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Marketing the Professional $40-$55 an Hour Tutor

One of the most critical considerations if you’re going to charge a rate of $40-$55 an hour as a tutor is the marketing plan. How will you let everyone know about your great tutoring service? Well, let me show you.
Why do we market?
Simple answer to a simple question: We market so that people know about our business and use our services.
Who do we tutor?
The conventional target market for a tutoring service is the following: K-12 private and public school students. However, this is not the only market that needs tutoring. Do you have a large college population in your region? You may want to market your services to them as well.
What do we tutor?
You can tutor Math, Science, English, History, Foreign Language, Standardized Test Preparation, etc-anything and everything that a student could potentially need help in. There are a host of Standardized Tests aside from the ACT/SAT including: GMAT, GRE, LSAT, GED, TOEFL, AP, etc.
How do we Market to our Chosen Demographic?
Once you have pinpointed your target market, it’s time to consider how to reach that demographic. There are an assortment of marketing methods that you need to be aware of in considering how to reach your demographic. Here are four good mediums for marketing your service:
#1: Newspaper AD–Have a well-developed, professional banner ad in your local newspaper advertising your tutoring service. Run this ad on a consistent basis for 6 months to a year tracking how many customers have called you from looking at your newspaper ad.
#2: Direct Mailing–A direct mail-out is a fast and inexpensive way to reach your target audience. Call a direct mailing house to do a search for all homes with high school age students in your zip code. Then do a mail out. If it’s ACT/SAT time of the year, make ACT/SAT preparation your top priority in your mail out.
#3: Brochures–Leave professional brochures at your pediatrician’s office, dentist’s office, toy store, etc., anywhere and everywhere where moms and dads of school age children congregate. Of course, you must ask the owners of these facilities permission to leave the brochures before doing so.
#4: Give Speeches-PTA groups, Churches, and business groups always welcome guest speakers. Faculty in-service meetings are also a good place to give a guest lecture.
I hope this has been a helpful article on how to market yourself as a professional $40-$55 an hour tutor. Good luck!…

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Online Tutoring – Now Earn From Home

The internet is now being a part and parcel of our everyday lives. The jobs that once needed specialization are now easily available over the internet. Tutoring is one such job where one needs to know the subject well so that he or she can tutor the students. With all the technology and internet making fast progress even tutoring is now available online and that’s not all there are a lot of companies that are now offering their services. All in all one can say that this field has gained significant popularity in a very short time.
There are now a lot of companies that are offering their services to students. These companies comply to certain rules and regulations while appointing and selecting tutors. The companies have to ensure that the tutors they have hired are well trained and hold a good expertise in the subject that they are teaching. Being a tutor is easy but only after one passes the various battery of tests that have been laid down by the companies to check for the professional, academic and behavioral standards for the tutors.
Benefits of being an online tutor are that one can work from the comforts of their homes and also at the time convenient for them. These companies work round the clock and hence the tutor can decide his work timings accordingly. The other advantages include that one can pursue online tutoring without having to compromise on their permanent jobs. This will help them add up a little to their income. It is also a great job for all those who like to teach.
The various companies that hire tutors work round the clock and hence the timings are flexible and the student can take classes whenever he wants. Most often the company decided which students will be tutored by whom. The payments are made as per the projects. Freshers in the field of tutoring will be paid lesser but as one gains experience the money will increase gradually. Most of the time online tutors sign up with online tutor directories to find work. While some other freelance tutors have set up their own websites for the same. The benefit of owning a website is that one can tutor online and at the same time help the student improve and learn by asking them for a regular feedback so that the tutor can also improve in his or her tutoring skills.
The market for tutoring is really huge and one should know how best to utilize the opportunities and make profits. With many companies now coming up one can find an online tutoring job easily. The real challenge here is that one must prove their efficiency and expertise with their subject before they can be hired. This job also needs good amount of patience and perseverance and at the same time communication also plays a major role. So armed with all these one can make a foray into online tutoring and make some good money for themselves.…

