I read an advance copy of SES Made Easy (Finally) and am pretty much ready to start my tutoring business – I was a little skeptical at first because a lot of books start with these great titles and snazzy chapters but have little actual “how to”.I was VERY surprised, the book actually covered some pitfalls and reasons why you wouldn’t want to start this type of tutoring company. I had heard of tutoring before of course and knew that you could buy a Sylvan Tutoring franchise or a Huntington Tutoring Franchise. I heard of Princeton Review and did know that they were leaving SES.
I did take some teaching classes in college and thought about becoming a teacher, my problem was that it seemed like I would have no say in what the kids were learning or how to teach them. My cousin is also a principal and I knew all about teacher lesson plans and that I would dislike them. I now know how I can still teach without all of that fuss. I am recommending this book to a couple of teachers that I know because their districts are sending out layoff notices and I realize after reading the book that working with teachers is going to really help make my company a success. I felt that sometimes the book went into a little too much detail – especially the do’s and don’ts but I guess it was probably necessary. If for nothing else, the fact that they included the sample forms for me to use made the book worth its buy, I would’ve paid double just for that information.
This book is presented as a potential solution for teachers, administrators and other educators facing potential layoffs and covers in great detail what is necessary to run a successful SES (Supplemental Education Services) company. There are several aspects to running this type of company that the reader is exposed to that are clearly particular to dealing with local and state governments who pay the costs for the tutoring for the students. The book begins with a history of the No Child Left Behind Act and the section that provided for mandated tutoring in “failing” schools. The reader is then led through a history of SES tutoring companies, how they have evolved, and which companies provide SES tutoring today. The history lesson is brief because the author immediately begins to take the reader through a step by step process of running the tutoring company starting with the State Applications. The book guides the reader through the process of filling out the application, lets the reader know what states are looking for and provides a sample application for review. The author then details what to do once the application has been approved by the State Board of Education and provides a list of state application deadlines across the country. The book covers Marketing, Running your tutoring company from oversees and throughout, provides a fictional anecdotes from an SES provider. Forms are provided to get the SES tutoring company started and samples are provided throughout.
I bought this book because a friend of mine who owns a tutoring business recommended it. He said that it would help point me in the right direction since I too, was looking at opening up my own local tutoring business. I bought the ebook from the publisher’s website and was very surprised with the in depth and detailed information. The author shares several anecdotal examples for anyone to understand even a novice like myself. I quite enjoyed the read.