You can become an online tutor and help children or adults study. You could help with school work, studying for exams, or even learning a new language. The benefits of teaching from home is that there are no costs involved apart from your broadband connection and the hours are flexible. Many tutors are students themselves, working online while they are studying for a degree at university.
It pays well. The average tutor can earn between £20 and £30 an hour and you can make a good monthly wage with by only working a few hours every week.
If you are a student yourself then putting this work experience on your CV will help you enormously. It will show that you were able to be disciplined and responsible working for yourself and that you have experience dealing with people in a work environment.
You must know about the subject you’re teaching, in fact, many websites will only take on tutors who are studying for or already have a university degree. You should be able to demonstrate good grades in the subjects you want to teach. If you are teaching a foreign language then you should be proficient and have a least a qualification to prove this.
You will also need good communication skills and be able to put your students at ease when you’re teaching. You’ll need to be able to explain topics in a way that they can understand. Don’t use academic speak if it’s not necessary, especially with children.
Finally, you will need the ability to plan your lessons and time them to fit in to the allotted time. You don’t want any awkward silences because you’ve ended the lesson too soon or don’t want to go over the time because you won’t be getting paid for it.
Good tutors are punctual, friendly, adapt lessons to a student’s level and explain things in easy to understand language.
It depends on where you get your students from, but most websites pay between £20 and £30 an hour, although they do charge commission which will be taken away from this amount. You must also register with HMRC as you are working. However, you can earn up to £11,500 a year before you need to pay any tax.
You’ll need a CV. Websites will want to have a look at it and so will parents if you teach privately. A couple of testimonials will be even better because they will back up what you say about yourself. If you plan to work with children you may need a DBS (Disclosure and Barring) check. You can register for this online. There’s a yearly fee of £13 only payable by credit or debit card.
Next, you need to decide whether you are going to advertise privately or work through a website.
MyTutor was founded in 2013. If you want to become a tutor here you need to apply online. Their website states that tutors earn between £10 and £24 an hour. They offer over 50 subjects as well as modern languages and preparation for Oxbridge and medical school.
They offer tuition in various centres around the UK, so you would have to teach in one of their locations. But, they do have an online portal called Bright Young Things Practice, which helps children study for their 11+ exams online. They don’t give any details about earnings on their website.
Maths Doctor is an award winning tutorial company which was founded in 2014. It teaches maths and physics online and in locations around the London area. Tutors need to be over the age of 18 with good mathematical skills and you can apply online.
The Tutor Website was founded in 2011 and it is where you can advertise to tutor privately either in person or online. It has a jobs board for tutors looking for work and currently there are more than 400 tutors registered.
Tute was founded in 2011 to provide tutors for Maths, English and Science from year 5 to year 11 online and they also tutor GCSE and A level students. Tutors are required for daytime, evening and weekend work and you can apply online.