As a tutor, you know everything there is to know about ushering a better understanding of geometry, grammar or Ghengis Khan into a fresh young mind. But you may need some help finding those fresh young minds. Young minds who are in desperate need of some extra attention, especially at this time of year when mid-term exams loom large.
Five Great Ways To Find New Students
- Volunteer. Help out kids at local learning centers. Donate some of your time to after-school programs. Make sure people know who you are and how you can help.
- Get online. Submit to the twenty-first century and make sure you have a well-crafted social media presence. You don’t necessarily need a full-blown website, but you do need to be online. 75% of American consumers use the internet to shop for services, so make sure you can be found.
- Earn those accolades. “In my 35 years of tutoring, my biggest source of new students has been through recommendations from students who were excited about their results,” says tutor Michael Sherman. “Impress your students, far beyond their expectations, with how much they can achieve. It’s not about you. It’s about them. They, in turn, serve as magnificent sources for new students, since they can relate, personally, just what you offer.”
- Vamp your Thumbtack profile. Beef up your reviews and services. We have plenty of resources to help.
- Mix and match. You don’t need to do everything on this list, but choose at least two. Boston-area tutor Glenn Alperin uses a combination of his business website, his Thumbtack profile, and Craigslist to find new students. “The combination has proved fairly successful,” he says. Experiment with multiple approaches until you find the one that works for you.
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