Tutoring and Homeschooling: A Great Match

Homeschooling as a modern American alternative to public and private education began in the nineteen-eighties; since then it has grown dramatically, so that now over two-million American youth acquired their pre-college education primarily under the tutelage of their parents.

Though parents might be dedicated and might have an excellent grasp on how to tailor their child’s education regimen to natural proclivities, homeschooling is not without challenges. Beyond the struggle to keep grade, keep up with paperwork, find curriculum, and implement structure, homeschools must also struggle with a dearth of expert knowledge. In other words, while parents can do a very good job teaching, there probably will be a subject that they discover is beyond their ability to teach well. For both parent and tutor, this presents a special opportunity.

From a certain perspective, tutoring is akin to homeschooling: each affords the child specialized attention; each allows a relationship to develop so that the instructor can not only teach the student, but also learn what talents the latter has, and how best to draw them out while teaching a variety of subjects.

Homeschoolers should seek out tutors because it will strengthen their children’s education while maintaining fidelity to some of the core advantages of schooling a child at home. Tutors should also seek out homeschoolers because they are a reliable source of business and because they understand well the idea of what can be gained from personal, one-to-one teaching. Having had many homeschooled friends, I can say fairly confidently that the homeschooling community can provide many, many opportunities for a tutoring business to flourish. But how best to approach them?

First and foremost, tutors should offer some kind of discount to homeschoolers. Many homeschools teach multiple children (brothers, sisters). This is an opportunity for tutors to increase profits without having to travel to multiple homes, libraries, or other meeting places. Moreover, it allows tutors to not only build a relationship with the tutee but with their classmates, too. This allows the tutor to gain special insight into the pupil and his/her relationship with family classmates that can prove useful in constructing an educational approach. Tutors will also find that homeschools are very flexible to work with, a plus for those who engage in tutoring as a side job.

Homeschoolers should be sure to seek out tutors because the latter can really augment their children’s education. Say a parent wanted to teach their child French, Latin, Mandarin, or Arabic. Instruction in these languages would look superb on a college application (particularly in our globalized society). It is doubtful, however, that the majority of homeschooling parents would know any of these languages. The same can be said of music, or mathematics. Homeschoolers are increasingly looking to tutors to augment their school’s math courses, since specialized tutoring in physics and calculus is, again, a skill many parents probably don’t have.

Homeschooling works, but it can work better if parents and tutors become more aware of each other. And remember, Tutoring Match is an ideal way to find parents and tutors.

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