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What is your job situation?

Might be a bit personal here…but I’m just really curious!

I was just wondering why people have signed up to Tutorful? If you’re a full time tutor, a teacher doing tutoring on the side, a uni or college student looking for a bit of extra cash, or something else.

For me, this is my full time job, tutoring. I work in a school three days a week doing a hour a day tuition at my local school to help their GCSE students with their English, but I would class that as tutoring too!

I was really struggling with my job situation; I’d done supply work in various nurseries but I hated it; I wanted something more stable. I did a Level 2 Counselling course as something to potentially do, and I applied on Tutorful thinking ‘what do I have to lose?!’ Three years later and it was the best professional decision I’ve ever done!

I’,m very lucky that I’ve built my business up and managed to grow it so I’m incredibly proud of what I’ve achieved - but I was just wondering about other people…sorry if it’s nosy!

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Tutoring is my most consistent source of income alongside arts stuff!

I used to work in theatre (back when there was a theatre industry!), and it’s erratic work so supplementing it with teaching was very useful.

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I was between jobs, and training to be a driving instructor when I discovered Tutorful. I’d tried other tutoring websites, but never got anything out of them and had pretty much given up on tutoring, as it was so hard to get students. I had also decided I wasn’t going to waste another penny on paying for an advert on a site that had no vested interest in actually getting me any students. So Tutorful’s “you only pay us if we get you students” approach seemed like it was worth a try. I honestly wasn’t expecting that much.

Within 6 months I’d ditched the driving instructor training and was well on my way to becoming a full time tutor. I’m now doing 30 hours of lessons a week, and loving it!

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Fantastic! Sounds like me, @RichardP - got more than expected and doing about 30 hours! :slight_smile:

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I’m in a similar position to the rest of you. This is my full time job now and I’ve no plan to change it any time soon. I was originally planning for this to tide me over whilst COVID prevented me from finding a job in my field when my contract ran out, but I was pleasantly surprised that it’s turned into a viable career.

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Well done clever clogs!!!

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I’m doing well too now. We can speak together whenever you like. I’m John Davies-Gay

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Are you on LinkedIn?

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I work part time for my local council as a tutor assessor on a teaching assistant course. I also teach English to refugees twice a week and have private students through Tutorful. It gets quite difficult to balance all the different teaching jobs I have, but it’s much better than teaching full time in a primary school like I used to do. That just took over my life and did not have any time to relax. I enjoy tutoring and I am especially enjoying teaching online which I didn’t think I would.

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Tutoring is my full-time job but I also work at the garage shop by the canal on a Saturday, this is good for me and gets me out and I meet a very different clientele, local farmers and tradesmen plus canal trade. I never expected tutoring to become my full time job, it started out as ‘a nice little earner but I will never make a living at it’ four years later here we are. At present I am teaching about 23 lessons a week - all but one are one-hour sessions, that’s enough for me as a history teacher, I want to enjoy it and I do. I am fortunate in that I have two occupational pensions which means money is less of a concern and I try to pitch my lessons at a price students can afford. A lot of students stay with me long-term sometimes 18 months even two years. My advice would be to have a small something else - before Covid I worked in the education department of a museum and at events with an events company. Did a lot of events at Silverstone - especially the F1and got into that as the V festival was 3 miles from my house in 2015. I enjoyed that - hard work and 12 hours on your feet but again met a huge range of people and opened my mind up. So variety is the spice of life. When I left full time teaching in 2015 after 25 years I tried lots of things - some disastrously really but the point is to try things out. I entered crowd management at events as a temporary summer job and had it not been for Covid I would still be doing it now, really miss museum education, that’s not coming back any time soon. My point is you never know what is around the corner, you cannot plan everything and you never know where things might lead to. Did my crowd management experience through security work help me get the museum job, I don’t know but there were 95 other applicants!

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I’m studying for my postgraduate specialisation while tutoring. My studies are focused in probabilistic modelling and I love the mix of learning and writing models, to then teach a year 9 class on probability theory, which is completely fundamental to everything I do myself. I’ve found it has really solidified my understanding.

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Hi

I set up with Tutorful as self employed Tutor nearly 3 years ago because I had a post working as HLTA in science but the school ran out of funding for the position so I had to go. I also hold a business degree and was itching to go into business!

I do private tutoring evenings and weekends and work for a very good teaching agency during the week days working with vulnerable looked after students, SEMH students and in Hospital school. It’s very hard and challenging to work in complex needs but I offset that with my fantastic private students some of whom have been with me since I started and some have just joined me.

