Education is a never-ending process, and so the demands of qualified and competent tutors are. When I started taking tutoring sessions online and in private, I was in the last year of my bachelor’s degree program. I broke my daily to-do list into three segments, my education, doing stuff I love, and making money. Tutoring was my part-time job, and I enjoyed meeting new people, discovering different teaching strategies, and learning new things daily. Tutoring gives you a wholesome experience.
Teachers, indeed, are the essence of educational structures, but tutors also play the same essential role. They are generally extra teachers that offer their services after school hours. As I grew more into the tutoring field, I realized that tutoring could be pursued as a full-time career. That’s when my full-fledged tutoring career started.
Unlike teaching, tutoring demands more self-effort, skills, and knowledge. Nowadays, online learning is trending, and many platforms are offering online or private tutoring sessions. You can also join them, whether you want to tutor kids full-time or part-time. Either way, you can be your own boss or work as a freelancer if you have tutoring certificates or skills.
If you have the skills of an effective teacher, but you don’t want to work in an institution, then start your career as a tutor. Becoming a successful tutor takes time. Tutoring lets you face intellectual and academic challenges, giving you freedom and flexibility to participate in other daily life stuff. In this blog, I have shared how a day in the life of a full-time tutor is, in other words, my daily routine as a tutor. So, let’s get started.
7:00 am – 8:00 am
This is my gym time, actually.
I am a morning person, and mostly my day begins before 7:00 am. Then, I take my coffee to wake up and get ready for the gym fully.
8:00 am to 10:00 am
Breakfast and some more coffee or tea hours.
After the gym, I take time to freshen up and then join my family for breakfast. I have a habit of reading the newspaper, so I take my tea or coffee while reading the newspaper. Then I check my emails, text messages and randomly scroll through social sites.
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Time to get some stuff done.
During this time of the day, I mostly take time for myself. Do stuff that excites me or is essential to make my day and complete some work-life stuff. Whenever I have assessments to check or make tests, session reports, or design a lesson plan, I utilize these hours of the day. Meanwhile, I reach out to new clients and double-check payments.
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Nap and lunchtime.
Rare are the days when I feel like taking a nap; otherwise, after planning or finishing my tasks, I take lunch and give myself a break. Sometimes I nap, text my friends, watch stuff on television, or play games. It depends on the mood.
3:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The busiest time of the day.
This is the time of the day I tutor kids and adults. My tutoring sessions are primarily 45 minutes, and I take little breaks before moving to another session. Technology is a gift, to be honest. I take sessions virtually, gain experience, deliver my knowledge to others, earn, and most importantly, love being my own boss without stepping out of the house. Such benefits have made me choose tutoring as a full-time career. However, it also has a few pitfalls, but that’s the topic for later.
9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Time to pack up my tutoring session materials and meet my friends or family for dinner. I am an organized person with exceptional time management skills. I don’t hang out with friends during weekdays, but when I do, I will really be back at 11:00 pm.
11:00 pm – 7:00 am
Set goals and go to bed.
Before going to bed, I make sure to set my alarm, map out the following day’s goals or plans, write a journal, and then ready myself a book to sleep. But that’s not the plan for the weekend’s night.
In a perfect world, my weekends’ mornings start simultaneously, but Sundays are a bit lazy. During exam seasons, I prefer giving extra classes to my tutees on Saturdays, if needed. Some students of mine go to school on Saturdays too, so it goes mostly like other weekdays. However, on Sundays, I am a free bird as it’s always off.
That is how my days go, and I manage to work more than 40 hours a week. Private tutoring turns you into a bit of an antisocial person because I keep my phone silent during my tutoring hours. And when you don’t step out of the house daily, you don’t get a chance to meet or work with colleagues. But if you are not a social butterfly and don’t mind working alone at your pace, then private tutoring is for you.
Know that you don’t start taking 6 hours of tutoring sessions of multiple students the very next day you start tutoring. It takes time. More than time, you need to be well-equipped, organized, motivated, skilled, qualified and have a strong command of the subjects you offer. There is no degree or specific qualifications to become a full-time tutor. Certificates, however, give your tutoring career a boost. Otherwise, your teaching style, capability, and passion for educating others are good to go. You will have endless learning opportunities once you step into the tutoring industry.
Things to Remember
Even if you are your own boss or working with a tutoring platform, you should have set some rules to make it go a long way. You have to decide which subjects you can teach efficiently, tutoring time, hours of a session, age, and your students’ curriculum. Setting personal boundaries is essential to keep the harmony of your life with tutoring. Make sure to find new clients before ending old sessions so that your bank account doesn’t run dry. And don’t forget to ask for students’ or their parents’ reviews after the completion of sessions by asking how their learning experience was with you. Testimonials are beneficial and essential to attract more clients and to give your tutoring career a boost.
Tutoring platforms are going to grow massively in the coming years. You can be a part of it via online platforms or by providing private home tutoring sessions. The choice is yours. Make sure to deeply analyze the benefits and pitfalls of tutoring if you think of it as a primary profession.
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