It is not a secret that attending college can be a big strike at your finances. Even if you manage to make the ends meet, it would never hurt to have a few extra bills for emergencies or just to treat yourself after your hardworking days. Indeed, it is almost impossible for a student not to look for extra income while still at college. Many choose a job that could also give them special experience to put in a resume. Even though the options are plentiful, tutoring children is one of the best choices you could make. Here is why.
Why Choose It?
There are many ways to get extra money and experience. You could take shifts at fast food restaurants waiting tables, work as a clerk at the movies, get some freelance online job and so on. Here are some benefits to consider if you want to tutor children.
Children can make you smile. Even though some kids could be a little hard to control, their unbiased view of the world and out of the box thinking can bring a sudden element of fun into your classes. Certain naivety and excitement are present to a bigger extent in a child’s mind, so you are sure to forget your problems and leave the bad mood behind.
If you want a strong point for your resume, nothing can be better than tutoring. If you have experience dealing with small children, it automatically transfers to such qualities as discipline, hard-working, creativity, patience, care and love. It will immediately make you look better in the eyes of your employer. Moreover, it will give you more experience in your overall perception of the world.
A famous proverb states that you do not really know something unless you have managed to explain it clearly to an elderly person or a child. The more you are immersed in a topic, the more questions your student will ask, the better you will be able to grasp the nuances of the topic yourself. You may understand French spelling on an intuitive level, but when you need to teach it, you are sure to get thoroughly acquainted with the rules.
Having successful lessons with your pupils and actually seeing their progress or understanding of the subject can bring you immense pleasure. The lessons did not pass in vain, and your hard work has paid off.
What to Know?
If you have decided to try this type of part-time job, here are a few facts about children that you should keep in mind when teaching them. For further tips you can consult this article.
Children grow fast, and their age is crucial when you look for materials and teaching techniques. The younger they are, the more breaks you will need to make. They have short attention spans, so do not think that you can make them read a long text for a long period of time. You should change the activity from reading to listening or to some kind of interactive games every ten minutes or so.
On the contrary, the older they are, the more philosophical questions they will ask you. Be prepared to answer questions that are only slightly connected to the topic, or diplomatically dodge those that are completely unrelated.
It is a well-known fact that children experience anxiety because of the grades they receive. Make sure to praise your pupil for his or her achievements in other ways. You can say anything from “excellent” to “you have tried hard” if the work is unsatisfactory, however do not make them dependent on a flawed system of grades. Instead make sure they know what mistakes they are doing and tell them how to prevent those mistakes from happening again.
Remember that your two main goals are to make the child study and to keep the job. So you should balance on the approach that will be stimulating enough for the child and rigid enough for the parents. Smile a lot, do not get irritated or angry if the child does not behave properly, explain the material calmly. If the child wants to talk about something unrelated, use diplomatic devices to make them focus on the material: promise that they can talk to you at the end of the class.
Negotiating With Parents
Some parents will let you be, but some will be onto you like hawks. You should clearly know your teaching goals and what you want to achieve during your classes. You can even make a schedule for the class activities and present it to the parents whenever they have some complaints.
Also, it is better to ask the parents about their wishes and objectives concerning your tutoring sessions. Remember to be polite and respectful. It would be desirable to hide some embarrassing or unflattering posts from your Facebook, so the parents cannot track you down in the internet.