Adelaide, capital of South Australia, is a growing city in Australia and one of the most liveable cities in the world.
Home to 1.3 million people, there is plenty to see and do in this city. Although universities do have campuses in rural locations, Adelaide receives by far the most amount of students in this region of Australia.
The three main universities are Flinders University, Adelaide University and the University of South Australia. On top of uni students, many students from around the state come to study in Adelaide during high school, making Adelaide a fantastic place to begin your tutoring career.
Tutoring jobs can be found for different kinds of subjects, from academic schooling subjects like maths and English, as well as vocational training (such as music lessons).
These are great jobs for students, professionals and can add to the profile of your teaching career.
Read on for different ways to pick up tutoring jobs in Adelaide, and we will even help you start looking for students to teach!
Home Tutoring Jobs
The traditional view of a private tutor is somebody sat in their home, student by their side, surrounded by sprawls of books. And even with the invention of the internet, this image still holds true today, because one-on-one tuition still takes place at home - and you can do it, too!
Some subjects are best left to in-person tuition, even with the widespread use of technology nowadays.
Examples might be reading and writing tuition: it can be difficult to lead lessons in these subjects online because the basic skills needed to learn online haven't really developed yet. Homework help can sometimes best be offered in person, as then both parties are able to see the task that has been set.
Home tutors can either work for themselves (or their own tutoring company) or work for an existing tutoring agency. There are pros and cons to both: tutors who work for themselves might earn more as the agency isn't taking a cut of the income from lessons, but they also have to find students themselves.
Make sure you have a comfortable learning space. If you are to receive students to teach at your own home, you need to provide them with a learning environment. That means you will have to tidy up and not have any loud housemates running around the house!
How much can I make tutoring at home?
This really depends on what subject you are teaching and your own qualifications and experiences. Generally starting prices for tutoring in Australia are at $20 per hour, even if you are still a student yourself. Maximum rates can be seen around $80-90 per hour.
Tutoring Jobs Online
2020 has seen a tidal wave of teaching being moved online. The worldwide pandemic has shifted the way people view learning, and tutoring online has never been easier.
The advantages are clear: students and tutors can connect across the country, cheaply, and benefit from digital resources.
The great thing about online tutoring is it can be done from anywhere. If you are based in Adelaide, you can teach students all across Australia. For example, you can find students in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, anywhere!
The average internet speed in Adelaide is fast enough to support online tutoring, so it's a great route to look into. But how can you find students if you work online?
Luckily for us, somebody has already had this exact problem, and solving it is how tutor matching services like SuperProf came about!
With over 2,000 new students and 1,000 new tutors joining Superprof each month, it's a great place for students to find a tutor.
You can think of Superprof as a supermarket for tutees, where tutors are on the shelves.
Tutors advertise what they teach and provide a description about their methodology and experience, and then students can browse through different tutors, viewing their qualifications and testimonials from past students.
All kinds of subjects can be tutored online, and you'll find online tutors for all the common subjects: maths tuition, foreign languages, English, science, music, and so on and so forth.
Some tutors specialise in particular areas of a subject - you might find an algebra or electrical engineering tutor online, for example.
Now, assuming you've decided you want to give online tutoring a shot: how do you get started? Plenty of online tutors use common services like Skype and Zoom to give lessons online. These programs have built-in tools such as screen share, annotation and chat functions to make teaching easy. You will find it's not so different to teaching in a classroom.
Online, you can take part in one-on-one tutoring, or with small groups, and this can be done both by individual tutors and tutoring agencies, so there are plenty of options available if you want to start tutoring online yourself. Just like home tutors, online tutors are able to individualize their lessons, working with the learner to overcome their specific issues and adapting to their learning style.
Working with an Existing Tutoring Company
There are some pros and cons to working with an existing company.
- The company will provide students for you. This means you won't spend hours advertising your services. Once you are in the company, they will do all that work for you and you can focus on your specialisation - the teaching.
- It may advance your career more. What I mean by this is if you put your teaching experience on your resume, it will look better to have worked for a company than for yourself. This is because most tutoring companies have an interview and screening process, so it shows you are a good teacher and particularly if the company is reputable.
- You can teach at one of their centres. This is not always the case, but some tutoring companies have small classrooms available for you to teach in. This is great if your home is not suitable for teaching your clients.
- You can't choose your hourly rate. Tutoring companies are not very flexible when it comes to paying a salary. Often they have a set rate for their tutors and won't budge even if you are an experienced candidate. The company also takes a cut of the tuition fees so you will probably make less money per hour than if you worked for yourself..
