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Tutoring as a Successful Business - An Expert Tutor Shows You How Paperback – Bargain Price, April 1, 2001

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A superb introductory guide to the craft and art of tutoring, to pursue a successful and professional tutoring career. -- Midwest Book Review 2001

Good things come in concise packages. The informal tone belies the fact it's an extremely practical usable manual. -- Fearlessbooks 11/7/01

This book explodes with valuable teaching information where the author uses common sense strategies. It should be in every classroom. -- ASTORYWEAVERS'S Book Reviews

About the Author

Eileen Shapiro has been tutoring for over 30 years. She has written studies skills pamphlets for the Chicago Tribune, a dictionary for the SAT, the college entrance exam, and English and math computer disks for the SATs. She has taught over 6000 students.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 243 pages
  • Publisher: Nateen Publishing (April 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 096723610X
  • ASIN: B00C01G3J4
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,675,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on February 16, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is a great book for people who want an anecdotal account of the author's tutoring experience. It is also probably very good for those who are tutoring or wanting to get a glimpse of how to tutor many different types of students in many different subjects. I was looking for something that was more business involved. Although the title implies such a book, it only devotes about 56 pages of the 243 pages to this topic. Much of the information could be read in other generic small business books.
In short, I was disappointed because the title is very deceiving. If you want to know the business side of tutoring, get a book for small business. If you want to read some stories of how she has successfully tutored some very difficult children, by all means, read this book. I would suggest checking it out at your local library to read the 56 pages on the business side of tutoring.
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I've been a professional tutor for the last two years and involved in for-profit education in some way since 2001. Now that I've gained some tutoring skills, I'm thinking about starting my own firm, and I picked this book up looking for strategies about how to start a tutoring business. This author clearly loves what she's doing. Her compassion for her students is admirable. She sees tutoring as an accessible profession that everybody does to some extent, and she feels that others can follow her model closely and become tutors.

Like other reviewers, I was disappointed that she spent at most 1/3 of the book talking about the business side of tutoring. Perhaps she doesn't want to fully train someone to compete with her. She briefly mentions things like "Doing Business As" announcements in the final third of the book. She helpfully shares what marketing strategies have worked for her, and she gives several helpful anecdotes about what working with parents and students. I really wish that she had expanded this section because the practical advice she has to share is what separates this book from many other offerings on the market.

How you find the other 2/3 of the book will depend on what kind of tutoring you wish to attack. Probably the best thing here is that so many types of tutoring is addressed. She describes young kids, properly labeled Learning Disabled kids, falsely labeled Learning Disabled kids, adult learners, exam prep students, and other relevant case studies. Yet she doesn't really go into great depth on any of these issues. I tutor SAT, and I did not learn a great deal about teaching students from this book. Sadly, she doesn't go into great depth on ACT or graduate exam tutoring.
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By A Customer on July 13, 2001
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When my daughter was born, I knew I wanted to stay home with her. Since my main work experience was in education, I figured tutoring would be the best home-based business for me. This book confirmed my feelings and also made me think about things I hadn't yet thought of. It was very helpful and well written!
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I agree with the reviewer who said the title is misleading. I do wish there were more about the business side of tutoring, but I find Eileen's advertising experiences very helpful, as well as her experiences in hiring other tutors to work with her. I thought this was a fascinating look into the career of a tutor with many examples of real students, their challenges, and the methods used to overcome those challenges. It is more narrative than instructional, and I really enjoyed this approach rather than the strict "how-to" approach in others I've read. Eileen is obviously very intelligent and highly dedicated, and her approach to tutoring is inspiring and insightful. She is highly attentive to the emotional states of her students.Overall, a great read, but it won't answer all your questions about tutoring.
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Based on the tone of this book and the anecdotes it contains, Mrs. Shapiro, the author, seems like an excellent teacher and tutor. However, because I am not new to the field of education, this book was not useful for me. If you have never taught students before, and you need the information and motivation to start your own tutoring business, then by all means, buy this book! If you're already a teacher or a tutor, then you just don't need this book, unless you have trouble exercising common sense in either the business aspect or the educational aspect of tutoring.

The message the book conveys is certainly positive: that we tutors must always believe that our students can succeed. But this concept is much too rudimentary for teachers and tutors who are already involved in students' successes. It's true what the other reviewers have said; most of the book is anecdotes about how Mrs. Shapiro has helped students through tutoring. Her formulaic approach grew tiresome: "Sandy Sue was X years old. She really needed help with Y and Z. I helped her. Her life got better. Hooray!"

A few problems plague the book. Strangely, though the book was copyrighted in 2001, in the chapters about advertising and communicating with parents, there is no mention of the Internet or e-mail. The resources that the author provides in the appendices are embarrassingly basic. And while no book is edited to perfection, this book contained many strange errors in hyphenation, and two entire chapters are inserted twice, giving the book a thickness that belies its superficiality.
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