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Working for Tutor.com - Review
Is It Worth A Look?
So, you have been Googling online jobs and you happened to stumble upon the website tutor.com. Naturally, a few questions popped into your head so you are seeking answers.
Is it a scam? If not, what is the hiring process like? What are my chances of getting hired? How many hours can I work? What is the pay like? What is the JOB like?
Well, I happen to work for tutor.com (no, I was not asked to make this review) and I can tell you right now: It is NOT a scam! I could list all of the proof on their website that clearly provides evidence they are the real-deal, or I can just tell you that for the past 6 months I have gotten my paycheck on time, every time with NO issues.
The hiring process: Their hiring process is fairly quick and painless if you have strong knowledge of one of the subject areas that are available. Also, you have to currently be in college or be a college graduate to have a chance at acceptance. Basically you sign up, take tests over the subject area/areas you want to tutor (ranging from Math to English to Career Help), go through the average application questions, give permission to do a background check, and wait. The subject tests are not easy; they make sure you know what you are doing. Students want quality help, and tutor.com ensures that they receive it. The background check doesn't take fairly long to come back. If all goes well and there is an opening, you will be scheduled a "mock session" which is basically a 1-on-1 interview of your ability to tutor your chosen subject. If you pass, welcome to tutor.com.
Chances of getting hired: If you pass the exams, have a clean background check, and pass the mock session, you are in good standing. They do, as you would imagine, have a wait list. This list could be so extensive that you may not get welcomed in for half a year, or you could become a tutor the following week. I waited 3 months before I was taken in.
How many hours can I work: 30 hours a week. There are a few "levels" of tutors. You start out as a probationary tutor and have a certain amount of time to prove yourself. If you succeed, you are promoted (yes, pay raise too) to Level 1 tutor status. There are 3 levels, which you will learn the specifics of if you get hired. Each level has a specific day of the week that the schedule opens up, and it is a first come/first serve basis. You are allowed to schedule 5-10 hours a week (depending on usage levels) to make sure you get some time in. After every level has had an opportunity to schedule some hours, the remaining hours are free for everyone to snatch up. If you didn't get to schedule the amount of hours you wanted, don't worry! You can "float", which is where you sign in and wait for extra students to be routed to you.
What is the pay like: This will be explained in your contract, but I will say that it is above minimum wage. As a matter of fact, you can earn a pretty decent income if you work hard and receive good ratings because they have an amazing incentive program. During your scheduled hours, you get paid (a lower amount) when you are just sitting, waiting on a student, doing nothing. But you still get paid, so there's nothing to complain about. The pay increases once you have connected to a student. When you are floating, you only get paid when you are connected with a student, but not while waiting, and the pay is the same as if you were scheduled and with a student. This is an independent contractor job, so no benefits.
What is the job like: I have honestly had an incredible experience. If you are good at tutoring, respect your students, and respect tutor.com by being on time, you will love your job. The entire staff is nice, your mentor (the past 2 I have had at least) should be awesome, and you get to schedule your own hours. When my daughter got sick and I missed a couple shifts, they were understanding and wished for her to get well. Like I said, if you are good to them and the students, you will be treated wonderfully. You do have a mentor who will review your ratings, student comments, and sessions every few weeks so make sure you are always performing at your best.
Overall, I give tutor.com a 5/5. Good pay, great support, flexibility, and the feedback you get from students sometimes is so uplifting (although you do get the occasional student that hates schoolwork, but that is to be expected).
If you have any questions, feel free to ask! If you decide you want to give it a go, feel free to use me (Cailee Nunn) as your reference!