Students Can Easily Find Work
Students with excellent grades or other proof of subject mastery can easily find jobs as tutors.
Many brick-and-mortar universities and colleges offer offline tutoring jobs for students as part of their financial aid packages. For-profit tutoring and learning centers such as Sylvan and Wyzant also may offer tutoring jobs; and there are also a lot of online sites such as Tutor.com that offer tutoring jobs.
If you are attending a brick-and-mortar university, trade school, or college go to your financial aid office and/or the office of academics. Ask them if they offer tutoring programs and if they have openings for tutors. These jobs will probably just pay minimum wage, and they most likely will have no benefits, but they are a good way to supplement your income. These types of jobs will also have the added benefit of being easily verifiable if and when you add them to your resume, as there will be a record of what you earned and when on the W-2 or Form 1099 that the college or university is required to send you each January.
Most online universities such as Kaplan, Phoenix, or DeVry don’t offer tutoring to their students or tutoring online jobs themselves, but they may be able to point you towards tutoring websites and offline tutoring businesses that need tutors.
Online tutor jobs are convenient for the tutor and the tutee, as neither party needs to travel. The only requirements for an online tutor job are a computer, internet access, a way in which to be paid, and knowledge of the subject(s) being taught.
If you would like to volunteer as a tutor, consider organizations like the Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs of America. You won’t get monetary compensation, but this kind of experience does look good to academic advisors (on a college, university or graduate school application) or to a future employer (on a resume).
If you are looking for a tutoring job for students, just remember that your interpersonal skills are almost as important as your technical skills. You need to be an effective teacher in addition to knowing the material that you are teaching. Just because understanding certain concepts comes as easily as breathing to you doesn’t mean that they will be as easy for your students, tutees, or pupils.
Be willing to spend extra time with them going over the concepts, and be patient with them if they don’t pick them up as fast as you did. Being rude or impatient may possibly cause your students to request another tutor, and if they are allowed to evaluate you, their evaluations may cause you to lose other tutoring assignments. If a tutoring assignment is just a ‘bad fit’ it is better for both parties if you part amicably; the evaluation can just say ‘we didn’t work well together, but his technical skills are superb’ rather than ‘this tutor was rude and demanding, he made me feel like I was very stupid and I wouldn’t wish him on my worst enemy.’