How do people generally get started with tutoring, how does a typical session go, and what kind of preparations do you generally have to make beforehand? I'd want to start tutoring in math, but I'm fairly anxious about doing a bad job.
I remember that on the math department email list there were people trying to get together for help with a certain class. Someone offered to tutor for $60 an hour when their only credentials were "I took the class last semester and got the highest grade." They get points for ambition, but for $60 an hour, you'd better be an experienced professional with a college degree and some real credentials.
Edited, Sep 28th 2011 8:29am by Sweetums
When I lived in the US, I started tutoring a middle school student and they gave me $27ish an hour (we did 90 minute sessions). The guidance counselor just walked up to me and asked me if I could do English and maths tutoring for this girl.
I wasn't even fluent in English, I have no idea what went on in her head.
Meanwhile, my mother is going insane that I'm taking extra lessons and getting involved in lots of activities that might actually look good on my CV instead of working in retail in my free time. I'm not on a scholarship so I can work in retail, ugh. I'll probably still end up doing it for a bit just to see how that goes, but to be honest extra lessons & societies/SU stuff are more important to me since I actually don't need the money right now and want to get in on all the cool activities!
She also doesn't like a fact that she's never heard of the language and doesn't really care that it's spoken by some 100m people worldwide.
Edit: I'll see how it goes with this guy. He used to be an electrical engineering lecturer at NED University Karachi (which is very prestigious), so he does have teaching experience, albeit not in teaching a non-native speaker his city's primary language. Meh. Edited, Sep 28th 2011 7:46pm by Kalivha