Bid on the Homework Market like a Master

You might see many jobs for the homework market show up on StudyGate.

This seems like a great work opportunity, but how do you get students to accept your bid?

After reading this article, you’ll get a game plan for how to approach students.

You’ll also get a 4-step process for deciding which students are even worth approaching in the first place.

Here are the steps to tapping the homework market:

Demonstrate Credibility

In order to win a bid, you must first ask yourself, “What does this student need to see in order to feel trust?”

If you’ve done similar jobs before, students should be able to see a review you received for that work.

Just provide the link to your tutor profile page and mention the previous client’s name.

Even better, send a screenshot.

If you’re interested in expanding to a new subject area, create a portfolio of 2-3 projects to demonstrate your credibility.

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Our job as tutors is to max the volume.

Show Reliability

The easiest way to show reliability in the homework market is by communicating with high attention to detail.

If you chat with something like “I have read your instructions and am prepared to give you quality help,” no one will believe you.

That reads like spam.

Instead, show the student that you really read their proposal in fine nuance by pulling out minor details from their instructions.

Then mention one or two of these points in the messages.

Talk without action is useless, but talk that demonstrates action is powerful.

Consider Pricing

Time for some quick research on your homework market.

What are other tutors in this subject charging on an hourly basis?

Find a happy medium of those numbers, then calculate a price based on the amount of hours you think this particular project will take.

Once you have a number, it’s time to double that price.

That might seem like a lot, but it isn’t our final number.

The next step is to measure what the student has paid in the past.

Especially for a large project, you can message StudyGate support to get the student’s payment history.

Then make an estimate of what you think the student will pay based on your original estimate and their past transactions.

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Your price is less important than your pitch.

Sell Value

Some students will be willing to accept your price with no questions asked.

But if the student starts trying to negotiate, it’s important to hold your ground.

The goal here is to sell fear.

Now, I wouldn’t recommend using this in every situation.

Irrational fear is destructive and manipulative, but rational fear does a favor to your student.

By using fear, you can push them to be honest about their bigger goal: getting quality homework help in the homework market.

So if you took a caring approach before you bid and the student still throws you some shade, here is the perfect way to call them out on it.

You can tell them they could get the answer cheaper somewhere else, but the risk might not be worth it.

Here’s an example of that:

I’m sure you’ll get some low-ball bids, but do you really want to risk this project on someone who isn’t the right person for the job?

If you didn’t demonstrate credibility with work samples and reviews and then show reliability with attentive followup questions, this probably won’t work.

But it’s the perfect move if the student gets unrealistic.

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Rule #1 is respect yourself in negotiations. Sometimes it just isn’t worth it!

When to Ignore a Question

  1. Ignore a question if you don’t have work samples.
  2. If it isn’t in your expertise, it isn’t worth your time.
  3. If the price is ridiculously low, it means the student isn’t serious about paying.
  4. A lack of detail shows the student doesn’t know what they want help with.

How to Succeed in the Homework Market

It’s important to understand the larger strategy behind succeeding on StudyGate.

Being a subject matter expert is an important part of the process, but it isn’t everything.

It takes patience, strategy, and empathy with the student to lay the foundation of a strong profile.

StudyGate is designed to reward the best overall tutors, not just the fastest bid or the lowest prices.

If you can demonstrate credibility, reliability, and fair pricing, students will overwhelm you with their requests for help.

The End

Now you might be at the end of this article thinking to yourself, “this will take forever if I do this on every question!”

And you’re right that some of these points won’t apply for larger questions.

A $20 job shouldn’t take as much effort as a $200 job.

So use your best judgment to apply this strategy.

But rest assured that it will be worth your time and that the process will get faster with experience.

Once you nail the sales side of the homework market, then you can book all the projects you want!

If these ideas sound helpful and interesting, there are even more resources available to approved StudyGate tutors.

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23 Best Practices to Online Tutoring Jobs for College Students

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It isn’t easy for to find good-paying work as a college student.

Undergraduate students typically earn minimum wage.

It’s even worse for you if you’re in graduate school where hours worked compared to actual pay frequently turn out below minimum wage.

At StudyGate, we feel your pain.

That’s why we’re interested in giving online tutoring jobs for college students.

You’re already studying in the library and giving it your all.

More than anyone else, you’re updated with the latest thinking.

Shouldn’t you enjoy the benefits of sharing that knowledge?

This article isn’t full of easy solutions, but the ideas are powerful when put to action.

Best of all, they can be used anywhere you choose to tutor.

We’re looking for more tutors on StudyGate, especially grad students as well as undergrads with a great GPA.

Opening an account is free and our students need your help!

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We hope you find our help content useful.

Click the link above to learn more about how we tutor.

Either way, grab all the tips you could possibly want below!

Use the table of contents below to navigate our tutor help articles:

Tutoring Sessions:
5 Math Apps to Amp Up Your Math Tutoring Sessions
How to Develop a Great Lesson Plan to Keep you Focused and Organized
Should You Use Skype, FaceTime, or Google+ Hangouts? What to Expect From Various Video Chat Services
Tutoring Tips: 8 Not-So-Obvious Things a Tutor Should Never Do
Using a Student’s Tech Prowess During Online Tutoring
Video Chat Etiquette 101: What NOT to do

Online Tutoring Industry:
The Best (and the Worst) Parts of Work from Home Jobs
Bid on the Homework Market Like a Master
Four Examples Of Great Educators And What We Can Learn From Them
How tutors use Uber for learning to make $1,000+ monthly working online
How to Become an Online Math Tutor in Three Easy Steps
Online Tutoring Jobs: Pros & Cons of Popular Online Tutoring Platforms
The Shocking Truth About Mindfulness In Tutoring
Top Online Education Jobs That Can Minimize Your Commute
Tutor from home: A guide with industry suggestions

Marketing and Sales:
Amazing Strategies to Market Yourself as an Online Tutor
Calling bold and aspiring tutors: Choose from these 4 strategies for an optimized tutor headline
Get More Work! Tutors, Here’s How To Market Yourselves To Students!
How Doing Both Sales and Tutoring Will Get You More Work
How to charge the perfect tutor rate
How to Price Your Tutoring Services Without Cheating Yourself or Your Clients
How do I optimize my tutor profile picture?
How to Optimize your Tutor Bio

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Tutor Students And Make Money

 

 

 

Tutor from home: A guide with industry suggestions

 

4 Questions For You To Ask When Searching For Tutoring Platforms To Tutor From Home

  1. What is their specialty and does that align with yours?
  2. How much do they charge in fees or pay you hourly? Click here for an overview of major platforms active as of February 2019.
  3. How much traffic do they actually get?
  4. Can you find work yourself?

5 Marketing Tips That Set You Apart

1. Sell a high quality sandwich at a steakhouse. You can do this be seeing what other tutors in your subject are offering, then do that even better and do it with some creativity

2. Promote your service offline at public libraries, friends, and schools. If more than 20% of talk time is about what you offer, it’s too much.

3. Make your selling point crystal clear. If an 8-year-old couldn’t see the benefit of working with you and feel excited about that, then it’s too complicated.

4. Decide what kind of influencer you are with this short quiz: https://platformuniversity.com/quiz/ (I’m not affiliated with this site) PRO TIP: To avoid spam, use reddit@mailinator.com for the email address.

