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As a tutor working for yourself there are a number of legal considerations to think about to protect yourself and your students.
Report your income to the Inland Revenue. It’s important to keep your income and taxes up to date and a legal requirement to declare your income. Are Superprof involved in payment? No, Superprof are not involved in the payment process between tutors and students: it is for both parties to decide how they want to be paid, whether it's by cash, bank transfer, or through another means.
Insure yourself. It’s not a legal requirement to be insured as a tutor in NZ, but it’s a standard practice to do so. Consider public liability insurance, business and portable equipment insurance and professional indemnity insurance.
Be aware of health and safety. This means providing a safe environment for students to learn. This is very important if you plan to teach from your home.
Advertise honestly. Every claim you make must be factually correct, and you should be able to provide documentary proof of any qualification you claim to hold.
Police Clearance Certificate. It’s not a legal requirement for tutors to have
Police Clearance Certificate in NZ. However, this can provide reassurance, especially to parents of students.
Working as a tutor has many advantages. From flexible hours, to greathourly pay, everyone can benefit from passing on their knowledge as a private tutor.
Qualifications are only one part of become a tutor. Experience and knowledge of your subject are equally as important as is being a good educator and communicator. Discover more about tutor qualifications in our dedicated blog.
To become a face to face tutor, you must reside in one of the 28 countries Superprof is currently active in. You cannot validate your address and mobile number outside of these countries. However, you can use Superprof to advertise online lessons anywhere in the world by placing a very generic address (Auckland, NZ, for example) and placing your number in the 'Fixed' space. Discover more about tutor qualifications in our dedicated blog.
The more complete and detailed your ad, the more credibility it will have with students and the higher up the lists it will rise.
The title of your ad must be more than 12 words
Write down at least 40 words in the "Teaching" and "Experiences" sections of your ad
Do not forget to validate your phone number and your email address by clicking verify
Add your certification to the site
Add a clear, portrait photo to your ad
Ask your friends, family and former students to leave you a recommendation
Add a video to your ad, it's a real plus!
You also need to be as responsive as possible to the lesson requests you receive. The faster you answer, even if it's to decline the request, the higher your profile will be ranked. 👍
Have your Superprof students leave reviews on your profile. You can leave a review for them too a week after the lesson has been accepted. If you do an automatic email will be sent, inviting them to do the same.
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Creating your tutor ad could not be simpler, just follow the step by step instructions on Superprof and fill out each section. Here are a few helpful tips to help make it as visible as possible to potential students, allowing them to find you:
Highlight your Strengths (your skills, your experience...)
Ask yourself why a potential client may choose you over another peer tutor. Explain what differentiates you and makes your private lessons exceptional. Explain your learning style and teaching methodology.
Tell your Story
Teaching is not just about passing on your knowledge; it is also about building a bond of trust with your students. Showing your human side is very important. Showing that you’re an interesting and thoughtful person, willing and capable of listening to others. Mention your hobbies, groups you’re part of, your travels, your past work experience, and successes in life.
Focus on the Benefits: What are you Providing to your Future Students?
Try to avoid technical terms difficult to comprehend. Also avoid bland or cliché phrases that do not detail what you will provide. For example, do not just say “I teach maths at all levels and for all abilities", mention the exact levels at which you teach (primary, middle, high school, university etc.) as well as the exact topics (algebra, trigonometry, geometry, calculus, etc.)
Include a Picture that Makes you Stand Out
Clear frontal photos of your face are an important way for students and teachers to learn about each other. You will increase the number of contacts you make 10 fold by adding a high quality, profile picture of yourself.
Review your Ad
An advertisement full of mistakes will not be taken seriously. Re-read your ad with a text editor and make a final review before publishing.
At Superprof, we offer more than 1000 subjects across dozens of categories (sports/ academia/hobbies/music/etc.). You don’t necessarily have to be a qualified tutor to be an effective educator. For example, a professional pianist is obviously qualified to give piano lessons, but teaching involves much more than certification. It requires passion; love for your craft, enthusiasm and the ability to foster these attributes in your students. A piano teacher does not necessarily have to be a concert pianist, but they must have good ideas on how to become one and how to master the instrument and the music.
