Tutoring

Looking for a REAL work from home business that would help other

people while bringing in a REAL income?

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Consider teaching  children or adults, or both, to read English.

Click this link or the picture to access the PDF information:

Building Blocks of Reading Introduction

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You don’t need to be a teacher to do this.

My course teaches you HOW to teach reading.

You don’t need to worry about WHAT to teach. That’s totally covered in the course.

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A LOT of people have trouble with English reading

English reading tutors are needed all over the world, because even in English-speaking countries over 40% of adults  have trouble with reading.

Some people can read English, but can’t pronounce it. These people also need help. 

Other students need English conversation practice; the knowledge you would gain from doing my courses would equip you to provide exceptional value in these lessons.

Another type of student you could teach are parents who want to teach their children to read.

You don’t have to tutor in your own home; you could tutor in the student’s home, in a library or coffee shop, or over the internet.

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This is one of the REAL home-based business opportunities

I can’t promise you that you will make a gazillion dollars. This is more of a steady income type opportunity.

To equip yourself to teach reading, I would recommend you do 2 courses. First, you would do the Phonemic Awareness Video Course, which takes about 3 hours. You might want to do parts of it more than once so that you got a firm grasp of the work. (If videos are not easily accessible where you are, just use the book-based course mentioned next.) 

Then you would do my learn to read course – The Building Blocks of Reading Course Book. Being an experienced reader, it would take you between 5 and 10 hours to be ready to begin teaching. (It will take you about 25 hours to teach your students to read, if you are teaching one student at a time; teaching multiple students in a class takes more time.) 

You only need to make sure you understand what I’m telling you to do, and perhaps make occasional changes to take into account the type of English you and your students use. (For example, I pronounce tomato as to-mar-toe; you might say: to-may-toe.) 

You wouldn’t even need to complete these materials in order to be able to begin teaching them. 

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The good news

The good news is that you would only need to purchase these materials once, then you could teach as many students as you wished. No annual subscription, no monthly fees.

And I’d only be an email away if you found you needed help.

Your students wouldn’t need to do lots of homework in order to succeed.

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But, unfortunately, there is some bad news, too

There is one major minus with using this material. 

The problem is that you will manage to teach students to read in about 25 hours. That means that you’ll keep “getting rid of” your best students. So, you’ll have to keep replacing them. 

But as most tutors don’t have this problem, your results should speak for themselves fairly rapidly – and your past students should refer lots of potential customers to you.

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Assessing whether it’s right for YOU to tutor reading

Here’s a way to work out whether this business would suit you:

  • find out whether you might be interested in teaching reading by watching the videos on this site. (To access them, you need to subscribe to my mailing list; you can unsubscribe at any time.) Before subscribing, you might like to watch this video. 
  • Here are the essential requirements: You:
    • can understand what I’m talking about on the videos, even if you have to watch each video a  few times to really understand it;
    • enjoy reading and read normal material (not scientific papers/advanced degree stuff) well;
    • have lots of patience;
    • speak in a way other people find easy to understand (not too fast; you don’t merge words together);
    • are reasonably organised (Don’t try to be perfect, it just frightens people away);
    • have the ability to get along with people;
    • like/ cope with/can manage upset people (including yourself – because if you follow my recommendations, you’re likely to get VERY angry when you realise just how easy it is to teach reading, and how many people have reading problems); and
    • are willing to do whatever it takes to teach someone who is trying to learn but doesn’t understand. Remember: If you can explain what you’re telling the student to do, and what he then does, I can help – I won’t leave you on your alone;
  • accept that, if you decide to tutor other people’s children, it’s not an occupation that’s likely to make you rich (as it’s mostly part-time – before or after school and on the weekend – as least where I live. But if you’re interested in online tutoring, as an English-speaker you wouldn’t find it difficult to find additional work.) Also, make sure you are able to take payment for your services. (You might even decide to use Paypal or Fiverr or Selz, because if lessons are paid for ahead of time, you don’t have to keep cash at home, or handle money during your lessons).

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Are you still interested?

If not, don’t worry – it’s far better to know that now, rather than putting time and energy into this, and then realising that you HATE it. 

If you’re still interested, ask yourself if you have, or can get, the following resources. Let your circumstances, rather than mine, be your guide. You’ll probably need:

  • a desk or table and a couple of chairs (Use what you’ve got; being fancy won’t help you do a better job);
  • a blackboard/whiteboard or paper;
  • a computer with access to a printer that does plain printing. You don’t need colour printing – it looks pretty, but it’s very expensive – and it doesn’t help you do a better job;
  • access to a few basic stationery items:
    • a photocopier or printer or scanner would be great if you were teaching in person, but would not be necessary if you were supervising or were teaching online;
    • e.g. paper, plastic sleeves, folders; and
  • reasonably cheap, reliable access to the internet is very useful, but not essential – unless you want to be an online reading tutor.