5. Advanced bid offer. Find a big project, and make a bid that is exaggerated but not so ridiculous as to be unacceptable. Then follow up with a message that says even though you have many ratings (if you do), you are currently not too busy. Then mention either a better price or faster delivery than you initially offered.

4 More Marketing Tips to Really Make a Difference

6. When negotiating fees, remember there is an obligation to give, an obligation to receive, and an obligation to repay. However, there is also an obligation to make a concession to someone who has made a concession to us.

7. Use humor with a bait and switch technique: You flunked out of college after you accidentally blew up the lab, but not before you had an affair with the professor running the lab and the dean found out. Actually, there is no blown up lab and no affair. But you are a hell of a student accounting tutor for the past 3 years with a 3.0GPA.

8. Turn the student from a customer into a collaborator by asking good questions about the project. Make requests for context, syllabi, reading materials.

9. Humans are phenomenal suckers for flattery. Find ways to compliment your student and their ability to learn.

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How tutors use Uber for learning to make $1,000+ monthly working online

 

Platforms: benefits and drawbacks

If you have great people skills and know how to market yourself, yes, you should be able to find work on your own. The advantage of finding a tutor platform, however, is credibility boost. If you are an XYZ tutor, that means you stand for quality. Students trust XYZ, so they can easily trust you too.

The biggest truth that most people miss about tutoring online is that they focus on the commission rate as the sole indicator of the platform value. Tutors should measure the ability of a platform to drive traffic to their account. If traffic volume is high, tutors can afford to distinguish themselves and charge higher prices through the value provided by the site brand.

For the best platform: Measure customer acquisition time

When considering tutoring platforms as an earnings resource, measure how much time you actually spend looking for work before you get it, online or otherwise.

How much time would you otherwise spend looking for work on your own?

 Jobs for College Students: The 4 best strategies

The most successful tutors I have met do the following things:

  1. They clearly define a specific skill set. This makes it easy for students to know what is offered.
  2. They brag about themselves in a way that is constructive. You don’t have to be a rock star, but you should be specific.
  3. They care about their profile picture if they have one. Great tutors come across as teammates.
  4. They message in a way that is casual and helpful when asking followup questions. Less important than the grammar is the enthusiasm.

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The Shocking Truth About Mindfulness In Tutoring

 

Key Steps for Mindfulness

  1. Our reactions determine our mental and physical health. For the student, a positive attitude is equally important to your knowledge of the subject material.
  2. When you work with students, it is your responsibility to provide them with quality information.
  3. The point is that we should all pay attention to what our students say. Your job is not only to teach them and provide them with accurate information, but to encourage them to think positively and increase awareness of the negative thoughts they may be thinking.

Five Steps to Positive Thinking

  1. Gather: What thoughts are passing through your conscious mind at the moment? Can you determine the attitude of those thoughts? What feelings are they generating?
  2. Focused Reflection: What thoughts consistently flow through your mind? What would you like to directly change?
  3. Write: Based on steps 1 and 2, take a moment to write a mind map of the thoughts going through your mind. Enhance authenticity by writing it out as creatively as you wish.
  4. Revisit: Identify the negative thoughts that you wrote down in your mind map. How can they be redesigned in a way that will help you live the kind of life you want?
  5. Active Reach: Choose one thought that you would like to change. Review it in its current state and redefine it in detail. Dwell on that new thought and own it as your current reality.

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Calling bold and aspiring tutors: Choose from these 4 strategies for an optimized tutor headline

 

Highlight specifics

Create something that addresses the reader and would make them want to read on.

Be authentic

  1. What are students going to get out of working with you?
  2. How will that make their lives better?
  3. How will you deliver your service?
  4. Can you use numbers to set expectations (how fast you deliver, how fast you respond to messages, years studying)?
  5. Why should your audience keep reading?

Tell 1 main thing

Have you ever been to Upworthy.com? The articles there tell readers a story. They are not sensationalist with adjectives to grab undeserved attention. Instead, the headlines serve as a spark for conversation starters.

A good tutor headline focuses on just one of the following deliverables:

  1. Subject
  2. Delivery
  3. Review
  4. Experience

Give immediate value

This optimized tutor headline strategy offers specific value through the use of “sell words.”

Here are a few sell words to get you started:

  • Tips
  • Reasons
  • Lessons
  • Tricks
  • Ideas
  • Ways
  • Principles
  • Facts
  • Secrets
  • Strategies

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How to charge the perfect tutor rate

 

Give them what they value most:

  • Can you convince them you understand their question?
  • What is a fair price from their perspective?
  • Is their delivery time possible to meet?

Here are three steps to charge the perfect tutor rate:

  1. Write down a realistic figure for the service you are providing as compared to rates you would get through other tutoring services.
  2. Review your work and calculate the time you took to complete as compared to the price you paid. Divide pay earned by time spent (including messages, follow-up, disputes) to get your hourly rate.
  3. Compare the difference between the two figures.

Tutor At Rates You Set

How do I optimize my tutor profile picture?

1. Show your personality.

Just be real and intentional with the presentation.

2. Keep it cool.

Use the materials that you would use in your specialty to promote your service.

Molly Shapiro over at PicMonkey has some great ideas for optimizing your tutor profile picture.

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Get More Work! Tutors, Here’s How To Market Yourselves To Students!

Question: I need someone to help me edit my economics paper.

Terrible:

Tutor Reply: I can do your assignment. Accept my offer nw. Yes. I can handle

Okay:

Tutor Reply: Hi, it would be a privilege to review and edit your economics paper, ensuring clarity and fantastic style. Publishing is my life’s work. As a design coordinator at Cornell University, I work with designers, production editors, and copywriters in turning manuscripts into published books. Our  goals are to produce and disseminate excellent scholarship… At your request, I can provide more information about my skills, experience, and qualifications.

Great:

Tutor Reply: Hello, I looked at your paper and feel I am a great candidate to help you for two reasons. First, I am a sociologist (Ph.D). While economics is not my primary focus, my dissertation research focused on the pharmaceutical industry which required I gain a basic understanding of the subject. I am attaching my academic resume and dissertation; I am happy to provide other writing samples as needed.

Amazing:

Tutor Reply: Hi Angela, there are a few theoretical gaps and shortfalls I’d like to address with you. However, you’re off to a nice start. (This tutor attached a file with feedback)
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Amazing Strategies to Market Yourself as an Online Tutor

 

Recognize your value and potential

Find an area to specialize in and build experience, credentials, and a personal appreciation for your own value. People gravitate toward those with competence, and from a charisma that comes from knowing what you are good at.

Exploit a niche market

The web can be mesmerizing and bewildering, but it is not complete. Look beyond the volume of information and find angles that differentiate you from the competition. This is where opportunities lie.

Network through various channels and social media sites

Many social media sites exist beyond Facebook and Twitter, believe it or not. Wikipedia lists 213.

Create a website or blog site and promote it

Publish articles and insights of interest in your field to let them know you are serious and engaged. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) writing is an art and science that can be acquired.

Publish in your field

Publishing articles allows you the credibility clients and parents look for. Once you have a few articles under your belt, with by-lines, you can add them to your portfolio or send them along to potential clients to assure them of your expertise.

