Let's do a simple experiment. Google "Maths tutor" and look at the results that are generated. Given that there are massive recommendations and everything on the Internet seems similar, you might wonder what is the best way to stand out and get as many students as possible.

If you are a newbie to Maths tutoring, do not worry! We have some great tips to help you throughout this journey.

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How to develop the right mindset as you plan to start tutoring Maths?

Every master was once a beginner. All that matters for you now is to muster your courage and passion to begin your first step and carry on with perseverance. Remember, before becoming a good Maths tutor, you must first believe that you can become one!

a) When there is a will, there is a way

It is important to make your intentions into practical actions and fulfilled reality. As soon as you have made up your mind to start your Maths tutoring services, you can start to carry out the plans that you have in mind, step by step. Do not let your worries or previous unsuccessful attempts stop you from starting this journey of teaching Maths. Have a positive outlook that you can succeed as a Maths tutor.

Some of the things that you can plan and think about beforehand are the platforms where you want to advertise your services, physical and online teaching materials for various educational levels, your preferred mode of teaching and how much will you charge your students for your lessons.

b) There is always room for improvement

As you plan to be a Maths tutor, you may find out that there are several changes in the latest Mathematics syllabus compared to what you have studied previously. You can always look for the relevant information and study it accordingly as you prepare the lessons for your students.

Do not worry about what type of qualifications you should have if you want to teach Mathematics.  Even if you are still studying and feel less confident due to your lack of teaching experience, you can always enrol yourself in various Mathematics teaching and learning courses from Coursera, Futurelearn and Khan Academy to enhance your teaching ability. As long as you take the initiative to upgrade your skills, you can still learn what it takes to be a good Maths tutor

c) Develop a growth mindset instead of a fixed mindset

At times, you may feel discouraged or tired when you are uncertain about the outcome of starting this Maths tutoring business or when the preparation work seems unending. Believe that your effort, talent, as well as plans, will lead you to success.

At the same time, talk to people who have similar experiences of tutoring Maths. This serves as an encouragement boost where you can learn from their examples, be more open-minded about trying out new experiences and gain a better understanding of the practical methods to teach Maths effectively.

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You may come across potential clients through the network relationship of your family and friends.
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How to optimize your social circle? Let your family and friends know that you are a Maths tutor!

a) Do not underestimate the power of word of mouth

This is a classic way to spread the news of your Maths tutoring service. Who better than those who know you well to kickstart this free advertising campaign? Your family and friends can easily mention your new venture as a Maths tutor during regular conversations with their friends and acquaintances even when you are not around.

This is how networks are built in the most spontaneous way. You might find your next potential student through your mutual friends or it could be another acquaintance of your relatives that want to learn Mathematics. One point to take note of: Remember to give your latest contact details to your family and friends so that they can pass them on to those who are keen on taking Maths lessons.  

b) Personal recommendation is a good persuasion technique

One of the best ways to convince someone to buy something or use a particular service is a solid recommendation, especially from someone we trust. This is where your family and friends can help you to promote your services naturally by talking about your strengths, passions and the efforts you have put in as a Maths tutor. 

c) You can unexpectedly learn about the current trend of tutoring

Sometimes you get to directly meet parents or students directly through your family and friends' recommendations. Though there is a 50/50 possibility that they will be your clients, it is still good to know about their concerns, preferred learning style, expectations for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education, as well as the average budget that they are willing to pay for Maths tutoring according to various locations in Malaysia. 

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It is good to talk to students and parents directly to understand their expectations on Maths tutoring.
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How to make your presence known online as a reliable Maths tutor?

Social media is not a media. The key is to listen, engage, and build relationships. - David Alston

Read further to discover how you can make good use of social media to advertise your Maths tutoring service successfully!

1. Join several Facebook groups that connect tutors to parents/students

Don't be surprised that many parents are super passionate and social savvy when it comes to looking for private tutors, regardless of subjects and educational level on Facebook. Look out for groups for homeschooling, Maths tutors, private tuitions in Malaysia and join them as a member to have a lookout for potential students.

You can post about your tutoring services with the permission of the group's administrator or just comment naturally whenever someone uploads a post to inquire about Maths tutoring. Furthermore, you also get to know about additional information such as the average salary of a Maths teacher in Malaysia.

2. Come out with a creative post or video on Facebook, Instagram or even Tik-Tok

It is good to diversify your social media platforms to reach a greater range of your targeted audience. What is best about posting on social media is that your posts can be viewed and shared by anyone and anytime as long as you set your post settings to public.

Given that most Gen Zs are on Instagram and Tik-Tok, you can also come out with a fun and creative reel or video introducing yourself and talk about Maths in an engaging manner. Who says that teaching Maths is boring? 

3. Create a Youtube channel where you upload videos on your teachings

Having a Youtube channel is a good idea if you are also thinking of establishing yourself as an online Maths tutor. This serves as an ideal way to practice recording yourself, master various online teaching tools, as well as develop the skills to teach Maths effectively and creatively.

Don't forget, the more videos you upload on Youtube, the more your videos will appear when people search for Maths tutors online! In other words, your Youtube channel acts as your online Maths teaching portfolio!

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Uploading your teaching videos on Youtube is a good way to promote your Maths tutoring services.
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What is the best tutoring platform to start as a beginner in Maths tutoring? Introducing Superprof!

If you are just starting to think of becoming a Maths tutor and feel confused because you are unsure where to start, let us assure you that you are now at the right place. Look no further and start creating a tutor profile with Superprof!

Superprof is a global learning platform that aims to foster the sharing of knowledge between tutors and students. It is a community where they are around 17 million tutors worldwide. You can be certain that there are also many motivated students and tutors in Malaysia too!

Here are some reasons why you should start as a private Maths tutor with Superprof:

1. You are never "less experienced" or "over experienced" to teach

Superprof welcomes passionate individuals who are dedicated to teaching various subjects. It does not matter if you are still a student or a retired teacher, your teaching experience is not the sole element that matters when you are part of the Superprof tutor community. Remember, age is certainly not a barrier when it comes to teaching effectively! 

2. Effective way to increase your credibility as a Maths tutor

When you create a tutoring profile with Superprof, you are establishing yourself as a serious Maths tutor with updated and relevant information. Your profile will be viewed by parents and students who are serious about looking for good Maths tutors. At your profile, add your current picture, teaching methodology, as well as the scope of your teaching. All of these will be shown accordingly (after verification) and interested students can contact you directly via your profile. 

3. Flexible mode of teaching (online and offline)

When you start off as a Maths tutor with Superprof, you get to state the mode of teaching that you prefer, as well as the education levels that you intend to teach. If you prefer to focus on only home tutoring, you can list down your rates for transportation apart from the normal rate for your lessons. If you are open to online teaching, all you need is to simply indicate that your lessons can also be taught by webcam.

4. Good support system for the tutoring community

It is absolutely easy and free to create a tutor profile with Superprof! You can always contact the Superprof team should you need more information and clarity on how to have an enjoyable Maths tutoring experience with your students! You can also access clear instructions as well as frequently asked questions on payment, cancellation policy and technical matters on the Superprof page for tutors.

What are you waiting for? Quickly sign up as a Maths tutor with Superprof and meet your future students soon!

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