With the exam preparation period in full swing at the moment, it can be an extra busy time for tutors. It’s not uncommon for both student and parent expectations to be higher than usual as the exam dates get closer, so how should tutors manage these tutoring expectations? What if your student isn’t putting in enough effort or the expectations are simply unrealistic? I found the answers to these questions when I joined the team from The Tutors’ Association on one of their fantastic monthly webinars. Read on to discover lots of actionable advice about how to manage tutoring expectations:
I'm going to the Navajo Nation! This is why I love having my own online tutoring business which gives me the freedom to travel the world. I'd never heard of the Navajo Nation until about a year ago but next month I'll be jetting off to the USA to spend a month in Arizona doing voluntary work with the Navajo people.
So you want to teach online? Great! Why? Seriously, why do you want to teach online? There are loads of benefits of teaching this way but it's important you know the answer to this question before you continue. Having a clear idea of YOUR why at the forefront of your mind is key to starting and building a successful online tutoring business.
I'm on holiday this week, which reminded me about why I chose to become an online tutor and the reasons why it's such a great way to earn a living. To take time off, I didn't have to fill in a holiday request form or ask my manager or even book the holiday 6 months in advance. Because I'm my own boss, I have the flexibility to work when I want and so taking a break is on my terms.
“How many languages do you speak?” That’s the number one question people ask me when I tell them what I do for a living. What’s my answer… one and a half! I’m pretty good at speaking English (although still learning every day) and I’ve got some basic French skills so I’m not bad at ordering cheese sandwiches and can tell you there’s a cat on the table! So why does everyone ask me that question? Because I’m an online tutor and I teach English as a foreign language using Skype. The reality is that I’ve taught students from over 40 different countries but all of my lessons are taught entirely in English.