While looking for tutoring opportunities to review for you, I found one that seemed pretty interesting! TutorABC hires people to teach English to language students from various countries. The work is done 100 percent remotely.
Most of the students know some English, but need help speaking conversational English. I've also read that the majority of people you would be teaching are Asian. Here are some more specifics.
How much does Tutor ABC pay?
They've changed their site a lot over the last few years, and the information about salaries is particularly vague now. According to Glassdoor reviews, most tutors seem to make from $15 to $25 hourly, with quite a bit of variation.
In the past, they used to let you negotiate your rate per class with the company, and they sent out monthly payments via either Paypal or bank wire transfer depending on where your place of residence. Things may still work that way, but it's hard to be sure with the information provided.
I've read a few reviews, and people who work for them say they always pay on time.
What are the requirements to apply?
TutorABC looks for candidates that (this taken from their website):
- Energetic and professional personality
- Four-year college or university degree
- Previous ESL teaching experience (preferred)
- Previous working experience in other fields
- Teaching availability suitable to TutorABC/TutorABC Jr. schedule
- Familiarity with using computers
- Ability to SPEAK SLOWLY and explain things to people who can't speak ENGLISH!
Note that it's always helpful to have some sort of English language teaching certification for ESL tutoring positions. Groupon offers a TEFL certification course that it's possible to complete within a few months, and it's very cheap.
How is the schedule?
If you're looking for flexibility, you may find TutorABC very much to your liking. They do classes 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, so it should be very easy to find something that works for you.
You are required to hold a minimum of 15 tutoring sessions per week, all of which must last for at least 45 minutes.
How does it work?
Tutoring for this company works a little differently than it does with most. You'll be teaching a group of students, not just one.
You could have as many as six people in your class. These people are not all children — you will be teaching adults in many of the classes between the ages of 22 to 65 years old.
You will do the sessions in front of a webcam with a microphone attached. Apparently you can't see the students, but they can see you, which I personally would find a little unsettling — but that's the way it is.
After each session, you're subject to student evaluation. Bonuses are possible if your ratings are consistently good.
What do people say about TutorABC?
This thread on the WAHM forum was very insightful. I suggest you look it over if you are serious about applying here.
The company's FAQ page is also very informative and may answer any other questions you might have.
For more recent company reviews, I'd suggest browsing Glassdoor here. As you'll see, many workers felt the pay could be better but overall they appreciate getting bonuses and being able to work at home.
How do you apply at TutorABC?
Please keep in mind this is just a review, not an advertisement that this company is hiring.
Looking for more ESL jobs from home?
If you're looking for more ESL jobs from home, this is another legit company that is actively looking for online tutors, paying over $14 hourly.