For a long time I used to think, all these 'Tutor Wanted' advertisements on street walls, electric poles and buses were actually fake.
The reason behind thinking so was that I found the criteria for the perfect tutor on these fliers and posters to be quite hilarious. I will put an example below:
"Tutor needed for a class-III student:
-Has to have a Masters from a public university
-Has to teach for 2 hours, 6-days a week
-Has to teach all subjects, including drawing and PT
-Salary would be BDT 1000."
I mean, seriously? Surely this must be a big joke because how do you teach PT? Just how? And all these for the price of a good cup of coffee at a Gulshan Barista!
The perfect tuition however does not exist. Even when you find one with a decent pay, it comes with all sorts of drawbacks.
From day one, you would realize that although your student is only 8-years old, s/he actually holds more power than the parents. Ahem!
No poster in this world tells you that with your student, comes free his/her annoying younger siblings who scream like mandrakes!
Tuitions are wonderful because they serve you food and by the time you are in your first trimester of teaching, you become an expert in biscuits and cakes. Salted, sweet, with or w/o nuts, stale, half-eaten by ants, you name it.
In addition, at least once a month you will reach the house only to find it locked from outside. Because they never bother to tell you that they've gone out. To them you are just a peasant tutor.
Last but not the least, very rarely will you receive the salary on time. Very rarely. Moreover, there is no Eid bonus. None.
But when you are student who has high expenses from randomly ordering things online, a tuition or two will save you from drowning in debts.