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Wondering what you can do this summer to make some extra cash or even gain full-time employment? Instead of dropping off your resume at the local fast-food joint, gas station, or mall, consider using your knowledge to help others learn and succeed. Tutoring is a fantastic summer job opportunity for high-school and college students, parents, and anyone else who has a desire to work with others and make a positive difference in their lives.

Tutors, whether they are self-employed, work for a tutoring company, or help teachers or professors during summer school. No matter if you work with students one-on-one or in groups, you can have a number of different job responsibilities, including providing academic assistance to students in the chosen subject matter, coming up with new material and lesson plans to teach, reviewing previously learned material, maintaining records, evaluating the students accordingly, and serving as a role model by establishing a relationship with the students.

Tutoring is an in-demand service for students of all ages during not only the summer months but also on a year-round basis. According to teacher, educational writer, and author Judy Molland in her article "Why So Many Parents Are Seeking Extra Academic Help for Their Kids" (Parenthood.com), tutoring is now a $4-billion-a-year industry in the U.S., and is used not only for students and learners who need temporary help but also by parents who want to be able to help their children get ahead for college or a career.

Tutoring during the summer months, while students are enjoying an often much-needed break, is particularly sought after because, according to Richard E. Bavaria (PhD), vice-president of Sylvan Learning Center - one of the most successful and prolific tutoring companies in the industry - students can be academically hurt by school breaks. Tutors can help bridge the gap between the end of one school year, semester, or term, and the start of another.

This means that if you think you've got what it takes to be a summertime tutor, you should have no problem finding work; opportunities abound. You'll just need to decide if you want to be entrepreneurial and find your own students through marketing and advertising your services, or if you'd rather apply to work at a local tutoring company or an online tutoring agency, or offer to help out teachers and/or professors during summer school.

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