Choosing to start a new job or career is a great way to challenge yourself and explore something new. If you're someone who is considering becoming a private online tutor you probably have a few questions;

  • How do I get started?
  • Where do I find clients/students?
  • How much should I charge for my services?
  • What do I need to know about running a business?
  • Is there much flexibility in terms of hours?

If some of these questions sound familiar, then you have clicked on the perfect article! Here at Superprof, we're here to help, in this article we're going to explore how you can kick start your private online tutoring career and hopefully answer some of your burning questions along the way.

Whether you aspire to teach and assist students in improving their academic level in English, Maths, Chemistry and more there's sure to be the perfect role with the perfect level of flexibility of working hours out there for you. Boost your confidence by learning how you can offer the best education support for your pupils.

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Essential Tech and Tools for Online Tutoring Jobs

If you are someone who is interested in private online tutoring you already know that technology and other tools are essential for creating a successful online space for you and your pupils to enjoy. Let's take a look at some of the things you'll need before you start booking students in for their first lesson.

  • A working computer, this can be either an at home PC or a laptop. Just make sure it's reasonably up to date and that the camera and microphone functions are in working order.
  • High-speed internet, there's nothing worse on an online call than when your internet connection keeps cutting out and your audio isn't working. If you don't have a decent connection at home, your local library will probably be able to help you out with this!
  • Microphone headset, if your computer has a decent microphone it can be a useful gadget to have. Another thing to keep in mind is if you're planning on running your classes outside of your home in a public place a headphone set will then probably be essential for privacy reasons.

You may be lucky enough to have space at home where you can also set up a desk and have your virtual classroom ready to go at any time! Out of these tech tools, the most important is probably a decent computer and reliable internet.

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The Best Video Sharing Platforms for Online Tutoring

We've all collectively experienced the effects of Covid19 over the last two years, everyone has had to make adjustments and education is no different! Remote learning, online tuition and teaching is now more important than ever, not only to keep each other safe but also to make online learning more accessible to everyone.

You may be wondering video sharing platform is the most suitable for private online tutoring and how to ensure that your students are in a secure and safe virtual classroom. Let's check out some of the best platforms for tutors to kick start your career in online tutoring.

It is important to understand what your students, and also importantly their parents, are comfortable with. The internet and online world is not always a safe space for children and pupils, so it is integral that you are able to offer online lessons which have a high level of online safety and security guarantee.

Which video sharing platform is the best?
Once you find a reliable video sharing platform you will be able to assure your students and their parents of a safe virtual classroom. (Source: Pixabay - Mohamed_Hassan)

Google Meet

This is a great platform that is popular with schools and tutors. Another bonus is that it's free, and you'll be able to share your screen with your students during lessons and online learning. You might also be interested in using this platform alongside Google Classroom, which is a great and easy way that you can upload, find and share files. You can also share learning tools, resources and provide feedback.

Zoom

You've most likely already encountered Zoom at some point as it is one of the most popular video-sharing platforms out there. It is well known for being easy to use with its dashboard/controls, screen sharing, fun and funky backgrounds. If you are interested in engaging your pupils in more collaborative learning Zoom could be a good option. However, in order to get all of the best features and limitless classroom time you may want to invest in the premium version.

Webex

Not as well known as Google Meet and Zoom, Webex is a video sharing platform that has been favoured by schools across Australia for meetings and remote learning during the Covid19 pandemic. You'll also be able to screen share using this platform, Webex also makes a point of emphasising student data security. This could be a great option to assure parents of your students of their children's online safety.

Check out our other articles about online tutoring here.

How to Market Yourself as a Private Online Tutor

If you are new to online tutoring we've got a few tips on how to help you effectively market yourself and start finding online tuition jobs and find pupils. Consider what subject you would like to offer tuition for, and what kind of students you want to tutor.

Some of these questions can be a helpful starting point to ask yourself before advertising your experience and skills as a tutor

  • Do I want to teach primary and high school pupils, or university students?
  • What level of tutoring can I provide?
  • Am I interested in offering English lessons, Chemistry lessons, Maths lessons, History lessons or other subjects?
  • How many hours do I want to work?
  • What tutoring style can I offer my students?
Consider what subject you want to teach your online students
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These questions can help you figure out how your tutoring will look for you, and allow you to highlight what kind of education support you can provide for your students. Let's now take a look at some of the ways you can market your experience and expertise online and in your local community.

  • Advertising in your local newspaper or bulletin board
  • Make flyers promoting your services in local supermarkets, library and stores
  • Word of mouth, ask your friends and family to let everyone know that you're ready to start tutoring your own students.

You can also tutor with us here at Superprof, where you will be able to easily create a profile and provide information about your level of;

  • Experience
  • Hourly rate
  • Style of online tuition
  • Preferred video sharing platform
  • Year 12 HSC or VCE study support

By choosing to offer your online tuition services with us here at Superprof you will have access to more pupils than if you were trying to find students by yourself. When students are browsing our website they will also be able to read through reviews left by previous pupils.

Another benefit of private online tutoring we haven't yet mentioned is that no matter where you are in Australia; whether you're in Sydney, Melbourne, the Gold Coast or Brisbane you will be able to connect and assist and guide students with their learning both within your city and interstate.

Given that many high school pupils have missed out on time in the physical classroom there are plenty of students and parents out there looking for extra learning guidance. High school pupils going into year 12 HSC or VCE will definitely be looking for extra assistance when it comes to exam time and wanting to get the ATAR they need to get into university. 

Online Tutoring and How to Get Paid

A career in education is incredibly rewarding, however you will still want to be able to earn a living wage so you can keep doing what you love. Let's find out how you can get paid and earn enough to support yourself as a private online tutor.

There are a few different options when it comes to charging pupils or more likely their parents (unless you choose to work with university students). Independent tutors often utilise bank transfers in order to accept payments after each lesson.

If you choose to work for a large or small tutoring company you will most likely be paid through invoices with a platform such as Paypal. There are pros and cons to both options however Paypal is a trusted website that keeps things simple and your bank details safe.

Make sure that you also do some of your own research and don't be afraid to ask more questions! We hope that you have taken away some useful tips and tricks in this guide and feel a bit more prepared to get started as a private online tutor and start sharing your love for education with others!

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Sophie

A lover of learning, Sophie is currently studying a masters and working part-time in Melbourne.