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7 Debunked Myths About Working as a Tutor

There are quite a few myths out there about becoming a tutor. This is unfortunate because there is quite a substantial need for tutors in today’s world. Typical schooling may not be enough to help some children and adults thrive in a specific subject. A tutor could be the difference between passing and failing, but also the difference between grasping a subject and completely missing the core of it.

Are you interested in learning how to become a tutor, but you’re not sure if it’s right for you? We’ve found seven common myths about tutoring, and we’re going to debunk them all so you can have better peace of mind when applying to work with TutorOcean. Check out these common debunked myths below!

7 Myths About Tutoring Debunked

Some of these common debunked myths might surprise you!

1. You have to be an expert or licensed professional to become a tutor.

This may be true for some organizations, but it’s definitely not true for TutorOcean. We’re interested in hiring tutors who are knowledgable and experienced in various subjects and can prove that ability. There really is no need to be an expert in a certain subject, as we deal with a wide range of levels of needs for different students. We’re not really concerned about fancy degrees or other technical things. We just want to recruit tutors who know their stuff!

We believe that utoring is an easy and fantastic way to make money, and just about anyone can be a tutor if they have the passion to teach. No license required.

2. Tutoring is only for struggling students.

It’s understandable why many people believe this. After all, what’s the point of hiring of tutor if a student isn’t struggling in a certain subject? This can be a turnoff to potential aspiring tutors, as there may be some pressure to ensure the student excels, which may not always be possible.

The thing is, tutoring is not just for struggling students. More and more each year, parents are investing time and money into tutoring preemptively. Many kids enjoy summertime tutoring sessions on subjects they’ll be learning in the fall to give them a boost and a head start. Just as well, many parents will seek out tutors to enrich their childrens’ lives in the arts.

3. Tutoring is just for homework help for kids.

Tutoring is so much more than just helping someone with their homework. With TutorOcean, you essentially become a coach more than a tutor. Instead of just walking students through each problem on their homework assignments, you’ll be done much more. You’ll be helping students develop the kind of skills that they’ll need to find success not just in school, but in life in general.

Depending on the subject you will be tutoring your students on, you may also focus on building valuable skills like critical thinking and the ability to solve problems. This way, your students can effectively develop the right kind of confidence to tackle hard concepts and difficult questions.

If you’re good at implementing study habits and tips, you’ll also succeed as a tutor with TutorOcean. Our goal has less to do with cramming knowledge into students’ brains and more to do with giving them the right real-world tools and support to find passion in learning and thus, success in their subject.

4. You can’t make money with tutoring.

This is far from correct. Tutors can make fantastic money on both a part-time and full-time basis. It’s a very flexible job to have, and how much you work will reflect how much you make.

Are you a college student looking to make a bit of income while attending classes? Maybe you’re already a working professional and want to start a side gig. Or perhaps you’re ready to make a career shift towards working as a tutor or coach full time. How much money can you earn as a tutor – set your own rates and hours, totally up to you! No matter your reasons for wanting to tutor, TutorOcean will pay you appropriately for your work, time, effort, and skills. We value each and every one of our tutors and the unique traits they bring to our platform.

5. Tutoring is a boring profession.

This might be true for traditional tutoring, which often just focuses on reiterating information that students have already been given by their teachers. This is not the case with platforms like TutorOcean.

Whether you want to start tutoring part-time or build a whole new tutoring business, our platform is an excellent and very un-boring place to start. Our approach to tutoring focuses on student enrichment and providing the right learning tools and habits that they need to succeed. That doesn’t involve sitting on a video chat going over formulas. Rather, our tutors can enjoy the more dynamic side of tutoring. Tutoring is definitely not like these boring jobs.

6. Tutoring takes up too much time.

This is a myth commonly believed by both aspiring tutors and students or their parents alike. Students and parents are often concerned that tutoring is impossible to fit into a busy schedule, especially during semesters. Aspiring tutors often believe that tutoring takes up a lot of time and energy with little payoff worth the time.

This is simply not true. You can set your own hours and timelines when tutoring. If you’re not interested in entire hour-long sessions, you can offer bite-sized tutoring sessions to your students that can be more manageable. Not only are these sessions less expensive for parents and students, but they don’t take up a ton of your time. It’s the perfect solution for tutors you just want a side gig or want to test the waters of tutoring before going all-in. Dedicated short tutoring sessions every week can also give young students the chance to have a more focused and distraction-free learning time with the attention and support they need.

7. You need to be very technologically advanced and skillful in order to tutor online.

Yet again, this myth is not true. Many believe that you need advanced tech skills to start teaching any subject online. The truth is, the type of equipment you need is very minimal. All you need to start tutoring on TutorOcean is a computer, a good internet connect, a web camera, a microphone, and a pair of headphones. That’s it!

But what about coding and navigating an online platform? With TutorOcean, getting started and launching your tutor profile is an extremely user-friendly process. You don’t need to be an expert to start your tutoring business. Our platform boasts virtual classrooms that are designed to be very simplistic with very simple features, such as an interactive whiteboard, a screen-sharing feature, and different methods for sharing files. No coding knowledge needed.

How was our list of tutoring myths debunked? If you’re interested in becoming a tutor with TutorOcean, you’re in luck! We’re a global marketplace for tutors and students, and we’re looking for new talent. Get in touch with us today to learn more about the different activities and subjects we’re hiring tutors for!

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Jonathan is the VP Growth at TutorOcean. Jonathan previously worked at Klipfolio, Invest Ottawa, Irdeto and IBM. Jonathan is also the Co-Founder of STEAM Foundation who successfully launched a Kids Coding Camp helping inspire students early in their educational development. Jonathan is also an active startup advisor, giving back to help the next generation of entrepreneurs. Feel free to reach out on LinkedIn.

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