Being an SAT tutor is a fun and easy way to earn money from home. But not just anyone can be an SAT tutor; you have to have the right qualifications. Here's how you can become a private SAT tutor.
Take the SATs Yourself
Would you take private tutoring from someone who didn't know the subject well? In order to gain credibility as an SAT tutor, you'll need to take the SATs yourself, and earn a high score. Study hard for the test. While you study, think about tips that you can pass on to your future students, and remember the strategies that help you learn.
Once you receive your scores, you can begin taking in students. Of course, if you've already taken the SATs and done well, you needn't necessarily take them again. But, if it's been a while, you might want to consider it.
Study Up and Prepare Yourself
Whether or not you've taken the SATs for the first time or again, you'll want to study up. Learn as much as you can about the SATs and the study process. Collect as many study materials as possible. As a private SAT tutor, you'll want your students to do their very best.
Remember, the SATs are very, very important to students. A low score on the SATs can undo years of hard work and ruin a student's chances of getting into the college of their choice. Be prepared to provide handouts, worksheets and other helpful study materials to your students. Make sure you yourself have a thorough grasp of the material.
Get the Word Out
As a private SAT tutor, you'll need to sell yourself as much as possible to bring in business. Publicize your new home business as much as you can. Put up notices on billboards, take out advertisements in local newspapers and magazines, hand out flyers and create a web presence for yourself (create a website and/or blog, join forums and networking sites, etc.). Make sure your advertisements make your qualifications clear; anyone who reads your ad should know what your own SAT score was, what university you attended (or are currently attending) and what your rates are.
One of the best ways to advertise is by word of mouth. Talk to younger friends and young people who might be studying for the SATs or who might know someone who's studying for the SATs. Make sure to advertise to the community and church youth groups, and think about placing advertisements in local high school newspapers. Remember, the more people know of your services, the more likely your private tutoring endeavors will be a success.
Keep Your Rates Competitive
Before you go public, you'll need to decide what rates to set. Figure out how much you need to earn from your small home business in order to meet your financial needs and goals; don't forget things like health insurance, emergency funds and retirement savings.
Next, contact some SAT tutor companies in you area and find out what their rates are. Keep yours competitive; slightly lower rates might bring in more business, but don't sell yourself short. Charge as much as you feel you can for your services.