How to Become a Homeschool Tutor

Many homeschool families rely on tutors to help provide additional teaching in difficult academic areas. Tutors can also help homeschooled students sharpen skills for college entrance exams and student assessment exams. Homeschooling tutors are the same as regular academic tutors, except you focus on working with homeschooled students rather than public or private schooled students. Being an academic tutor doesn't require a college degree, but advanced knowledge of a subject and experience teaching students of various ages will help you land jobs.

Steps

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    Pick which academic areas you want to specialize in. Math, science, reading and language arts are the core areas. You can also offer services for teaching a musical instrument, drawing, painting or singing.
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    Conduct market research. If homeschool tutoring is your main business, you need to research the competition, find out how popular homeschooling is in your area and see what larger tutoring chains you're competing against.
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    Check with your local chamber of commerce to find out if you need a business license. Even if tutoring is a side job, if you want to advertise as a business you will need a license.
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    Research online tutoring certification courses. While a degree or certification isn't necessary, certification courses will teach you how to become a homeschool tutor that not only teaches well but can compete with other local tutors.
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    Find out which local homeschooling groups exist in your area. Contact the group and discuss your services. Ask what academic needs local homeschooled students have and how you could help.
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    Set fees that are competitive for your area.
    • If you'll be doing ongoing tutoring for one family, set an hourly or weekly rate.
    • If creating your own co-op programs to offer to a group of homeschooled students, such as a science experiment co-op or a creative writing co-op, set an upfront fee for the program or collect a fee at each session.
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    Advertise your services. Many churches offer homeschool support groups for the members, so ask if you can put up a flier on the bulletin board. Place a small ad in the newspaper in addition to setting up a free blog or website.
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    Become familiar with your state's homeschool laws. While it's a parent's responsibility to make sure they are following the law, you don't want to perform academic services forbidden by the state. Some states require that parents perform a certain amount of hours themselves, so hiring a tutor may have regulations.

Tips

  • Become familiar with popular homeschooling curriculum. You will look experienced if you're familiar with the most common curricula and how they teach certain subjects. Look on homeschooling forums to find out which curricula are currently trending for most homeschoolers.

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