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Many tutors who have worked with students of various ages during the summer move onto other things during the rest of the year, whether it's back to school or another "real" job. However, although tutoring is in high demand during the summer months when students are out of school and in need of some one-on-one academic attention, or they're attending summer school, tutoring can turn into a year-round business opportunity or career - either full-time or part-time.

How? First of all, while high-school and college students are in school during the school year, many of them seek one-on-one tutoring in specific subjects they struggle with. Parents also seek out tutors during the school year to help their children struggling with certain subjects or to give their children who are keeping up an academic "edge" over their peers.

Kids who are homeschooled may require tutoring throughout the entire year. Business professionals who don't speak English as their primary language may need an ESL (English as a Second Language) tutor.

If you think you might like to continue tutoring into the fall and keep it going year-round, you'll want to increase your level of experience and possibly your level of education. Think about who you'd like to tutor and in which subjects, and then take it from there. In order to make the most of your new tutoring career or business, you need to specialize, either according to subject matter, age, or both.

If you'd like to be employed, research different tutoring companies and agencies and find out what their particular requirements are to work with them. Some may require a certain level of experience, others a specific certification (for example, acquiring a TESOL - Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages - certification in order to tutor ESL students) or a college degree, and still others a bachelor of education.

If you want to work for yourself, you may not need to increase your level of education, unless there's a field in which you'd like to specialize that you maybe don't know much about. However, your best bet is to tutor the subjects and areas in which you are already both knowledgeable and passionate - that's the best way to make a successful career out of tutoring on a year-round basis.

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