Tutor.com is a site that hires people as Independent Contractors to tutor students who need help with their homework via a secured online environment.
How much does Tutor.com pay?
Pay is between $9 and $13 an hour during tutoring sessions. While tutors are signed in, waiting for students to tutor, pay is $5.50 per hour. The exact pay rate a person receives is based on the difficulty of the subject they are tutoring in and how many hours they have tutored. Bonuses and other incentives are also possible with this company. I looked, but couldn’t find how often they pay or through what method. As of 2007, according to a thread I found on the Work at Home Mom forum, they paid through either check or Paypal. Not sure if that’s changed since then, though. People who work for them have said that they can easily make an extra $600 per month for working just two hours a night.
What are the requirements to become a tutor for Tutor.com?
You must be a US or Canadian resident with eligibility to work in either country, have knowledge in English, math, science, or social studies, be able to demonstrate your ability to explain things to students within their online environment, either be enrolled in or graduated from an accredited US or Canadian college or university, and be able to pass multiple subject exams during their application process. Also, you must be using either Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7. Their online tutoring environment isn’t compatible with Mac computers.
What is the application process like for Tutor.com?
You have to fill out an application online and then take subject exams in whatever subjects you’ve signed up to tutor in. If you pass those, you go through a mock session with another online tutor. If you pass that, they do a background check on you (which you do NOT have to pay for, from what I understand), and if your background check comes back OK, you can start tutoring immediately. From what I’ve read, the application and testing process goes pretty quickly, but waiting for them to do your background check could take up to one week. If you take the exams and they don’t happen to need tutors in your subject at the moment, you might be placed on a wait list before they do the background check and officially hire you.
How does the tutoring process go?
Once you are hired, you log in to their system and wait for students who need tutoring. You are paid for this wait time, although it’s only $5.50 an hour. Still, that’s not bad for doing nothing! If you get a student to tutor, you enter an online “classroom” and begin chatting with them to help with whatever homework advice they need.
Are there any specific hours you have to schedule yourself to work?
You can tutor whenever you are available to tutor. Demand is highest during the times of year when school is in session. It’s supposedly much slower around Christmas break and through the summer. The need for tutors also tends to increase between the hours of 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. (when school has let out).
Does Tutor.com hire people from outside the United States?
Yes. Tutor.com currently hires people from the United States and Canada.
Final Thoughts on Tutor.com
I think this would be a good opportunity for anyone who meets the qualifications and has a knack for teaching/explaining things. The research I’ve done indicates that they pay their tutors, and the majority of people seem to enjoy the work. Some say the job is very rewarding when you know you’ve helped a student. Others say that it can get frustrating at times because you occasionally end up with students who don’t care to be rude to you and say harsh things, particularly if you can’t help them.