If you’ve been thinking about (or you have) starting a tutoring business, you have probably been doing a fair amount of research into it.
Many business coaches and “experts” speak about how when you start you have an idea, market it and become an overnight success.
Tutoring takes someone special
They then speak of the reality. The sleepless nights. Things don’t go as you anticipated. You work really hard. Things don’t go as planned. Life happens. The dream you anticipated at times feels more like a nightmare!
Learning is the same.
The teacher tells you something. You remember it. You churn it out when you need it in an exam, essay question, the teacher asks you, etc.
The teacher tells you/ you read something.
You sort of understand it, but not really.
You’ll worry about it later.
Now you get asked about it and you have no idea. The brain goes into a mad panic trying to remember what you were told. Where did you store that fact?
No idea, just try and get through this and hope no one notices. This is turning into a nightmare!
Tutoring takes someone special
As a tutor you could change that scenario.
Each time you do something with the child that you are supporting, you make a memory. If you do it again, you make that memory stronger. This means they are more likely to recall that piece of information when needed.
However, if you were to provide/ reinforce the information through multiple resources, additional explanations, it becomes increasingly likely that they brain will encounter the information that it needs when it does a mad dash inside your head trying to find it.
But it goes further than this.
Most parents who get in touch, do so because their child is struggling. They feel inadequate compared to their peers. They don’t want to ask questions, because they might appear stupid.
In the child’s mind, everyone else knows the answer, it’s only them that doesn’t.
I can remember when I did my GCSE maths, I couldn’t get my head around solving equations.
The teacher happened to pick on me to answer a question and I had to admit I didn’t get it in front of the class.
She repeated what she had already said and asked me the answer again.
I hadn’t understood her the first time she had said it. I still didn’t understand her now she had repeated the same words.
She might as well have been speaking a foreign language…
When she repeated it for a third time there was an obvious roll of the eyes to accompany the explanation.
That didn’t help. It didn’t make it any easier to understand.
That night I asked dad. He wasn’t a teacher. He was an accountant. But he spoke to me in a way I understood. He had patience. He explained it differently. I wasn’t scared that he would mock my “stupidity”.
Tutoring takes someone special.
What he said made sense. I got it.
I know teachers are under a lot of pressure, but that’s one reason why parents are looking for tutors. Most aren’t looking for the person with the best degree from Oxbridge. They are looking for the person who can help their child to “get it”.
Someone they can build a rapport with. That person who isn’t intimidating.
The tutor that treats them like an individual and boosts their confidence.
Someone who inspires them to have a go and helps them to create multiple memories. So that when they are asked a question, they have the memories and the confidence that their brain can turn to. They can have a go at offering an answer without feeling stupid. They are looking for the tutor that understands we are all individuals.
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