Create a series of tutorial videos on the subject

Youtube has a shortage of good tutorials in the academic fields. Personality and quality presentations are a great way to grow your reputation.

Work for an established tutoring agency

Registering for an online tutoring agency or academic services company will instantly give you credibility and allow you to hone your skills through the experience.

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How to Optimize your Tutor Bio

1. Write down three specific things you do really well

Instead of chemistry, write stoichiometry. Instead of programming, write C++ vectors.

2. Now define the value you are going to give students

What age group do you want to help? And what service do you want to provide at what speed? Which experiences qualify you to provide this?

3. Finally, pick emotional adjectives that describe what you do to help

Effortless, Painstaking, Fun, Free, Incredible, Essential, Absolute, Strange. Here are some more words.

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Four Examples Of Great Educators And What We Can Learn From Them

 

Mrs. Berens: 4th Grade

I loved Mrs. Berens because she played a strong leadership role in our learning journey. She set a high standard, expected us to achieve it, and allowed us to be curious and discover new things in the process. With her, learning was a true pleasure, and I understood that attending school was not my duty, it was my privilege.

Mrs. Rosemann: 6th Grade

Mrs. Rosemann introduced structure at a pivotal time in our lives. At the start of our preteen years, other things were more important than school, and she taught us to remain studious, composed, and to take our own learning seriously. Most importantly, she held us accountable for our behavior, our assignments, and for understanding the lessons. Many of the best educators emphasize that learning is also YOUR responsibility.

Ms. Bullard: 9th Grade English

With knowledge comes pride. The best teachers give you a good kick in the shins and make you forget everything you think you know so you can start learning from a new perceptive, which ultimately makes you smarter. Even though it was a freshman English class, Ms. Bullard treated us like seniors. She expected nothing but clear, excellent writing from us, and that’s what we had to deliver if we wanted to survive. She was a relentless, unforgiving coach—just what we needed.

Mrs. Haus: 9th, 10th, and 11th Grade Biology (AND Chemistry)

Even though she was incredibly nit-picky, Mrs. Haus taught me that anything worth doing is worth doing correctly. Excellence is all about the small things that can make or break you, and my time with her was a testament to that fact.

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Tutoring Tips: How Doing Both Sales and Tutoring Will Get You More Work

 

Tutoring Tips #1

Message students before making an offer, especially if the information is unclear.

Tutoring Tips #2

Keep messaging simple.

Tutoring Tips #3

Keep it professional with good grammar.

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Should You Use Skype, FaceTime, or Google+ Hangouts? What to Expect From Various Video Chat Services?

 

Platform Name

How it Works

Pricing

Additional Information

StudyGate

Apart from a screenshare plugin, no software download is required. Login to website required for system access.

Available for free in student-student communication, and tutor hourly rates start at $10/hr charged per minute.

StudyGate currently features one-way video chat options only. Users can share files, edit code and text, screenshare, and use a whiteboard. Currently works on laptops and desktops only.

FaceTime

The app is already pre-downloaded onto all Apple products like iPhones, iPads, iPod Touches, and Macintoshes. Open the app and get chatting instantly!

Available for free with purchase of Apple product listed.

FaceTime is only available on Apple products, and the official application only allows for a one-way chat. Accompanying apps like Fam and Booyah are available for download at the App Store to allow group video chats.

Google Video Chat

Also known as Google Hangouts, anyone with a Gmail account can download the video chatting plugin as long as your device has a web cam.

Free, once you sign up for a Gmail account (which is also free).

Google Hangouts also allows users to make phone calls and create group chats on the app. You can also share photos, videos, and your location.

Skype

Available for all computer operating systems; all you need is a web cam. Download the plugin from Skype.com to get started.

Free to download for personal use, although international calling rates apply.

Skype also allows users to make phone calls to landlines across the country. Group chatting is also available for free.

Zoom Video Chat

Available for all computer operating systems as long as your device is equipped with a web cam. Sign up at Zoom.us.

Free for personal chats that can host up to 100 people for 40 minutes at a time; the next upgrade is $14.99/month.

Zoom also comes with features like break out rooms and whiteboard options.

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Video Chat Etiquette 101: What NOT to do

 

DON’T use a faulty app or internet connection

If the video chatting app you plan to use lags frequently or is prone to glitches, switch to a different one. Skype and Oovoo are both platforms you can sign up to use for free, and are widely regarded as some of the best video chatting apps.

DON’T wear your pajamas

Just because you may be working from the comfort of your couch, it doesn’t mean you get to dress like it!

DON’T set up in a crowded or active area

If you’re planning on setting up a tutoring session at your home, make sure you do so in an area where you won’t be interrupted by your parents, children, or dogs.

Lastly, DON’T forget your headphones

Using headphones is the best way to eliminate background noise, and it ensures your lesson won’t interrupt the peace and quiet of anyone around you.

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5 Math Apps to Amp Up Your Math Tutoring Sessions

 

Anki

Named after the Japanese word for “memorization”, Anki allows users to create custom flashcards in over 35 different languages. The app then helps you track your progress to determine which cards you struggle to remember.

Knowvio

Knowvio offers users thousands of interactive study questions in the following subjects: physics, calculus, chemistry, biology, microbiology, economics, and statistics. If you answer a question incorrectly, the app offers you a step-by-step explanation of how the correct answer was obtained, which reinforces difficult concepts.

CK-12

CK-12 offers help with algebra, geometry, trigonometry, chemistry, biology, and physics. Users can watch tutorials on specific concepts within a subject, and take quizzes when they’re ready to test their knowledge.

DragonBox Algebra 5+

For younger students who are reluctant to complete extra practice when they need it, DragonBox Algebra 5+ offers two levels for students under 12 and 12-17. It’s essentially a game that “secretly” teaches algebra through puzzles that don’t seem like work.

GeometrIQ

Another game based app for reluctant learners, GeometrIQ allows students to advance to higher levels of the game by solving geometry problems of varying difficulties.

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Tutoring Tips: 8 Not-So-Obvious Things a Tutor Should Never Do

 

Mistake #1: Make far-reaching promises

“Learn calculus in seven lessons!”“Improve your SAT score by 300 points!”“Sound like a native English speaker in two months of classes!”

Mistake #2: Forget you’re a representative of your tutoring platform

When you become an online tutor and use a tutoring community platform as your launching pad, you are not just representing yourself.

Mistake #3: Ignore the parents of minor students

Most of the time, minor students are not paying for their online tutoring. Their parents are reaching into their pockets to get extra help for their children. This puts tutors in the position of dealing with both mentees and moms, dads, grandparents, and other guardians.

Mistake #4: Become too friendly with a student

It’s easy to develop a rapport with some students, but remember that no matter how old they are or how much you have in common, you are not their buddy.

Mistake #5: Take on too many students at once

Tutoring allows you to make as much money online as you possibly can. This makes it very tempting to accept any students who could use your assistance. But it’s not fair to them if you can only give a smidgeon of your time, rather than your complete attention.

Mistake #6: Offer tutoring in a subject you’re not comfortable with

If this happens, you have two choices. The first is to take the job and hope you do more help than harm. Obviously, this is risky for everyone. The second choice is to help find a better tutor. Not only is this the right thing to do, but it may get you connected to another online tutor who can send students your way when they need tutoring in your areas of expertise.

