I've got 2 words for you: lesson planning. If you're a teacher or tutor, maybe those words are synonymous with long evenings or Sunday afternoons preparing for the following week. Wouldn't it be great if you could have all your lessons prepared for you by someone else. Well, if you teach English as a second language (ESL), then this dream is now a reality!
1655 days ago I got my first online student. A Japanese lady living just outside of Tokyo. The best thing is, she's still my student today! Where did I find this super loyal student who has a lesson almost every single week of the year? Twitter. Let me show you how.
What's the first thing you think of when you hear the word Skype? Making a long distance call to a friend or family member in another country? A free way to talk on the Internet (if you don't lose the connection)? Most people have heard of Skype so when talking about my job, I usually say I teach English online using Skype. The reality is, most of the time, I don't use it. Why? Because there's something much better. I've found the best tool for online tutoring.
This week I'm in Switzerland doing examining work for a specialist business English exam. It's not every day that I get paid to be an examiner in another country but if you can find your online tutoring niche like I have, the possibilities are endless.
I recently wrote about how I use Google Slides to create and share lesson materials with my online students and I think this works very well. But this week I'm testing out a popular virtual whiteboard that allows a voice call and online collaboration in real time. Read on to find out how to tutor online with Scribblar.
Social media can be a great way to reach out to potential online students. There are currently 313 million people on Twitter, LinkedIn has 450 million members and there's a whopping 1.7 billion monthly active users on Facebook! If you want to do social media marketing like a pro and save yourself a bunch of time, keep reading.
You've heard the expression, 'a picture is worth a thousand words'. This is extra important when marketing your online tutoring business. Whether it's on your website, social media or other places online, images are vital. Do you need to hire an expensive graphic designer or spend hours learning how to use complicated graphic design software to achieve this? Nope! Let me show you how you can market your online tutoring business for $1 or less.
I'm on holiday this week, which reminded me about why I chose to become an online tutor and the reasons why it's such a great way to earn a living. To take time off, I didn't have to fill in a holiday request form or ask my manager or even book the holiday 6 months in advance. Because I'm my own boss, I have the flexibility to work when I want and so taking a break is on my terms.