FAQs for Tutor Applicants
Q: Am I qualified to become a tutor?
You want to tutor with the best. Excellent! If you can check “yes” to all of these requirements, you are on your way to qualifying to become a tutor:
- Currently reside in either the U.S. or Canada
- Have a valid Social Security Number or Social Insurance Number
- Are eligible to work in the U.S. or Canada
- Are available to tutor at least five hours per week
- Are an expert in your subject (Not sure? Check our concept list!)
- Possess strong oral and written communication skills
- Are a college sophomore or higher, or have a degree from an accredited U.S. or Canadian University. (You must have a college degree to tutor Accounting, Economics, Finance, College Essay Writing and College Statistics!)
If you meet the above requirements, start your application!
Q: What are the system requirements?
You're well-equipped to become a tutor – is your computer? Check out the required specs:
- Windows 8, Windows 7, or Windows Vista with the latest updates and service packs
- 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 9.0 and Microsoft Word 2007 or later
- A working headset and/or microphone for voice communication
- A minimum screen resolution of 1024 x 768. (Hint! Netbooks and mini-laptops only support a resolution of 1024 X 600 and can't run our classroom software.)
- Work on a Mac? If you're able to run Windows applications (for example, through a multi-boot utility like Boot Camp or Windows emulation software like Parallels) and have Microsoft Word, you can still apply!
Q: How do I know if I can tutor a particular subject?
Easy! Just check our concept list to see how your skills measure up.
Q: What hours is the service available?
Except for a few major U.S. holidays, Tutor.com is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!
Q: Do I have to tutor certain hours?
We know you're busy, so we allow you to create a flexible schedule that fits your needs. Our service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, which means you can create a new schedule on a week-to-week basis. There are three ways to tutor:
- Create a schedule each week
- Log on unscheduled and pick up sessions
- Set availability for scheduled appointments
Q: Where does tutoring take place?
Our convenient online classroom lets you tutor from your home, office, dorm or from any computer with a stable, high-speed internet connection. No travel expenses necessary! See if your computer has the right specs.
Q: How much are tutors paid?
Unlike private tutoring where you must deal with potential delays from clients, payment comes on a set schedule directly from Tutor.com. You are paid a set hourly rate dictated by the subjects you tutor, and there are incentives available for high-quality tutoring. More information on our pay structure will be provided once you have successfully completed the initial application and subject exam phase of the process.
Q: How can I become a tutor?
If you meet our prerequisites and you want to become a tutor, check out our Application Process or apply now! (Enthusiasm is key! The application process can take between 1-3 weeks, depending on how quickly you complete each step.)