Starting a Tutoring Service - Entrepreneur.com
Starting a Tutoring Service
By Paul and Sarah Edwards
August 10, 2004
Humans have been tutoring each other since the dawn of history-how else was the making of fire learned and passed on? This need for face-to-face attention continues today: Proponents of e-learning are saying their programs are most effective when blended with one-on-one mentoring and hands-on-experience.
People are hiring tutors in almost any area in which skills can be taught and acquired: academic subjects and computer use, athletic skills and hobbies. While most independent tutors have students come to their homes, some go the clients' homes or may be able to use space at the students' schools, or if they're helping students with a sport, they'll use the appropriate kind of field or facility.
Academic tutoring has been in particular demand because of the increased expectations placed on high school and even grade school students. As one tutor told us, "What used to be taught in college in the old days is now taught in high school." Crowded classrooms don't enable the individual attention many students require, and parents are finding that their children are not sufficiently prepared for college nor for the entrance examinations necessary for admission. They realize their children often need more personalized attention than they can get from classroom instruction.
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