How do I Become an Online Tutor?

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A person who enjoys teaching others and seeks a work-at-home opportunity should become an online tutor. Online tutors work from the comfort of their own homes, helping students of all ages master academic material. If students need extra help with schoolwork because they are struggling with a particular subject or need higher test scores, they will often enlist the services of an online tutor. A variety of online tutoring companies exist to help these students improve their performance in school. Companies such as Sylvan Online&trade,,™, and™ assist millions of people in their efforts to become stronger in a particular school subject.

An online tutor can earn extra money just by sitting at the computer and helping others learn. This fact is the main reason why your average person would love to become an online tutor. Hours are usually flexible, since most tutoring companies offer tutoring services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If a person loves teaching and is an expert in a specific subject, she can usually find work as an online teacher. Some online tutoring companies require that their tutors possess either a bachelor's or master's degree. Still others state that any online tutor must have a valid teaching certificate or be a retired school teacher.


All online tutoring services require that tutors have a computer and access to high-speed Internet. Each person who wants to become an online tutor will need to undergo extensive training so that she can learn how to transfer her teaching skills into a virtual environment. Of course, since online tutors must teach using the Internet, they must feel comfortable with technology. Most online tutoring services use a variety of multimedia tools, including electronic whiteboards, VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol), and other methods to teach students in an effective manner.

If someone desires to become an online tutor, she will need to apply to the company. This usually involves filling out an online application. The application asks the potential tutor about her educational background and work history. It also inquires as to whether she has previous teaching experience. If the company requires tutors possess a teaching certificate, it will ask the applicant if she can provide evidence of this credential.

The application will also require the prospective employee to state what type of computer she has in her home and whether she has high-speed Internet. Once the applicant is seriously being considered for an online tutoring position, she will have to submit to a criminal background check. Since online tutors often work with children, this is an important investigation that takes place in order to ensure the safety of children online.

Online tutoring services seek educated individuals to work for their companies. They hunt for skilled teachers who know how to relate to students and bring out the best in them. If someone desires to become an online tutor, she can expect to earn extra money as she teaches students who need help with their schoolwork. The hours are flexible, and the work environment is the best it can be. After all, an online tutor works from home.

She can help a child who struggles with long division or conjugating Spanish verbs. She can even help children who need improvement in their reading comprehension skills. Such a worthwhile job is something any teacher would love—especially if she gets to do this work while wearing pajamas.


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Post 4

@heavanet- I think that it is also important that anyone who is thinking about becoming an online tutor be aware that their could be a waiting period to begin tutoring. This may be the case even if he or she is accepted as a tutor in a particular subject.

Some courses get a lot of interest from potential online tutors. When this happens, some online tutoring companies have a database of tutors who may or may not get work at first. On the other hand. tutors in certain subjects such as advanced math and science are often in demand. Anyone who is good in these challenging subjects may get work as an online tutor fairly quickly and shouldn't hesitate to apply to be a tutor.

Post 3

I have a friend who is an online tutor, and she had to take tests in the courses that she wanted to tutor. She also had to score within a certain range to qualify as a tutor.

If you are thinking about applying to become an online tutor, you should definitely brush up on the courses that you want to qualify to tutor. If you are not prepared, you may not get past the testing process to qualify for online tutoring positions.

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