Mistake #7: Go into tutoring sessions “cold”

Spend at least two to three hours behind-the-scenes planning for every hour of online tutoring. That way, you’ll always feel in control of the situation and ready for anything.

Mistake #8: Allow students to make excuses

Do you have a tutored student who constantly makes excuses for why he or she cannot finish work, or understand something?

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Using a Student’s Tech Prowess During Online Tutoring

Seek out great learning apps

Educational apps abound, but some of the favorites for teachers at all levels are Edmodo, Kahoot!, and Remind.

Find a trustworthy online chat site or app

A top freebie site is Bitpaper, which has plenty of options for tutors to share information with students.

Ask students about the apps and places they use

New to the world of Millennial learners and Generation Z students? During your tutoring sessions, feel free to ask if your pupils favor one site over another.

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Online Tutoring Jobs for College Students: Pros & Cons of Popular Online Tutoring Platforms

 

Online Tutoring Jobs: Chegg Tutors

Pros:

–    Flexible schedules: For tutors who need flexibility, Chegg is entirely online, and tutors are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

–    Chegg offers a free trial period that allows students to test the website and tutoring service, meaning you get the opportunity to cultivate repeat business from the very beginning.

–    Reputation- This offers tutors the chance to work with a company whose name is recognizable and can provide the advantage over businesses that are not well-known.

Cons:

–    Lack of client continuity: While Chegg offers a lot of flexibility to tutors, the trade-off is that you have a lack of customer continuity.

–    Sticky Subscriptions and Subsequent Payout Policy:  To get the most benefit from the service, users have to subscribe. The lowest package will cost $15 a week for 30 minutes of tutoring, with a charge of $.50 every minute after that. That means if the subscriber is paying by the minute, you will also be paid by the minute, not the hour.

–    Limited Client Audience: If you are not comfortable tutoring college students who have not had experience or education at this level, it will be evident to students. This tutoring site is best for those accustomed to assisting peers and have quality writing, math and communication skills.

Online Tutoring Jobs: Sylvan

Pros:

-Flexible hours and small group teaching allow you as the tutor to focus on building the skill you are teaching your students.

-With Sylvan’s companion technology, SylvanSync, you will learn tools to help you work with students through technology.

– Pay is reasonable, according to glassdoor.com, the average pay for tutors is a little bit more than $13 per hour.

Cons:

– Sylvan still holds mostly to the model of face to face learning inside a center.

-According to job postings on indeed.com, most of these centers want certified teachers with a Bachelor’s degree or better. Those who do not possess a teaching degree, certification, or Bachelor’s degree need not apply.

Online Tutoring Jobs: Kumon

Pros:

-Jobs are listed as staff employed opportunities, which is a great option for those who like steady hours and a reliable schedule.

-Kumon takes care of their employees and offers a very nice benefits package that includes medical, dental, 401K retirement and tuition discounts.

-Since it is a brick and mortar business, Kumon is ideal for tutors who enjoy working with students in person.

Cons:

-Kumon is specifically designed for Math or Reading and many instruction options are offered after school unless you are willing to work with pre-school ages. This often means you will work evenings and weekends.

-The pay is below average, glassdoor.com lists the average hourly pay at less than $9 per hour, depending on location.

-Online reviews are mixed, stating that the company focuses on profit and strict guidelines, rather than individual student success.

Online Tutoring Jobs: Wyzant

Pros:

-Wyzant matches students to tutors who have strength in the skills they wish to improve. It’s a bit like match.com, but for learning.

-Regarding pay as a tutor, you are able to establish your own pay scale, rather than being limited to what the company offers.

-The beauty of Wyzant is that you can tutor in person or set up online tutoring and lesson plans for your students.

-Wyzant has options for students to select tutors for more than 300 subjects, which will allow for a larger customer base.

Cons:

-If you are unqualified, Wyzant may offer some stiff competition.  Many tutors are experienced teachers, grad students, and professors who are dedicated to the education of the individual student.

-According to glassdoor.com, Wyzant retains 40% of your pay rate from new tutors. You will to the have to log a set number of tutoring hours before you are able to receive a better pay ratio.

-Wyzant is a referral company that matches your skills and strengths with prospective students, so work may be slow if your skills are not in demand.

Online Tutoring Jobs: StudyGate

Pros:

-Pay is competitive since tutors can set their own hourly rates and commission can go as low as 15%

-There are no brick-and-mortar commitments, so travel time will always be zero.

-Flexibility to provide homework help in a pinch via a bid system OR offer live learning services at your established hourly rate.

-Current tutors benefit from a long-term leveraging opportunity to establish accounts now while the company is still in its early stages.

Cons:

-There is some selling involved, so new tutors often have to establish a reputation with clients and ask good questions before engaging.

-New tutors must provide a recent transcript or diploma to validate their credentials so this can be inconvenient for experienced tutors who may not have this information readily at hand.

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The Best (and the Worst) Parts of Work from Home Jobs

 

Work from Home Jobs Pro: Savings, savings, savings!

The average American commutes between 30-60 minutes a day, that adds up to over $1,000 saved on fuel alone, and that’s without the costs of vehicle upkeep.

Work from Home Jobs Con: It may be almost impossible to fully focus on your children and be productive.

If you’re considering telecommuting to spend time with your children or avoid shelling out for daycare, you may find yourself constantly leaving your desk to clean up messes or intervene in sibling quarrels.

Work from Home Jobs Pro: You no longer have to waste sick days when you’re not sick.

When you work out of the comfort of your home, office drama becomes non-existent, and you can easily work around a doctor or dentist appointment or run those errands you’ve been putting off.

Work from Home Jobs Con:  No more socializing at the water cooler.

If you’re someone who absolutely needs to chat face-to-face with your favorite coworkers throughout the day, you may feel isolated or lonely listening to voices over the phone, or contacting others over Instant Messaging.

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Tips for Online Tutors: How to Price Your Tutoring Services Without Cheating Yourself or Your Clients

 

Tips for Online Tutors #1: Take Your Education and Experience into Account

If you are on your way to receiving your Bachelor’s degree and have no previous tutoring experience, I would recommend setting your base rate anywhere from $12-18/hour. Those with a Bachelor’s degree can bump their rate up to $18-25/hour, while those with a Master’s degree or higher can start looking at $26/hour or higher. Any tutoring experience can bump your base rate up by a dollar or two per hour, while tutors with teaching certifications can see a bump of $3 or more per hour.

Tips for Online Tutors #2: Examine the Subjects You’d Like to Tutor

If you only feel comfortable tutoring one or two subjects related to your area of study, it’s best to stick with the base rate based on your education.

Tips for Online Tutors #3: Location, Location, Location

Unlike traditional tutors, online tutors have the luxury of interacting with clients from any location that they choose, which eliminates the need for tutoring rate to climb to compensate for travel fees. However, it’s highly possible that you could be asked to tutor a student in a different time zone. If the time change is drastic (6+ hours), it’s not out of the question to raise your base rate by a few dollars per hour.

Tutor At Rates You Set

How to Develop a Great Lesson Plan to Keep you Focused and Organized

 

Teaching Strategies: Lesson Plan Templates and Samples

There are hundreds of websites for teachers and tutors that offer a variety of lesson plan templates and formats to suit everyone’s style of organization. LearnBoost.com and HaveFunTeaching.com are two of our favorite online lesson planning guides.