If you want to start english tutor jobs, you need to have mastered the language yourself, be fluent or bilingual and able to explain concepts in writing, grammar and accent reduction. You may also be required to teach your students the basics of culture and history of the countries where the language is spoken.
If you do not have a review from a Superprof student already, we require you to offer your first lesson for free. Even if you do have a review, Superprof recommends that you offer the first class for free because;
It allows you to make a connection with the student
The purpose of the first meeting is not to give a class to your pupil, but to get to know and understand what their needs are, set up a lesson plan and a teaching method that will allow your pupil to reach his/her goals.
It is a small investment for a greater reward
Offering one hour of your time for free to a student who may use your services all year and spread the word about your services is an excellent investment.
It reassures students
Students will contact you more frequently; it is more engaging for them.
The first lesson offered for free is a chance for you and your student to get to know each other however, it does not have to be a formal lesson unless you and the student agree amongst yourselves to do so.
The first free lesson could be a discussion about your aims and objectives or your teaching methods for example, or it could be a trial lesson to assess the students ability.
Whatever form your free lesson takes, be sure to agree this with the student before hand, and make sure they understand what is being offered in this first meeting.
There are as many ways of organizing a class as there are professors - not to mention that the organization of the course depends on the needs and objectives of the student.
Here is a tried and tested course structure:
Correct the exercises and review the material from the previous class (5-10 min)
This is a great way to test your students and make sure that they don't forget the material seen before.
Review the current lesson (15-20 min)
To know which points are most crucial for the student, it is a good idea to have them review the class. Ask them to describe what they have learnt, what do they mean, and can they expand on less assimilated points.
Practice exercises (20-30 min)
Understanding a course is good, but knowing how to apply your knowledge as part of a problem, an exercise or in real life is better. Have your student do as many exercises as possible.
Take stock (5-10 minutes)
Ask your pupil to make sure they understand the notions seen during the session.
So your student does not forget everything from one week to the next, allocate some exercises to allow them to revise the most important notions as well as those in which they still have some difficulties.
👨🏻💻 For one-on-one lessons, there are a number of different tools available.
Among the most popular are:
Easy to use and completely free, these tools will allow you to carry out your lessons through your computer, tablet, or smartphone.
Let’s take the example of a foreign language class. All you'll need to do is follow these three simple steps:
- Download your chosen application
- Ask your student for their username
- Connect with your student at the scheduled time for your class
👨👧👦 If you would like to offer group classes (up to 10 people), we would recommend using Google Hangouts.
This is available from:
- The Google Hangouts website
- Your Gmail Inbox
- The Google Hangouts Mobile Applications (Android, iOS)
- The Google Hangouts extension in your Google Chrome web browser
Check out this link for more information on how to set up a video conference.
Our team is here to respond to all of your questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Best of luck with your classes!
It’s simple! Find your tutor through our search engine.
Choose your subject and your city or neighbourhood, and that’s it! You’ll be able to access thousands of our best tutors, who are available to give lessons near you or via webcam.
Once you have run the initial search, you’ll be able to filter it by level, price, distance...
When you have chosen a tutor, you can contact them by clicking on the "Book a lesson" button, found on the top right of the ad.
We ask our tutors to be as transparent as possible in their teaching ads and carefully detail their experience, methodology and resume.
Verification of their personal details and the information provided
We verify the identity, personal details (telephone number, e-mail address, photo) and university diploma of all of our tutors.
100% authentic reviews– The strength of the community
We verify all of the reviews and recommendations that our tutors receive to guarantee that they are 100% authentic. Only our members can leave reviews for our tutors. You can rest assured that our tutors are excellent, competent and available thanks to our community of millions of students!
Both their ratings (for example: 5/5) and their response time (for example: 1 hour) are displayed and refreshed in real time.
You can also see the tutor’s last connection on Superprof so that you can check their recent activity on the site.
Recommendations from their former students and friends
The reviews and recommendations the tutors receive from their former students can give you an idea of the quality of their lessons and their teaching style.