Why tutoring is a great part-time job for highschoolers and college students

July 23rd, 2015

Tutoring can be a great way for high school and college students to enter the workforce.  Not only does teaching others build relationships and provide help to those who need it, but it also reinforces the material that the tutor is teaching.  There is a saying that goes along the lines of  ”You don’t fully understand something unless you can teach it.”  This is definitely true in the case of tutors whose learning is reinforced with each lesson.  Here are some reasons you might consider if you are thinking about becoming a tutor:

<b> The Pay</b>

In addition, tutoring can be a financially rewarding job or gig for part time students.  Depending on your experience level, the subject matter, and the difficulty of the subject, tutors can earn decent money while teaching a subject they love.  Sounds too good to be true, right?  Well, teaching is no easy task and every person learns differently so you have to adapt to each person’s learning style and ability.  For example, if you love chemistry and love teaching it, be my guest.  Create an account on www.flipgigs.com and look for people who need your help.  However, be prepared to encounter people who may not share your passion for the subject and need help just to pass the class.

<b> The Flexibility</b>

Tutors are lucky enough to set their own schedules.  Maybe after school or lecture works best for you.  Choose the time that best fits your schedule.  Of course, plan your time wisely since even you have homework to finish and exams to prepare for.  Unlike a regular job you are your own boss which means that the hours you work are determined between you and your clients.  You can be as hard or lazy worker as you want, but your success depends on how much effort you put into finding and maintaining clients as well as the quality of your teaching.

<b> Impressive listing for the resume</b>

There aren’t too many resumes floating around that have “Tutor” written on them so having this experience helps distinguish you from other job seekers.  This can give you an edge when applying for high-level internships and jobs because it shows that you are educationally driven and able to work with others successfully and achieve goals.  What more can an employer ask for?

So if you’re still deciding if you want to be a tutor, first find the subject that you excel in.  Check out www.flipgigs.com and ask the tutors there how they like it.  They can provide you with tips and tricks to make you the smartest kid on the block.


Written by Henry Spivey for Flipgigs.

Resumes are like houses. Here’s why I believe it.

August 21st, 2014

When you first look for a job, you probably start looking on www.flipgigs.com.  Then, all of a sudden you realize, “Wait!  I don’t even have a resume!  What are those again?”  People usually think of a resume as a fancy piece of paper with your education, experience, and skills on it.  Yet, there is more to a resume; it is a document that speaks to a potential employer.  Just like you want your house to scream “Buy me! Buy me!” to potential buyers, you want your resume to scream “Hire me! Hire me!”  In fact in many ways, a resume is like building a house; you have to follow certain steps to make sure you are left with a beautiful end product.

Step 1: Design

Before every house is built, architects come together to brainstorm what the finished house will look like.  If you are a job seeker, you need to brainstorm as well, but in a different way.  Start off by asking yourself these questions:

  • What is my career goal?
  • Have I received any kind of special award?
  • Where have I gone to school?
  • What other jobs have I had?
  • What skills do I have?

The list is endless.  Employers love to see candidates who bring something new to the table.  Your focus at this stage is to brainstorm what content to include on your resume.

Step 2: Foundation

After the architects agree on a design, construction of the house begins with laying the foundation.  For a resume the most important part is your education.  Stating your education first shows a potential employer what your interests and how you can fit into the workplace.

Step 3: Walls

The next step in construction is building the walls.  Valuable experience such as internships, a long history of work experience, and volunteer activities can help build up your resume.  Haven’t found a part-time jobs or internship yet? No worries! Start by looking on www.flipgigs.com!  If you have tons of extracurricular activities and can’t decide which to use, I suggest adding the top 5.  Remember that you need to provide a short description of specifically what you did and its importance.  You want to show the potential employer that you did something useful and beneficial.

Step 4: Roof

No house is complete without a roof.  To cap off your resume, polish it off by stating your skills.  Skills?  From your brainstorming session, add in the skills that you are good at.  Maybe you are a good artist?  In the skills section write that you possess a fantastic artistic ability.  Support this by including your portfolio and any awards you have won.

Step 5: Decorate!

Walls? Check. Roof? Check.  Floor? Check.  Time to paint!  The last step in building a resume is to make it look professional.  This means choosing the right font, placement of your different sections,  type of paper, etc.  At the top of your resume add your name is large, bold text.  You want your employers to associate your name with your face.  Then add your contact information below your name.  Here are a few words about email addresses:  Make sure it is appropriate.  Would you want the potential employer to remember you as the person who has great skills or the guy who uses bananahammock@gmail.com? Create a new one if you have to.  Then add your career goal, then education, then experience, then skills.   Use Times New Roman font as it is a clean and professional font.  If you need a visual representation, check this out: http://bit.ly/15bjvsJ


Remember!  First impression mean a big deal in the job market, so when it comes time to introduce yourself the employer, greet them with a smile, give them a firm handshake, look them in the eye and tell them why you would make a great employee.


Good Luck!


Written for Flipgigs by Henry Spivey


How to Stay Sane While in School

August 6th, 2013

Here are some tips to keep you sane during the school year ahead!Don’t let the bed bugs bite! When you first move in, make sure everything is up to your standards. This should be taken seriously because you will have a miserable year if you don’t like your room-mate, the walls have holes in them, or your bed has bed bugs! Take the first few moments to take it all in and make sure you’re comfortable.

Relax! Dedicate some time out of every day to relax. I prefer right after my last class to come back to the dorm and do nothing :) Of course, that doesn’t last forever so 20 minutes is usually good. That’s enough to watch an episode of your favorite TV show or get a snack or socialize a bit.

Eat well! The college cafeteria is loaded with things you would probably reserve for a rat. Ewww! The chefs are focused on quantity, not quality. Keep your diet healthy, although I would recommend trying something new each week. Having the same old stuff every week will get boring :/

Get to know others! It has been proven, although I can’t find the study, that students who get to know their professors perform better relative to their peers. Like a subject that isn’t exactly your major? That’s OK because professors enjoy hearing other students’ passion for a subject. Other than getting to know your professors, making friends and connections will help you while in school and beyond.

Stay organized! College is all about time management. With so many distractions it can be hard for students to stay organized. Getting behind on an assignment can mean pass or fail. Don’t panic, however. Keeping a to-do list and a calendar will help big time! Most of all stick to your schedule (or at least try to!)

Find a job on Flipgigs! Walking around your university will get boring after a while. Explore your surrounding city and find a gig in a local store. Check out Flipgigs to see who is hiring in your area. Employers post the gigs they need filled and people can reach out to them by stating their skills, what they’re looking for and find a job! Plus getting a job builds a resume by providing experience and, most importantly, cash!

Written by Henry Spivey for Flipgigs