Being a private tutor for LSAT

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JollyGreenGiant
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Being a private tutor for LSAT

Postby JollyGreenGiant » Tue May 11, 2010 8:28 pm

I'm thinking about becoming a private tutor to make a few extra bucks. There are currently no LSAT courses around here (Besides online, obviously). Anyone ever done this? Is it wrong to use another company's materials (say, Kaplan or Powerscore) when teaching?

Tips are appreciated.

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Re: Being a private tutor for LSAT

Postby RockyLovesEmily » Wed May 12, 2010 1:59 am

I am a tutor for a private company and they allow us to use whatever books we like. I go with a pretty standard one sold at all B&N or Borders. If it's sold in stores or at Amazon, it's fair game. However, if it's material you got from registering for their course, definite no-no. But I don't think that's what you're talking about.

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Re: Being a private tutor for LSAT

Postby DoctorNick189 » Wed May 12, 2010 2:01 am

if you're solo, use whatever you want. if you work for a company, don't tutor using anyone else's materials.

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Re: Being a private tutor for LSAT

Postby cylusr » Wed May 12, 2010 2:07 am

I tutor in my spare time (it actually takes up more time than you think so make sure you charge enough). I just go over basics out of a book I like and then let the student do what they want. Most of my students have their own books

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Re: Being a private tutor for LSAT

Postby RockyLovesEmily » Wed May 12, 2010 2:34 am

cylurs makes a great point.

Depending on how you structure your program, you might end up spending an extra 1/2 hour for every hour of instruction for things like prep, grading, and travel. For example, it's hard to teach reading comprehension passages properly if you haven't read them somewhat recently.

Calculate the value of your leisure time and make sure these extra hours are built into your hourly fee.

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Re: Being a private tutor for LSAT

Postby JollyGreenGiant » Wed May 12, 2010 11:22 am

What have you guys been charging, out of curiousity?

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Re: Being a private tutor for LSAT

Postby RockyLovesEmily » Wed May 12, 2010 11:52 am

$65/hr

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Re: Being a private tutor for LSAT

Postby cylusr » Thu May 13, 2010 2:09 am

RockyLovesEmily wrote:$65/hr


Holy F word. Do people actually pay that. I scored in the 99th and only charge $20. I wonder what a $65 an hour session offers?

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Re: Being a private tutor for LSAT

Postby RockyLovesEmily » Fri May 14, 2010 2:26 am

cylusr wrote:
RockyLovesEmily wrote:$65/hr


Holy F word. Do people actually pay that. I scored in the 99th and only charge $20. I wonder what a $65 an hour session offers?



Whatever they want, just no kissing on the lips.

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Re: Being a private tutor for LSAT

Postby Knock » Fri May 14, 2010 2:56 am

RockyLovesEmily wrote:$65/hr


What was your LSAT score? what's your teaching method? how easy is it to find clients at $65 an hour? how did you get your name out there?

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Re: Being a private tutor for LSAT

Postby RockyLovesEmily » Fri May 14, 2010 5:23 pm

I tutor the SATs, on which I scored in the 99.7%.

The company I work for sends me clients and I get paid $30/hr. They charge $65 and have a pretty rigorous selection process requiring high scores and many interview rounds. It's nice because I don't have to market myself or deal with money. I just show up.

I live in a pretty nice area where parents are willing to spend top dollar for their kids to get into the best schools, so ironically, you might be able to charge more for SAT tutoring than LSAT. Plus there's a larger potential client base. But I know someone in NYC who charges $100 per hour for LSAT tutoring. I think she got a 174? Something like that. Location is a big part of that obviously. But charging $20 per hour means you're probably undercharging.

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Re: Being a private tutor for LSAT

Postby dbt » Fri May 14, 2010 5:43 pm

What is a good company/mechanism for working as a private tutor? LSAT/ACT/SAT; I'll do any of them. I need some extra cash.




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