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5 Tips for Boosting Your Career as an Online English Teacher

Languages have such a key role in the rise of one’s career and education and it is especially important to be good in the English language in as it is the universal language of communication in today’s world. Considering that in Asian countries children are generally exposed to their mother tongue first and then learn the English language in schools, it is a challenge to begin with because the language gets picked up at a later stage. Moreover, not all households are English-speaking and hence the exposure to the language is minimal.

It is thus an unfortunate truth that many students are unable to cope with English language and perform well in. Learning English in school every day for an hour is insufficient and extra guidance is essential in order to excel in this subject. 

Thus, English tutors have a huge responsibility and it’s important to realise that significance. As an English tutor, who have to carry out your job with utmost sincerity and give your best for your student to excel in his or her examination. You may be an online tutor, a tuition centre tutor or a home tutor, and it doesn’t matter. All that matters is how you teach your students and what you do to bring the best out of them. This will automatically help your career to develop and it will put on your personal path to success. 

So, here are 5 tips to boost your career as an English tutor!

#1: YOUR TUTOR PROFILE

Under the carapace of a great personal statement (beyond filling in the obvious details about your educational background, you have to also include the fact that you genuinely care about the personal well-being of your students (and as such, you will live up to your words as well). Today parents expect home tutors to be their child’s educator and moral compass, due to the fact that parents are unable to spend quality time with their children in order to discipline them and guide them to teach what’s right and wrong.

The benefits of a convincing personal statement may seem incorporeal, but this will herald a great change in your tutoring career, since more students would want you to be their tutor. Hence this is a way you create more opportunities for yourself and when you get hold of those opportunities, you have to stay true to your words, which will catapult you to great heights in your career.

#2: PUNCTUALITY

This sounds odd but it will make sense when you give it some extra thought. Your punctuality for lessons at your student’s home or your punctuality in appearing online to tutor your student will reflect your level of dedication. If you practice this strictly, as well as expect your student to reciprocate this habit, you will show your students that you are sincere about getting work done and this will help to keep students on their toes as well. 

Specifically, if you are a home tutor, when you are punctual for lessons, your students’ parents will be impressed as well and trust will be automatically built. Trust is crucial and hence your students will take you seriously, and parents will respect you for your dedication. It is also a fact that nobody likes time being wasted waiting around or for lessons to be rescheduled because we all live very busy lives. Hence being punctual adds such value to your character and the impression you leave of yourself will enable your career to thrive and you will be surprised how something so simple can make such a difference. 

#3: UNDERSTANDING YOUR STUDENTS

Tutoring is not easy and this is a well-known fact. The reason why it’s as such is because in order to explain a concept to your student successfully, you have to enter your student’s head space to understand how they process information and internalise what they are being taught. In order to help your students, you have to observe and understand your student in many areas such as your student’s vocabulary knowledge, grammar sense, his or her receptiveness to your immediate feedbacks, and his or her learning style and pace. All this is required for you to design a customised teaching style in order to help your student to the best of your ability. 

#4: AMICABILITY

It is essential for you to be a friendly and approachable tutor as this will build trust between you and your students. Your students must be comfortable enough to clarify their doubts with you no matter what and you should be open to suggestions, as well as feedbacks from your students regarding your teaching style. This is a two-way process and this is something that will help you grow as a tutor and will benefit your student to a great extent as well. If your students feel that you have helped them a lot, they will recommend you to other students who may also require help. Over time, you will see your tutoring career flourish. 

#5: PATIENCE

Your student may not be a fast learner or may not be one who takes much interest in the subject you teach. However, putting all that aside, you need to maintain patience and assure your students that nothing is permanent and things will change for the better. You do not have to molly-coddle your student (in fact you should not), but acknowledge the fact that you understand your student’s concerns and advise them to work on the feedback that is being given, one step at a time. 

BOTTOM LINE

Building a career takes time and lots of effort on your part. Keep in mind that teaching is one of the noble professions in this world and you should take pride in being an educator. Work with sincerity and enjoy what you do; that will push you into another stratosphere. 

Author Bio – Robert Wilson was born and raised in Malaysia. He is working as a tutor and a part-time blogger for ChampionTutor- The Best Online Tutoring Services Provider in Malaysia. He’s hardworking, competent and trustworthy. His role within the company is to manage a team of Best Tutors. In his spare time, he loves to read, write and watch movies.