Boost Your Income By Helping Students Virtually in 2022-Guest Blog By Kanika Thakran
Are you passionate about teaching students but have limited time and need flexibility? Worry no more. In-person learning, real-time between teachers and students, was the primary mode of learning for school & college students worldwide until March 2019. The world around us has changed significantly after the pandemic and demand for online learning has continued to grow since. As per the latest research report published by App Annie “In a stay-at-home year for billions of people, the app habit grew stronger in all markets analyzed. The global average time spent was 4.2 hours a day, up 30% compared to two years prior.” As per Google trends data worldwide, the highest searches for the term “online learning” happened in April 2020, and since then online learning has become a part of our education system.
Now the next question that arises is about what are these online learning platforms and how are these online learning apps and websites able to support the increased demand overnight? There are many online learning platforms available today that cater to the learning needs of students in different ways. Some might focus on personalized learning, whereas others leverage smart technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to offer a customized and engaging learning environment to students of all ages. The world has already seen what the first and the second wave of COVID-19 and now at the beginning of the year in 2022, we are again faced with the upsurge of COVID-19 cases. The new variant, Omicron, has been affecting children increasingly. As per US News, schools & universities around the nation have been facing a lot of disruptions due to the pandemic. While we have seen the first and second waves come and go, the third wave is still challenging our readiness for in-person education, and how soon can students be back to schools & colleges. Therefore, becoming an online tutor and boosting your income in 2022 is something worth exploring. Online education opens a lot of opportunities for those looking to work from the comfort of their home and not only can you teach students from different parts of the world but also you don’t have to commit a great number of hours or be available at a fixed schedule.
What do you need to become an online tutor? It all starts with passions which simply means you need to be a subject matter expert and have a passion to teach. So first do take out time to find your niche/subject that you love and would want to teach. Some simple questions you can explore are:
1. Which subject would you like to teach?
2. What experience and qualifications do you have for teaching that particular subject?
3. Which grade level do you wish to teach? Studies that project the future, point to a growing need for online learning in the years to come. This includes business research on online tuition too. The pandemic has emphasized the need to use technology well to achieve the learning goals of a student. Second, as all connects will be online therefore the next thing you will have to be clear with us the mode of teaching that you will prefer. Within online tutoring, you also have the option to connect with students live through a camera or you can choose to help students with their homework and assignment questions without going live on the camera. Third, you will need a laptop/ smartphone, a good and stable internet connection, and an audio-video device. Once you have the three things answered then all you need to do is select a few online tutoring platforms that look interesting and sign-up as an e-tutor. Most of the platforms screen the applications and conduct interviews.
If you clear the interview & test; then make sure that you read the fine print and know all about their requirements and the payout process.
How much money can online tutors make? Rates paid to tutors by online platforms vary a lot. Tutors on online platforms charge anywhere from $50 to $100 per hour based on tutors’ qualifications, previous tutoring experience, and certifications. According to bridge.edu, you can earn anywhere from $12-$25 USD per hour. On average, a Math tutor earns approximately $15.34 per hour and a Science tutor can earn up to $20.96 per hour in the United States. As per some simple calculations, an online tutor can earn as much as $50,000 if you are in the top 10% or roughly $25,000 in a year if you are at the bottom 10%. As an example, if an online tutor invests 4 hours per day, then he/she can earn extra income (average) $80 which means an annual income of $36k. Two ways of earning as an online tutor are revenue-Sharing - Some tutoring platforms allow tutors to take up to 60% of the revenue earned which means the tutor end up paying a 40% commission on each session. And a monthly salary - In this case tutors work as salaried teachers. They can be paid daily, weekly, monthly, and bi-monthly depending on the tutoring platform.
Let’s summarize it! The need for experienced and passionate online tutors is growing and if you have the knowledge and required skills, then becoming an online tutor in 2022 can mean extra money for you and a great amount of help for parents who need after-school help for their children. All one needs to have is knowledge about the subject, a computer/smartphone, and a high-speed connection. There is a good amount of income online tutors can generate depending on the experience, the subject taught, grade and the platform you choose to teach on.