tutoring pros and cons?

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tutoring pros and cons?
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Thu, 03-18-2010 - 10:11pm

So, next year I won't have a job and I still need to make some money. One of the easiest and most logical things I can think of is to tutor. I have found lots of tutoring opportunities online (mostly ESL, which I have some experience with) and there are tutoring opportunities in the community (face to face).

So, I'm trying to figure out which I should pursue, and was wondering what the pros and cons of each one would be. Anyone have any thoughts?

Thanks!

Feb 09 Siggy

Feb 09 Siggy

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Sun, 03-21-2010 - 11:38am
I looked at the Barton page. Is it just for dyslexic students?
Sherry

 

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Sat, 03-20-2010 - 6:58pm

Thanks for your advice Sherry. I do think that face to face would be more rewarding, and I'd have more control over who, when, where, etc. I have a link to several online tutoring sites, but I haven't applied to any or decided on any specific one. As far as face to face, I was just considering going into business for myself. I have a strong background in Math and Science, but and weak in Reading instruction (I'm stronger than I used to be, but still not sure of myself). A teacher here in town told me that parents are searching for people in town who can teach using Barton Reading system. http://www.bartonreading.com/

I even have my first client for the summer if I choose to use it! I don't want to purchase it unless I know I can get a few clients. I think I can make things work if I can get about 6 hours of tutoring per week (that doesn't seem like much, but maybe I'm wrong and 6 hours will feel like forever). If I invest in this Barton program, I might need to take on another hour or two to pay for it, or simply increase my price for those who would be using it.

Since I'm staying at home with the baby, and my husband travels about 5 weeks a year, I'd like something that's a bit flexible.

I still haven't figured out where I'd tutor. That is going to be interesting to figure out. My house is probably not the greatest idea. Their house may be the same way. I think the library said no more to all tutors for pay in their building recently, but I'm going to have to find out.

Thanks again!

Feb 09 Siggy

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Sat, 03-20-2010 - 11:19am

I've tutored face to face and with our course platform I reply to a lot of online questions from my regular students. I'm sure that isn't quite the same as on the web but it does require a specific form of communication to be clear and concise. I've also taught online courses and that requires a different approach and structure.


Face to face is rewarding if it is a reasonable assignment. I've worked with students who needed help with a specific subject due to a learning disability, students that were generally behind their classmates and needed both catch-up work and things like organization and study skills help, and students with real issues, physical and emotional,

Sherry