Deciding to Offer Private Tutoring

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Successfully passing your massage therapy training is one step towards becoming a massage therapist to help others.  But your clients aren’t the only ones who can benefit from your success.  One way to give back to the field is to offer tutoring sessions to current students in a massage therapy program.  Teaching may come naturally to you, especially if you once had a position in the educational field.

The percentage of people who pass their state exam indicates that there is a need for tutoring.  Some students may not be getting all they need from their school.  Sometimes, more than one source of instruction is needed in order for students to “get it”, especially when it comes to tough subjects like anatomy.  With anatomy, the subject matter can make you feel like you don’t understand or are completely lost.  Some people learn better in different settings or when the material is presented differently.  For example, it is not uncommon for someone to zone out when sitting in a lecture hall.  Perhaps, if the material is presented in a classroom setting, where you have one on one access to the teacher/instructor, the student will have a better understanding of the material.

Having access to a tutor for several weeks (if not the full duration of your program) might make all of the difference in passing your class with flying colors.  In addition to offering help with a specific subject, you might be able to expand your offerings and offer tutoring for the national certification exam.

If you don’t have a degree in the subject, you probably want to know how much you should charge for your tutoring services.  Typically, kids in elementary and middle school can find tutoring for about $30 an hour.  If you have a degree in the subject, you might be able to get away with charging more.  Another option you have is to offer tutoring to a group of students.  If you go this route, make sure you keep the group size small.  4 students is a good number for a tutoring group.

If you have a strong desire to tutor, why not consider putting together a full service program?  You can put together a calendar where you state what you will be covering.  You can offer pricing for individual sessions, or even package deals that include several sessions.  Instead of charging by the hour, you can just charge per session.  The sessions can also be limited to a certain number of students.

There’s so much more to learn about in the bodywork and massage therapy industries.  You should read this post here for additional information on portable massage tables.

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