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Primary Education

Private Tutoring – What Should I Charge?

Many different factors govern the going rate for private tutoring. The good news is that if you over-price your services and don’t attract students because you seem too expensive, you can always rethink your fees. Conversely, if you start off underestimating your fee for private tutor you can always increase it. Still, it helps to get it right from the outset and there are various ways to calculate the value of your private tutoring services.
Find out from agencies and tutoring websites what other people with similar qualifications are charging for private tutoring services.
Evaluate what you offer in your private tutoring service. Obvious factors to consider include your qualifications and experience. If you are offering private tutor by means of the internet, include existing expertise in delivering educational help online as an additional skill.
Consider what your subject is worth in the private tutor marketplace. Clearly, homework help will command a lower rate than GRE prep. Similarly, helping school age learners with geography won’t pay as much as economics tutoring for MBA students.
Think of the preparation time involved (including administration). If you’re offering conversation classes in a language you will probably have less to prepare than if your private tutor involves devising and assessing assignments, for example. Some private tutor jobs demand more personalized attention than others, and hence more prep time.
Estimate your overheads, if any. If your private tutoring service is delivered online then your overheads will be lower than if you commute to learners’ homes.
Track time efficiently. When you start out in private tutoring be rigorous about recording how much time you spend on tasks and set your fees accordingly.
Think of the bigger picture. It makes sense to set your fees lower for a learner who is seeking weekly private tutoring sessions for a year than for someone who wants a month’s worth of catch-up tuition.
Things To Bear In Mind
You are entering a marketplace in which rules of supply and demand apply. You may have a doctorate and vast experience in teaching math, but there are lots of other people offering math tutoring. With times especially tough right now, people will make compromises. For the sake of savings, they may well decide that someone with an M.Sc. and less experience will do just as well.
You may be worth it in an ideal world but don’t price yourself out of the market. On the other hand, if you’re ridiculously cheap people may wonder whether you offer a sub-standard private tutoring service.
When building in costs don’t just pass them on to the client. You will need to invest your own money in your private tutoring business. If your private tutoring online includes interactive quizzes and puzzles that have taken you hours to create, that’s part of honing your skills and developing your ‘product’. You can’t expect learners to pick up the tab for it.
Money is important but it isn’t everything. It’s not worth being greedy and in any educational enterprise you should expect to give a bit extra as part of the service. There may well be occasions when students need a bit of additional help and support. Be generous, within reason, and remember that you are dealing in people’s futures, not flogging consumer goods.…

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School

HSC Tutoring – Tips for Success in Your HSC Trial Exams

At the time of writing this article, we’re in the middle of term 2. Most year 12 students have their HSC trial exams in early term 3, which means while there’s still (almost) an entire term left, it’s about time students begin to prepare specifically for their trial exams.
Learn to use the HSC Standards Packages
For almost all HSC subjects, the Board of Studies has standards packages publicly available for students to read We recommend students look at the standards packages for their subjects – they will give you an idea of the quality required for a band 6 response. Standards packages are particularly useful for humanities subjects like HSC English where your expression and writing style also come into play. Get a feeling of what’s acceptable expression, and details like general paragraph length, the way literary techniques are referenced, how often a text is quoted and the length of quotes etc. Even if technically your knowledge is as good as anyone’s, a poorly structured essay (where you use poor expression, or reference the text in superficial ways or spend too much time on insignificant points etc) will mean the difference between a band 4/5 and a band 6.
Familiarity with the standards packages will also help with subjects like HSC Chemistry, Physics, Biology and the social sciences (Economics, Business Studies etc). In the case of the HSC Sciences, they give you fresh ideas of novel, acceptable ways of structuring your answer. Some questions can be fully answered in terms of a table or as a dot-point list (e.g. identify / outline questions). Also note the details featured in diagrams / graphs – full marks are given to students that remember details such as labelling the axes, or drawing a line / curve of best fit properly (ignoring outliers in appropriate situations) and being able to justify the choices made.
HSC sciences – always refer to the syllabus
HSC sciences like Chemistry, Physics and Biology, are prescriptive by nature. This means the syllabus tells you exactly what you need to know, content wise, and does a great job at that. While studying for these subjects, it’s always a good idea to have the syllabus in front of you, printed or on your computer screen. The dot-points give you a clear picture of what you need to know, and the scope to which you need to know each aspect of the course. For example, if a dot-point requires you to merely identify the qualitative aspects, this means you only need to be able to name the aspects it’s referring to, and qualitative means you won’t be required to do calculations on them.
Another reason is some syllabus dot-points are worded as if they are paraphrased exam questions. This is particularly true for dot-points requiring you to ‘Discuss the impacts on society of…” or “Assess the environmental impact of…”. You very well might get an exam question, worth around 7 marks, that basically asks you to demonstrate your entire understanding of one of those dot-points if they ask you in a general way.
Be careful for internal assessments however, as school teachers are known to set exam questions that are dubious in terms of whether they fit within the scope of the syllabus, so you must also cross reference your own materials with the notes given by your school teacher to make sure all gaps are covered.
HSC Maths – only do exam questions
When it comes to maths, exam questions and textbook questions aren’t the same. The former type are often are structured as a compound question with several subparts. Exam question are often designed with deeper consideration, and incorporates more unique aspects of mathematics (e.g. in Maths Extension 2 question 7 and 8). In contrast, textbook questions can get repetitive and give you a false sense of security. Because textbook questions lack variation in style, once you master the several types of questions it contains and are able to do its exercises, this does not mean you’ve experienced all types of questions an exam can throw at you, particularly if you go to a school that has a talented maths department.
There’s a limitation on the types of questions for each topic an exam can throw at you. If you do Maths Extension 1 and 2, it also takes great effort and skill to design a truly novel and unique maths question at that level. As an industry insider (yes I’m a teacher) I can tell you that many schools simply take exam questions from past papers of other schools. When I did my HSC Maths Extension 2, I actively sought out past trial papers from top private and selective schools for practice before my HSC trials. What I noticed was in one year, say 2002, there would be …

