Starting a tutoring service
I'm a rising senior and thinking about trying to start a virtual tutoring service for students in my district. Do you have any ideas about how I should go about this and how useful this would be on my college application? Im not sure about how I would recruit tutors and spread the word about my service. Thanks
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First of all, I have to say, this is an amazing idea! This would be especially useful for middle-to-lower class students who might not have the money to be enrolled in paid services. Secondly, I think it's amazing that you're thinking of starting something new -- joining an already standing organization can be useful but won't look as good. This will be very, very helpful for your college applications (colleges love it when they see a student start something new).
Having started a club myself here are some tips I can give you:
- Since you are a rising senior, you won't be able to maintain a place in your service for too long. So you should give a leadership position to someone a grade below you. They will be in the area longer and will be able to choose the next leader (ideally a grade below them). This would help the consistency in the leadership of your service.
- Secondly, start recruiting the people you know the best -- your friends and family! Although often seen as playing favorites, that is the best place to start, and you will gain a lot of new connections from that process alone. Ask your friends if they have any other friends who are interested, but make sure they have a genuine interest instead of just wanting something to fill out college apps.
- Try to market your club in any way possible; don't think just because there are a small number of kids at X school means that you shouldn't market there. That is the best starting point, and with the help of other board members, you should market the service to at least 100 people. Of those 100 people, 20 will be interested, and 5 will actually join. But those 5 will be able to spread the word, and the service will grow over time.
Those were just some basic tips if there is more that you would like to know or anything you need to be clarified, just let me know in the comments. Also, please let us know what you end up doing! :)
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