The best tutors plan their lessons, they also plan their future
What are your intentions for your future as a tutor?
Whether it is to just get you through a short-term financial blip or start a movement that will change the face of tutoring forever. You need to know where you are heading.
Regardless of your goals you need to know what they are.
As the quote states in Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland”
Alice: “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
Cheshire Cat: “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to”
Alice: “I don’t much care where”
Cheshire Cat: “Then it doesn’t much matter, which way you go.”
With no final destination planned, you will never know if you are getting closer or if you are heading in the completely wrong direction.
If you have a short-term financial blip, how much do you need to earn to get you through it? How quickly do you need to achieve this? Do you want students who will only be with you short term whilst they prepare for their upcoming exams?
Maybe you’re a student who wants to use tutoring to help you get through university and keep your loans/ debt to a minimum. If this is the case you are no doubt hoping your students will stay with you longer. The longer you can retain a student, the less money you will need to spend on finding new students and the more attention you can put into being the very best you can at tutoring.
Perhaps for you tutoring isn’t just a financial goal.
You have a passion and you want to help others feel the same as you do about the subject.
You (I hope) wouldn’t go into a lesson not knowing what your objective was for that lesson. Knowing what you wanted to achieve would be your starting point. Breaking your learning outcome down into small achievable goals/ activities would be common sense.
That’s what we need to do for ourselves.
We need to know where tutoring is going to take us and the route we are going to take in order to achieve it.
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