Have you mastered computers? Do you know how to use several different programmes, provide IT solutions, or just looking for a student job?

To increase your earnings, why not consider tutor jobs & offer computer tutorials to help people with basic computer skills or digital literacy?

It’s a wise decision since IT skills are in high demand at the moment and almost every job requires some computer training. While the younger generations are seemingly born with a laptop or desktop computer and have mastered typing by the time they finished the computer classes at primary school, lots of people are taking IT tutorials to boost their computer literacy or just learn how to use the mouse or the keyboard. There’s a good future in offering in-home private computing tutorials on IT tools, programming languages, computer hardware, cybersecurity, digital technologies, web programming, or IT networks, etc.

Are you motivated to teach private IT tutorials but don’t know where to start or how to find your first students?

Superprof is here to help! If you follow our advice, you’ll soon see that finding your first students is much easier than you thought.

Work Out Who Your Students Will Be

Before you start putting up computer class adverts, you need to start at the beginning. Remember that these will be pretty useless if you haven’t thought things through. Here are a few things that you should think about before you start offering your services as a private tutor:

  • The level of your future students: beginners, intermediate, advanced (remember that the private tutor should always have a level greater than that of their students! It’s as true for IT tutorials as it is for piano or cooking classes.)

  • Your availability: evening classes, during the school holidays, weekends, etc.

  • Your rates: This is one of the essential considerations.

  • The geographical area: You’ll have to move around to get to your tutorials. How far are you willing to travel?

You should also think about what your tutorials will include. For example, you could give tutorials on:

  • Microsoft Office for beginners: Excel (spreadsheets), Word (word processor), PowerPoint (presentations).

  • Office IT skills

  • Computer basics or an introduction to computers

  • Browsing the internet

  • How a computer works (looking at the fundamental parts of your computer)

  • Computer programming tutorials

  • How to make a website

  • Managing databases (with Microsoft Access, for example)

  • Digital project management

  • Etc.

How do you find students for private tutorials?
A compass won't help you find students but the internet probably will. (Source: pixabay.com)

Once you’ve considered all these things, you’re ready to start looking for students. Let’s move on.

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Finding Students through Word of Mouth

This is one of the first things you should do: tell your friends and family that you’re offering private tutorials. Word of mouth works really well in these cases. Furthermore, recommendations from friends and family work really well. They can reassure your future students and tell them how skilled and professional you are.

They’ll say something like: “I know somebody offering private IT tutorials. I could give you their number if you want. Tell them I told you!”

Once you’ve got your first few students, word of mouth will help you get more. You students will talk about you to their friends and family and you’ll gain a bigger pool of potential students.

With the help of social networks, you’ll be able to take advantage of this snowball effect. Announce on Facebook that you’re offering classes or create your own webpage. The latter’s a good idea if you have had a few embarrassing moments on social media.

Where can you find students for private tutorials?
Your students may be closer than you think. (Source: rawpixel.com)

Advertise in Local Businesses

Another step you can take is to post adverts in local businesses. Create a small and direct advert with some visuals that will get people’s attention. Create a little poster with your telephone number on tabs that potential customers can tear off and take with them. Don’t forget to write something like “cybersecurity tutorials” next to your number so that interested parties won’t forget why they took your number.

For example:

Second-year IT student offering private IT tutorials for all levels”

Coding for beginners offered by an experienced IT technician”

You’ll need to make sure that you mention:

  • Your name

  • Email address

  • Phone number

  • The types of tutorials you’re offering (beginners, catchup classes, online classes, in-home tutorials, IT classes for seniors, etc.)

  • The levels you teach (schoolchildren, GCSE, A Level, professionals, etc.)

  • Your rates per lesson

  • Any IT qualification or certification you may have.

  • You teaching style and your teaching experience.

Remember that you’re not writing a novel. A poster needs to be readable, clear, and memorable so that people can get all the relevant information in just a few seconds.

Once your announcements are ready, you just need to go around the neighbourhood asking if local businesses have a noticeboard or a window you can put your posters up in. Don’t hesitate to briefly talk to them about what you’re offering as an instructor, too. You never know. Maybe they know people who’d be interested.

One last thing: Don’t forget to bring some tape or Blu Tack so that you can put your posters up.

Find Students in Academic Establishments

Schools are a great place to offer your services since computer literacy is part of the national curriculum. There’s usually a notice board somewhere in the school where you could put your posters.

Speak to local schools and colleges to see if they’d let you put your posters up. You should consider talking to their IT teachers, too, and seeing if there are any students who could benefit from extra instruction.

Even if the establishment doesn’t offer IT classes, there may be students (or their parents) that are interested in your classes.

You should think about visiting:

  • Primary schools

  • Secondary schools

  • Sixth forms

  • Colleges

  • Universities

  • Night schools

  • Etc.

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In Neighbourhood Associations

Don’t forget that there are associations you can look to in order to get the word out about your tutorials. These are places that locals frequent and you can find potential students.

Of course, you don’t need to go to every single club or group. You should make the most of your time by targeting specific groups where there’ll be a lot of potential IT students.

Let’s be clear:

  • If you’re offering personal computer classes for the elderly, then a senior citizen’s club or association is probably the best place to go. Put up posters in church halls or community centres that host seniors regularly, make sure they mention that your classes are specifically tailored to them or head down one day to introduce yourself.

  • Are you offering tutorials for GCSE or A Level students? Then consider asking to put up posters at a local children’s football club, for example.

  • Etc.

Think carefully about the best places to put up your posters. Ask around to see if you could give a brief presentation on computer technology and the basics such as why a lesson on

If you know what type of student you’re looking for, you can think about advertising in the kind of places they go.

Finding Students Online

Last but not least: The internet! There are a lot of options for finding students online.

  • You could make your own website.

  • You could sign up to platforms dedicated to providing private tutorials.

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Creating a Website for Private Tutorials

Creating a dedicated website for your private tutorials should be simple for anyone who knows a thing or two about computers. If you don't know how to create a website, you could learn to use WordPress and create a basic web page about yourself.

The fact you built your own site would also act as proof of your abilities to future students and those wanting to learn internet basics like navigating web pages or coding in HTML. There are several advantages to having your own site, too. In particular:

  • You can add content to a web page as often as you like

  • You can provide specific details on the types of courses you’re offering

  • You could add free computer courses on basic skills to help those new to computers

  • You can maintain a blog where you share tips and tricks. Editing a blog is often very easy

If you want to provide private IT tutorials as your main job, you can. However, you’ll need to keep in mind that maintaining a website can be a time-consuming endeavour. You need to make sure that it highlights the benefits of your tutorials and shows off your skills as a tutor. You can also use it to provide materials to your students.

Signing Up to Dedicated Private Tutorial Sites

There are several platforms online offering private tutorial services. Superprof is obviously one of these platforms.

This type of site is quick and easy and can give your profile some visibility and ensure that students looking for private tutors are able to find you.

On Superprof, you don’t have to pay to get in touch with potential customers. It’s free to sign up. The site allows visitors to search by subject and location and check out the tutors that match their requirements.

Tutors are evaluated by their students who leave comments about them and potential students can work out if they’re the right tutor for them. You’ll see that it’s very easy to quickly find students. To increase your chances, you should make sure that you reply quickly to enquiries, have a complete profile, and offer your first hour of tutoring as a free taster session. You can also offer tutorials over webcam.

By taking these simple steps, you’ll soon be teaching your first IT tutorials. You should keep your students’ needs in mind, be patient, and make sure that you’re dedicated to their progression.

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