I’m 53 and never likely to work in a salaried role again I just can’t take orders and want to run things my own way. However my age also brings a lifetime of experience working with children and people in general.

I have plans to work with Tutorful ( and also have my own website) to do this for a living until I can no longer work!

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Hi,

I am a primary school teacher but after the first lockdown couldn’t seem to get another job in teaching for this academic year (was only maternity cover until the summer and in my second year of teaching, this would have been my third) so I resorted to tutoring whilst covid is a major thing still.

I am looking to return to teaching again once everything has calmed down but will consider doing tutoring on the side if workload will allow it as it is a great way of bringing in a little extra money and I have some lovely students!

At the moment though this is my full time job and I have declared myself as self-employed for this year. I am doing 30+ hours a week and absolutely love it but it isn’t quite the same as being in the classroom.

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Hi Katy
In the school day, I am teach English to Chinese children aged 3 - 13 and then after school I tutor 2-3 hours a day. I mostly tutor children who are dyslexic and need extra support for their reading, writing and spelling.

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Hi, I signed up to Tutorful to gain new students. My first two students stayed with me for 2 years. The agency have given me some good work in the past

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Tutoring is also my full-time job, I work three mornings “in” China with another company. But, my own client base come from Tutorful.
They have been the best in terms of professionalism, accessibility and support. The app is a real asset and helpful tool too. I have been with them four and a half years and I’m incredibly thankful I found them :grinning:

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Hey everyone. I trained as a teacher and then worked as a TA whilst setting up my tutoring business. I didn’t expect to be able to make tutoring my main income - but here I am. I can honestly say it’s the best job ever! :star_struck:

I do have other projects that I like to work on too - so I try and make time for them. The great thing about tutoring is it’s pretty flexible so you can work to your own schedule.

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Like most others on here, I am full-time self employed. Tutoring is about 50-70% of what I do, and I spend the other hours teaching Pilates through a studio, some private clients, and a local business (who offer Pilates to their employees). I love the diversity of these two lines of work, and how I get to meet so many different and interesting people.

When I first started out 3.5 years ago, I built my business to about 35-40 hours a week, but I took quite a hit when covid first started and everything went online. Now, I have about 30 lessons every week, which is a good balance of work and time off.

I am also building up some side income through my blog, editing, and eventually writing (I hope).

Tutorful has been very helpful for me. Although I have clients from many different sources, I teach people on this platform every week, and they are usually very loyal, pleasant students.

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I am almost a full time private tutor, it does account for most of my income, but I am an assistive techology trainer too. I’ve been tutoring for 7 years next month and started whilst I was at university. Initially, I didn’t think it was possible to have a career in tutoring so I took a few years doing random education jobs whilst building my tutoring portfolio on the side. I took a year out to work one-to-one with a maths student at university as an academic skills specialist amongst other things. When that ended, I went back to tutoring and started assistive tech training too. Since then I have honed my skills further and I’m currently training to become a dyslexia study skills tutor and assessor.

Not sure this is where I thought my maths degree would take me, but I definitely would not pick a different career path if I had the chance! Tutoring gives me the flexibility I need and the chance to watch students evolve, pass exams and go on to do great things. Thank you Tutorful!

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Hi, like most people I have a couple of other jobs too, but not because I don’t wish to be a full-time tutor, is just because of what I teach… Piano and Music theory… Most people think that to play the piano means learning a song and playing that… Of course, this is not true… It takes a while until they will be able to do so… and during that time they should practice and learn at least the music fundamentals like you start a new language first you learn the letters then the grammar and in the meantime, you also learn the words to be able to use all in one and speak the language… so the music is the same… understanding all the signs, notes, rules whatever belongs to it… then will come the day when they can start learning simple songs and step by step, they can improve their knowledges and levels with more and more hours practising. So this fact after they apply for a piano curse keeps them back after the first or second lesson… trying to find weird and unusual excuses, to get back from it. Weird, the people don’t like to spend time practising, and learning the music properly… So that’s why even if you are a very good Tutor, doesn’t matter, you’ll be losing people just because of what I have mentioned above… So in this case I had to decide to grow another two legs to stay a bit more stable and make sure I can keep our wellbeing on the same level as usual. Right now I have 3 jobs /all of them part-timer, and two of them as a sole trader/self-employed. :slight_smile:

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