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Teachers: Earn Extra Income Working as Tutors

written by: Lady Lit•edited by: Trent Lorcher•updated: 5/5/2009

This article suggests that teachers can make extra money tutoring students during the summer.

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    Why Work as a Tutor?

    As summer approaches, some teachers will look to make a little extra money. Some teachers will work at retail stores while other teachers may write for an online venture. Other teachers will look to make an extra little cash by tutoring students. Private tutoring, meaning one-on-one tutoring, with a student is a way to generate revenue while helping a youngster or two improve his or her (their) skills.

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    The Benefits

    There are a number of benefits to working as a tutor. The first and obvious benefit is that you can earn extra income. Private tutors earn anywhere from 25-40 dollars an hour, so it is definitely a lucrative second job. More importantly, working with a student will help teachers stay current on their skills while they are away from the classroom for the summer months.

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    Some Considerations

    Although spending your summer tutoring a student who struggles is a great idea, teachers must take some other points into consideration. Make sure that you tutor the student in a public place, such as a library, where people are present. If a student were to make an absurd claim, there would be credible people around. With that said, I would never recommend that you invite a student into your home, regardless of how well you know the student or his parents. As a teacher, plan ahead and take measures to prevent such actions from happening. If you are surrounded by other people, there are plenty of people observing what is going on as well as video surveillance that would prove your innocence in a court of law. Just remember the old adage—It is better to be safe than sorry!

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    Invite the Parents

    Inviting the student’s parents to attend the tutoring session is extremely effective. When you are no longer there to help the student, parents can help. It's also nice to let parents see exactly what it is you are doing.