How do I give private lessons?

Giving private lessons at home is an excellent way to gain a great pedagogical and human experience while rounding out your income. However, it is not so easy to give private lessons without experience or knowledge of the conditions of working at home. A private teacher is the one who must be as close as possible to the student in his or her pedagogical approach and be able to understand his or her difficulties in order to help him or her overcome them. It is strictly speaking a question of personalised help where contact and dialogue with the pupil are essential. The income linked to private tuition is also sometimes unclear: should one declare one's income? What are the fees to be applied? To answer all your questions, read this article.

What is a private tutor?

A private tutor can provide several "types" of courses, each with different requirements and problems.This is how we distinguish between them:
  • Tutoring. Tutoring is a personalized and regular help that is given to a student in one or more subjects of his or her school curriculum with which he or she has difficulties.
  • Homework help. It is a matter of making sure that the student's homework is done and providing help if necessary.
  • Private tutoring. This involves helping the pupil in a subject where he is having difficulty or teaching him a new subject (computer science, musical instrument, etc.). Private tuition is very similar to tutoring and is distinguished above all by its content: private tuition provides knowledge to the student, who may repeat a lesson that he has already received in class but which he has not fully understood.

How to become a tutor: what are the steps to take?

Being a private teacher cannot be improvised. But before you can see what the methods and requirements are, you have to become a tutor. And here we are talking about a specific status. There is no question of working on the black market: hand to hand work is forbidden and penalized by the State. This applies both to you and to the student's family. Declaring your income as a self-employed person is not very interesting, as the amount of contributions to be paid is very high. No worries though, there are several alternatives to work legally without ruining yourself:

The universal service cheque

Better known by the abbreviation CESU, it simplifies the administrative procedures for paying your social security contributions but also allows the family not to declare your employment itself. Indeed, social contributions are paid by the student's family through the chèque emploi service, which allows you to benefit from all social rights. As for the family, they can obtain a tax reduction of up to 50% of the salaries and social contributions paid to you.

School support organisations

Tutoring agencies are excellent ways to "pay" your social security contributions without worrying about it. In fact, they are included in the tariff set by the organisation you work for, so you do not have to go through the administrative procedures linked to your activity and you are covered by social security. This explains the often high hourly rates set by the tutoring organisations with the parents, of which you only receive a part. However, this solution is also advantageous for the student's family, which is also exempt from the legal formalities of the hiring declaration and can also benefit from the tax reduction of up to 50% of the expenses incurred in the school organization. Here are a few examples of organisations where you can work as a tutor. Some sites recruit on the basis of tests and interviews:
  • Completeness
  • Thales Course
  • Acadomia
  • Course Tocqueville
  • Superprofs
  • Domicours
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