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biggurzbiggurz Forumite
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Hi all
I couldn't seem to find an appropriate category to post this on so I chose England. 
Basically due to health reasons I've had to give up my job. 
I am really keen to start online tutoring to secondary school students in maths and  science.
I come from science based healthcare profession with university degree and professional qualifications and hence my choice of subjects.
What I would like to know is some advise from anyone who is a private tutor .
Do tutor the student the work they want me to tutor i.e the topics they are having difficulties with  or do I just mirror the work/topics they are currently studying at school. 
(I already have access to the school/subject syllabus  curriculum)  
Any help and advise will be gratefully appreciated. 
Many thanks in advance 

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  • edited 11 July at 6:17PM
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    edited 11 July at 6:17PM
    biggurz said:
    Hi all
    I couldn't seem to find an appropriate category to post this on so I chose England. 
    Basically due to health reasons I've had to give up my job. 
    I am really keen to start online tutoring to secondary school students in maths and  science.
    I come from science based healthcare profession with university degree and professional qualifications and hence my choice of subjects.
    What I would like to know is some advise from anyone who is a private tutor .
    Do tutor the student the work they want me to tutor i.e the topics they are having difficulties with  or do I just mirror the work/topics they are currently studying at school. 
    (I already have access to the school/subject syllabus  curriculum)  
    Any help and advise will be gratefully appreciated. 
    Many thanks in advance 
    The appropriate category could have been this one? 
     https://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/categories/employment-jobseeking-training


    Perhaps asking the board guides to get your post moved might get you more beneficial advise  sorry!  advice?  o:)


    But if its a local money saving deal, spotted a local bargain In England? Your Ok. :)
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  • Super_WhiskeySuper_Whiskey Forumite
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    Have you tried signing up to a place like https://www.mytutor.co.uk/ ?
    Sounds like they may take a lot of the hassle out of the situation for you?

  • pinkshoespinkshoes Forumite
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    You could start by looking at what syllabus the local schools use, particularly if you are looking at GCSE or A Level tutoring, then making sure you are familiar with past papers and question style. To get good grades, kids need to understanding the syllabus as well as HOW to answer the exam Qs. 

    As for what to tutor them - just ask the parents/child. I teach science but also do a bit of tutoring work if I feel like it. Most my tutoring is general GCSE stuff to pass the exam, but I also get some KS3 pupils who need help with particular areas and how to answer exam questions. You'll often find it's not their knowledge of science that lets them down but their lack of comprehension skills understanding what the question is asking of them. Basic skills like reading the Q, underlining key information, checking WHAT the question is looking for. 
    Should've = Should HAVE (not 'of')
    Would've = Would HAVE (not 'of')

    No, I am not perfect, but yes I do judge people on their use of basic English language. If you didn't know the above, then learn it! (If English is your second language, then you are forgiven!)
  • Voyager2002Voyager2002 Forumite
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    I would suggest that "the customer is always right". Each tutee will indicate areas where they require help. At the same time you need to appreciate what they need to know, and what would be too advanced for the course they are taking.

    Have you considered doing teacher training? If you offer most sciences you would get a tax-free bursary of around £24K with all fees paid, after which you would be a qualified teacher and so more attractive to pupils.
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