Private Tutoring: The Highs and Lows (Blogmas Day 9)

As some of you will know I’ve been living in Madrid since the end of September to work as an English Language Assistant in a Secondary school here. And whilst being here I have decided to do some private tutoring to help me save even more money than I would have been able to. I think it is a good time to talk about the advantages and disadvantages of private tutoring.

So let’s start with the disadvantages shall we?

My main issue with private classes is having to organise other things around this time, especially as I do a lot of travelling to each location for the classes. I feel like this wouldn’t really be a problem if I wasn’t travelling 40 minutes each way to most locations. It means that I end up losing around 4 hours a week and moving between locations. Sure I can read during this time but I can’t do anything else I need to do which is why I find myself struggling to get everything done that I need to, such as making sure my blog posts are on time!

Another problem I have is that people do sometimes just cancel a class on you for that week. It doesn’t seem like such a huge problem but if you were waiting for your wage and were somewhat reliant on that money for food for the week it can be an annoyance. I haven’t had it happen to me too often but it has happened enough to cause me a few problems. Although the main problem was when two classes cancelled in one week and I lost out on a lot of money! Some people have suggested systems for stopping this from happening but as I’m only here for one year I don’t feel like I should.

Anyway on to the positives!

I don’t think there is really a main positive for this as it depends on why you are doing the tutoring in the first place. Some people use it as a way to gain extra teaching skills and others use it as a way to gain a little extra cash and in my opinion both are great reasons. They are also two of my main reasons for doing the private classes.

I also think it’s a good way to prove to future employers that you have the wherewithal to find a job like that and make sure that you have it planned out. It shows that you can market yourself well and you know how to interact with people to make them trust you enough to welcome you into their homes so you can teach them or help tutor them in a subject. Some people would argue that this isn’t the case but I honestly believe that deep down most people have decided to do it for this reason; and if it helps to get you a job later in life why is that that problem?

If you have any more ideas on this topic then don’t hesitate to let me know!

Hasta la fuego

Lauren 🙂 x

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