Tutors don't just help the people they tutor. They help themselves, as their are many pros to tutoring others.
Increased Intellectual Knowledge
For starters, tutors learn a lot. In order to help others master a subject, the tutor must have an in depth understanding of the material themselves. After all, they can't help others learn something they haven't yet learned themselves.
Students will have questions that tutors must be able to answer. Every time a tutor thinks they have the material mastered, they will get a question from another student that has them looking at the subject matter in a new way. Studying a subject to be able to help others learn it is an ongoing process that never ends.
Tutors gain an incredible intellectual scope and depth of the material they teach. In other words, tutors gain knowledge. Maths tutors are incredibly in demand, so if you have the skills and knowhow it can be an excellent subject to teach in.
Improved Communication Skills
But it's not just about having knowledge of the material. A tutor needs to be able to convey that knowledge in a way that helps the student master the material. This means the tutor must also master the art of communication in all its forms, from reading to writing to speaking. Join a support group to get tips to improve your communication skills.
By becoming a tutor, you'll dramatically improve your own reading, writing and speaking, important interpersonal skills that are used in all areas of life from jobs to relationships.
A tutor must also be able to vary how they teach the material based on the way individual students learn. Some students do best reading, others hearing and some need to be exposed to visuals to fully grasp the material. Thus tutors must master these different aspects of teaching and combine them in a way that fits the student's learning process.
This may be the biggest benefit of all when it comes to tutoring. It's about a lot more than acquiring knowledge. Tutors also acquire knowledge and insight of both themselves and others. In order to communicate well and teach the material in the way an individual student learns best, takes an ability to gain insight into people in order to discover how best to help and understand them.
Emotion and intellect go hand in hand. It's quite common for students to let emotional issues get in the way of their studies. By understanding people better, tutors can help student's to deal with these issues in order to learn the subject matter and further their studies.
Improved Career Prospects
As you can see above tutoring is about a lot more than helping someone learn a subject. Good tutors grow on a variety of personal levels from increased knowledge, to better communication skills to a better understanding of what makes people tick. They gain an incredible ability to help and work with all kinds of different people. These interpersonal skills are valuable anywhere in life, allowing tutors to expand and be successful in almost anything they do.