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How to Become a History Tutor in the US

History tutors teach students about local, state, national, and global history. If you are fascinated by ancient cultures and love investigating past events that shaped our world, then you are well-suited for a career as a history tutor. Read on to learn more about the career.

1. What Do History Tutors Do?

Although the specific duties of history tutors may vary depending on the academic level of their students, they generally:

  • Educate learners about American and global history
  • Inform learners about important dates, persons, and events
  • Create lesson plans
  • Select instructional materials
  • Moderate classroom discussions
  • Respond to students’ questions
  • Issue assignments, continuous assessment tests and examinations, and mark and grade them
  • Providing career advice to students
  • Maintain student records
  • Conduct research on various historical issues.

2. Work Environment

History tutors work from 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Those who teach private students or are employed in post-secondary institutions also work in the evenings and on weekends.

While at work, they spend their time in a classroom environment where they instruct their students.

3. Salary

According to Indeed, the average annual salary for history teachers is $55,000.

4. Entry Requirements

To become a history tutor, you must have extensive knowledge of historical issues and events, and a firm grasp of current affairs. As such, you should begin by earning a bachelor’s degree in history. This should qualify you to tutor primary school students.

If you wish to teach high school students, obtain a master’s degree in history. You may also get hired by community colleges.

Remember: you need to obtain a teaching license or certificate from your state in order to work in primary and secondary schools. Certification requirements vary from state to state, but generally include having the right degree and completing a period of supervised teaching.

5. Important Qualities

To be a competent history tutor, you need:

  • An interest in social issues, politics, and world events
  • A passion for teaching others
  • The ability to motivate students
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • The ability to adjust instruction strategies to meet the needs of students
  • Strong organizational skills
  • News-oriented
  • Patience
  • A good attention to detail
  • Good record-keeping skills
  • Good research skills

6. Career Advancement

Tutoring in universities is often the ambition of many history tutors. To achieve this feat, you need a doctoral degree in history.

To demonstrate your professionalism, secure membership in the Organization of American Historians, the American Historical Association, and the American Association of University of Professors.

These organizations will also give you a platform to publish your research findings and, as such, contribute in expanding the existing historical knowledge.

7. Job Opportunities

Besides pre-secondary and post-secondary institutions, qualified history tutors can find employment in organizations that provide private tutoring services.

With sufficient capital and good business skills, nothing should stop you from starting your own offline or online student tutoring company.

See Also: How to Become a Higher Education Lecturer in the UK

Finally, you should expect to have good employment prospects once you obtain the necessary credentials. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, education, training and library occupations will grow by 11 percent through 2022, just as fast as the national average for all jobs.

So, if you have a passion for history and you love sharing your knowledge with others, then you can become a history tutor.

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