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Finding Your Voice: What Should You Teach at Schoolhouse?

By Rakesh N on June 23, 2023

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It’s common to see many Schoolhouse learners get inspired by their tutors and want to share their own interests with the world. Especially in Schoolhouse, tutors are expected to understand and comprehend a subject at an advanced level to teach it to other learners, which can make potential tutors hesitant to teach. While tutoring is a challenging task that requires time, effort, and a strong will to teach, it is also a fun and engaging way to give back to the community. However, many beginner tutors struggle with choosing the right subject to teach their learners. Here are some steps that you can take to pick the perfect subject for you!

1. Know Your Strengths

Before you begin tutoring, it is important to know what YOU are good at. It could be any academic subject, from Human Geography to Entomology, or a specific topic, such as Transhumance or Molecular Virology. Knowing your areas of expertise will help you teach others effectively and answer any questions they may have. Depending on the topic and your level of knowledge, you may even need to pull out a book and do some research to make sure you’re well-prepared for your tutoring session! It is always best to have a specific subject in mind before you start tutoring! Later on, we will discuss some common subjects and sessions hosted by our tutors.

2. Understand Your Audience

Just as directors have age limits for television shows or movies, it’s important to understand the general age group of your audience when tutoring. Schoolhouse has a policy that participants must be 13 or older, so you should be able to expect and accommodate learners who may be older or younger than your preferred demographic. In certain cases, tutors who cover potentially advanced topics, such as Human Anatomy and Physiology, may have suggested age and grade requirements for their courses. However, it is always important to keep your sessions appropriate for all learners. Don't use the age range as an excuse to host sessions on inappropriate topics—keep it clean!

3. Common Subjects

It's okay to ask for help! Here are some common subjects, along with topics underneath them that may interest you:

Note: Certain subjects on the platform require a certification before you can teach them! Make sure to check!


Science

  • Life Science (General Biology, Marine Biology, Microbiology, Zoology, Ecology and Environmental Science, Botany, etc.)
  • Physical Science (Physics, Astronomy, Geology, Meteorology, Chemistry, etc.)
  • Medicine (Human Anatomy and Physiology, Genetics, Neuroscience, Immunology, Virology, etc.)


Mathematics

  • Pre-Algebra
  • Trigonometry
  • Algebra I and II
  • Geometry
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Calculus
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Discrete Mathematics


Literature and the English Language

  • Writing and Grammar
  • American/World Literature
  • Rhetorical Writing and Communication
  • Creative Writing
  • Argumentation and Persuasion
  • Fictional and Non-Fictional Works
  • Journalism and Article Writing


Social Studies and Sciences

  • Geography
  • World/American History
  • Civic Literacy and Ethics
  • Government and Politics (factual information opposed to opinions)
  • World Governments
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Micro/Macroeconomics
  • Anthropology
  • Geocaching


World Language and Culture

  • World Languages including, but not limited to Spanish, French, German, etc.
  • World Cultures
  • Globalization
  • International Policies and Treaties
  • Current Events and Issues


Industry-specific

  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Business and Finance
  • Personal Finance
  • Engineering
  • Masonry
  • Architecture
  • Medicine
  • Marketing
  • Computer and Data Science


Fine Arts

  • Music Theory
  • Instrument Practice
  • Podcasting
  • Painting
  • Sculpture and Pottery
  • Photography
  • Graphic Design
  • Theatre and Drama
  • Film


Advanced Placement Courses

Advanced Placement courses are typically tutored by those who have taken or are currently taking the AP course. Refer to the courses offered by College Board on their website.


Out of ideas?

Are you still having trouble finding a subject to tutor? Dont worry! Schoolhouse offers the freedom to choose what you want to tutor. It is common to see Study Spaces, Community Game Nights, and other fun activities that aren’t necessarily tied to a specific subject! Pick something you love and start having fun tutoring others! You’ll be making a difference in our community!

Thank you Sharon V for editing this article!


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