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The Fun and Rewarding Way You Could Make an Extra $40,000 a Year

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For Ella Tyler, helping students prep for tests through online tutoring keeps her brain sharp and her bank account flush. Here, she tells how she does it — so you can start earning too!

“While browsing Craigslist for a side job to supplement my retirement, I came across an ad seeking Law School Admissions Test [LSAT] tutors for Varsity Tutors, an online live-learning platform. I had done well on the LSAT many years ago and enjoy teaching others, so I thought, Maybe I have something to offer students to help them succeed.

“I applied for the job, was interviewed, and had a mock tutoring session, which I was thrilled to pass with flying colors. The site is user-friendly and offers a scheduling platform so that my students and I can find mutually beneficial times to work together. Varsity Tutors provides instructional materials, though I also use some of my own to add a personalized touch for each student. Sessions are one-on-one; I try to explain how a problem is structured and how it can be solved. Then the student practices answering questions one at a time. Sometimes I’ll hear their dogs snoring or playing with a squeaky toy, which always amuses me!

“I get paid by the hour, and the number of hours I work varies depending on how soon the next LSAT is, but I’m on track to make $40,000 this year. The job is so rewarding: I make money to put toward the upkeep of my 125-year-old house, I help students work toward their dream of getting into law school, and the work reminds me that the ‘old brain’ is still sharp!”

This story originally appeared in our print magazine.

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