I was asked recently by someone considering tutoring through WyzAnt how I am able to charge such a high fee (my current clients are paying $120 per hour!) and I thought it might be useful to share my thoughts on how to not only charge a high fee but on how to build a successful, consistent business as a tutor on WyzAnt.
You might be wondering, "Who is this guy and who does he think he is to give me advice on success?" Well, I admit I am not a millionaire and I may not the the absolute best tutor that ever lived, but I have had some relative success and if you want to know how then I suggest you continue reading.
My background: Currently I am one of the highest rated tutors in the Houston, TX area. I started with WyzAnt in October of 2010 with only a background check and some ambition. I started my rate at $40 per hour (so I was really only making $20 per hour) and now I make on average between $80-96 per hour (after the 20% WyzAnt receives!), I have over 210 perfect...
"From K-3rd grade children learn to read - and from 4th grade and up they are reading to learn"
This is an axiom that I hear often when speaking with educators and school administrators. This is certainly a factual assessment of the current system’s approach to teaching children to read, however it is inadequate as an operating principle. I will explain why this is so, and I will offer my perspective on an alternative principle that is adequate to support all equally to become effective readers and therefore equal participants in reality.
In-class practice of the necessary vocabulary
When children are in kindergarten through 3rd grade, there is very little vocabulary to be learned. For example, in kindergarten, one learns the alphabet. And this is practiced for weeks and weeks. It is tested, feedback is given, mistakes are corrected. This is one point where the current teaching system is effective to a degree. Most of us know the alphabet song, yet if I...
Hi and thanks for checking out my tutoring blog here at WyzAnt!
If you haven't already, please check out my profile and read my bio. I won't repeat that information here, but I suggest you check it out to get to know me a little and my background. I would like to use this space to share information about my experiences as a tutor, my successes, my challenges, and my overall perspective on learning and tutoring.
To start off with I'd like to say that one of the most important things to realize about learning is that 'repetition' is one of the most important aspects that must be applied if you want to be successful at learning something new. I'm sure it's been said a million times before, but I first heard this when I was listening to a seminar given by Tom Hopkins (the famous Sales trainer). In his seminar he said that 'repetition is the mother of learning' and although I'm sure he was not the originator of that quote, I couldn't agree with him more!
Now, that is not...