Have you ever been told by others that you are a caring person, a good listener, or a quick problem solver?  According to the Meyers-Briggs personality test people who ascribe to the ESFJ (Caregivers) personality type tend to thrive in the teaching field because they believe in ”… inspiring people to see their long-term potential, and in providing structure to pursue their identified path.”  If you are someone that likes to help others grow and progress in their education, you may be the perfect person to become a tutor, but remember, tutoring is more than simply teaching. Tutors are responsible for creating and growing their own personal business including networking with parents and finding new clients. Additionally, tutors have many responsibilities like:

  • Managing appointments
  • Requesting payment from parents
  • Researching topics
  • Marketing their businesses

Tutors also have the responsibility of educating others. This may include creating and conducting assessments, reviewing classwork, writing lesson plans, and monitoring student achievement over time among many others. And remember, this may be for one student or even a handful of students.

There is a lot to think about, so before you jump into tutoring, first take our quiz to see if it may be right for you.

Questions:

Q1      Do you feel comfortable starting your own business and maintaining it by yourself?

  1. Yes    b) No c) I don’t know

Q2      Does teaching come naturally to you?

  1. Yes    b) No  c) I don’t know

Q3      Do you feel comfortable making new connections, meeting new people, and promoting yourself to others?

  1. Yes    b) No  c) I don’t know

Q4      Do you like helping or providing service to others?

  1. Yes    b) No  c) I don’t know

Q5      Do you know how to provide positive reinforcement to others and help support them while they learn?

  1. Yes    b) No  c) I don’t know

Q5      Can you research answers when you don’t know the answer already?

  1. Yes    b) No  c) I don’t know

Answers:

Mostly A’s : You are a natural teacher who likely feels comfortable encouraging students to achieve their goals. Tutoring can be a great career choice for you.

Mostly B’s : Tutoring may or may not be right for you, but don’t give up just yet. Try volunteering at a school, working with your friends’ children on their homework, or taking a class in education. More experience teaching could help you feel more comfortable with the idea of tutoring.

Mostly C’s : You’re unsure right now, but with experience, practice, and planning for the future, you may make an excellent tutor. Take your time, do your research, and think before you make a decision to move into this field.

When in doubt, ask yourself, do I have some of the traits of a good tutor? Am I an extrovert? Do I encourage others regularly? Do I feel better about myself when I’ve helped out a friend? Are you patient? Do I feel comfortable with a little bit of uncertainty? Can you sustain a business by yourself?

Again, if your answer is mostly “yes”, then consider tutoring as a career. Your students will be grateful to have someone as caring and thoughtful as you, and you’ll be happy you have a job you love.

2018 by Adele Martin

At My Multiplication Magic, we are here to help you  in your new pursuit of your dream to be a tutor/coach to those students you care about. Don’t let the unknown or fear stand in the way of helping these students achieve success learning their facts. They say FEAR stands for False Evidence Appearing Real. We will cheer you on and support you in our community to encourage you to get going on your new adventure.

2018 Sue Bridgman/CEO & Founder of My Multiplication Magic