What made you get into the tutoring business
I graduated from Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics. While studying at university, I was chosen to be a maths tutor in QUT maths access centre. It was there that I realised that I really enjoy teaching and helping others. From there, I started a maths blog and started getting enquiries from students who need help. There are many maths tutors on Google or tutorfinder.com; however it was very clear that there was a big shortage of qualified maths tutors in Queensland. I really wanted to provide the best maths tutoring service in Queensland, which is what made me get into the tutoring business. There is nothing worse than engaging a tutor who has gaps in their knowledge.
Do you think the tutoring industry is competitive? How do you plan to stand out?
There are lots of tutors in Brisbane. The industry itself is very competitive, however not many of them are not qualified in Maths. Many tutors offer tutoring a variety of subjects. It sounds too good to be true. Nobody can be good at everything. I am a mathematician and spent my entire adult life in mathematics and I am still learning new things every day. I have taken science courses in my degree, but I would never offer tutoring in physics or any other science subjects because having basic knowledge about a subject and being qualified to teach is totally different. I only tutor mathematics because that is my speciality. I have tutored a range of mathematics and statistics to university students for many years and have helped hundreds of high school and university students in achieving results well beyond their expectations. I can easily say that there is a clear difference between my background and knowledge and that of most other tutors in Brisbane.
How do you acquire new tutoring clients currently?
A lot of my new clients are now referrals from friends or family that have used my services. Clients are also coming through my website and tutorfinder.com. This year I am also planning to become more active and involved at the local schools in the area.
What tips would you give someone else who would like to become a tutor?
I strongly recommend that they study in the area that they would like to tutor in, and to never promise things that they can’t actually do. Honesty is really important in this industry. Empty promises can change young people’s life in a bad way.
If you could leave our readers with one last piece of business advice, what would it be?
They should really love what they are planning to do. They should be 100% devoted to their goals. Success is for those who choose it.
Cansu Olce is a passionate Math tutor who owns A Star Brisbane Maths Tutor. Go and check out her website at http://www.astarmaths.com.au/