Tutorz.com very own Dirk Wagner presented statistical analysis on the distribution of the main tutoring subjects to Dow Jones Journal Editor Missy Sullivan. Today Dirk is going to substantiate this presentation with the in-depth analysis of individual subjects for each main tutoring category. For example the mathematics category will be broken down into algebra, statistics, calculus, geometry, trigonometry, etc.
The original article on the main tutoring subjects was published on March 12, 2011 and can be found here: www.tutorz.com/blog/2011/03/ceo-interviewed-by-dow-jones-journal/
This data presented in the distribution of tutoring subjects was taken from the last 5,000 tutoring requests (and not just from search data which is skewed due to spam and robot activity). The main tutoring subject categories with its respective percentage distributions are as follows: math (32%), English (17%), science (17%), languages (12%), test prep (6.5%), business (4.5%), computer-related (4%), music (3%), sports (1%) and other (4.3%).
As one might expect, the subject category of mathematics is the most dominating category scoring 32% of all tutoring requests. Within this category algebra, calculus, statistics and geometry are the most frequent requested subjects. The requests for mathematics related subjects break down as follows: math (15%), algebra (7.7%), calculus (3.7%), statistics (2.3%), geometry (2%), trigonometry (0.3%), applied math (0.03), differential equations (0.03%).
The English subjects hold place two within subject categories and are tied with the science subjects category at 17%. Reading is the most favorite subject within the English category amounting to 6.2% of all tutoring requests. The precise breakdown of all English related subjects is as follows: English (6.9%), reading (6.2%), writing (2.3%), spelling (0.5%), grammar (0.2%), essay writing (0.3%), speech (0.14%), dyslexia-reading (0.05%), vocabulary (0.03%), creative writing (0.03%), and term paper (0.01%).
The science subjects are dead even on place two (or three) with the English subjects category. 17% of all tutoring requests called for science related subjects. The most popular science subject is chemistry (6.1%) followed closely by physics and biology. We mention in passing the long tale in the science subjects which includes somewhat more esoteric subjects like pharmacology, thermodynamics and meteorology. The breakdown of all science subjects is given here: Chemistry (6.1%), physics (4%), science (1.5%), biology (1.4%), pharmacology (0.63%), physical chemistry (0.57%), organic chemistry (0.52%), biochemistry (0.36%), physiology (0.3%), anatomy (0.3%), genetics (0.21%), astronomy (0.09%), neuroscience (0.09%), cell biology (0.03%), anthropology (0.03%) and geology (0.03%).
On place four we find the language subjects category which encompass 12% of all tutoring requests. These 12% break down into 3.5% of Spanish tutoring, 1.8% of ESL (English as a Second Language), 1.6% French tutoring, 0.9% German tutoring, 0.6% Arabic tutoring, 0.46% Japanese tutoring, 0.45% Chinese or Mandarin tutoring. Spanish is the clear winner in the languages category. This has to do with the strong influx of Hispanic workers from Latin America. Spanish is followed by ESL (English as a second language) which can also be seen as a testament of the U.S. being an immigration country. Reflecting the rising important of the largest U.S. trade partner, Chinese has become the 5th most often requested foreign language.
Test Prep Subjects
The test prep (test preparation) subjects hold position five on our subject category ranking. Test Prep accounts for a total of 6.2% of all tutoring requests. There is no clear set of most requested subjects; instead we have a broad continuum of subjects requested: GRE (0.7%), ACT (0.68%), GED (0.57%), PRAXIS (0.57%), GMAT (0.54%), LSAT (0.48%), ISEE (0.32%), CLEP (0.32%), MCAT (0.30%), TOEFL (0.30%), SSAT (0.27%), SAT (0.21%), DAT (0.25%), USMLE (0.19%), NCLEX-RN (0.16%), PSAT (0.16%), FCAT (0.09%), TOESL (0.05%), REGENTS (0.03%), CST (0.01%), and WASL (0.01%).
On rank 6 we find the business subjects category. It accounts for 4.5% of all requested tutoring subjects. Accounting is the dominating business subject. Finance only accounts for 0.6% of tutoring requests documenting a shift away from the finance sector in the 2008-2009 recessions. The business subjects break down as follows: Accounting (4.5%), CPA (0.86%), finance (0.61%), economics (0.64%), business accounting (0.07%), management skills (0.05%), marketing (0.03%), start-up business (0.03%), business plan (0.03%), real estate management (0.01%), project management (0.01%), human resources (0.01%) and taxes (0.01%).
The eight most requested tutoring subject category is music. It accounts for 2.5% of all subjects requested out of which piano is the most favorite — alone drawing 1% of all music requests. Piano is followed by guitar (0.30%), violin (0.25%), voice (0.14%), dance (0.14%), music (0.10%), flute (0.07%), composition (0.07%), lute (0.07%), saxophone (0.05%), trumpet (0.03%), tap dance (0.03%), cello (0.03%), music theory (0.03%), accordion (0.03%) and jazz (0.01%).
The sports subjects request rate is 0.5% and is the least often requested tutoring subject category. Karate is requested most often (0.10%) of the sports subjects category. Karate is followed by basketball (0.07%), tennis (0.05%), surfing (0.05%), swimming (0.05%), ballet (0.03%), drums (0.03%), aerobics (0.03%), jeet kune do (0.01%), yoga (0.01%), volleyball (0.01%), triathlon (0.01%), gymnastics (0.01%), and boxing (0.01%).
The tenth and final subject category is the “other subjects” category or the list of remaining subjects. These remaining subjects are loosely coupled and range from college subjects over test preparation to arts. Their precise breakdown is given here: Elementary (1.15%), history (0.6%), dyslexia (0.55%), education (0.32%), study skills (0.23%), special education (0.19%), sewing (0.18%), home schooling (0.16%), philosophy (0.10%), social studies (0.09%), world history (0.09%), nursing (0.07%), civil engineering (0.07%), sociology (0.05%), zoology (0.05%), nutrition (0.03%), chemical engineering (0.03%), calligraphy (0.03%), biotechnology (0.03%), law (0.03%), government (0.03%), electrical engineering (0.03%), communications (0.03%), sound (0.03%), driving (0.01%), DMV exam (0.01%), acting (0.01%), nanny (0.01%), American history (0.01%), painting (0.01%), fine arts (0.01%), Industrial engineering (0.01%), genetic engineering (0.01%), logic (0.01%), knitting (0.01%), graphic design (0.01%), journalism (0.01%), heat transfer (0.01%), European history (0.01%), sign language (0.01%), coaching (0.01%), pottery (0.01%), political science (0.01%) and photography (0.01%).