Teaching Strategies: Writing Your Own Lesson Plan

What exactly do you want your student to be able to do at the end of the session? Are your steps clear and easy to understand, or are they convoluted? How do you plan to check your student’s understanding of the topic, and test if he or she met the planned objective?

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Top Online Education Jobs That Can Minimize Your Commute

 

Freelance Academic Writing

Pros: Your hours and locations can be as flexible as you choose.

Cons: Student interactions and consistency are far and few between.

Online Tutoring

Pros: Your lessons are flexible and you can work directly with students.

Cons: Oftentimes, more hours are spent planning than actually teaching.

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How to Become an Online Math Tutor in Three Easy Steps

 

Get educated

A Bachelor’s degree allows you to tutor high school and undergraduate students, while a Master’s will qualify you to give assistance to graduate students. A Ph.D is the highest educational certificate you could achieve. Majoring in math is essential, and it doesn’t hurt to add a minor in a related subject like economics or accounting.

Get experience

You can start gaining tutoring experience even before you get your degree by volunteering at your university or local library. In this manner, you’ll be fully prepared to take on paid online tutoring jobs for college students and above after you’re fully qualified.

Gather your clients

StudyGate’s platform takes all the guesswork out of searching for potential students by bringing them straight to you, eliminating the need for online networking or handing out business cards and flyers.

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Bid on the Homework Market like a Master

Demonstrate Credibility

In order to win a bid, you must first ask yourself, “What does this student need to see in order to feel trust?”

If you’ve done similar jobs before, students should be able to see a review you received for that work.

Just provide the link to your tutor profile page and mention the previous client’s name.

Even better, send a screenshot.

Show Reliability

The easiest way to show reliability in the homework market is by communicating with high attention to detail.

Show the student that you really read their proposal in fine nuance by pulling out minor details from their instructions.

Then mention one or two of these points in the messages.

Consider Pricing

Time for some quick research on your homework market.

What are other tutors in this subject charging on an hourly basis?

Find a happy medium of those numbers, then calculate a price based on the amount of hours you think this particular project will take.

Once you have a number, it’s time to double that price.

Then measure what the student has paid in the past make a final estimate for what the student would pay.

Sell Value

The goal here is to sell fear.

Now, I wouldn’t recommend using this in every situation.

But if you took a caring approach before you bid and the student still throws you some shade, here is the perfect way to call them out on it.

Here’s an example of that:

I’m sure you’ll get some low-ball bids, but do you really want to risk this project on someone who isn’t the right person for the job?

When to Ignore a Question

  1. Ignore a question if you don’t have work samples.
  2. If it isn’t in your expertise, it isn’t worth your time.
  3. If the price is ridiculously low, it means the student isn’t serious about paying.
  4. A lack of detail shows the student doesn’t know what they want help with.
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How do I optimize my tutor profile picture?

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Picking a tutor profile picture that looks like it came from your passport will not impress your students.

Here are 2 quick tips to make a tutor profile picture that will capture the attention of others:

1. Show your personality.

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If you’re hair isn’t perfect, that’s ok.

Just be real and intentional with the presentation.

2. Keep it cool.

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Chemists use beakers, mathematicians use calculators

Use the materials that you would use in your specialty to promote your service.

Molly Shapiro over at PicMonkey has some great ideas for optimizing your tutor profile picture:

  • Wear clothes that are appropriate for your profession. But if you feel like dressing up a bit, go for it. Going the extra mile by wearing a suit can give the impression that you’re capable and competent.
  • Smile, but don’t go overboard. You want to appear approachable and inviting without looking like you’re laughing.
  • Squinch. Yes, you heard that right. Everyone’s talking about squinching, which is basically what happens to your eyes when you smile. According to psychological research, wide eyes denote fear while slightly squinting denotes competence.
  • Experiment with angles. Some people say shooting from above works best, but everybody has a good side. Try different angles and positions to find yours.
  • Stick with the tried and true head and shoulders shot. Close-cropped head shots can feel a little overwhelming for the viewer, and full body shots don’t work well in the confines of a small profile pic.

StudyGate does not accept:

  1. Pictures of your shoes or accessories
  2. Stock photos of a random stranger
  3. Morning pre-coffee/tea selfies in your t-shirt and sandals
  4. Images of random objects or graphics

What would your student want to see in you? The most famous Studygate tutor profile pictures have an authentic vibe and communicate positivity.

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If you are a Studygate tutor and would like personalized tips on optimizing your profile picture, email us at <career@studygate.com>.

Pro tip: If you can entertain students while you help them, you will never lack work!

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Four Examples Of Great Educators And What We Can Learn From Them

When I think of all the teachers I’ve ever had, I am amazed at the many roles they have to play for their students’ success. In addition to being educators, they can be mentors, role models, knowledgeable experts, a sympathetic ear, even a fellow student! Whether you’re a tutor, a schoolteacher, or a university professor, you’ll find yourself playing these roles, and the very best educators play multiple roles seamlessly. Here are a few teachers I’ve had and the lessons that all educators can learn from them.

 

Mrs. Berens: 4th Grade

4th grade was arguably my greatest year of school, period. I’m not kidding. I had it all: good grades, popularity, an active social life, and so much more. I also developed a genuine love of learning, which I owe to the efforts of my teacher, Mrs. Berens.

Mrs. Berens seemed to know everything and was eager to share all that knowledge with you, ready or not. She was a real-life Ms. Frizzle! We covered a ton of subjects every day: Math, Science, History, English, and did a lot of group work in each of them. I remember when she gave us multiplication speed tests, and then instructed us to get with two to three other students to compare answers and correct our work. Everything was a collaborative process in her classroom, and I loved it. The classroom itself was FULL of resources we used during our free time. There was a huge bookshelf that I loved to pick from because she always had the best books that weren’t always available in the library. It was a space designed to maximize learning, but that wasn’t even the best part. Mrs. Berens not only encouraged excellence, she expected and demanded it.

And she rewarded excellence in the best ways: special field trips, lunches, computer privileges—once, when we achieved a reading goal she had set for us, she arranged for our class to attend a movie premiere in Hollywood! She had influence!

The Lesson: Passion

I loved Mrs. Berens because she played a strong leadership role in our learning journey. She set a high standard, expected us to achieve it, and allowed us to be curious and discover new things in the process. With her, learning was a true pleasure, and I understood that attending school was not my duty, it was my privilege.

 

 

Mrs. Rosemann: 6th Grade

As an unruly 10-year-old, I lacked the self-control to focus on my studies sometimes. Take an absentminded child, add a newfound access to video games, and you’ve got a kid who’s not always paying attention in the classroom. Mrs. Rosemann changed all that.

She seemed wonderfully odd to me when I first met her. She had fiery red hair that looked out of place paired with her usual dark blazers. As it turned out, her fashion sense was a perfect illustration of the kind of teacher she was. She struck a balance between stern and empathetic, serious and silly, kind and cold. When teaching math and science, she was all business. When we got to reading and art, however, she’d prance around the room, vibrant and animated. Mrs. Rosemann ran a structured classroom, and her expectations were clearly laid out from day one. She was a strict disciplinarian: if you were caught messing around, she would call you out in front of the whole class. But she was also a free spirit who encouraged creativity from all of us. In the middle of the year, our class wrote and performed our own Greek tragedy—we made our own costumes and everything!

