How to be a ‘star teacher’ in Gangnam
I’m not posting as much as I should since I’ve been pulling in 14-16 hours days lately both at home and at work. Can’t complain though.
HT to Korea Beat for this interesting article on SAT teachers in Gangnam. I’ve posted before on these special breed of instructors who teach SATs. I’ve got a couple of friends and acquaintances who teach SAT and let me tell you, they make a killing. You definitely need a lot of experience in this field to make it to the top though. Also, speaking Korean is a huge advantage although I know some E-2 holders who make a pretty penny too teaching SATs.
It’s not easy though. About 6-8 hours per day, 7 days a week. If you’re doing privates, expect to consult with demanding parents on a almost daily basis. Also, these guys take the SATs every quarter or so (or whenever they’re available) to be up to par with current tests. Of course they just sleep through the math section.
A friend of mine worked at an SAT academy in Daechi plus did a bunch of privates on the side. He was pulling in around 7-8 million a month; more during summer when returnees come for vacation from the States. Now he’s working full-time (no more privates) at a different academy and pulling in 10 million on a bad month. This past summer (July and August) and made 40 million and bought a Lexus SC (bastard!!!). He does do a good job and has been doing it for more than 5 years. As mentioned in the article, these guys get a percentage of tuition from their students.