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.
While the most lucrative route to go as a paid tutor is starting your own business, this may offer an opportunity to earn some money if you don't have the means, or the desire, to do that. If you're interested, read on for all the details!
How much does Tutor.com pay?
Tutor.com pay varies depending on the state you live in. The pay is usually going to be whatever minimum wage is for the state you live in.
You are paid twice a month via direct deposit.
As far as I can tell, this is probably just good for side income. Most of the reviews say that the pay is nothing you can depend on due to the difficulty of getting hours in.
Tutoring for Tutor.com may be a good way to earn a little extra money if you're a college student.
What are the requirements to become a tutor for Tutor.com?
You must be a US resident with knowledge in the subject you plan to tutor. You must also be able to demonstrate your ability to explain things to students within their online environment. Skills tests are given to determine your competency in various subjects.
Additionally, Tutor.com requires that you either be enrolled in (at least at the sophomore level) or graduated from an accredited US college or university.
Unfortunately, Tutor.com is not currently accepting applicants from New Mexico.
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'll go on a wait list before they do the background check and officially hire you.
We do have a list of companies that, as far as our research has determined, do not do background checks prior to hiring you if that is something you're looking for.
How does the tutoring process go?
Once hired, simply log in to their system and wait for students who need tutoring. The wait time is paid, although it's only $5.50 an hour. Still, that's not bad for doing nothing!
You have exactly ten seconds to respond once you receive an alert that there is a student online waiting to be tutored.
If you are fast enough and get a student to tutor before another tutor logged on at the same time as you, you enter an online “classroom” and begin chatting with them to help with whatever homework advice they need. You can apparently tutor via a chat or voice interface.
The student you are tutoring has the opportunity to rate your performance once the session is over.
Are there any specific hours you have to schedule yourself to work?
For the most part, you set your own schedule and work whenever you want. However, a reader let us know that if you're a Florida resident, you work as an independent contractor and can schedule yourself for as many as 56 hours per week. California residents are considered employees and can only work 18 hours per week (maximum of 3 hours per day).
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).
We do have a list of full-time work at home jobs if you absolutely must have 40 hours per week.
Is Tutor.com legit?
Absolutely. I see no reason to think it is a scam. I also believe 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.
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, say harsh things, and give you poor ratings — particularly if you can't help them.
How do you register?
Just click here to go ahead and get started applying at Tutor.com if you're interested.
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Post originally published on January 14, 2011. Updated and republished on March 7, 2019.