The Lesson: Discipline

Mrs. Rosemann introduced structure at a pivotal time in our lives. At the start of our preteen years, other things were more important than school, and she taught us to remain studious, composed, and to take our own learning seriously. Most importantly, she held us accountable for our behavior, our assignments, and for understanding the lessons. Many of the best educators emphasize that learning is also YOUR responsibility.

 

 

Ms. Bullard: 9th Grade English

Following my middle school years—where I had been puffed up and praised for doing well with relatively easy work—Ms. Bullard shattered my idea of what good academic writing was and forced me to improve my skills—or suffer the consequences…

I’ll never forget that first day: We were a bunch of arrogant freshmen, straight out of junior high, sitting at our desks, waiting to receive a worksheet to fill out for 45 minutes. But it never came.

Instead, Ms. Bullard told us to write an essay about our summer reading. With a thesis, supporting evidence, specific details, a conclusion, and everything. Without the book. Using memory alone. It was a bloodbath.

After that, the real work began. She taught us two important things about academic writing and communication in general: how you say something is as important as what you’re saying, and if you’re going to take a position, you’d better be able to back it up. Her class was rigorous. It was frustrating. It felt impossible. If you managed to break into the “A” range, you felt like a champion because you fought for it.

The Lesson: Humility

With knowledge comes pride. The best teachers give you a good kick in the shins and make you forget everything you think you know so you can start learning from a new perceptive, which ultimately makes you smarter. Even though it was a freshman English class, Ms. Bullard treated us like seniors. She expected nothing but clear, excellent writing from us, and that’s what we had to deliver if we wanted to survive. She was a relentless, unforgiving coach—just what we needed.

 

 

Mrs. Haus: 9th, 10th, and 11th Grade Biology (AND Chemistry)

Science was one of my favorite subjects in high school, and it’s all thanks to Mrs. Haus. A lot of students complained about her because she gave a lot of homework, although I later realized the reason why. Much of the learning process is repetition, and her classes were all repetition, all the time! In high school, test preparation slowly takes precedence over actual learning, but not in Mrs. Haus’ class. She taught for understanding.

In my freshman year, she gave us packets filled with a list of that week’s science terms for us to define, as well as a ton of short answer questions that we had to complete with thorough explanations. One week, we had to explain the process of Meiosis, and if we left out a single part, we could expect corrective red marks all over the page.

The devil was in the details.

Her pickiness followed me on to 10th grade, her 6 week summer Chemistry course (which was brutal), and ESPECIALLY to AP Biology, where I wrote, reviewed, and rewrote answers for her all year.

But here’s the thing: her obsession with detail was only half of her winning teaching style. She also focused on getting to know each student and our weaknesses so she could help us learn in our own ways. She knew that I’d skip over the smallest details, so she made me revise assignments again and again until I learned to be thorough.

And it worked! I scored high on the AP test!

The Lesson: Perseverance

Even though she was incredibly nit-picky, Mrs. Haus taught me that anything worth doing is worth doing correctly. Excellence is all about the small things that can make or break you, and my time with her was a testament to that fact.

 

 

The great educators in our lives have all played roles besides that of “teacher” in order to teach those core values that help us succeed. Good teachers stick to the material, amazing teachers go beyond it. The best thing about that is, every teacher has the opportunity to be a great educator if they’re willing to walk the extra mile.

For more stories like this one, study tips, homework help, and one-on-one live tutoring, check out StudyGate.com!

 

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Impress Your Friends With These St. Patrick’s Day Tidbits!

St. Patrick’s Day is one of those holidays that’s a lot of fun to celebrate, but not too many people know the history of it. It’s never a bad time to learn something new, so here’s a few interesting facts about St. Patrick’s Day that you can impress your friends with while you try to pinch every poor soul not wearing green!

 

St. Patrick? Who?

Basically, St. Patrick was a Romano-British Christian missionary living in Ireland in the fourth century. He grew up in a wealthy family, with his father and grandfather being a deacon and a priest respectively in the Christian church. While he was working as a shepherd, he “found God”, became a priest and dedicated his life to evangelism and converting the pagan Irish to the Christian faith.

 

His Life Was Pretty Crazy

Get this: At the still-pretty-young age of 14, St. Patrick was kidnapped by pirates, and then forced to work as a slave in Gaelic Ireland. I know most preteens have it rough these days, with their Snapchatting and whatnot, but imagine being yanked from your bed by pirates and taken somewhere against your will! When he turned twenty, he was returned home by a bunch of nice sailors, so it got a little better for him.

 

So What’s With All The Leprechauns?

Those tiny creatures that hide in the grass and protect their pots of gold are actually a huge part Irish folklore. According to Irish legends, leprechauns spend most of their time making and mending shoes. Taking that into account, it’s easy to see why they’re so concerned with protecting their gold! I know about one who’s pretty harsh about protecting his cereal, so you can imagine what the rest of them must be like!

 

So Why Do We Pinch People?

The best (or worst) part of St. Patrick’s Day for schoolchildren is the fact that you run around pinching your friends all day. But why do we do it? Well, it turns out that there are a couple of reasons. One is ridiculous and the other pretty serious.

Going back to leprechauns, the little guys would protect their pots of gold by—you guessed it—pinching their victims. Additionally, in 19th century New York City, wearing green became a symbol of national pride for many Irish people living in America. During important events like St. Patrick’s Day parades and elections when politicians would pay visits to the Irish communities to gain their support, American Irish were expected to wear green in a show of solidarity with their peers. If you didn’t, you were pinched for your lack of Irish pride. It was like a way of saying, “Shame on you!

 

What’s The Deal With Shamrocks?

You know those three-leafed clovers you see everywhere? Legend has it that St. Patrick would pluck them from the ground and use them to explain the Holy Trinity (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) when he was teaching the gospel. Handy!

 

 

Not bad, huh? Now you’ll be prepared for all the questions you’re bound to get about St. Patty’s Day. Just don’t forget to wear green! Find more fun stuff, study advice, and homework help at StudyGate.com!

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The Pain Of Traditional Tutoring, and How StudyGate Saves The Day

Let’s face it.

In-person tutoring is painful. It’s inefficient, troublesome, and painful in so many ways. And it has been for a while.

Everyone has a different experience with in-person tutoring. We’re willing to bet that most have a horror story about a tutor who was simply a waste of time and money. All of us here at StudyGate have heard these stories, and we’d like to tell you about five of the worst tutoring pains—and what we do to cure them.

 

Pain #1: Embarrassment and Confession

Admitting you need help is difficult. Academic culture around the world links academic achievement with positive or negative feelings of self-worth. You should feel proud when you get an A on that grueling statistics exam…

But it’s also easy to feel worthless when you get a D.

Think about it: getting a tutor means that you’re finally willing to admit to a complete stranger, “I’m supposed to understand this material, but I just don’t and I need your help”. It can be embarrassing, especially if you normally do well.

StudyGate understands that, and totally removes that element from the tutoring experience. Instead of feeling ashamed to find someone and ask for their help, we empower students to put their questions out into the world and discover a community of people who are eager to help them.

