Tutoring a Child for Extra Income

Updated on January 19, 2012
N.N. asks from Ecorse, MI
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Do you or should you be a teacher or hold a degree to do this in your community?

I have been able to help my daughter and purchased a lot of materials. I would like to try and do tutor other children this summer.
What are you thoughts and experience & ideas?

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Thank you all for taking the time to answer! I am going to talk to my hubby,plan this out & start this summer.
I plan to start with the reading subject for 2nd & 3rd grade. I believe we have to introduce being a strong reader early and that is not being done in the urban school system.
I spoke with a principle yesterday and she is going to look into me passing out flyers for the children to take home. I am sure I will have more questions for you seasoned moms. Thank you Thank you!

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answers from New York on

Nope you don't need a degree in teaching...but depending on the type of subject you're tutoring, you may need a degree. Definitely do tutoring. My hubby did it when we were saving money to pay for a down payment on a car.

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answers from Dallas on

Go for it! It would be a good option for parents who can't afford to send their kids to places like Sylvan.

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answers from Dallas on

I don't think a degree is a requirement, however the degree brings more $$. If you are good at something and can relate to the children well, go for it.

Around here a lot of teachers tutor on the side and the going rate is $50 per hour.

With our ISD system, the teachers teach things a certain way and the are not crazy about kids who go to the tutoring schools in the strip malls. If you teach the way your daughter is taught and hold to that style, you could probably help people.

The school Guidance counselors keep lists of good tutors and refer them to people as needed. Contact yours and see what they have to say!

Good luck.

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answers from Pittsburgh on

No experience.
Thought: good idea--but without a teaching degree, don't charge as much as a degreed tutor.

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answers from Dallas on

I needed a tutor for math in high school, and the only way my parents could afford it was to hire a math major college student (obviously not degreed). Depends on the subject and how advanced, I think. If you're thinking elementary school age kids, personally I wouldn't be concerned with a degree, unless there was a learning disability involved. Good luck!

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answers from New York on

Having the degree as an adult tutor gives you more credibility. With any business venture you would seriously need to consider how to market yourself and who to market yourself to. Where will your customer base come from? How can you discover the interest of your customer base? How much can or should you charge? Where will the tutoring occur? What age range will you tutor?

I think once you answer some of these simple questions you will better be able to determine if tutoring will work for you in your community.

I think it is a wonderful idea but it is going to require some serious work on your part for structuring for success. I'm hoping you have great success in whatever venture you undertake.

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answers from Kansas City on

My thoughts are if you can help a child learn then do so. I home schooled and my children had material to learn and I think it's a shame that everything has to be so 'degreed' to be able to help and use our minds and abilities. I know we have to have some sort of guidelines but I say if you can help out and the parents agree then do it.

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answers from Washington DC on

Call other private tutors (you do not need to say you're setting up in business, just that you are checking into what tutors offer and charge) and ask them if they have degrees, teaching experience, etc. If you find that they all seem to have those things, you might want to reconsider or certainly ensure your prices are less than theirs. Also, check with the local school system about the subjects you want to tutor in; someone else noted that schools (public and private) often have very specific ways they want things taught, and some parents may want to know whether you are knowledgeable about what is on their child's curriculum and how it's taught. (For example, math is now taught with different terms and ways of solving certain problems -- different from what we were taught. My husband has a degree in mathematics but finds our 10-year-old being taught fifth grade math using very different processes and terms than he learned; he and she reach the same answers but sometimes using different methods. That can be confusing for a kid if the tutor is doing things "right" but in a different way from what the child hears at school. Just something to consider.)

Personally, I would want a tutor already to have experience in tutoring children of my child's age before I hired that person. But you have to start somewhere, I know!

We do use tutoring but it's a summer-only program at Mathnasium, a center (part of a franchise) that teaches math and tracks the curriculum used here. They use college and graduate school students as tutors but have a very experienced former engineer as the manager and boss (and he tutors kids when he can, too).

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answers from Bloomington on

I ran a tutoring company in MN and tutored for a few years after that privately. I'd still be doing it if I hadn't moved to IN. I do have a degree in education and have taught in the classroom (as well as the tutoring company).

At the center, we did NOT require a degree in education for employment, but a degree in something. As a business (a franchise) we had to prove to the parents that the staff was indeed educated.

You do not need to be licensed, a teacher, or hold a degree as long as you don't imply you are or have any of this. Parents will ask and may not choose your services if they don't feel comfortable.

I charged $40 an hour in MN and could only make $25 - $30 an hour here if I'm lucky and well connected. If I were you, I would advertise on Care.com and at the local schools. Just stop in with your contact information and let them know you are available to tutor after school and through the summer. I would start by charging $10 - $15 an hour until you have "experience" that you can advertise (along with references).

You may also be able to charge a bit more if you travel to the students' homes. This is what I did. I was also able to claim mileage on my taxes. Be prepared that you will pay higher taxes as a self-employed person. In MN, parents were able to deduct my service on their taxes.

PM me if you have any questions that you think I can help with. :)

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answers from Chicago on

My son tutored junior high kids all the way through college. He got paid $20 an hour. He was an actuarial math major but tutored kids in math, science and english If your very good at what you do I don't think you need to have a degree in it. But if your not really good at it it could be a negative influence which would be bad for the kids.

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