Tutoring is a growing industry as more and more people realize the benefits that it provides. As a tutor, you can set your own schedule, choose your own pay rate, and work with the students you want to work with.
But like any other job, tutoring comes with its share of challenges. Listed below are five challenges you may face as a statistics tutor:
#1. Tutoring is not what you imagined
Tutoring is a fun and rewarding job but it is still a job. And the truth is, you never really know what something will be like until you do it yourself. Many people go into tutoring not really understanding the amount of time they will need to spend advertising their services and preparing for lessons with their students.
If you just began working as a statistics tutor and are feeling overwhelmed, just give it time. Everything is hard in the beginning and in time you will develop a system for getting things done more quickly.
#2. Unmotivated students
When your students come to see you it is usually because they are struggling with their classes. If they excelled in statistics on their own they probably wouldn’t need you, right? And many students may begin working with you at the insistence of their parents rather than their own desire to improve.
If you are dealing with an unmotivated student, keep in mind that all you can do is show them the tools they need to improve. You can’t make them learn or improve their grades.
#3. Difficult parents
As a tutor, sometimes you will find yourself forced to manage the expectations of your student’s parents. The parents just want what is best for their child but sometimes this can result in behavior that feels overbearing. It is important to communicate clearly with your student’s parents and remember that you both are working toward the same goal.
#4. Difficult work/life balance
The benefit to working for yourself is that you can set your own schedule and work whenever you want. The downside is that it is easy to fall into the habit of working constantly. Let’s face it, there is always more work that COULD be done and sometimes it is hard to take a day off. Especially since you don’t have a steady paycheck you can count on.
One thing many tutors find helpful is setting up a regular schedule and setting weekly goals. Once you have regular hours and you know you have accomplished a certain amount of work, you may find it easier to relax and take time off.
#5. There isn’t always enough work
Many tutors will find that tutoring comes in waves; some months it is incredibly busy and you have more work than you can handle and some months you have barely any work at all.
This is why it is so important to learn how to advertise yourself and constantly look for more work. You should spend at least thirty minutes every day actively looking for new students.