Why support others in becoming tutors?

Posted on December 27th, 2018

Is there something you feel strongly about?

I believe that when someone invests in a tutor, they should expect a certain standard of service from that tutor.

Undeniably, there are many people who would make astounding tutors if they had the confidence to start tutoring.

I have told this story many times before, but I make no apologies for it as I think it’s what has made us as successful as we are over the past 6+ years.

When I started tutoring, I had no ideas what was expected of me. So, a friend and I brainstormed what we would expect from a tutor if we were seeking one for one of our own children.

At the time I was hoping to use tutoring as a means of subsiding my other job, which was a minimum wage job. In comparison what I was charging (though very low compared to what we now charge, but that’s another story) seemed like an awful lot of money so I needed to be able to justify charging this hourly rate.

As a starting point, this was possibly the best possible place to start. I stood in the shoes of a parent looking for this service and asked what they would want. I didn’t think about what I wanted to offer, it was all about what the “customer” wanted.

If you want someone to seek you out as their tutor, you have to offer them what they want. It’s quite simple.

A year ago, we came in the top 6 of a national competition for customer services. We achieved this by doing tiny things that made a huge difference:

We take our shoes off when we arrive at someone’s house

Phones are never used during a lesson

Everything that is needed for the lesson is provided by ourselves so there is no additional expense to the family.

We smile and build a positive relationship with the family because they’re the one who pays us!

Boosting confidence as well as knowledge is one of our key aims.

These are simple and many of them don’t cost a penny, yet so many parent’s I’ve spoken to over the past few years have spoken of “horror” stories about tutors.

A few years ago, childminders had a bad reputation for putting the TV on and using that as the sole method of stimulation for the children they were looking after. Thankfully, these days are long gone, but there are a few who still perceive childminders to behave like this.

I want to build up a recognised standard.

Anyone who is associated with Starr Tutoring will be recognised as offering the best possible support.

It’s not necessarily a case that we have the highest qualified tutors or those who have been teachers in schools. The tutors we work with will be those who can show empathy, make lessons fun, explain things from the bottom up. Strive to be the best.

If you want to be associated with the best and you’re looking for a job as a maths or English tutor in the Aylesbury area of Buckinghamshire, do contact me with a covering letter and a copy of your CV and we will be in touch.

You may also decide that you would rather be your own boss. I love the independence that this offers but you want advice on starting or growing your own tutoring business:


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