Tutoring is such a rewarding experience, sharing your knowledge, and helping others to further their knowledge and progress in a certain subject. But for many tutors, the most difficult part is actually getting students to tutor. Ensuring your tutor profile provides all the relevant information, that a student or parents wants to know is essential, whilst adding a few little extras can really improve your 'tutor attractiveness'.
One you've created your profile on TeachTutti, you'll have access to your profile 24/7. Meaning you can amend and update your profile as and when you'd like. Although we'd air caution to updating your pricing frequently, but more on this below.
What to include in your tutor profile?
The first thing a student or parent looks at is probably your photo, so it's important to create a great first impression.
Ensure your photos are:
- Good quality - Graining and blurry images aren't great and it's important to provide a clear image of yourself.
- Only of you - Group photos, or ones containing children are not a good option. Include images only or yourself.
- Varied - Including more than one photo is definitely recommended. Having several photos gives people an insight into who you are as a person and what you're like as a tutor. Photos at work, at your graduation, in your spare time, and some simple headshots are all great options.
- A Video
With TeachTutti tutor profiles, there is an option to include a video of yourself. This is a fantastic opportunity to talk 'directly' to your potential students or their parents. Talk about your experience, qualifications, your approach to tutoring, and any subject specialities you have. Creating a short, but engaging video is a great way to engage with your audience even before receiving a message from them.
- Price & Availability
Including your tuition price is vital. Plus when you are available for tutoring and in what location. This is basic information that potential students and parents will want to know even before they consider you based on your experience and personality as it's more circumstantial e.g. a tutor based in Glasgow wouldn't be suitable for a student looking for at-home tuition in London.
However, we would recommend choosing a tuition price and not changing this often, as this can cause customer alienation when they learn others have paid a different price.
- Your Introduction
This should be a few sentence, something short, snappy, and engaging. Make sure to include your location, the subject you teach, and something with differentiates you from other tutors. This section can also be read from the main tutor search page, potentially making it the second thing people will ready about you (with your name being the first!)
E.g. Hi I'm Jon, an experienced Maths tutor in London. I graduated from Oxford University in 2004. Since then I have been teaching in a Secondary school, and in 2015 I appear on Countdown!
- Teaching Experience
This section is effectively your sales pitch, your bio, and your CV. Here you can include a whole range of information that is relevant to your tutoring, your experience, and your qualifications. But it's also a great opportunity to highlight some of your softer skills, as well as your academic knowledge.
We would recommend including information about:
- Your qualifications - Include what you have studied, what you graduated with, and where. Qualifications are a great way of reinforcing your knowledge and ability to teach.
- Your tutoring experience - Have you tutored before, what did you learn from this, or do you have experience in tutoring a wide range of students?
- Your teaching experience - Have you worked within schools or other learning environments where you taught your subjects to students?
- Your teaching style - How do you approach your tutoring sessions, how do you tailor your lessons to individuals, and what are your focusses during tutoring sessions?
- Your subject specialities - Do you have experience in preparing students for a certain exam or have you taught in a specific environment?
When writing your 'Teaching Experience' section, consider how long the piece of text is and whether it is engaging whilst communicating well why you are the perfect tutor for the student in question. A top tip is not to focus on yourself (difficult when writing about your experience we know), but make it about the student. Talk about 'your goals and your progression': after all, they are looking for a tutor to help them.
Explore our 'how to become a tutor' page at TeachTutti, and explore our 'FAQs' or find out more about 'how it works for tutors'
This post was updated on 01 Aug, 2023.