Our Homework Emergency feature allows students to post any homework question, set their price range, and watch tutors worldwide offer their help. Isn’t it a beautiful thing when you feel lost and someone gives you a hand? With StudyGate, help will always arrive.

 

Pain #2: Learn Less, Perform Better

Why do we send our children to Kindergarten? Is it so they can get amazing grades and get accepted to a top college by the age of 10?

No.

We send them so they can learn basic skills and develop their ability and desire to learn new things.

But as our children grow, this goal shifts in a very troubling way. By the time a student reaches high school, learning and understanding take a backseat to scholastic achievement and attracting colleges. That’s great, but this mindset trains students to study hard for tests just so they can jump through the hoop and make it to the next level. Even worse, it motivates tutors to teach to the test, and only to the test. StudyGate puts the focus back on learning so that a student can focus on understanding concepts so they can increase their knowledge. Our Group Meeting feature allows students to study together as their questions are answered and teach one another. This service allows students to focus on understanding and learning together, rather than cramming alone.

 

Pain #3: Chatty Chat Chat

This one really hurts.

Imagine you’re a student who meets with a math tutor once a week. You sit down with them, take out your books, and prepare your questions. Your tutor asks how you’re doing, and you begin to tell him…

But then he launches into a 15-minute detour about your life choices:

  • He tells you to stay out of a relationship until you finish school.
  • He tells you that a career in (insert career field) is the ONLY worthwhile career, and anything else is a waste of time.
  • He goes on and on about how marriage isn’t worth the trouble and you should look out only for yourself because a partner will only bring you down…

All that is nice, but it’s NOT WHAT YOU’RE PAYING FOR.

StudyGate tutors are here to teach, period. In our live online sessions, you only pay for every minute you use, and every minute is used to answer your questions. That’s all. Seriously, take a look! We skip all the unsolicited life advice and get to work!

 

 

Pain #4: High Learning Curve

Lots of people get their friends to tutor them. The problem with this is that they’ll often solve problems the way they are used to, or solve them without much explanation. It’s frustrating and demoralizing. A tutor should teach, not show off. StudyGate tutors teach to your needs. They reach out to you, so you can go as fast or as slow as you want, which means that you learn the way you want to. They’re here to help you, so take your time and get the help you need.

 

These pains have been a problem as long as tutoring itself has been around. Here at StudyGate, we strive to take this stress out of your way so you can focus on what really matters. Find out for yourself! To post a homework question, find a tutor for a live online session, or just find out more about us, visit us at StudyGate.com!

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Get More Work! Tutors, Here’s How To Market Yourselves To Students!

Tutors, Market Yourselves To Students

All of us at StudyGate are pleased to work with brilliant people all over the world. You’re professors, students, tutors, writers, and lifelong learners with boundless knowledge that you’re kind enough to share with students. Therefore, we want you to get as much work as you want and we’re going to share ways you can market yourselves to students, so you can do exactly that.

When students post questions on StudyGate, they’re looking for three things: Quality, Credibility, and Care. Basically, they want to know that their tutor can definitely answer their question, knows what they’re talking about, and actually wants to help them. Express these successfully, and students will always come back for more. Here is a question from a student called Angela. Let’s look at a few examples of bids that will show you what and what not to do.

Question: I need someone to help me edit my economics paper.

 

Terrible:

Tutor Reply: I can do your assignment. Accept my offer nw. Yes. I can handle

 

This is a terrible way to attract students. It does not answer the student’s original question, and it tells us nothing about the tutor’s skills and qualifications. Your bid is the first contact you have with a student. The way you message them determines how they see you and whether they decide to trust you. Without any relevant information, this tutor’s message seems a little pushy, and the student will likely ignore it.

 

Okay:

Tutor Reply: Hi, it would be a privilege to review and edit your economics paper, ensuring clarity and fantastic style. Publishing is my life’s work. As a design coordinator at Cornell University, I work with designers, production editors, and copywriters in turning manuscripts into published books. Our  goals are to produce and disseminate excellent scholarship… At your request, I can provide more information about my skills, experience, and qualifications.

 

This reply is fine but has potential. The tutor begins by offering to help and promising a great result. They go into a long career summary before offering to share more about their career–this is where it all goes wrong. Again, students just want to know that you’re interested and can help them. They don’t have time to read a complete career summary, so keep it brief! You can include a couple sentences explaining why you’re qualified but leave it at that. Keep it moving!

 

Great:

Tutor Reply: Hello, I looked at your paper and feel I am a great candidate to help you for two reasons. First, I am a sociologist (Ph.D). While economics is not my primary focus, my dissertation research focused on the pharmaceutical industry which required I gain a basic understanding of the subject. I am attaching my academic resume and dissertation; I am happy to provide other writing samples as needed.

 

This reply is great for two main reasons. First, the tutor shows that they have already seen and understood the student’s assignment. They have taken the initiative to start working on the project before they’ve even been chosen! Nice! Second, they give a brief reason why they’re qualified, attach their resume to back it up, and offer to give more examples if needed. This tutor shows an openness that will put any student at ease. A little wordy, but it works great!

 

Amazing:

Tutor Reply: Hi Angela, there are a few theoretical gaps and shortfalls I’d like to address with you. However, you’re off to a nice start. (This tutor attached a file with feedback)

 

You’re probably thinking, “That’s it?”, and you’re right. It’s a very short message, but it does so many things well! The tutor addresses the student by name—remember to be personable! The message shows that they have seen the paper, read it, and thought of several ways to fix it. The way they wrote it makes the student curious and wanting to reach out for their input, creating a specific demand for their specific skills! Clever, right? The ending is very reassuring to the student and can make them feel confident in their own skills while they seek improvement. This tutor has done in one message what it takes other tutors several sessions to do: proven their worth, taken steps to solve the problem, and established trust and confidence. Bravo!

 

And that’s it! Marketing yourself to potential students doesn’t take much. Be friendly, take initiative to solve their problem, show that you have the answer, show that you care, and keep it as short as you can. Follow these guidelines and students will come back to you time and time again! For more tips and tutoring jobs, visit StudyGate.com!

 

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Tutoring Tips: How Doing Both Sales and Tutoring Will Get You More Work

Sales and Tutoring

As site hosts, StudyGate’s job is to bring the traffic onto the website and engineer the user experience to work as smooth as possible. Once the students arrive, the tutor role is to establish solid connections with our students.

We want you to be able to focus on the earning process as much as possible, and we’re also bootstrappers. We operate in an environment where things aren’t handed to us, but we go out and claim them for ourselves. The most successful first users on SG will excel in their chosen subject area. Also critical, they will know how to sell.

As a classically trained musician, I’ve always thought of sales as a dirty word associated with selling cars and red light districts. Jim is selling his 1995 Ford Taurus on Craigslist with only 50,000 miles. This Amsterdam coffee shop is selling $10 space brownies. Since getting into education services as a textbook editor 10 years ago, I’ve slowly grown to appreciate the power of a good salesperson.

Sales isn’t scamming or selling covert products. Sales is about anticipating the needs of others.

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So what makes a StudyGate tutor? What is a salesperson? I think they are one and the same–a talented communicator who understands what the student is looking for and responds with a useful solution. If a student is worried about getting quick homework help, a successful tutor will move quickly. If a parent is concerned about getting their son or daughter connected with a thorough subject expert, the tutor seeks to ensure the pairing is a good fit before making an offer.