- You can't be selective over your profile of the student. If you are someone who only likes teaching teenagers or adults, you might find that most of the work a tutoring company gives you is with younger children, as most of the work is helping children through their schooling years.
Some of the major tutoring companies in Adelaide are:
- Kip McGrath Education Centres
Kip McGrath provide lessons on an individual and group level, at home or at one of their centres, to school-aged students of any year in Adelaide. They tend to focus more on academic material such as English, maths, biology, chemistry, etc...
TutorsSA is a business that also specialises in tutoring services of academic subjects to students of all years across South Australia.
- Grace Simpkins Personal Tutors
With Grace Simpkins, you can give your lessons online, or at their learning centre. They offer classes covering primary, secondary and tertiary level education.
Which Subjects Can I Teach?
Luckily, personal tutoring can cater to just about any learning need. Of course, where you look will be important here, because if you want to teach Swedish, you might not find it available at your local tutoring centre...
Most mainstream academic subjects are currently taught in the big tutoring companies in Adelaide. If you are a teacher looking to teach subjects like English, maths, biology, chemistry, physics, or the humanities, you won't have any problems finding students.
Music lessons are also high in demand in the tutoring scene. Because the benefits of learning an instrument one-on-one are so great compared to within a group, many people like to learn an instrument this way. There will be competition though, plenty of musicians use tutoring as a side job to make some extra cash, especially for the most common instruments like guitar, piano or violin. If you play a niche instrument, you will probably be able to find students easier!
Foreign languages are also commonly taught in a one-to-one setting, so if you are strong in a second language why not give tutoring a shot! The most common second languages learnt by Australians are Japanese, French, German and Mandarin. Mandarin is an increasingly growing language in Australia and has the second most fluent speakers in the country after English.
Other arts such as dance, painting, drawing and writing are also subjects in demand.
How to Find Students in Adelaide
So, up until now, we've covered some of the different ways you can tutor students in Adelaide, as well as the pros and cons of doing so. Now we're going to discuss some methods for finding students - or perhaps more appropriately, letting these tutees know you exist.
Advertise Yourself Online
Just as you can now tutor online, it's possible to advertise online to find students, too. Great services to advertise with are platforms used daily by students and parents. Examples might be Google and Facebook.
Create your own page or join another which connects students and teachers on social media. Posting your own teacher profile on these types of pages could land you a few students. Once your foot is in the door you can rely on word of mouth to slowly build a client base.
Likewise, you can put yourself on Google. One way I've seen people doing this is on Google maps.
It's easy to put your business on there if you have a business location or even if you work from home. When people search on maps for a "tutoring agency" your business name will pop up in the maps and you can pick up some hits.
Classified services like Gumtree are also an excellent option. It's a free way to post an ad about your service, or for a paid subscription you will have better visibility on the page.
Make sure you put some effort into your ad, for example, add a professional photo of yourself, and try to differentiate yourself from other teachers - why should someone choose you?
Superprof is a website dedicated to connecting students with teachers. Create yourself a profile today to get started.
While potentially more expensive than just handing out flyers, the targeted nature of online advertising means you're more likely to have your advertisement seen by people who are already interested in finding a private tutor - increasing the likelihood they'll contact you for your offer of private tuition.
Even today, an effective method of advertising is to make yourself known locally: this could be through posters, flyers, advertisements in papers, anything you can think of! It may be old-fashioned but it still works.
There are plenty of areas frequented by students and their parents that you can advertise in. Examples of these might be community centres and leisure centres. See if you can put some flyers up in these areas: contact local shops and centres that have specific boards for advertising.
Another form of local advertising may be handing out leaflets - the key to this is picking a location where there will be a lot of traffic from students and/or parents, so pick wisely. Your leaflet should make as much relevant information available to a reader as possible, and make it jump out to the reader. You'll have to grab their attention quickly - some examples would be to put the subjects you teach, as well as scheduling information in an easy-to-read area of the page. Don't forget to put your phone number!
While these approaches might not seem very targeted, their relative cheapness, as well as wide exposure, should mean you can gain some students by doing the above.
Partnering with Schools
Some schools may be interested in partnering with you for a school year.
School teachers are best placed to identify a child who may need supplemental instruction, but many do not have the time or means to do so themselves. By offering your information to schools (perhaps with some qualifications and testimonials), schools may be able to contact struggling students with your personal details, netting you some new clients.
Another angle to propose to schools would be homework help: offer to help students with assignments or homework that they're struggling with.
Depending on your circumstances, tutoring could be carried out in school, as a home tutor, or as an online tutor.