From the bright lights and hustle and bustle of Hong Kong to the sleepy streets of Davis, California, it’s a great time to be a tutor. With education cutbacks, competitive exams, and university admission rates at an all-time low, it’s no wonder that parents are desperate to do whatever it takes to help their children succeed. During the 2008 global recession when most of the world was experiencing painful cutbacks and office closures, private tutors were sitting pretty. The industry as a whole grew by more than 5% during the worst of the recession as parents scrounged together enough to ensure that their child’s academics would remain competitive. These days tutoring is used mostly as a way to help kids through advanced courses, maintain a high GPA, and improve test taking skills, not because the student is failing.
Being a great tutor takes a specific set of skills, but you don’t have to be a trained educator. Tutors can be software engineers with a knack for programming, university students with a passion for writing, math, or science (or really any subject for that matter!), or even business people with a solid understanding of economics and commerce. It helps if you’ve got some sort of credibility behind you, like a university degree or a significant amount of experience/knowledge in your field, but tutoring is a great way to supplement your income, recession proof your career, or even just get into business for yourself.
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