Setting up as a Tutor
Three years ago, I set myself up as a self-employed Tutor. This involved a mix of face-to-face tutoring at the student’s house and online sessions via mainly Zoom. This all changed in March 2020 due to Covid, as I had to move all my sessions online. After over a year, the lockdowns and strict rules have been eased and life is attempting to return to a form of normality. Although, I have continued tutoring online as it has enabled me to support far more students, as I am not spending time driving in between houses or getting caught in traffic.
Before I started tutoring, I completed lots of research looking for ways to set up as a Tutor. I browsed lots of websites searching for advice and top tips, watched lots of YouTube and Facebook videos from practising Tutors and read the advice in forums and on Tutor blogs. I found these extremely useful. So I thought I would offer my own two penneth into the mix in the hope that I can share my own experiences and offer advice for other new Tutors. I am sure that there will be things that I'll forget, so I shall keep adding as they crop up from my memory.
Two things that are required before any tutoring commences:
A DBS (Preferably sign up to the online update service)
Insurance (Public Liability and Professional Indemnity)
The main equipment which I required included:
- Transport – a car (unless you live in a small village, or you are only tutoring near to or in your home).
- A range of revision textbooks and cards for all the subjects and different levels that you are tutoring.
- An exercise book for each student (so you can write notes during the session - what you have done, what pages are next etc).
- A laptop with several hours of battery power (although you should also carry the charger just in case of low power, as some resources zap your power, i.e. Zoom, YouTube, etc).
- Subscription to relevant websites (Twinkl, School History, Mathletics, My Maths, etc).
- Pencil case with pens, pencils, highlighters, rubber, sharpener, ruler, geometry set, post-it notes, etc.
The main equipment which I have found useful includes:
- An office desk
- A laptop with a decent camera and sound.
- A headset with a microphone.
- A visualiser camera.
- Extension lead
- USB multi-port splitter
- Wireless keyboard and mouse
Extras which make the experience more comfortable and organised, as well as bringing little moments of joy.
- A decent computer chair for comfort.
- A widescreen monitor with dual-screen capability.
- Printer Scanner (One of my best purchases even though it takes up half of my desk).
- Filing cabinets for excess resources and printed papers.
- A quiet fan for the summer sessions when there is too much noise outside, to open a window.
- Aftershokz Wireless Stereo Bone Conduction Headset