What It Takes to Be a SAT Tutor

A quality SAT tutor helps their students study math, science, reading and English efficiently and effectively to prepare for the SAT college admission exam. These tutors must be well versed in the test questions, the scoring methodology and good study practices. To become an SAT tutor, one must earn a bachelor’s degree or at least an associate degree in any field of study. In addition, top ranking scores that show a full understanding and mastery of the test will be an asset to show potential students and employers. A decision must be made about whether you want to work as a freelancer or for a company. Either decision requires a number of references, people who can validate your tutoring experience. The key difference between tutoring companies and freelance SAT tutors is a company will market your skills to find you clients. If you freelance, you will need to network with schools and individuals through “word of mouth” to find work. The advantage for a freelancer is a flexible schedule, you can set your fees and choose a suitable and convenient location to tutor.

Most students know good scores on the SAT will get you into the college of your choice and can win you a scholarship. This is one of the compelling reasons students seek out good tutors. A career as an SAT tutor can be rewarding both financially and personally; you are helping students achieve their goals. If you pursue your career with vigor and are a hardworking, professional tutor your reputation will build quickly through positive “word of mouth” reviews.

Some key skills to be a effective SAT Tutor:

  • Listening: Tutors must be good at listening and considering the thoughts and ideas of their students. They should be able to recognise methods that inspire students to embrace individual learning.
  • Observation: Tutors must have the wherewithal and insight to recognize if they are reaching their students and if the students performance is indeed improving. If this is not the case they must reassess the situation and begin with a new approach.
  • Positive Outlook: All teachers need to be encouraging and supportive of their students in order to motivate them to succeed. This outlook can positively influence their behavior and help hold their students attention more easily.
  • Patience: Every student encounters roadblocks no matter now intelligent. You must master patience as every pupil has their own style of learning, pace of learning and needs.
  • Ability to Teach Creatively: This is a big one, as we have discussed no two students are alike and people learn in all manner of different ways. It is your job to tweak your teaching style to reach every kind of student you may encounter.

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