How Does Online Tutoring Work?
There are many online tutoring services and platforms available. Whether you are looking to join a company or service, or you want to have your own independent tutoring business.
There are some things you should know beforehand. With these tips in mind, you can make a more informed decision on the type of online tutoring you want to do and whether you want to be independent or part of an agency.
Many tutors have very little experience or a lot of experience. Online tutoring services usually accept tutors that have adequate knowledge in the subject area they will be tutoring in. However, some students may require very specific tutoring in specific courses and therefore will require experts in their fields. Some tutoring agencies may require tutors to have tutor training or certifications. It varies depending on the agency or if you are on your own. If you are on your own, then you would need to make sure you are prepared enough to teach the subject you are tutoring. If your skills and knowledge are weak then students or parents will not want to pay for your service.
When you register with a tutoring agency or service, your rate of tutoring per hour is usually set by the agency. If you do set your own rates, then some percentage of your earnings will be going towards the agency itself. However, if you are tutoring on your own then you can set your own rates and collect 100% of the earnings. The rates you can charge vary anywhere from $10/hour to $25/hour. These rates can go even higher if the expertise of the tutor is in high demand and the tutor is extremely qualified.
Since online tutoring can be done remotely and allows tutors to connect with students globally, the market is more competitive and sometimes you have to adjust your rate.
3. The Platform
There are many different platforms available for online tutoring. The choice is yours. There are Zoom, GoogleMeet, FaceTime, Skype, and more. Your software needs and features vary depending on the subject you are teaching. A more practical course like mathematics or physics would require a whiteboard for your student(s) to see what you are doing. There are some platforms out there that have this integrated already or there is whiteboard software that can be used.
Online tutoring platforms are very popular and there are many to choose from. You have to look at if they meet your needs feature-wise and technology-wise if they are easy to use, and affordable for both you and your students. Edusity is one of the best ones out there that are especially affordable and easy to use for individuals tutoring on their own.