Being an English as Second Language (ESL) tutor requires a great deal of patience, patience and more patience since every student is uniquely different. And often times, though two students may have the same English level (e.g. beginner, intermediate or advance); their performance may greatly vary in terms of their speaking, listening or comprehension skill for instance. Thus patience in this field is truly a necessity.
I have gained several loyal students in my career in this industry. And in our daily lessons, they share part and parcel of their lives like their goals, family affairs, stresses and anything in between. I rejoice with them when they joyfully discuss about a successful job interview, a promotion or a simple dish they created for dinner.
I get jealous too when these loyal students begin to find joy or excitement in learning with other tutors. But that's how it is in this industry. The students have the prerogative to choose their tutors. Some hop from one tutor to another. Once, this "hopping" student hang up on me after getting pissed because she heard me typing in the background. But generally, my students are polite and very kind. I even had several proposals to teach them private lessons and offered a tempting hourly fee. On hindsight, I am loyal to the company I work for and I don't like to risk losing my job.
I love being an ESL tutor because I do it comfortably and conveniently from home and I am able to bring home the bacon too!
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