A few days back I was having a phone conversation with my school friend. As we were catching up on old times she told me about the difficulties that she was facing because of this COVID -19 situation.
She is a commerce graduate and has around 15+ years of teaching experience though she has no formal education in teaching. The main source of income for her is tuitions. She is at a loss about what to do further.
There are many such people in her situation. Almost every colony in every town/city has its own tuition teachers and also most of the school teachers supplement their income by taking tuitions.
So if you are in a similar situation and would like to know what other options are available for you please read further :
Firstly do not get disheartened by the current situation.there is always hope
With the advent of the internet, the world has become a global village. There are so many new professions that were not even heard of even ten years back. For example, website developers, mobile apps creators, social media marketers, search engine optimizers, web content writers, meme-makers just to name a few.
One more field which has shown the most dynamic growth has been that of online tutoring. With the whole world under lockdown, it is a field with growing demand.
Now do not lose confidence and think that this is not for you as you have no technological know-how about it.
A teacher has to be an eternal learner.
First, let us learn more about this topic.
What is online tutoring?
Online tutoring is the process of tutoring in an online, virtual, or networked, environment, in which teachers and learners participate from separate physical locations. – source Wikipedia
What are the benefits of online tutoring
- You can work from anywhere
- You can help more students
- You can have a flexible schedule
- You can earn extra income
Is online tutoring and online teaching one and the same?
An online teacher is one who teaches the whole subject while a tutor is one who gives particular attention to students’ difficulty with a particular subject.
An online teacher needs to have the required academic qualifications to teach while for an online tutor the requirements are a little flexible if you have many years of teaching experience.
However, sometimes both of these terms are used interchangeably.
Is online tutoring for you?
Yes, it is if you are passionate about teaching and are having experience in teaching Also, it is a great way to earn an income in these difficult times.
The whole world has moved online.
From watching movies, shopping for luxury items, clothes, and groceries, banking, travel bookings, ordering food, etc we do most of these things online.
The way we learn has also drastically changed. There are tons of “how-to” youtube videos on every topic possible. There are also tons of online video courses from which you can learn a variety of subjects like Graphic designing, Art, Accounting, foreign languages and so many more.
With already so many fields online it is no wonder that the field of education has also taken this online leap. There are so many platforms providing learning right from kindergarten up to the 12th grade and also beyond that into professional courses.
With the schools shut due to the COVID -19 situation, more and more people are looking for online tutors for their children. There is a growing demand for Online Maths tutors as well as experts for many other subjects.
How to become an online tutor?
There are various online portals where you can register and start teaching. However, some of the portals require fully qualified teachers while some hire looking at the teaching experience. What matters is that you are good at teaching and are able to build a rapport with your students.
So do your research among the best online tutoring websites and find one portal that fits you, get your profile set up, and start earning.
Online tutoring Sites
vedantu.com: Is a privately held company headquartered in Bangalore. It is an interactive online teaching platform where teachers tutor students over the internet. It provides tutoring for students from classes 1-12. Vedantu also provides classes for JEE and NEET.
learnpick.com: It is Indias largest learning platform set up to help students find tutors and coaching classes. It gives you an option for face to face tutoring in addition to online tutoring.
teacheron.com: It is a free website where students can search for teachers in their local area and online. Students are provided with a teacher within 24 hours for posting their requirements.
Eclaasopedia.com: Founded by Savita Garg in 2015 for learning online in a personalized and customized manner. The teachers at eclassopedia system follow the K-12 education method system.
Smarthinking.com:It offers tutoring services in 150 subjects areas at the school level, college as well as professional courses. It also has a writing review service to help the students in their schools as well as their careers.
These are just some of the platforms available currently. Once you decide on a platform that suits your needs, the basic steps to get started are similar for all the sites.
We will go through the steps on How to start tutoring online?
Register: Apply by filling in the form. Some of the sites will have a registration process where you will have to fill-up the form or create a complete profile. You will need to add all your relevant details like educational qualifications, which subjects do you have expertise in, number of years of teaching experience, etc.
Screening: Once you have registered at a site there will be an initial screening process where they will reach out to you to verify the profile details. You will be selected if your qualifications match.
Teaching Demo: After the screening process, you will have a give a live demo of your teaching abilities. An engaging personality and a fun interactive way of teaching will be an advantage here.
Teacher Training: You will have to undergo a training period in order to be familiar with the software and with the teaching methods of the platform you have chosen.
Start teaching: Once you have successfully finished all the above steps you are now ready to take your first class.
What do you need to take online classes?
- A laptop/desktop with good processing power
- High-speed Internet connectivity (at least 4 MBPS)
- A digital pen tablet or stylus.
- Power backup
How much can you earn by online tutoring?
About Rs.200/ onwards per hour, some agencies pay monthly. It also depends on how many hours per day you are willing to devote to teaching. You can make a minimum of 15000/per month and even more if you increase the hours of teaching.
Online education is a dynamically growing field. In order to benefit from this, you need to upgrade your skill set. Offline classes have moved to online classes and so have the teachers. Students can learn anytime from anywhere and so can the teachers. Grab this amazing opportunity and start earning.