Above all, a successful tutor asks good questions. As this site continues to grow, I recommend the following tactics to maximize opportunity:

Tutoring Tips #1 

Message students before making an offer, especially if the information is unclear.

Something like “Hi, I saw your post and wanted to make a bid. Is this Q still open?” lets you gauge how quickly the student is looking to move and whether they really want to work with you.

Tutoring Tips #2 

Keep messaging simple.

Don’t get elaborate talking about your awesomeness. Do try and guess what is needed. Starting sentences with “It looks like you need help with . . .” or “It seems to me that . . .” followed by “Have I got that right?” show you care about solving the problem.

Tutoring Tips #3 

Keep it professional with good grammar.

Emojis are also cool, especially since 3 years of age difference is already enough to make a generational disconnect. Remember this is a client. If there is a dispute, you’ll want to be able to respond objectively without the “friend” tag.

So that’s it! Sales is all about front-end time to concisely address the student’s concerns. Successful tutors will excel at guessing these concerns in advance and give the student exactly what they want. Good luck, and tutor away!

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How to Tutor on StudyGate: Online Tutoring Prep Advice for Tutors

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Congrats, your tutoring offer has been accepted! Here are effective tips for how to tutor on StudyGate.

How to Tutor on StudyGate STEP 1. Confirm Browser

StudyGate tutoring currently works with only Google Chrome and a computer.

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If you don’t already have it, you can download Google Chrome here: https://www.google.com/chrome/browser/desktop/index.html

How to Tutor on StudyGate STEP 2. Download Screenshare Extension

Let your student see exactly what you are seeing.

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Get the screen sharing extension to ensure full functionality: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/studygate-screen-sharing/hneiampckniifnbbacpmljhdojkbjmmf?hl=en-US

 

How to Tutor on StudyGate STEP 3. Test the Site 

Time to start up your tutoring engines. Let’s make sure everything works!

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Here is the demo: https://www.studygate.com/opentok-live-demo/demo_test2.html

Buttons

There are some buttons on the left. We’ll go over them from the top down, but if the color is blue, the functionality is on.

●Screen Sharing

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Screen is for screen sharing. The window size can be adjusted as needed. We know you have big ideas to share!

● Whiteboard

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Whiteboard lets your student see everything you draw on the screen as you explain key concepts.

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NOTE: This functionality doesn’t work yet, but all others do.

●Editor

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Editor is for writing code. You can toggle between editor and whiteboard without losing your work, but the functions display one at a time.

● Text chat

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Text chat is just that. With your student.

●Record

Record doesn’t work yet, so you can ignore it. This button will eventually let you record tutoring sessions for later review.

●Camera and Mic

best online tutoring camera and mic

Chrome will ask permission to use your camera and microphone. Just click ‘accept’ to turn them on. The StudyGate platform will automatically publish your live stream, but you can turn them off if the Internet connection is weak.

●Publish

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If you republish, you can use HD or SD. SD is best for slow connections.

 

That’s it! Let us know if we can improve on this tutorial by emailing service@studygate.com and we’ll get some snap on that crackle.

 

Love from LA,

-The StudyGate Team

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Should You Use Skype, FaceTime, or Google+ Hangouts? What to Expect From Various Video Chat Services?

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After you’ve landed your dream online tutoring job, it’s time to get down to business and start setting up shop. Arguably the most important tool in your arsenal, other than a reliable, high-speed Internet connection, is the platform you choose to video chat with your clients. Our present society has become so digitized that there are now hundreds of options to choose from, which makes it difficult to weed out programs that don’t always provide the best video chatting experience. Luckily, we’ve reviewed some of the most popular video chat services to help you decide which one is right for you. Remember that StudyGate.com offers free whiteboard, audio and chat features that some applications may ask you to pay for!

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StudyGate

Apart from a screenshare plugin, no software download is required. Login to website required for system access.

Available for free in student-student communication, and tutor hourly rates start at $10/hr charged per minute.

StudyGate currently features one-way video chat options only. Users can share files, edit code and text, screenshare, and use a whiteboard. Currently works on laptops and desktops only.

FaceTime

The app is already pre-downloaded onto all Apple products like iPhones, iPads, iPod Touches, and Macintoshes. Open the app and get chatting instantly!

Available for free with purchase of Apple product listed.

FaceTime is only available on Apple products, and the official application only allows for a one-way chat. Accompanying apps like Fam and Booyah are available for download at the App Store to allow group video chats.

Google Video Chat

Also known as Google Hangouts, anyone with a Gmail account can download the video chatting plugin as long as your device has a web cam.

Free, once you sign up for a Gmail account (which is also free).

Google Hangouts also allows users to make phone calls and create group chats on the app. You can also share photos, videos, and your location.

Skype

Available for all computer operating systems; all you need is a web cam. Download the plugin from Skype.com to get started.

Free to download for personal use, although international calling rates apply.

Skype also allows users to make phone calls to landlines across the country. Group chatting is also available for free.

Zoom Video Chat

Available for all computer operating systems as long as your device is equipped with a web cam. Sign up at Zoom.us.

Free for personal chats that can host up to 100 people for 40 minutes at a time; the next upgrade is $14.99/month.

Zoom also comes with features like break out rooms and whiteboard options.

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Video Chat Etiquette 101: What NOT to do

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With the introduction of video chat apps that are often free to use, tutors have the ability to help students all over the world at the touch of a button. There’s no longer any need to make long commutes or punch a time clock to prove you were in the right location at the right time, but, just like an in-house job, online tutoring using video chatting apps comes with its own set of do’s and don’ts. Check out these tips to be the best tutor you can be – from any location.

Video Chat Etiquette 101: DON’T use a faulty app or internet connection.

If the video chatting app you plan to use lags frequently or is prone to glitches, switch to a different one. Skype and Oovoo are both platforms you can sign up to use for free, and are widely regarded as some of the best video chatting apps. However, you video chatting experience will still be subpar if you’re stuck on dial-up internet, or your signal at home fades frequently. Head to your local library or a friend’s house if your internet is too slow or unreliable.

Video Chat Etiquette 101: DON’T wear your pajamas.

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Just because you may be working from the comfort of your couch, it doesn’t mean you get to dress like it! Remember that you reflect your company’s image every time you tutor a client and that you are expected to act and dress professionally. Wear outfits that you would choose if you were meeting the client.

Video Chat Etiquette 101: DON’T set up in a crowded or active area.

If you’re planning on setting up a tutoring session at your home, make sure you do so in an area where you won’t be interrupted by your parents, children, or dogs. If that’s not possible, relocate to a library study room or other quiet areas. This way, you’ll be able to focus entirely on the lesson at hand instead of what’s going on around you.

Video Chat Etiquette 101: Lastly, DON’T forget your headphones.

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Even after you’ve set up in a quiet space, small background noises can still interfere with communicating with your client. Using headphones is the best way to eliminate background noise, and it ensures your lesson won’t interrupt the peace and quiet of anyone around you.

Before each tutoring session, make sure you’ve checked all of the above off your to-do list. Both you and your client will be able to focus and learn as much as possible!

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