16 / 03 2017

6 Ways to Get Started as a Python Tutor

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Tutoring is a quickly growing industry because it is convenient, gives you the opportunity to be your own boss, and allows you to set your own hourly rate. And the internet makes it possible for you to work with students from anywhere in the world all from the comfort of your own home. And the best part is, you get paid to teach others about a subject you are passionate about.

If you are just getting started as a Python tutor and feel overwhelmed or unsure of where to start, this is completely normal. Here are six ways you can get started as a Python tutor:

#1. Decide on your hourly rate

The range for what tutors charge varies enormously; some tutors can charge more than $100 an hour and some tutors charge $20 per hour. As with any service, the amount you can charge for your tutoring services largely depends on the level of experience and expertise you bring to your students. You should be reasonable on your prices but don’t set them too low. Underpricing your services will cause you to overbook yourself and become burnt out on tutoring.

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#2. Decide what hours you want to work

It is important to decide how many hours you want to work as a tutor and what your schedule will be. This will largely determine the kinds of students you work with and it will help you avoid overbooking yourself.

#3. Figure out how you will find students

The hardest part about starting any tutoring business is learning how to consistently find new students. Ideally, you will find most of your students on a referral basis but this is difficult to do in the beginning.

When you are getting started, advertising through social media is probably the easiest way to get your name out there. Once you begin bringing on students and developing relationships with them, make sure they have your contact information and tell their friends about you.

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#4. Assess your student’s current knowledge

Before you start working with any of your students you will want to have a clear understanding of what their knowledge is of Python and their experience as a programmer. You will work with someone who is brand new very differently than you will work with someone who is experienced but trying to expand their skills.

#5. Set clear expectations for tutoring

It is is a good idea to write a “How I Work” document and give it to all of your students before you begin tutoring them. In this document you can outline what they can expect from you as their tutor, how often you will meet, how long you take to respond to emails, etc. This is a good way to set boundaries and avoid problems down the road.

to write a “How I Work”

#6. Always request feedback

You should always been looking for ways you can improve as a tutor so always ask your students for feedback. What subjects did they feel like you did a great job explaining and what subjects were they still a little unclear on? Are there any areas where they feel like you could have done better? Receiving feedback from your students will help you become a better tutor in the long run.

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