Become a Tutor

Work from home and make a difference in students' lives.

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Applicant Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q: What are the qualifications to become a tutor?

  • Currently reside in either the US or Canada and have a valid Social Security or Social Insurance number
  • Be eligible to work in either the US or Canada
  • Available to tutor a minimum average of 5 hours per week
  • Possess strong content knowledge in English, math, science, or social studies at the level you wish to tutor—our service covers elementary grade through first year college
  • Demonstrate the ability to explain concepts to young people of a variety of ages within our online environment
  • For most subjects, an applicant must be a College Sophomore or Higher or have graduated from an accredited US or Canadian University by the Fall of 2013 in order to proceed with the application process. A college degree is required to tutor the following subjects: Accounting, Economics, Finance, College Essay Writing and College Statistics. Equivalencies or evaluations of degrees earned outside of the U.S. or Canada are not accepted.
  • Pass more than one subject exam in the Tutor.com application process

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Q: What system requirements must I meet?

Your computer must meet the following specifications to run the Tutor.com Provider Classroom software:

  • Windows XP (w/Service Pack 3), Vista (w/Service Pack 2), Windows 7 (w/Service Pack 1), or Windows 8 (w/Service Pack 1).
  • 2.0 GB of system memory (RAM)
  • Single Core Processor at 2.4 GHz or Dual Core Processor at 1.8 GHz (manufactured on or after 2004)
  • High-speed internet access
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 or higher
  • A working headset with microphone is required for voice communication

In addition, the classroom software requires a minimum resolution of 1024 x 768. Please note, if you are using a netbook or mini-laptop those systems can only support 1024 X 600 and are therefore unable to run our classroom software.

Tutor.com does not support Mac computers for tutors at this time. However, if you are able to run Windows applications (for example, through a multi-boot utility like Boot Camp) and have Microsoft Word, you may continue with the application.

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Q: How do I know if I can tutor a particular subject?

If you are not sure if you'd be considered an expert tutor in the field you're interested in, check our concept list to see if you measure up.

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Q: What hours is the service available?

Our service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Q: Do I have to tutor certain hours?

We know you are busy, so the flexible schedule means that you can tutor when you are available—even if your availability changes week-to-week. peak times are Sunday- Thursday 4pm-Midnight ET. We now also have an increase in the availability of hours between 7 AM and 5 PM ET. Tutors can also pick up extra sessions outside of their scheduled hours as what we call a "floating tutor".

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Q: How much are tutors paid?

Tutoring with Tutor.com is an opportunity to earn extra income. Tutors are paid every month, and pay is based on the subjects tutored and the number of hours tutored. As an example - our most active Chemistry tutors earn anywhere from $800 to $1600 a month. We also offer bonuses, performance incentives and opportunity for growth. More information on payment will be provided once you successfully complete your subject exams and writing sample.

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Q: Where does tutoring take place?

You can work from anywhere with a reliable internet connection. We'll connect you to students who need help in your subject area. You'll "meet" with them in the online classroom and work on the questions they need help with in a secure, one-on-one environment! No lesson plans, no records to keep or tests to grade. For more information, please see our Video on "How it Works."

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Q: Is there anything else I should know?

We are currently accepting applications in all subjects. Applicants may be placed on a waitlist and are pulled from the waitlist every day as needed.

Preference will be given to applicants who pass more than one subject exam and can commit to at least five hours a week.

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