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29 Problems All Personal Tutors Will Understand

It's not all easy money.

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1. When your student's parents insist on sitting in the room that you're teaching in.

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2. And then interrupt everything you say.

3. The realisation that you'll never be able to afford a house as nice as theirs.

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4. Telling your friends you can't hang out this evening because you're tutoring again.

5. Or worse: planning a lesson.

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6. When your student gets distracted by all the toys lying around their house.

7. Receiving an email from your student's parents days before you're due to see their child.

8. When the curriculum changes.

9. Trying not to judge your student's family life even though you witness it first hand.

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10. When people tell you that at least tutoring is "easy money".

11. Running into the family you work for outside of their home.

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12. When you have to work on a hungover Saturday morning.

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13. Having no free evenings or weekends for the rest of your life.

14. Running out of money because your student's on holiday so you're not needed.

15. When your student finds you on Facebook.

16. When your student's parents offer you a horrible drink or snack and you're too polite to refuse it.

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17. When the parents won't stop talking after your session and you have a party to go to.

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18. When your student asks something you don't know the answer to.

19. When you don't understand the school teacher's marking.

20. Never having enough money to do ANYTHING.

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21. And not even having the same long holidays as normal teachers to make up for it.

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22. The journey to your student's house taking longer than the tutoring session itself.

23. Being so exhausted by spending all your free time tutoring that you don't have the energy to look for other jobs.

24. When your student's parents are super pushy and you just want to give your student a break.

25. Not just being able to put a film on at the end of term because that's not how tutoring works.

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26. When your student's parents set you totally unrealistic goals.

27. When your student asks you intensely personal questions.

28. When your student is doing homework on a piece of technology you've never seen before and you feel 100-years-old.

29. The feeling when you finally make a break through and your student gets something they didn't understand at school.

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