How can I tutor online from my home?

March 19, 2020 by Alex
Image Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are practising social distancing and schools are closing from Friday, 20th March. As a result, more students are turning to online learning and online tutoring. At Tutorfair we are no strangers to online tuition - in fact, the majority of our lessons are online now! We want to make sure that our tutors feel equipped to tutor online, so in this blog we will be answering your FAQs about tutoring online from your home.

How do I switch to online tutoring?

While many tutors have already tried online tutoring before, it can still be a daunting prospect if you haven't had much experience with it. But actually - it's really easy! You can narrow it down to three simple steps:

  1. Get started: make sure you have fast and reliable internet connection and consider getting a webcam and microphone headset if you don't have this already

  2. Find the platform that works for you: a recent survey of our tutors showed that while many use Skype, there are lots of other alternatives such as Google Hangouts, Zoom, Bramble, and of course the Tutorfair Classroom!

  3. Prepare for your first lesson: don't forget to test the platform prior to your first lesson starting and make sure you have told your student how the lesson is taking place. If you have any learning materials make sure these are prepared and ready to send or share with your student.

Our recent blog "How to Tutor Online" goes into a little more detail about each of these steps!

How do I book online lessons on Tutorfair?

On Tutorfair it's really easy to book online lessons with clients: it's exactly the same as booking in person lessons! Instead of selecting 'in person' when you are suggesting a lesson for clients, simply make sure you have 'online' selected. It should look like this:

Online lesson suggestion

All the client needs to do is book and pay for the lesson like they would with an in person lesson. Don't forget to message the client once the lesson has been booked to make sure that they know how to get to the lesson.

How much should I charge?

Online lessons tend to be, on average, £5-£10 cheaper than in person lessons. This is to reflect the saved cost of travelling to the student's house.

Like your normal hourly rate, on Tutorfair you can set your own online price. You can do so in the 'edit profile' section of your account, and it will be shown on your profile alongside your normal in person price.

(Please note that if you have a custom price for any clients, this will override the online price you set.)

How can I make my profile stand out?

There are lots of ways to make your profile stand out but, specifically for online lessons, being clear and upfront about what software you use and how you conduct your lessons is one of the key ways to sell your profile. In your profile bio, we would recommend that you:

  • Explain what software you use to deliver online lessons. This will help avoid confusion when the lesson starts and will help you make a good first impression

  • Explain how you conduct lessons and your online teaching style. Clients can be apprehensive about online because they worry about not being able to develop the same kind of rapport online, but we know that's not true! A brief summary of your teaching style, lesson plans, resources or homework would be a great way to show that you know what you're doing

  • Summarise why you believe online lessons are as effective as in person lessons. Confidence from you, the tutor, will give clients confidence too!

As a general rule of thumb, the more you can say about your experience the better! We know that clients like finding out lots about tutors before they contact them, so treat your profile as a way for them to find out as much as possible about you and your methods.

Bonus for Maths tutors: teaching Maths online!

Top tutor Kevin O has made a fantastic video about tutoring Maths online, check it out here!

For more online tutoring tips, we have plenty of articles on our blog, and if you have any questions do get in touch!
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