Campus start-up: Tutorial classes
Many students want to first finish their academic programmes before venturing into any activity that would earn them money. While some may see this idea as better option, arguing that going into economic enterprise as students could result to conflicting interests, instead of staying focused on their primary objective. Others have debunked the argument, describing holders of such views as being myopic and lacking business knowledge.
Among the part time engagements mentioned, teaching is in the lead. There are students, especially those in their third and fourth year who can effectively impact knowledge to primary and secondary school students, but they are not doing this, maybe because they do not know that such opportunities exist or they have not thought of what to engage their spare time on.
There are private schools in our university communities that are in dare need of part time teachers to handle subjects like mathematics, English language, literature in English, Nigerian languages, the sciences, music, arts, the list is endless.
Though, there are specialist teachers for these subjects, the proliferation of private schools has made the numbers insignificant. To meet up with parents’ demand, some private school owners have allowed secondary school leavers to teach some of these subjects. Imagine, what the output would be?
So, put on your thinking cap and look for schools that can engage you on part time basis. Knowing that you are a student of a tertiary institution, these school owners would prefer you to secondary school leavers. Having identified you, they could structure their timetables and other school activities to accommodate your programme.
In case you are not at home with the idea of part-time teaching in primary or secondary schools, you can try remedial coaching. These centres prepare secondary school leavers for Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE). They also prepare candidates to write examinations such as the West African School Certificate Examination (WASCE), National Examinations Council (NECO), General Certificate of Education (GCE), Joint Admissions And Matriculation Board Examination (JAMB), Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), Poly Exams, including teaching adults who never had the opportunity of formal education.
Coming from a tertiary institution to do this, school owners will welcome you because of your knowledge and, perhaps, ability to use latest teaching techniques.One thing about teaching is that, the more one does it, the more one learns new things and even improves academically. Little wonder, Plato, said: “If you want to learn, teach.”
Teaching will help any student to improve in his/her studies because it keeps one on his/her toes to always study to be abreast of issues. Another aspect of this vocation is home lesson. Here, teachers go to pupils’ homes to teach them. And the charges depend on the teacher’s ability to negotiate; and most times, the teacher gets a better deal.
One special thing about home teaching is that the teacher comes twice or thrice a week and a session lasts between one hour and two hours. It is quite different from classroom teaching because there is close attention. Thinking over this, you will discover that spending two to three hours of your time per week to teach could earn you that financial freedom you want as a student.