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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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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
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The title is self explanatory for this book. Upon reading I thought oh this is just going to be a tutoring 101 book showing steps and giving basic lesson plans on how to tutor... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Danny Hackin
I found this book to be exactly what I had hoped for. It gave me some useful insights into different approaches to tutoring for different students' personalities and learning... Read morePublished on June 21, 2010 by Teacher turned Tutor
Great ideas and very easy to read. Some of the info didn't pertain to me, but I could use a great deal of the ideas and have been tutoring ever since.Published on December 30, 2008 by J. Ramirez
It's fascinating how many reviewers bash the author saying she's not a teacher. Didn't they read "about the author" or the acknowledgements? She was definitely a teacher. Read morePublished on November 27, 2006 by sandy
Shapiro provides much valuable information near the 2nd part of her book as to the practical specifics of starting a tutoring business. Read morePublished on October 26, 2005 by Sally DeLellis
I am a middle school science teacher starting to tutor after school. I looked at many books and this is the overall best book on the subject of tutoring. Read morePublished on October 18, 2005 by R. Skinner
This is indeed a handy book to read on tutoring because it not only starts from Mrs. Shapiro's very first client (she tells you of how anxious she was, she describes the client,... Read morePublished on June 8, 2004