Your Science lesson has just ended. It does not take long for your friends to gather around you and ask you about what your teacher has just taught. You have become the "little Science tutor" in your class because you are good at understanding and explaining the various concepts of Science.
While explaining the theme again to your friends, you find that you actually enjoy this tutoring session and you can even remember better after teaching them.
Fun fact: Did you know that the famous scientist Albert Einstein had a brief teaching career when he was exploring theories about gravity and relativity?
You are now slowly convinced to start off as a Science tutor. But can you be a good Science tutor outside your classroom while still studying? Read further to know more.
Can I teach various Science branch subjects if I'm still a student?
The answer is a big, fat YES!
If you have recently completed your SPM, STPM or undergraduate studies, you are highly likely to remember the preparation stage for the subjects that you have studied. You can also share your experiences of studying and revising the Science subjects with your students.
As a tutor, do remember that it is important to relate to your students. Nobody would want to take a lesson from a teaching robot.
Here are some suggestions for the Science subjects and levels that you can teach if you are now studying for your foundation studies or Form 6 studies.
You should be able to teach the KSSM Science syllabus for Form 1, Form 2 and Form 3. Check out the chapters for the teaching of Science subjects according to the different age levels for most public schools in Malaysia.
a) Lower Secondary Science subjects
Form 1 Science textbook chapters
- Introduction to Scientific Investigation
- Cell as the Basic Unit Of Life
- Coordination and Response
- Periodic Table
- Light & Optics
Form 2 Science textbook chapters
- Human Health
- Water and Solution
- Acid & Alkalis
- Electricity and Magnetism
- Force & Motion
- Sound Waves
- Stars & Galaxies In the Universe
- Solar System
- Meteoroid, Asteroid, Comet
Form 3 Science textbook chapters
- Stimuli & Response
- Reactivity of Metals
- Electricity and Magnetism
- Energy & Power
- Space Weather
- Space Exploration
If you are confident in teaching the three Science subjects for the upper secondary level, you can also look up the syllabus for SPM Science, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
Additional takeaways for students when teaching Science subjects
Here are some key points that you should take note of as a Science tutor on the essential skills that you should teach your students apart from the syllabus.
a) Applying imagination and connection skills
Many people always assume that Science is a theoretical subject and you need to memorize many facts in order to do well in the examination. This is not really the case. Scientific facts are built on observations, inferences and most importantly, a great recognition skill for connection.
For instance, when you are conducting Biology lessons, you have to use diagrams and illustrations to let your students correctly identify the body's anatomy, the structure of a plant and even how signals are formed in the human brain.
b) Handling chemicals and apparatus in the lab the right way
When it comes to the teaching of Chemistry, you are exposing your students to stay safe in a science lab. Explosions are not supposed to happen under normal circumstances (unless it is an expected reaction that is approved).
You are also responsible to educate your students on the functions of various liquids, the accurate way to read measurements and teach them the right format of writing a report based on their experiment. You can use past year papers for practice or show your student some videos to help him/her understand the whole process better.
c) Calculating the right equation using the right theories and formulas
Many students hate the calculation side of Science subjects. Certain theories and formulas can be tricky but a solid foundation with relevant examples will make your students confident to attempt questions that involve calculation.
First, talk and elaborate on the concept. Secondly, after the student has understood, proceed to show the calculation step by step. Thirdly, let the student try it out using the given steps. Finally, recap and let the student reinforce the ways to solve the problem through extra practices after the lesson. This is especially relevant in the case of tutoring Chemistry and tutoring Physics.
Why choose Superprof to start as a new Science tutor?
If you are currently a student or if you are new to tutoring, fret not as we have the best platform for you to kickstart your Science tutoring adventure. Let us introduce to you, Superprof!
Superprof is a global platform that connects tutors and students who are passionate to share and learn knowledge in the form of various subjects.
Read more to learn the reasons why you should choose Superprof as a platform to advertise your service as a Science tutor!
a) You can teach Science to online learners from all over the world
Location is no longer a limitation when you begin your tutoring journey with Superprof. Online lessons are on the rise in Malaysia, especially for students who are sitting for public examinations during this global pandemic. As long as you allow the webcam feature, you can teach any student who wants to learn Science, not just from Malaysia, but also from all around the world. This allows you to have an enriching, global teaching experience like never before.
b) You can set up multiple Science subject ads at the same time
At your Superprof tutoring profile, you can insert the number of subjects that you are available to teach. For instance, if you can teach the three Science subjects: Biology, Chemistry and Physics, you can indicate that in your profile.
The system will capture this information and your tutoring profile will appear whenever a student searches for tutors who teach Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
c) You decide the rate of your lessons
You hold the key to decide your hourly rate for your Science tutoring sessions. Unlike normal physical tutoring centres, there is no commission, neither additional administration/registration fees. However, if you opt for home-based tutoring, you may include your transportation fees. Also, the ultimate payment method will be settled between you and your student(s) in private.
d) It is free for a basic tutoring profile and risk-free!
It is absolutely easy and free to sign up as a tutor with Superprof. No extra fee is needed and you can rest assured that Superprof is committed to make your tutoring venture a smooth one from the beginning. Some of the benefits of joining Superprof is having personalised member support from the Superprof team and also deciding the best cancellation policy for your tutoring venture.
What to include in your profile when you are promoting?
At Superprof, your tutoring profile is the best way to create a good first impression and it is certainly the most effective way to find your students as a Science tutor.
Here are some key elements that you should include in your profile:
a) Academic qualifications
As a tutor, this serves as a reliable guideline for potential students before they decide to learn from you. If you are planning to tutor students from the primary and secondary levels in Science, it is advisable for you to include the grade of your Science subjects of your Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM). If you are interested to teach students who are older (Form Six, or university students), you can include details of your undergraduate degree as well.
Take note that you do not need to have a degree in teaching, but relevant academic qualifications in the science industry (pharmacy, engineering, nutrition, pure chemistry and so on) will certainly be a bonus!
b) Teaching/working experience (if any)
Whether you are currently teaching or you have just retired, any teaching experience is surely valuable as a tutor at Superprof! Some students may even look for experienced markers in certain subjects, so do not be shy to list down your experiences in the education industry.
Even if you are still studying, you may have opportunities of tutoring a small class in university. List that down in your profile, as there are also learners who prefer a peer-like tutor.
c) Teaching methodology
Every tutor has different tutoring styles and specializations in the subject. Some of you may like to teach using case studies, prepare your own notes, diagrams or even illustrations, reinforcing your lessons through examining past year papers or even have a specific reference exercise book to assist your lessons. If you are proficient at using online tools to teach, be sure to include this skill as it will make you stand out as a Science tutor!
As a tutor, it is good to diversify your teaching methodology and cater for them according to your students' needs and preferences. This is why it is important to have a good conversation with your student(s) during the first lesson to know their expectations beforehand.
The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them. - William Lawrence Bragg
Remember that your age and experience should not be a barrier to start as a Science tutor! Enjoy this journey of teaching and sharing your passion for Science by heading to the Superprof website and create a profile to be a Science tutor! See you soon!
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