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Online Tutoring Jobs Are Interesting

With the rise of the Internet usage people are so blessed to have almost everything available at their doorstep. Online tutoring is one area or line of teaching which is gaining a lot of popularity these days. Mainstream companies are finding it easy to make use of the employees who are interested in working from home. Online tutoring is becoming more a trend among families as an added educational tool.
The emergence of the recent online educational trends also means that online tutoring companies and online tutors are being made use of at greater frequency. Parents find online tutors a very popular way to teach their children in specific areas and also with the most qualified teachers. If you are to talk about the pros of using online education it is endless. You can get self attention which is one to one and individually prepared lessons for the particular student and also focused learning are just a few. To teachers and working professionals it means a different method of working in the ever rewarding field of education and to earn extra income from the comfort of your home. You can also enjoy the flexible benefits within the home environment.
As the old adage goes “there are many ways in belling a cat”, in the same manner you can find many ways to become an online tutor. Firstly you can do some research and find the online tutoring companies who are hiring through the Internet. They usually market through churches, educational programs and through schools. Such companies not only provide you with the software required but also the lesson plan materials and the tools required. In addition they help the tutors find students too. You can do this yourself too but in the case of a well reputed teacher it is apt. You will also need the software and the forums that these companies have so it is best to seek help from online tutoring companies as they provide free service to the member-tutors.
Doing a thorough research to find these on-line tutoring companies is very essential. The various tutoring companies have different set of requirements like experience requirements, teaching certificates, specific references or even background checks. Therefore finding a place where you have all chances of being hired and it should be trustworthy. Also check whether it is a well established company. Many companies collect a fee for connecting with their pool of students and of getting access to online teaching material. Make sure that the company is hiring qualified individuals and is legitimate, a good pay master and in addition gives you access to students.
Online tutoring companies mainly look for teachers who have experience in teaching or have a certificate in teaching in the stream they wish to tutor. Companies may vary but you need to have a good command of teaching skills in the specific area you want to go ahead and teach.
The hiring usually requires an online query or submission with your name, address and basic information. You will have to go through a test that is essential in the field that you want to tutor and you may even have a telephonic interview.
If you want to be a tutor then they have to follow the instructions from the tutoring company, online materials and forum work and the method in which the medium has to be communicated to the student.…

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Solution of All the Language Related Problems of Pakistan

It is a known fact now that Pakistan is an unstable country due to many diverse reasons. Negation of the fact will lead to nowhere. It is high time that we must accept this fact and try to find methods to stabilize our country sincerely.
There are many known problems, which are always pointed out by the national and international media like the corruption and the terrorism. While these are acute problems, there are many other problems, which are just as intense but are somehow overlooked. For example, the lack of respect for the languages spoken in Pakistan is one such problem.
There should be a six-step approach to solve all the language related problems of Pakistan.
1. Acceptance of Urdu as the National Language
Every now and then, there is a debate on whether or not Urdu should have been declared the national language. The health of the decision is weighed repeatedly without any results ever. We should train our minds to trust the vision of Muhammad Ali Jinnah and to accept Urdu as the national language.
2. Acceptance of the Regional Languages
We must be tolerant of the fact that people belong to different regions and ethnicities in Pakistan and all of them might not know Urdu. This is totally okay. Everyone has the right to speak his or her mother tongue. Actually when Muhammad Ali Jinnah declared Urdu as the national language of Pakistan, he missed one acute point. The regional languages should also be made second or third national language of the provinces.
3. Accepting the past mistakes of the establishment in East Pakistan
It is an extremely unfortunate fact that the lack of respect for the Bengalis and their language, Bangla was also responsible for the partition of Pakistan. It is high time now that we accept that it was a mistake. We can learn from mistakes only after we accept them.
4. Accepting the present mistakes of the establishment in Baluchistan
Nawab Akbar Bugti passed a bill in the Balochi parliament that Balochi language will be taught to students from the first grade instead of Urdu. After the murder of Akbar Bugti, Pervez Musharraf forcefully reverted to Urdu in the schools of Baluchistan. This has caused a lot of resentment in Baluchistan.
5. Educating the masses about the importance of Urdu
Urdu language is important for the national harmony. In a country of more than a dozen regional languages, there must be a common platform where people of the country can stand united. Urdu is such a platform for Pakistan.
6. Treating the languages just like the developed nations
There is one thing common among the developed nations of the world. They respect their language and take deep pride in speaking them. If we want Pakistan to be among the developed nations, we must respect Urdu. We will have to come out of our inferiority complexes regarding our own languages. Learning English might be an asset, however being good in Urdu is a necessity.…

