If you enjoy explaining algebra problems or helping others improve their essay writing, you may want to consider working as a tutor. These professionals enjoy using their knowledge to help others, providing learning support outside of the classroom. Though tutors often specialize in one subject area such as math, English, science, or a foreign language, they may need to brush up on the specific material covered by their students’ classes. They don’t just teach subject matter, they also teach how to learn through study skills and test-taking strategies for college entrance exams and other major tests. In small groups or, more commonly, one-on-one, tutors use communication skills, encouragement, and creativity to help students understand and work through their questions. Tutors may work independently and advertise their own services, meeting at homes or the library; or work for tutoring companies, schools and colleges meeting students in academic support centers. They have very flexible hours and work primarily during the academic school year. A bachelor’s degree in their area of expertise is a major plus, but it’s also possible to find tutoring jobs while still in high school or college. For tutors, helping students excel and prepping them for college entrance exams brings its own reward.
What they do:
Provide non-classroom, academic instruction to students on an individual or small-group basis for proactive or remedial purposes.
On the job, you would:
Provide feedback to students using positive reinforcement techniques to encourage, motivate, or build confidence in students.
Teach students study skills, note-taking skills, and test-taking strategies.
Review class material with students by discussing text, working solutions to problems, or reviewing worksheets or other assignments.
Arts and Humanities
Education and Training
teaching and course design
Math and Science
arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
using the best training or teaching strategies for learning new things
noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
teaching people how to do something
understanding people's reactions
communicate by speaking
listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
notice when problems happen
come up with lots of ideas
People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
Concern for Others
Attention to Detail
You might use software like this on the job:
Data base user interface and query software
Electronic mail software
bachelor's degree or some college usually needed
Get started on your career:
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
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