Are you a college tutor? Find out why you should be!

If you earn high scores in one or more postsecondary courses, you might be able to work or volunteer as a tutor.  When you become a tutor at the accredited college or university you attend, you not only help your classmates to excel academically, you also develop friendships with the people whom you tutor, friendships that might last for years.

Each postsecondary school has a specific set of criteria that you must meet before you start tutoring other students.  Some accredited colleges and universities request that you maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA).  However, you might have to earn scores that exceed 3.0 in the particular subject you want to tutor in.  For example, if you want to tutor another student in chemistry, you might have to maintain at least a 3.5 GPA in your chemistry courses.  In addition to keeping a high GPA, depending on the college or university you attend, you might have to register to take no fewer than 6 credits or 12 semester hours a year. 

Getting Started as a College or University Tutor

Check with your postsecondary school’s student affairs office to find out the specific requirements you must meet before you become a tutor.  You should also know that some colleges and universities require tutors to complete a short training program.  These training programs help you to understand what’s expected of you as a tutor.  The programs also make you aware of challenges you might face as you work with another student to help them earn passing grades, and steps you and the student(s) you are tutoring can take to overcome those challenges. 

Earning an Income as a Tutor

After you have tutored two or more students, you might decide that you want to work with external vendors (e.g. local and national tutoring companies) and work with middle and high school students, helping them excel in subjects like math, English and reading.  You can find tutoring jobs listed in your local newspaper and at online job boards.  Some tutoring jobs pay between $25 and $50 an hour, depending on the complexity of the subject. 

Bottom line, working as a tutor is a sure way to take advantage of your academic training, and possibly earn an income in the process.  Think about it.  You could use money that you earn from tutoring to help pay for your college or university textbooks, lab fees and other expenses.  If you’re majoring in education to work as a teacher, becoming a tutor in college or university is a great way to gain early experience helping someone to learn. 

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