Online tutors have never been more in demand than they are today. Of course, getting an education online has been gaining popularity over the past few decades anyway, however, the recent pandemic has greatly exacerbated the demand for online tuition.
So, if you are a qualified and experienced teacher in any field who is still skeptical about the online tutoring, this article will tell you about the top benefits of being an online tutor and why you should sign up to become one immediately.
5 Benefits of Being an Online Tutor
1. Say Goodbye to Commuting
Say goodbye to those hot afternoons of sitting in your car or on public transport in a traffic jam in the middle of a busy road. Instead, today you can conduct the same exact lesson from the comfort of your own home, with the air conditioning on and a glass of icy water at your arms reach.
Other than being infinitely more comfortable, teaching from home is also great for your wallet. You will be able to take one extra holiday per year just with the money you save on petrol or bus and train tickets.
Also, if you are one of those tutors who go to students’ houses and one of your students cancels the lesson (due to an illness on some other unforeseen circumstances), you will not have to wander the streets waiting for your next appointment.
Now… that alone should be enough to convince you to become an online tutor but if you are still skeptical, keep reading about reason number two.
2. No Geographical Restrictions
The second major benefit of being an online tutor is the fact that your pool of prospective students is significantly larger. While before you could access students who were only about an hour’s drive away from your home now you will be able to teach someone who might be living hundreds or even thousands of miles away.
In addition, you don’t have to conduct all of your lessons from the same location. If you own a powerful enough computer with a good enough mobile internet connection then you could be literally climbing Mount Everest and telling your students about the verb conjugation at the same time.
And if you are one of those people who have always wanted to get out of the busy and noisy city and to move to the quiet countryside then becoming an online tutor can help you achieve this.
3. Various Free Resources are Available at the Click of a Button
Traditionally both teachers and students had to carry a large bag full of heavy textbooks; however, if you conduct your lessons online, why not use online resources? Most textbooks have a PDF version nowadays. Moreover, thousands of additional materials (worksheets, vocabulary lists, flashcards) are available either free of charge or for a very low fee on the internet. Not only are online resources more convenient and cheaper they are also more fun. Children rely heavily on visual information when learning something new, and nowadays, there are hundreds of applications and websites out there that help you utilize those visual aids.
And if you have found some useful information you wish to share with your students, then you can simply email them the file, and they will receive it in a second.
4. You will be Able to Take on More Students
If you’re a tutor who visits their students at home, then it is simply physically impossible for you to take on more than half a dozen students a day; even if you do this job full-time, there simply isn’t enough time to commute from one house to the other. As a result, such home tutors have to charge higher prices which not all students can afford.
By comparison, online tutors don’t have to waste a second of their time commuting, which means that they can teach as many classes back-to-back as they wish. And the fact that they don’t have to waste their time commuting makes their classes relatively more affordable, and affordable classes will, of course, attract more students.
So, if you decide to become an online tutor, you will not run out of people who are willing to learn from you, and you will be able to squeeze more classes into your working schedule; and even if you charge them slightly less in the end, you will end up making more money.
5. Online Tuition is the Future
The aforementioned pandemic has forced us all to familiarize ourselves with online lessons, and more and more people nowadays accept this kind of tutoring as the norm. Today there are still students and parents who wish to have face-to-face lessons with the teachers because they (wrongfully) believe that face-to-face lessons provide better results. However, the next generation is not afflicted with such prejudices; it is a generation of so-called “digital natives,” and online tuition feels more natural to them.
Additionally, our busy contemporary lifestyle is yet another reason why more and more people will start switching to online tuition in the near future. So, if tutoring is your long-term career choice, then you absolutely need to learn how to provide a good online experience since, whether you like it or not, online tuition will become an integral part of your profession.
The good thing about online tutoring is that it is never too late to start; so even if you are one of the teachers who have never conducted an online lesson before there is nothing stopping you from starting this very instance. The skills needed for navigating the online lessons are extremely easy to learn.
So, considering this and all of the other benefits we have listed above there is really no excuse not to do it. So, what are you waiting for? Start your online tutoring journey now, you won’t regret it!