Online tutoring is a profitable business that teachers can venture into. This industry is developing rapidly with advent of innovations, technologies and wide spread usage of the internet.
Parents and students are comfortable with online tutoring websites for their personalized learning requirements.
Life of an online tutor is full of fun and rewards, both intellectually and fiscally. They get to work with students from varied cultural backgrounds and geographic territories. Through one-on-one sessions, they help students to accomplish to their maximum potential.
According to our experience, once a tutor understands advantages of online tutoring, it is more about where to begin, rather than if I have to start. For most potential tutors, the main inquiry is “Where do I start?”. If you are one of the similar perspective online tutors, the points given below will help you in getting started.
Generally, online tutors are professional teachers and subject-area experts. Having one of these in your credential list helps a student trust you as a tutor:
Although these requirements are not rigid, having these will certainly help you in getting attention and trust from students and parents. It is said that exceptions are always there, with respect to requirements.
The larger part of online tutoring students are Junior and Senior Secondary school students, those who are preparing for WAEC, NECO or JAMB, and so forth exams. These students need to be helped in maths, sciences, and English. Apart from these, some tutors also teach students technology or even guide them through college admission process. They also provide mentoring, career counseling, etc.
Given below is the standard process to become an online tutor. This is a standard process, and may vary for different online tutoring companies.
This is a standard process. You will have to fill the online form providing your credentials, basic bio information, profile photo, tutoring preferences etc. Some companies also ask for certificates, proof of education, and ID.
The company’s support team verifies and approves your profile. Some companies also do a criminal record check of your profile, as well. After this, your profile will be made public to the students.
In all major online tutoring companies, it is the support team that walks through all the incoming tutors with the entire platform. This is good practice especially for new tutors who don’t have much experience in online teaching. It is advisable for tutors, who handle subjects like maths and science, to have a digital writing pen and pad. This will help students understand better.
Based on the business model of your tutoring company, you may now start tutoring and earning money.
Today’s online tutoring classrooms have all the tools required, which facilitates the ‘one-to-one’, or the ‘one-to-many’ tutoring session. In these sessions, you can do the following:
Most tutoring organizations give a demo link to try whiteboard link. It is advisable that you go through all the features of the whiteboard in detail, before taking on your first tutoring session.
Once your online tutor profile is endorsed, and you have few experience of couple of online sessions, you have to do the following things keeping in mind to attract more students to book more sessions with you:
Then, consider what your potential clients i.e, students want to hear from you. Include video message in your profile. This adds far more value than simple and basic content profile.
Ratings and reviews should be apparent on your tutoring profile. Most ideal way would be to ask your students to rate you just after the session. The more and better reviews and ratings you have, the better are your chances to appear on the first page.
If your available timings don’t coordinate with the students, they won’t book sessions with you. Continuously remember the time zone of your potential students.
In case you receive message from any enquiring student, be helpful to them.
Posted by Jimoh Abdul-Azeez