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How To Make Your Bar/Bat Mitzvah A Joyous And Anxiety Free Journey – Part 1

As a Bar/Bat Mitzvah tutor for 20 years I have a lot to say about this process. Bar/Bat mitzvah is a very significant occasion. It means a lot to parents who want to share with family, friends and their own parents the continuation of a tradition; the uniqueness of belonging to a particular and unique group. It is a day of joy and happiness and yet, it can also be nerve wrecking for the Bar/Bat mitzvah boy and girl and for their parents.
Of course, it is natural that one would get nervous when he/she stands in front of a hundred and more people, getting all the attention and expected to do a good job and not fail. It is natural. Do we fight it? Do we accept it? What do we do to make it less of an ordeal for the parents or the young man and young woman?
From my experience in tutoring thousands of young adults and adults, and preparing them for that special occasion, I have found that there are ways to minimize the chaos, nervousness, butterflies in the stomach and such like.
For tutors, parents, the Bar Mitzvah Boy and girl; this is for you.
Sometimes parents that ARE temple members will need that extra bit of help if their kid is falling behind for whatever reason. They may just need that little extra push and encouragement. There are times when temple members want their son or daughter to have their Bar/Bat Mitzvah in Israel or a place other than the temple sanctuary. In this case the requirements for the special day are different and more flexible.
For the parents who don’t belong to a temple or choose to have a private Bar/Bat Mitzvah, the options are many. But before I get to talk about those, I would like to put to bed a common myth.
The Myth: It takes FIVE OR MORE YEARS to prepare one for his/her Bar/Bat Mitzvah.
The Truth: The above is NOT true. One can get ready for and do an incredible job within a year to two, depending on: a) how much time one is put into it and. b) How fast one learns. One can learn how to read Hebrew from scratch and be taught all the material he/he would need for their special day in ONE year. It is important to choose the right tutor and the right material.
Let’s start with the right tutor: How does one choose the right tutor? What qualities does one need to look for in a tutor?
The right tutor to aid your son and or daughter on their special journey would have most if not all of the following qualities:
• The most important thing is that your son or daughter likes the tutor and feel comfortable around him/her.
• The tutor is very patient and kind.
• The tutor must have a perfect command of Hebrew; this is very important as every word or line your child will read or chant must be clearly translated for him or her. (Understanding the meaning of words make your child more certain and less anxious.)
• The tutor should have a fun method of learning the chants. When a child has fun with the chanting, it goes faster.
• The tutor needs to be well organized so that everything that needs to be covered is taken account and the child is ready on time without any added stress.
• The tutor should be resourceful, knowledgeable in Jewish/Israel history, Biblical stories, Jewish customs, holidays and philosophy. One has to spice up the Bar/Bat Mitzvah journey with Jewish tradition and soul so that the child enjoys the experience.
Look for part 2 of this series where I will cover the things you and your child will need to really get fully prepared; without stress.…

