I started making money as a tutor when I was living in China. Back then, one of the only ways to make money online was to become a tutor for English speaking students. The demand for my services was high, and I had many students coming to me every week hoping to gain some English skills. The amount of money I made in a week would fill a small swimming pool. It was certainly a lot of fun, but it did not last long. After a while, I grew tired of teaching and immersed myself in other activities. However, being a tutor was an excellent way to make money online, and I still occasionally do this work when I have the time.
The Best Ways to Make Money as a Tutor
There are several ways to make money as a tutor. One of the best methods is to become an online tutor. In this way, you can set your own hours, which means you can do it from home. You can also choose which students you want to tutor. In addition, you can tailor your teaching style to suit the needs of the student. Finally, because you are teaching online, you can charge what you want, which allows you to make more money.
The Biggest Challenge of Online Tutoring
One of the biggest challenges of online tutoring is scheduling. This is especially true if you are like me and live in Canada, where the school year is very condensed. There are only a few months of summer break, and a lot goes on during that time. For instance, if you live in Toronto, there will be the school competitions and the rush of students looking for help. Trying to find the time to fit teaching into your schedule can be difficult, which is why I suggest using a virtual assistant to help you schedule and track your online tutoring sessions.
The Pros and Cons of Online Tutoring
Despite the above advantages, there are also some significant disadvantages to online tutoring. The main problem is that you are not in a real classroom with students. This results in a certain degree of incompleteness. For example, you cannot assess how well the student is understanding the material, and you cannot give personalized help. In some cases, you may not even know what the student is struggling with. In addition, because the student and you are not in the same room, there is the risk of fraud. The student may cheat or misrepresent what is being taught. Finally, distance makes it harder to gauge the level of understanding and engagement. This makes it more difficult to assess whether or not the student has learned what they need to learn.
Why Use Video Conferencing?
Video conferencing allows you to see and speak to your students as they are learning. In this way, you can ensure they are engaged and comprehending what is being said, and you can provide personalized instruction. In addition, you can use this tool to give additional instruction, questions, or even exams via video chat. For example, you can ask the student questions about a topic you are covering, or you can give them a pop quiz at the end of a session. The possibilities are virtually endless!
How to Set Up a Video Conferencing Chat Room
To start a video conferencing chat room, you will need a Webcam, microphone, and software. The easiest way to get started is with Google Hangouts. To use this service, you will first need to create a hangout with the tools available here. You will then need to visit this URL in your browser and log in using the email address and password you set up in the account creation phase. After you have done this, you will see a screen similar to this:
You will then need to choose a topic for the chat room, which can be anything you want. You can even choose to have a themed room if you want. After this, you will see a screen prompting you to say something about yourself:
This is how it should look when you are setting up a new chat room:
Once you have set this up, you can start teaching and have your students access the room through the link you provide. Remember, you will need to allow people outside of your local network to join your chats, so be sure to give everyone you know the URL for the room.