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WHAT to teach

If you still want to know more, subscribe to my mailing list, 

  • read my Articles;
  • download the Free PDFs. (You don’t need to print them out.);
  • watch the videos; and
  • consider working your way through my Phonemic Awareness Video Course, that teaches the essential pre-reading skills. The Phonemic Awareness pre-reading skills are the foundational knowledge and skills that most students lack. Students who lack these skills will fail to learn to read well. But once students really grasp how English works, they often race through the reading course so rapidly that your biggest problem will be keeping up with them.

By working through the Phonemic Awareness Video Course as though you were a student, you’ll learn how your students feel AND how to teach Phonemic Awareness.

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And there’s more!

I’ve added bonus videos at the end of the Phonemic Awareness Video Course – where I teach students to apply their new phonemic awareness knowledge to a few alphabet letters – so they can read written words. By working through those Learning Letters videos, you’ll learn how to teach students alphabet letters – and help them read real words!

And once you know how to teach all that, there’s still the problem of teaching the other things students need to learn to be able to read. To solve that problem, I recommend my book-based course, The Building Blocks of Reading Course, that takes you through the rest of the process of learning the common sound/letter combinations.

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And last, but not least,

Before setting up a tutoring business, give it a trial run – be a reading tutor to a couple of victims. Umm, Guinea pigs. Sorry, students!

You might find that you much prefer a particular age group or type of student. They come in all shapes and sizes:

  • little tiny pre-schoolers whose parents want them to be reading before they go to school;
  • young children aged about 6 – 9 who have had some trouble learning to read;
  • older children aged 10 – 14 who have struggled for years;
  • adults 15+ (and even retired people – who tell me they now have time to learn to read. These people expect the process to take months of hard work. They are staggered to learn to read in about 25 hours); and
  • don’t forget the foreign students, and the migrants – particularly the older migrants who don’t get out much. (Once these people know the sounds and have learnt the alphabet letters, I would encourage you to “cheat”* and write conversations for them, so they can read them aloud. 

* By “cheating” I mean that instead of writing only words that comply with the information already taught, I write material such as the following:

Hello. May I have one of those large five dollar cauliflowers?

as soon as they’ve learnt all the 40+ sounds in the type of English used where they now live.

By using the markings I have taught in my course, I can show students how to pronounce all the words. So they learn they can read and say ANYTHING! Their confidence goes through the roof. (If you just ask me, I can send you the markings I use in a WORD document. That means, if you have the time to mark unique work for your students, they can read anything, too! (Once they’ve become more experienced readers, you give them a copy of the work without the markings.)

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I can’t help you with 

There are some things I can’t help you with:

  • telling you whether or not you’d make a good tutor;
  • teaching English as a Second Language (My courses are suitable for teaching reading to people who can speak at least some English; they are not ESL courses);
  • whether you could earn a viable income;
  • how much to charge for lessons;
  • what the legal requirements are in your area;
  • whether or not you should teach in person, online, as an individual, or through an organisation;
  • a qualification that shows you are qualified to teach reading;
  • how to do the fancy footwork to tutor via Skype; and
  • whether it would be best to organise things so your lessons are pre-paid via Paypal, Fiverr, Selz; etc.

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But there is one serious problem with teaching my way

The problem with using my method of teaching reading is that if the student does 2 one-hour lessons a week, and (if necessary) a little homework between lesson – it usually takes 25 hours at the most to teach the student to read. The problem is that the people who will follow these instructions are usually the best students, and you’ll keep getting rid of them by successfully teaching them to read!

So, try and get a bit of extra mileage out of them by asking them to recommend you to other people who need to learn to read. Free advertising!

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Homework

I have found handing out more than one page of homework is a waste of time: students aren’t keen to do it in addition to their normal homework, and parents usually fail to see that it’s necessary; they think it’s your job to teach reading – not theirs to reinforce what you’ve taught!

That’s why I go for the 2 one-hour sessions a week several days apart (if parents can afford it and can fit it into their schedule), because there’s less time for the student to forget what has been taught. And parents who are unwilling to go to a bit of trouble are unlikely to go to the trouble of making sure homework is done!

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Avoid

And if you come across potential customers who:

  • forget their money more than once (Require these types of people to go on a pre-paid plan);
  • think you charge too much;
  • are difficult to deal with;
  • think you owe them something;
  • get annoyed about doing homework;
  • don’t turn up on time;
  • bring other children and let them run wild or be noisy;
  • won’t follow instructions;
  • want to tell you how you should tutor;
  • take up more time than they are worth;
  • are too busy being angry or sorry for themselves, to be willing to knuckle down and do what needs to be done; or
  • argue.

