Tutoring is very popular. According to a 2016 Bertelsmann study, parents spend around 900 million euros a year on private tuition. And a total of 1.2 million schoolchildren in Germany between the ages of 6 and 16 are taking private tuition, i.e. every seventh pupil.
Nachhilfe Geben covers not only classical school subjects such as Mathe, physics, English or German/German as foreign language but also other areas here on Good Men Project which concern the spare time, so also Yoga, cooking, guitar and singing.
If you would like to become a “private tutor”, you can not only prepare your student for school or university exams in individual or group lessons, but also teach music and provide fitness and nutrition advice.
As you can see, the profession of a private teacher is very varied. All competences can be passed on here. So whether you want to teach French or piano or work as a personal trainer, you can offer tuition in all areas!
How do I become a tutor?
First of all in advance: Anyone can become a tutor. You don’t need to have completed a teacher training course to become a tutor. All you need is a certain amount of specialist knowledge and a certain amount of pedagogical skills to successfully pass on your knowledge. One can give tutoring for example already as a pupil or student.
Many students depend on an additional source of money to pay their rent and other living expenses. Giving tuition is the ideal job for them because it is flexible in time, well paid and you pass on your knowledge in an area where you know your way around.
Private tutoring is also much less stressful than a job in a private company or fast food chain. And also enriching on a human level! Later, if you like it, you can offer part-time tutoring, whether you want to teach German as a foreign language or give classic English tutoring.
We all know how expensive life becomes over time. According to this, more and more people are looking for a part-time job in order to achieve a higher standard of living.
So if you have specific knowledge, it makes sense to become a private teacher, especially as the tuition job is extremely flexible.
Full-time tutoring offer
Of course one can give tutoring not only part-time. You can also become a full-time tutor and start your own business. Here you have the choice between two models: Either you work as a freelance private instructor under your own name, or you work as an honorary employee in a private tutoring institute. It should be mentioned that the payment in private tutoring institutions is unfortunately not very generous. As an independent tutor you make a much higher profit.
Teaching full-time as a tutor brings good money.
Not few find taste at the Nachhilfegeben and exercise it sometime full-time. The fee depends on the demand in the subject and the region in which you teach. As a rule, a tutor takes between 10 and 50 euros per hour. Of course you can also teach two students at the same time. So you lower the rate per student and increase your hourly rate at the same time.
If you want to give private lessons at home, in your study or online, you don’t need to register a business. However, depending on your business model, it may be necessary. If, for example, you sell your own teaching material in your own private tutoring school, you may have to register your business. The best way to find out is to contact your tax office.
The small business regulation means that you do not have to pay tax on your income if it does not exceed €17,500 and €50,000 in the following year. You calculate your income with the simple income surplus calculation.
Of course, competent pensioners can also give tutoring, either to keep themselves busy or to top up their pension. After their professional career, pensioners have everything they need as a tutor, namely comprehensive expertise and time.
Advertising your tuition
Beside your registration on Superprof.de you should talk about your tutoring in your environment. Print flyers and notices and distribute them to schools, universities, libraries and shops in your area.
Please indicate which subjects you teach in which places (with the student, with you, in libraries, in Co-Working Spaces, outdoors…), how high your rate is and whether you would like to give tutoring online. Skype makes the latter easy. With a good camera and a good microphone you can reach students who do not live close to you.
Which degree do I need as a tutor?
In order to give tutoring, you do not necessarily need a degree. Even pupils with good grades can offer tutoring, and that from the age of 14 (according to the Youth Employment Protection Act).
A diploma increases the tutor’s hourly wage. A degree is not obligatory for tutors, but contributes to their credibility. However, if you would like to earn a higher hourly wage and also teach higher levels, a degree in the respective subject area is recommended. In addition, a tutor is simply more credible in the studies/training or with a diploma/degree.
Your experience in the respective field also counts, for example, if you have been tutoring for years or can already look back on several years of professional experience.
In addition, you need a certain amount of pedagogical skill. A teacher training course can help, but is not a prerequisite. There are also tutors who by nature can teach well with their common sense alone.
However, an academic degree is basically the best advertisement for tutors and has a decisive influence on the hourly wage. A diploma also contributes to the credibility of the private teacher.