired.
How to increase your chance picked by students?
- Showcase your academic achievements (e.g. ATAR 97 or GPA 3.8)
- Study materials/ study notes/ books that you can offer for free is a huge bonus
- Able and willing to travel to student
5. Apply for a police check and/ or working with children check
Each state may has it’s own regulation.
According to Working With Children Check Victoria, “If you intend to do child-related work, you must obtain a Check unless you are exempt. Working with your own child is an exempt activity under the Working with Children Act 2005 (the Act).”
6. Arrange your insurance
It’s always recommended that private tutors take out a policy to protect themselves in the event of injury or damage claims.
7. Collecting students’ reviews and testimonials
Similar to hotels and restaurants, people are likely to search for online reviews before hiring a tutor.
According to a recent survey, 90% of participants claimed that positive online reviews influenced their buying decision. Many parents too will do their research before bring a tutor.
Tutors who have 5 star ratings always have a higher chance of being picked.