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Why are Online Tutoring Jobs the Best Way to Earn Extra Money?

Tornike Asatiani - Co-founder & COO of Edumentors

Why Online Tutoring?

There are many reasons why you may want to find part time online tutoring jobs. Some students save money from tutoring to cover university tuition fees, and some just want some extra cash. There are many useless tips on the internet for earning money online. However, tutoring is legitimate. You are doing a good deed and helping children to achieve their dreams while reinforcing your knowledge on the daily basis.

For example, If you are good at maths, you can tutor kids in maths and get even better. When you have to explain something in easy terms, it helps you to gain new approaches to understanding the topic.

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Different Types of Tutoring Jobs

There are different kinds of tutors – group tutors, face-to-face tutors and online tutors.

If you go for face-to-face tutoring, you can tutor kids from your house or your students’ hall. You can also apply to the tutoring office nearby, they mostly have group tutoring sessions and you’ll have several students simultaneously in one session. If you opt for online tutoring, you can register on different online tutoring services or market your tutoring service on different platforms like Reddit or Facebook. You can find various communities and groups for parents when they specifically search for tutors online!

Benefits of Online Tutoring Jobs – Especially Part Time Tutoring

Online jobs are generally more convenient. But, online tutoring may be one of the most convenient and flexible ones out there. You can tutor kids in the short term and take breaks whenever you feel like it. You can stop tutoring temporarily during an exam season without worrying if you can get back into it. However, you should discuss long-term schedules with a parent who is hiring you.

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For tutoring kids online, you won’t have to leave your house/student’s hall or tidy up to welcome tutees. You will just need a laptop to use video-conferencing apps and use their helpful features. For example, you may need to use Zoom’s whiteboard to better show your student what you are explaining. If you don’t incorporate those features, you may lose children’s attention.

In addition, since you won’t need to travel, it will save you time which is very precious for a university student. 

How Much Do Online Tutors Make? – Online Tutor Salaries

It depends on what platform you choose. Some have set minimum and maximum prices and you don’t have much flexibility. However, some online tutoring services like Edumentors, don’t control how high or how low you set your price. You can start low and then gradually get higher, it’s totally up to you!

I love working with Edumentors” – Imogen Lock, one of Edumentors’ great tutors.

“Edumentors is the first platform I’ve tutored on which really considers and values the time and skills of its tutors. It gives me the freedom to set my own timings and prices and doesn’t seek to take advantage of its student tutors by taking an unreasonable percentage of the fee. The organisation is run with a personal and empathetic ethos which makes it a real joy to work for.” – says Imogen.

What Do You Need to Start Online Tutoring Jobs?

Online Tutoring Jobs - Student Teaching Online
Online Tutoring Jobs – Student Teaching Online

First of all, you’ll need a laptop or PC where you’ll be doing tutoring sessions. If your laptop lags frequently and it’s impossible to have a smooth learning experience, parents might not want to work with you anymore. Even several minutes are precious for both you and your tutee.

Then you need to know what subjects you’ll be good teaching at. Seems self-explanatory, but you may feel like you know history well, but understand that knowing the subject may have nothing to do with teaching it. If you can’t explain topics in simplistic ways, don’t risk it.

In addition, depending on what grades you’ll be teaching, teaching methods will vary. For example, you may need much more enthusiasm and energy to teach early years and your deep understanding of maths’ hardest topics may not help with it! So make sure you know what you are capable of before applying.

Now, Where Do You Start?

You can share your offers on different platforms, like Reddit, Craigslist, and even Facebook or Instagram. Find suitable and relatable communities, specify your qualifications, and write down the price, (if you won’t, it’s most likely parents won’t even consider you). It’s not mandatory, but you can write a small paragraph about yourself – why you choose to be a tutor, what makes you a good tutor and how can you specifically help children learn. You can also show communities reviews from other parents.

If you choose to apply to online tutoring services, you will have the interview process which will be slightly different from others. At the end of the day, they are just a mediator to help parents and tutors find each other. Therefore, they won’t be assessing your skills as other jobs do. You’ll have to prove your skills to the parents! That does not mean they won’t be checking your credentials so be as ready as you can.

Next Steps

Tutoring online is one of the simpler jobs for students on the internet. You’re already qualified; you just need to allocate the time. First, ask yourself, “Why do I want to tutor?” If it’s purely for the money, it probably won’t work out.

  1. Choose the subject you want to tutor in

You may want to research what tutors are in most demand. However, It may always change, so we advise you to just choose the subjects you are confident in and don’t choose which pays the most.

  1. Prepare a study plan

It’s always good to have a plan beforehand. Edumentors has a free-trial option, so you may need to appeal to the parent and the child in 15 minutes. Have everything ready to go.

  1. Review topics that might have been hard for you at some point

No one is perfect in the subject. Don’t worry if you are not quite sure about one topic out of hundreds. Just review it, and do your homework until you feel confident.

  1. Decide on your price

Find tutors who teach the subjects you want to teach and have similar backgrounds. It’s all up to you, but if you want to have an effective start and get tutees, choose a lower price. It will get you long-term customers and then you can make the price higher. 

  1. Be as ready as possible for the first meeting

The first impression is the most important. You can have the knowledge, experience and perfect educational background, but if a parent or a child does not like you, they won’t be hiring you. Read here how should the first meeting of student and tutor go. Don’t be scared, you just have to be friendly, but not too laid-back, you have to show that you are knowledgeable. Dress appropriately and be ready for any questions the parent might have. 

Why Edumentors?

Edumentors is one of the best online tutoring platforms out there. It’s really easy to use, register and wait for your interview. You will be required to pass a DBS check, so make sure you have it ready. Other than that, it’s up to you to make your profile seem as appealing as possible. The platform doesn’t control how much you charge for tutoring, so you can increase your fees as you feel more confident and gather more reviews and 5-star ratings from parents and students. In other words, the sky’s the limit!

As part of the 2nd stage of your application process, you will be requested to upload your transcript and exam results for the subjects you want to teach on Edumentors so it is important that you have scored the highest in everything you are willing to teach. Successfully passing the exams is the best prerequisite to teaching someone else how to do it. The team will be very friendly and open so if you’ve made up your mind, go on and sign up as a tutor!


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