Tracking Trends in Private Tutoring

Aug 10, 2016

Private tutoring has seen an explosion over the last couple of decades in Asian as well as in Western countries such as the US and the UK. It is estimated that the global tutoring market would surpass $102.8 billion by 2018. What's driving this burgeoning demand for tutoring services?

Drivers of Growth in Private Tutoring

In countries such as India, the increased demand for private tutoring is explained by the following trends.

  • Favourable demographics – India is a young and populous nation; this means that a large section of the young population is fighting to get into the best educational institutions in the country. Indian parents realise that hiring the right private tutor can determine their child's academic and professional success. For the average Indian students, taking the help of a private tutor to complete the class curriculum has become a part and parcel of student life.
  • Internet explosion - The growing affordability of high-speed internet has been a God-send for tutors and students alike. It has helped Indian tutors offer their tutoring services to students located well beyond their area zip code. In fact, Indian tutors are among the biggest contributors to the global online tutoring.
  • Focus on competitive exams - The fight to qualify for a handful of seats in top engineering, architecture, and business schools has fuelled an industry of competitive exam training centres. The UPSC entrance exam in India, which gives aspirants a chance to become part of the elite IAS cadre, remains one of the most competitive exams in the country.
  • Failure of the education system - Rising student enrollments and the inability of the standard education system to address the unique needs of each learner has compelled worried parents to seek additional help for their children. Unlike the overloaded school environment, private tutoring offers students the opportunity to learn in a setting that is highly personalised, secure, and (depending on the tutor) innovative.

In Victorian times, only the elite class hired private tutors for their children; the world of tutoring has come a long way since then. Today, every young family had a demand for a tutor at some point. As the private tutoring opportunities continue to grow, more and more professionals, teachers, and qualified individuals, are turning to private tutoring as a part-time, or a full-time job.

If you are planning to start a home business, tutoring is one of the easiest businesses to get off the ground. A big advantage of private tutoring is that you can begin with minimal overhead expense.  It is now easier than ever before to market yourself as a private tutor thanks to online promotion tools such as websites, blogs, social media, and tutoring portals such as My Private Tutor.

As a private tutor, you can be rest assured, that regardless of the fierce competition in the tutoring business, you will always find students to teach. Millions of tech-savvy students enter higher education each year, creating the need for specialised tutors. The Indian education system continues to be strained, which means that you will see an increased demand for good private tutors for years to come.

Future Trends in Private Tutoring

To be successful as a private tutor, it's important to stay abreast of trends developing in the tutoring and education sector. Here are some suggestions on how you can keep track of trends in private tutoring.

  • Follow changes in the curriculum - It's vital to ensure that your teaching material is up to date. If you aren't teaching in a school, staying informed on changes in the curriculum can be difficult. One way is to let your students tell you, but it's always better to be proactive. Keep track of announcements on websites such as CBSE to keep track of the changes.
  • Track social media - Social media is an effective way to monitor what parents / students/ industry thought leaders are saying. Follow blogs in the education sector such as My Private Tutor, Learn Out of the Box, and Education Initiatives Blog.
  • Experiment with new technology - One of the best ways to stay updated on new techniques in the education sector is to use them. Online tutoring has proven to be a major driver of change in the tutoring The technologies available for conducting online classes are improving rapidly. Using online tools such as WizIQ, Skype, Scribblar and join.me, will help prepare you for the next wave of technological changes.
  • Use Google Alerts - Set up Google alerts to stay informed of any changes in the education sector, including announcements at the state and national level, and the launch of new technologies. For example, once you enable a Google alert for 'STEM education’, whenever there is a new article or a blog published on this keyword, you will receive an email alert with a link to the website carrying that information.

While tutoring is one of the oldest professions, staying up to date on private tutoring trends, will help you be prepared to meet the demands of this evolving industry.

How have changes in technology impacted how you tutor students? Share your experience as a private tutor in the comments box below.

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