Is tutoring for me?
That’s a question many people viewing this website are no doubt asking themselves.
Over the coming paragraphs you will learn why several completely different people have chosen tutoring as a career path and why it has worked so well for them:
Becoming A Tutor with Starr Tutoring
For me, it was not a hard decision to become a tutor – teaching has always been a part of my personality as I used to teach my teddies how to behave when I was young. It might not be such a natural progression for others, so I would like to share my experiences of being a tutor so you can see how rewarding a job tutoring really is.
My favourite part of being a tutor is seeing my students grasp and understand what we are studying – to see their face change from a look of confusion to one of relief and understanding is an experience that I see daily and it never gets tiring. Schools today can be too focused league tables and quickly getting through the curriculum, forgetting that not everyone learns the same way – leaving some students hesitant to ask for help. Through tutoring students I can find out what style of learning suits them and tailor sessions to them – no sitting down listening to me waffle the entire session, instead we are interactive, fun and diverse.
For the younger students, we play lots of educational games – making sure that every session is fun but also valuable to their learning. My favourites are a maths fishing game, and washing line fractions. For the older students, we find fun resources linked to their interests to make their sessions as dynamic as possible, and throw in the odd game here and there like Murder Mystery Maths. For students revising for their exams we provide an experienced set of eyes to guide them through their final push and alleviate any concerns they have about their learning.
As a tutor, every day is different, every student is different and watching them respond to you and your teaching is immensely gratifying.
By Ally Burman
Anne Le Romancer
Anne is a native French tutor and also a qualified teacher.
However, Anne describes teaching as having: “an insane workload and tremendous pressure, whilst working 12 hours a day.”
This is why having completed her QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) Anne has decided to go back to tutoring as it fits in so well with her family. Tutoring means she has flexibility around her children and can be there to be “their taxi”.
Anne has also learned from working in a classroom that you can make far more of a difference working one to one with someone than when you’re working in a class of 30 children.
“You can build so much more confidence when working one to one” and this is something I have learned Anne is passionate about.
After completing her GCSE’s Lisa left school, hating it with a passion. She had been bullied and detested learning by rote.
For the next 15 years, Lisa worked as a professional broad caster. During this time Lisa found she changed and considered herself becoming quite a “nasty person”. She asked herself if this was really her.
After a gap, Lisa decided to go into education, something she had dreamed of many years before.
In 2014 she returned to college and within 3 years had completed:
- an NVQ in Business and Administration,
- her PTLLS (Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector) positioning her to work with adults
- An assessor’s award
- Functional skills in both maths and English
- And a qualified teaching assistant
Many of these courses were self-taught!
During this time Lisa also worked for the Shaw Trust to cover maternity leave. Whilst here, Lisa also qualified to work as a mental health first aider.
Lisa now has a passion to help people and feels she can do that through education.
“Education is crucially important and the way that it is delivered is also of huge importance.”
The Starr Tutoring association may be worth considering if you are looking for support in starting or growing a career tutoring.