In the Beginning – How To Be a Tutor

It didn’t take me too long to realise that even working as a solicitor in the North West of England would not earn me enough to live the kind of lifestyle I wanted.  Do I hear you gasp there?!  Believe it or not, a solicitor doesn’t always earn as much as you might think and if I had any illusions it would be like ‘L A Law’ or some other glamorous representation of legal life, I was definitely waaaayyy off the mark …

Anyway, I had to take stock of my life and my salary situation as it was only me paying the bills.  I needed something that I could do in the time I had spare and could earn enough per hour to make it worthwhile.  More importantly, it had to be on ‘my terms’ as I didn’t want another employer.  After doing some research, I came to the conclusion that I could tutor and more specifically, I could tutor for the 11+ entrance examination in the UK.  You know the one that involves Maths, English, Creative Writing, Verbal Reasoning and Non Verbal Reasoning.

The Process of How To Be a Tutor

I’ve always been academic and I quickly learned that many primary schools didn’t actually teach children HOW to pass the 11+.  Of course children are taught Maths and English but they’re not trained in the often devious ways of the 11+ exam paper setters.  What’s more there isn’t much time to do the exam so knowing shortcuts was the way forward.

So, I set about making myself an expert in the subject.  I armed myself with practice papers that I sat down and completed myself so that I had an excellent working knowledge of exactly what types of questions came up time and time again.  Not only did this include Maths and English but also Verbal and Non Verbal reasoning tests which are rarely, if ever, touched upon at primary school.    Suffice to say, I have sat hundreds of 11+ examination papers so I know my stuff!

How To Be A Tutor On My Own Terms

I also knew that there was a demand for tutors as there are a number of excellent private and grammar schools in the North West region.  Parents are always keen to give their children the educational edge when it comes to getting a place at an excellent school.  Over the years, I have learned to adapt to the different formats and different examination boards.  As time went on, I also wanted to live my life more on my terms and decided to branch out into the world of online tuition.

How To Be A Tutor – I wrote a book!

I have always been very aware that there are many families out there who have simply been unable to afford the services of a tutor.  This bothered me as educational opportunities are vital for everyone so that children get the best shot at life they can.  As a result, I set about writing my book, ‘How To Be Your Own Tutor On A Shoestring’ in order to give something back to as many people out there as possible.  I packed in all my best hints and tips so that anyone, be it parent or guardian, could help guide their child through the often tumultuous 11+ journey.

This could certainly be an opportunity for you too as Amazon has made self publishing available to the masses and blown the field wide open.

How To Be a Tutor Online

The world is a big place and the internet is a fantastic way of accessing an audience who want your skills.  When you’re working as a ‘bricks and mortar’ tutor you either have to visit people in their own homes or have them come to yours.  If you’re doing the travelling, this can mean more costs in terms of petrol but also your time.

I wanted to preserve as much of my precious time as possible and so, I happened across the wonderful world of online tuition.  It took me some time to work out what I needed to do in terms of equipment and the programs I would need to us but I persevered.  Now, online tuition is one of my main side hustles that has just grown and grown as my reputation spread by word of mouth.

How To Be A Tutor – How Can I Do It?

There are any number of skills that you might possess and which people may well be willing to pay you money to teach them.  What are you good at?  Remember that it doesn’t have to be purely academic subjects: people pay to be shown how to knit, learn a language, draw, decorate cakes and so on.

Obviously, it helps if you are tutoring a topic for which there is a large demand, like the 11+ exam but the world really is your oyster when it comes to options.

I can show you how to create your own side hustle business as an online tutor.  Click here to get access to my FREE 6 week email course which shows you exactly what you need to do in order to get yourself set up and in business as an online tutor.

As always, I wish you the very best for your future.

Rachel a.k.a The Life Hack Tutor

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Being A Tutor

Being A Tutor