Why You Should Consider Tutoring As A Part Time Job!
Updated: May 22
After finishing high school, it’s a time to celebrate! Exams are over, Uni and College courses are enrolled, and the future is looking damn exciting!
It’s one of the biggest changes of your life, and it deserves the proper attention and celebration! Most of you will be going from the day-in-day-out attendance of high school to the brand new experience of University; which comes with more time, more interest in your study, and, most importantly, much more independence.
There are going to be a bunch of changes happening in your life. One of those changes will probably be the fact that you will likely want to find some part time work to fund your brand new lifestyle! Even if you already have a part time job, you may be looking at other options now that you will have a changing timetable and more flexibility, as well as your all exciting driver’s licence!
There are a huge number of options: retail shops, hospitality and cafes, bar work, labourer work…
The list goes on!
But one that can often go forgotten is tutoring. Which is a shame, because it’s kind of a perfect job for Uni students! Many students don’t realise that they can take all that hard work they put into their schooling time and channel it into a rewarding job with some amazing perks.
Here are just some of the reasons why tutoring might be the perfect new role for you!
Tutors have unique flexibility that is simply not present in most other roles. And I’m not just talking about most other roles that you can do while studying. Even in the professional “post-degree” world, very few jobs give you the freedom to choose EXACTLY which hours you work.
Working with your students comes down to what time slots you want to offer.
Got basketball practice on Tuesdays? Cool, just don’t book students in.
Got a part time bar-keeping job on Friday nights? Awesome, just don’t offer that slot to anyone.
Love your lazy Sunday sleep in? Never get up early after your Saturday night adventures again!
It’s truly the crown jewel of why Uni students love tutoring, but it’s definitely not the only perk.
Tutoring is typically quite well paid per hour among jobs available to students under 21, or most hourly rate jobs in general.
Typically speaking, I found I was making the same from 6-7 hours of tutoring as I was from around 10 hours of work as a car detailer. And I was enjoying it more, wasn’t dirty at the end of the day, and not as exhausted either.
Better yet, if you choose to tutor privately instead of through an agency, you can set your own prices! You’ll have to build the reputation and skills in order to justify higher prices, but it’s definitely worth the work!
It’s rewarding work
Working with students and watching them grow and progress is incredibly rewarding. You get the chance to see your students develop before your eyes, and you also have the satisfaction of knowing you helped to ease a student’s stress; which is much more important as you can probably remember that same stress all too well!
It’s a great feeling to know you are making a difference to your students – a lot more than you would be making lattes, for sure!
You’re your own boss
There’s nothing quite like the freedom of no longer being told exactly what to study, exactly where to be, and exactly how to do things.
That freedom from the school environment is an incredible feeling.
If you choose to take on tutoring, you can expand that freedom to your job as well. As a tutor, it’s up to you to organise everything. Your own schedule, your own lesson plans, and your own style of teaching.
Tutoring is a fantastic way to develop your own style of communication and teaching. But it also rewards your independence and initiative in your job. When you go the extra mile for your students, it’s you (not the place you work for) that gets the credit and recognition.
Your hard study for your exams wasn’t a waste!
Especially if you can take what you’ve spent the last few years studying, and use it to help others!
It’s not just your knack for Maths or penchant for English literature that will be helpful as a tutor. It’s your experience in studying yourself; your memories of your own stresses and struggles, and how they shaped you as a student.
All of those experiences can be redirected to make you a phenomenal tutor; one who not only has a strong grip on the content but who also understands their students and has the experience to help them through the most stressful of times.
It’s an amazing job, and it’s so easy to get started!
You can get started in one of two ways. You can either join an agency exactly like Simply Maths, or you can start out on your own.
My advice is to start out with a company though, as they can take the pressure off in terms of marketing, getting new students and of course getting paid.
And getting started is easier than you think! Just head to https://simplymaths.com.au/become-a-tutor to fill in the application form and get started!