Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. Probably the most common subject I tutor my students in is algebra. I have helped many students with algebra. I would say the most common test students need help with besides chapter and final exams would be the math section of the SAT.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Make sure that your tutor has experience. Remember the old adage, "You get what you pay for." Don't sell yourself short by getting the least expensive tutor around or the least experienced. Also, what you really need is someone that will help you with beliefs, knowledge and actions. It's not enough to for your tutor to just have math knowledge.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. Not all teachers or tutors are equal. There are a few teachers who actually attempt to fail a certain portion of their students. I've found this more common among college professors but it does occur in high school as well. There are also some tutors that do not have their student or client's best interests at heart. They think about themself and how much money they can take from them instead of how much they can help them. My intention with all of my students is that they eventually will no longer require my tutoring and can do math on their own which I know full well is in my student and client's best interest.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. How long have you been tutoring students in math? Particularly the subject ________?
Besides math knowledge, what other free services will you provide for me?
What are your prices and how is it better than other math tutors in the area?
Can you please send me the contact information from your previous clients or their recommendation?
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. You should determine your monthly budget you have set aside for tutoring of yourself or your student.
You should know what subject you or your student is struggling with or what important exam is coming up.
You should know what you or your student's current & desired grade is.
You should know if you or your student has any special needs that I need to be aware of.
You should seek me out as soon as you see your student beginning to struggle as it's much harder to get an A with only 2 weeks in the term left than 8-10 weeks.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. I am not a large organization or corporation and most tutors that work for these companies are high school or college students that do not have 9 years of experience. Also many tutors will just focus on helping the students in the specific subject. My work stands out because I don't just focus on helping my students academically, I look at the whole student. I consider how they are feeling, their mindset and emotional state of being because having my students in a strong mindset will make math and any other subject much easier as they will go into it with confidence and not fear.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I enjoy seeing my students finally beginning to understand a math concept, when the "light bulb" goes on.
I really enjoy helping my students regain their self-esteem and self-confidence putting away any past failures and mistakes.
Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?
A. I would advise finding what you are most passionate about first. Make sure that it is something you can see yourself doing for many years and something that you really love. If this is the case then recognize what areas you are strong in and begin developing your leadership, teaching, communication and business skills.
Be sure that you focus on your character even more then these others, because your character and integrity is one of the few things you take with you after death.
If you find you are weak in specific areas don't be afraid to find someone who is strong in those specific areas and bring them onto your team.
Know yourself, set a budget, set goals and go for it! Before long you can be a successful tutor.