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Higher Education

Choosing the Right Tutoring Services

If you set out to do something worthwhile, be sure to go about it correctly. That is definitely true for succeeding at choosing the right tutoring services for your children. Planning carefully up-front, getting good advice and following it, could possibly make a major difference in whether you will do something right and succeed, or apply it wrong and fail. Improperly choosing a tutoring service may bring unwanted results. You could possibly end up with a service that just does not meet your children’s needs, and perhaps a service that will make the problems worse instead of better. Here are three basic steps you might take to avoid failure and insure success.
Initially, you will want to find a service that understands your needs.
You will definitely need to start with a tutoring service that is going to listen to your concerns regarding the needs of your child since that will help avoid frustration for you and apprehension on the part of your children. Not getting this done properly could make it much more difficult to find a solution for the situation if you have to go back to the beginning and start your search over. So please do not make the mistake of disregarding this important point.
The second thing is finding a service that will match the tutor to your children.
Nearly as essential as finding a tutoring service that understands your needs when struggling with choosing the right service is finding a service that will take the time to match the tutor to your children. Take it from me, this is simply not something you want to leave to chance. It’s very helpful to find a service that can provide a tutor who is not only qualified in the subject but whose personality matches with that of your children.
Finally, keep in mind that tutoring is about more than just the subject matter.
And finally, while you are dealing with choosing the right tutoring services, just be sure to keep in mind that tutoring needs to do more than just help your children with the subject matter in question. This will likely help with providing opportunities for your children to grow their self-confidence and improve their social skills as well as their learning skills, which can be an essential part of not only helping them to catch up to their classmates in terms of schoolwork but provide them with incentive to move ahead in their studies. Failing to keep this in mind can result in boring tutoring sessions that may cause your children to tune out.
When you’re in the process of choosing the right tutoring services, you really want to make sure you won’t make some mistakes that can cause you to ultimately end up with a tutoring service that just does not meet your children’s needs, or maybe even a tutoring service that will make the problems worse instead of better. The thing you really want is a tutoring service that will aid your children in succeeding in not only their schoolwork but in their lives outside of school as well, which you can achieve by closely sticking with these steps.…

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Education Issues

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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How to Make Money Tutoring Students

No matter if you are still holding a regular teaching job in a school or have already retired from an active teaching profession, you can make money by tutoring students. Sometimes, this type of calling is more fruitful than teaching in a school. Tutoring students is your chance to apply your teaching technique to it fullest. And because personal treatment is considerably more enhanced in the interaction between a private tutor and a student, students often tend to learn better from tutoring than in the classroom.
There are many ways for you to make money and announce yourself as a tutor in the community you live in. One way is to identify children in your community who are not achievers. If you taught at the community school, this should not be difficult to do. In case you know the parents of the children in question, you can nicely open up the topic on one of the occasions that you meet with one another in a social gathering, whether during Sunday worship or at school programs.
When you start to make money tutoring, you will discover the subjects you are really good at teaching. Little by little, enhance your techniques and methods for improving student comprehension. Remember the success of your tutorial program will determine if you are going to continue to make money and more money at that from your tutorials.
Very often too, tutors learn as they make money. In fact, some tutors claim that they learn more than their students. This is because with every school year, new knowledge is cropping up for subjects, new techniques are discovered and old methods are improved in teaching. To make money on tutoring involves constantly updating yourself on the subjects you cover. This ensures that your methods and your knowledge do not fall behind and below the level of the school’s.
In the matter of tutorial fees, you need to make money using the current rates among people engaged in the same thing. Try to keep your rates at the safe median or average level. You have to be competitive but never astute. Your rates should not give people the idea that you are making a business instead of a living of tutoring. The fees you charge should make money but not be an issue. People will want to send their children to you because of the effectiveness of your tutorial methods, not because of your prices.
Additionally you can conduct tutorials over the web. You might even organize classes via a video conference facility that can be installed on your computer and the computers of your students. This is an excellent alternative to house-to-house tutorials which only allow you to work with one student at a time. In this arrangement, you can deal with four or five students at the same time, thus giving you more time to devote to personal matters the rest of the day. However, to reinforce the learning of the students, you should have personal consultations once a week.
On that last note, you might even say that to make money tutoring on the web is a better alternative to teaching in school and could develop to a full blown business for you.…

