Skooli is a popular online tutoring platform. Their major focus is math, but teaching in a variety of other subjects is also available through the service. Skooli caters to all educational levels, from elementary school to college, and their online teaching software can be accessed either through a smart-phone app, or via web-browser on any desktop computer. In this Skooli review, you'll learn more about how you can work at home for them.
As a general rule, Skooli are only interested in hiring the most qualified tutors, and in order to attract candidates with impressive credentials, they pay a higher rate than many other tutoring sites.
Most Skooli tutors are work from home contractors, and the company is almost always looking for new talent, so we decided to take a closer look and see how their job offerings measure up to other similar services.
Working as a Tutor For Skooli
As a Skooli tutor, you'll be expected to fill out a detailed profile so students can learn more about you. The profile is your main tool for attracting business, so make sure it looks professional and showcases your best attributes as a teacher.
The basic workflow is fairly simple, just log in and set your status to “available,” then wait for students to contact you.
The Skooli tutoring interface is a slick video conferencing tool with a highly functional virtual whiteboard. Students can hear your voice, and see your face. You can draw or type on the board, converse back and forth with students via text message, and exchange files to send and receive assignments. Students can even rewind and replay sessions to review things they might've missed the first time.
The interface appears to have enough functionality to facilitate a number of different teaching styles, and that's good since Skooli gives tutors plenty of leeway to approach the job in whatever way works best for each situation.
How Much Does Skooli Pay?
Skooli tutors earn $25 an hour, a rate that's well above the average compared to other similar sites.
Since the company only pays for time spent on actual tutoring sessions, your overall income will be limited by your ability to attract the interest of students and how often you log in.
What Are The Scheduling Rules For Skooli Tutors?
You can choose when and how often you want to work. There will probably be peak times when students are most active, but you aren't required to take that into consideration unless you want to.
I did find one small section in their FAQ where it talked about occasionally removing the accounts of inactive tutors, but they aren't explicit about the minimum number of hours required to avoid being flagged as inactive.
To be safe, it would probably be wise to log in and set yourself as available at least once or twice a month.
If you want to build up a large client base for repeat business, it might be a good idea to develop some kind of consistent weekly scheduling scheme. There's a page on the site where you can set your availability for each day of the week which makes it possible for students to set up appointments in advance. That is probably the first place a student would look if they wanted to work with you again.
Educational and Experience Requirements
To become a Skooli tutor you will need one or more of the following:
- Bachelor’s degree and teaching certification
- Master’s degree or PhD
- State or provincial teaching license
- ESL or other language qualification
As a general rule, they're looking for the most qualified tutors they can find, so even if you have all the right training, you still might not make the cut. Getting accepted with Skooli depends on your level of past experience and the number of students seeking tutors with your particular specialty.
Skooli's video conferencing interface requires a 2 Mb/s internet connection to function well. Additionally, you'll need a webcam and microphone for your computer. Luckily, most computers these days come equipped with those extras.
Skooli Application Process
The first step is to submit your application online. You'll need to provide identification along with documents proving your education and any teaching certifications.
If Skooli are impressed with your resume, they'll get in touch to set up a phone interview and put you through a national criminal reference check.
After the above steps are completed (assuming everything goes smoothly), they'll give you a tutoring account. There are several training videos to review which demonstrate the basics of using the platform, and you'll need to set up your profile before starting work.
Skooli has a five star rating on Glassdoor, but there are only three reviews, and all of those seem to be from in-house employees. It was very difficult to find any first-hand information from remote tutors who've worked for the company.
After a little digging, I was able to find a few random conversations on various work at home online communities. Everyone seemed very pleased with the high pay rate, which is understandable, and I didn't notice any major complaints.
In a case like this, it's probably safe to take the lack of information as good news. If there was a serious problem with the way Skooli ran their business, or if the site was a work at home scam, people would probably be complaining all over the internet. Since that isn't happening, it's probably safe to take a chance and jump right in.
All signs point to this being a high quality, reputable tutoring platform, and those with the right qualifications probably shouldn't hesitate to give it a shot.
How To Get Started
If you're interested in becoming a Skooli tutor, go here to read more about the job and put in your application.
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