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Getting Writing Tutoring

You need to express how you feel in a written document. Maybe it is work assignment, or a school assignment, or you are trying to write a letter to the editor of the local newspaper expressing your displeasure with the local political system. The problem is that what ends up on the paper doesn’t sound anything like what you were thinking while you wrote it. The ideas that you were trying to get across sounded so magnificent in your head but just seem to fall flat when ink gets put to paper.
Have you ever had a problem like this? It’s a typical enough situation but many people in this situation will not do anything about it because they don’t want anyone to think that they are stupid. They struggle on day after day, minds filled with worry and completely unable to think of a way out or a way to solve the problem when the answer could be staring them right in the face. Find someone that is a good writer and ask them to teach you the process. You need to find some writing tutoring. Most good tutors will be able to help you with this.
When you pick up a book or an article and think after you have finished it that the author is a great writer chances are pretty good that what really took place was that a good writer’s work was polished up by a good editor. There are very few great writers in the world, very few writers that can just put pen to paper and whip out a masterpiece without ever looking back. Most of us need to go back at least once and usually several times and change things. If you are working as a professional writer then your editor will make many of these suggestions. For most people however the problem lies in the fact that not only are they the writer, they also have to be their own editor.
Most writers when editing their own work are not nearly critical enough of it and seem to be satisfied with mediocre results. Others end up being too critical and talk themselves out of not only writing the piece that they are working on but of ever writing anything again. This is where writing tutoring can come in quite handy. A good writing tutor will be able to show you exactly how hard you need to be on yourself. When you wrote that piece and it didn’t sound like what you were thinking when you wrote it you were so incredibly close to getting the process right, but you gave up. Don’t throw it away because it didn’t sound like you, figure out why it doesn’t sound like you and fix it. That’s what writing is. It isn’t about getting all of the words right on the first try, it’s about working with the words until they are right.
Most people believe that they are completely unable to write and that it isn’t something that they could ever learn to do. That is completely wrong. Writing isn’t some magical process that only special people can pull off. It is more science than it is art and anyone can learn to do it properly and to do it well. Go get yourself a writing tutor and next time you can go down that path that you have been walking past all of these years.…

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Why As a Tutor You Should Not Take on Every Student

As a tutor, you will regard your professional career as your biggest asset. With it comes your reputation both with students and your academic peers. This reputation is the most important thing you have. While qualifications can be earned relatively quickly to improve your skills, your reputation is much tougher to change if you have encountered professional problems which affect it.
One way to protect your reputation is to be proactive in choosing which prospective students to accept. A potential student is likely to consider which tutor they want very carefully, and you should do the same with them. A student who doesn’t fit well with you can not only be a burden on your teaching job, but it can also harm their chances of getting the most out of their education.
It is part of your duty as a tutor to look out for the best interests of your students, and so if you feel that the personalities of you both do not fit well together then you must take the step of refusing that particular piece of work. This can be better in the long run for both you and the student. There are lots of tutors available in today’s marketplace so the student will be able to find a different and more suitable teacher for their educational needs.
It is certain that over your teaching career you will encounter people who have personalities which clash with yours. It is very difficult to reconcile such problems, and may be best for you to decline to teach that individual. Your long-term career prospects are more important than your short term jobs.
If your students don’t trust your teaching ability they are unlikely to pay full attention to what you try to teach them. This lack of listening will lead to a very poor learning experience. If you are teaching in a multi-student environment, a small segment of students who have this kind of problem will negatively affect the rest of the class. It is your duty as a teacher to make sure that all your students receive the best educational experience possible from your classes, even if this means that some of them are better suited to being in other classes with other tutors.
It can be difficult to know how to tutor some students – and these problems can grow over time. If you spot a problem student early on then it is much easier for everyone to rectify the issue at that stage rather than let it develop and grow into a bigger hassle later on. Experienced tutors will tell you that problem students can lead to you spending 90% of your time with 10% of the people you teach, and this leads to worse academic performance for your entire class.
As a premium tutor you must be willing to decline to teach students who are unsuited to your teaching style, personality or the level of teaching you provide in your subject. As your teaching career progresses, you will become better at seeing problems early on and taking proactive steps at that stage. If you’re just starting out as a tutor then do not hesitate to speak to colleagues about any issues you are concerned about.…