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Online Tutoring is a Perfect Solution For Educating People

The main theme of this online tutoring is to spread the wave of education among all the people in the world. The teachers who take part in this online tutoring are elegantly qualified and tremendously experienced. They are academicians attached to renowned college or institutions in various universities across the world. They are very able at providing the training to students as per the choice of the subjects made by the students
There are some essentials in running the programs of online leaning efficiently. Teachers have to take the help of audio, video and other multi media facilities to communicate with the students to make the subject worthy to understand. They create befitting study programs for individuals so that the particular student gets the benefit of this distance learning program. Students continue to receive the study materials to ease their way of learning.
The teachers take the help of great libraries to make students understand a subject profoundly. There is the provision of recording each session of learning. This is done for the benefit of students who lag behind the program schedule but are able to catch up with the program by going through the recorded sessions. These recorded sessions are also useful for students to rectify their flaws or get the missing part of the program.
This process of learning has helped many people to satisfy their desire to get educated and learn a new subject or a new language. The learner is able to make a self analysis of his own capability of learning and therefore can improve perfectly. The programs are so designed to include varieties of programs like group discussion, learning sessions in groups and the use of multi media learning.
The chief aim of the online tutoring is to educate the community and structure the social standings of several societies to benefit the people at large. The society retains the continuous development process with the help of this process of education. This increases the managerial capabilities in individuals who are already holding such positions in various organizations.
This is the way to receive higher education for desiring candidates. This is a recognized process identified by most students and teachers as well. The guidance that is provided by an expert to an adult individual is helpful in increasing the efficiency of the student individual and he is able to enjoy the developed status in the society.
This is somewhat different than the teaching process of face to face. The time is a little bit longer to arrange a group discussion session as students come from various societies and backgrounds with diverse frames of free time for the online tutoring.…

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Primary Education

The Benefits of Online Tutoring

As a mom, you only want the best fit your child. And for you, it’s not enough that you send him to the best school that you can afford but also giving him all the opportunities for learning.
This is why when you noticed that your child is struggling with his studies, you don’t hesitate to hire an online tutor. The tutor will work with your child in a more focused way thus improving your child’s grades.
1. Advancement
Online tutoring can help your child advance in school and in his subjects. If you want to accelerate your child’s learning during school, one-on-one tutoring may be for you. Online tutoring can help your child delve deeper into the topics he is currently covering in school.
Tutoring can also help your child with advancement while school is not in session. For example, if placement tests are taken after the winter recess you can sign your child up for online tutoring during his or her winter break so they place higher when they return to school. That can also apply before the school year begins (i.e. have you child do one-on-one online tutoring before the school year begins) to place higher on those beginning of the school year placement tests.
2. Homework Help
Online tutoring can help with current problems and struggles your child is having in school. Homework is a good place to start. Your child’s homework is given to solidify and further concepts discussed in class. The online tutor can help your child digest and clarify any questions or problems he or she may have while the topic is still fresh in their mind.
3. Supplement
If your child’s school has a weak curriculum or your child is more advanced than what is being offered, tutoring can help you supplement their curriculum. In your supplementation of your child’s curriculum you can work closely with the tutor to help strengthen your child’s weaknesses and expand their knowledge base.
4. Paper review
Once your child reaches a certain point in high school there are many papers that must be written on a variety of topics. Possibly you have a very demanding job and cannot read and re-read their papers all week long. Or perhaps, you were not the best at writing papers, whatever the reason a tutor can assist your child in the arduous task of writing papers.
5. Busy schedule
If one or more of the aforementioned reasons for signing up your child with an online tutor applies to you and you are busy, then online tutoring is the way to go versus conventional tutoring. Traditional tutoring is usually set up during certain hours and a child or tutor may need to be picked up or dropped off. But, with online tutoring, the tutor is there for you anytime you or your child needs them. Many tutoring programs and schedules are centered around your schedule as to easily fit into your life.…