I know that disposes of a lot of people, but these types of people are not worthwhile – and they never get any better over time! (There’s no need to be nasty, just say they “would find … (a competing tutor) better equipped to deal with their particular circumstances”. And dump them.)

While it’s sad to lose your best students so consistently by teaching them to read in very little time, keeping the bad ones is not adequate compensation – instead, widen your search. Consider business men who have poor reading skills but want to improve them, older people who didn’t learn to read in school, foreign students, students who want to learn online.

And I’d avoid making a habit of teaching people for nothing – they are usually the ones who will NOT do homework, won’t turn up on time; and whose siblings are noisy barbarians who disrupt your lessons. But if you come across someone who can’t afford you, but really is worthy of your time, by all means help them. (But tell them not to tell anyone else that you’re helping them for nothing.)

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Require a free, compulsory, one-hour consultation

Requiring a free one-hour consultation (that usually ends up being 1 & 1/2-hours in length), where you get to meet the parent or relative or adult friend* who will attend the lessons,; AND the student. If  the adult also wants to speak to you without the student around (so they can speak plainly), tell them you are willing to speak to then over the phone. Or, if they want to talk to you in person, charge a fee, which could be minimal.)

*This is ESSENTIAL. Never accept an unaccompanied student – you’re not running a babysitting service! Think of the legal problems if the child fell and was hurt! Check your home and contents insurance to see if you are carrying sufficient Third Party Liability insurance – and if it covers you if you are running a business. If it doesn’t, see if you could do your tutoring at the local library or a cafe, etc.

You need to meet the student prior to beginning lessons – even a few minutes can be enough! Just say that it’s essential (“so you can see whether you can help them”). Doing this will save you a lot of stress in the longer-term, as it will enable you to weed out nearly all of the “undesirables” listed above. And you’ll learn a lot from each consultation – conditions in the schools, how parents feel about their child’s difficulties, how the child feels and his or her standard of behaviour, what exactly parents think is going wrong, and how well the parent and child would be able to work with you, and whether they could work together on homework, etc.

That’s not to say that you should dump everyone who is in difficulty. You do need to be someone who can deal with unhappy people – and some students have had an appalling time – but those are usually NOT the ones who whinge; instead, once they realise you’re actually going to do something useful for them – they’re likely to be the ones you’ll struggle to keep up with.

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Many students think they’re stupid

Many students in difficulty have come to sincerely believe that they’ve been unable to learn to read because they’re too stupid to learn. If you’ve read some of my articles, you’ll know that’s not true – the problem is that they were not taught to read using a full phonics course that taught the most common sound/letter combinations, and they were taught to treat words as pictures, or were told to guess!

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If your student suffers from sensory overload or autism

Some students find videos too much to cope with. If that’s so for your student, you could watch the Phonemic Awareness videos, then teach the information to your student using the information and pictures in the PDF or in the Learn to Read book.

In the book, you’ll notice that the information about the sound, hand sign, and letter are all taught together. This suits some students, particularly those with sensory overload who often need hands-on types of practice immediately after they’ve learned something, and who need to learn in a peaceful, quiet, uhurried environment at their own pace.

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Testing

I know some top tutors who insist on testing students in their consultations. I just found it stressed everyone – so I gave it up very early, or just tested the phonemic awareness skills, because if those skills are lacking the student won’t be able to read! But see what suits you.

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I also recommend avoiding

I also recommend that you stay right out of the Whole Word/Phonics debate, as well as the debates between different types of phonics. Debating is a great time-and-energy-waster. If you have time to waste – having a cup of tea and petting the cat, cleaning your house and yard, preparing some food for the freezer, or inventing some interesting reading work (poems, songs?) for your students ahead of time are far more productive ways of spending your time.

And stay away from teacher-bashing. Teachers slave their hearts out. And the bureaucracy they have to deal with every day just makes teaching even more difficult – often to the point of making good teaching completely impossible! 

The System doesn’t want to change; so you’ll probably have to decide between changing the System and changing a child’s life. If you want to make changing the system your goal, go ahead – but why not be extra useful and change the child’s life FIRST? Then, you could offer to show other people how to teach their child/student. Then, move on to changing the System if you still have time.

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Do you want to make a major difference in someone’s life?

If you want to help people, and improve their lives forever – teaching reading really packs a punch.

There are lots of different sorts of people who need to learn to read:

  • adults whose employment opportunities are limited due to literacy problems;
  • disabled people who missed out on proper schooling;
  • housebound people;
  • migrants, especially older ladies (who will prefer to come to see you in little groups of 2 -4);
  • older children;
  • prisoners;
  • refugees;
  • retirement-age adults (who have been too busy earning a living to have time to learn to read);
  • small children; and
  • the underprivileged, whose children need tutors, but they can’t afford to pay the going rate.

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