How to Be the Successful Freelance Math Tutor

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Math tutors are in high demand in today’s world, and this doesn’t seem to be fizzling out any time soon. Like every other person, you’re probably wondering why students and parents alike suddenly want math tutors, especially since math is often considered a widely-hated subject. Well, it’s pretty simple. According to a study carried out by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, early exposure to math can help children succeed academically as they progress. As such, parents essentially want to “catch their kids young” by hiring math tutors for them. 

This brings us to the big question: how can you build a successful career around this ever-increasing demand? If you’re considering teaching math for kids, the following tips will help you become a successful freelance tutor.

What Qualifications Do You Need to Become a Freelance Math Tutor?

As a freelancer, your required qualifications are primarily subjective. This means that it’s up to the parent/client to decide whether you’re qualified enough to teach their child or ward.

However, an academic background in math is always a valuable qualification. For instance, if you have a Bachelor’s degree in math or have high math grades, your profile will stand out to potential clients.

If you don’t have these qualifications, professional experience is an added advantage. For instance, some parents would feel more comfortable hiring you if you’ve previously worked as a math tutor in a structured learning environment.

How to Become a Successful Tutor

Ready to become a top-tier freelance math tutor? Here are some essential steps to get you started on your journey:

  1. Decide what level you’re comfortable teaching

  2. Set up your teaching equipment

  3. Find a freelancing platform

  4. Create a profile

  5. Fix your rates

  6. Always ask for reviews

Decide what level you’re comfortable teaching


The first step to becoming a successful freelance math tutor is deciding your level/area of expertise. Would you prefer to teach young middle-schoolers, high school students? 

If you’re comfortable with teaching students of all ages and levels, you’ll undoubtedly be in high demand. However, in the same vein, there’s nothing wrong with having a specific focus group (e.g., 10-year old children or high-school students).

Set up your teaching equipment

As a freelance tutor, most of your tutorials will be online, and as such, you need handy equipment to help simulate a classroom environment. For starters, you should set up an account on Zoom, Skype, or Google Hangouts. These tools let you create an ónline classroom where you can communicate with students.

Next, consider using tools like Whiteboard Fox to create an online whiteboard. With these whiteboards, you can show students calculations in real-time and ensure that they get carried along instead of relying on an off-screen note. Luckily, most whiteboard tools offer a free version, so you don’t have to worry about paying through your nose for them.

Find a freelancing platform.

Once you've chosen your teaching equipment, the next step is finding a reliable freelancing platform that guarantees visibility without excessive restrictions or charges. Unfortunately, many aspiring tutors find that large freelance platforms have high commissions or are difficult to get into. The smaller ones may be cheaper, but your chances of gaining visibility and clients on these platforms are often slim to none.

If you’re stuck in this dilemma, you could try out some popular sites like Freelancer as you’ll have a better chance of finding new clients there.

Create a profile

So, you’ve found the perfect freelancing platform. What’s next? Well, at this point, you’ll need to build a strong profile to stand out. Your profile is your first chance to make a great impression, and you certainly don’t want to waste it.

For starters, it’s advisable to choose a high-quality personal photo for your profile picture. Although a logo might seem more professional, most potential clients prefer to work with a friendly face rather than a faceless brand.

Once you’ve chosen your profile picture, you can then create an outstanding bio. Your bio (and profile in general) should highlight and advertise your strengths. Point out your educational qualifications, professional experience, and any other relevant skills you have. Be sure to let your audience know how passionate you are about teaching because most clients are searching for tutors who love what they do. Finally, ensure that your bio is written in the active voice to create a stronger connection with your audience. Everything from this will create your perfect remote workplace.

Fix your rates

Setting tuition rates can be conflicting, especially if you’re a first-time freelancer. While you don’t want to seem like a novice by setting meager rates, you certainly don’t want to scare off clients by overpricing your sessions, either. To help you set the right rate, consider what other tutors charge per session.

Most expert math tutors charge anywhere between $15 to $50 per hour, while beginners tend to charge less. At the end of the day, it all boils down to your level of expertise and confidence.

Always ask for a review.

Here’s one mistake most new tutors make: they never utilize their first few clients. At first glance, this may seem like a bizarre thing to say, but the truth is that your first few clients can fetch you more clients. Wondering how? It’s simple: reviews.

Studies has shown that 97% of consumers rely on reviews before purchasing any item, and this applies to tutors as well. The more (positive) reviews you have, the more likely you will get more clients.

As such, always ask your clients to leave an online review before you part ways. This way, you can build trust with prospective clients and garner even more students.

Final Thoughts

Becoming a freelance math tutor is a lucrative opportunity for anyone. If you’re looking to get started, the tips listed above will set you on the right path to success. Create an outstanding profile and remember to tap into the power of consumer reviews and referrals.

Good luck!

Author’s Bio

Jessica Kaminski is an expert mathematics tutor at Brighterly. She obtained a BSc and Master’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Ostrava and has almost a decade of experience as a Math tutor. 

Jessica is passionate about nurturing young math geniuses, and when she’s not teaching, you’re sure to find her writing or networking with other aspiring tutors. 

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Posted 27 January, 2022


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Jessica Kaminski is an expert math for kids at Brighterly. She obtained a BSc and Master’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Ostrava and has almost a decade of experience as a Math tutor. Jessica is passionate about nurturing young math geniuses, and when she’s not teaching, you’re sure to find her writing or networking with other aspiring tutors.

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