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How to Become a Private Tutor Online

By Joseph, published on 20/06/2018 Blog > Tutoring > Advice for Tutors > How to Become an Online Tutor

While private webcam tutorials have existed for a number of years now, some tutors still aren’t sure how to get started! We’re here to help you get tutoring!

When it comes to this type of tutoring services, everything’s changing: the materials, how you prepare the lessons, and how you speak to the students…

You best get ready because you can now help students succeed at any stage of their education.

To get to grips with digital technologies, which are being increasingly used in schools, there’s nothing better than online tutoring.

By directly interacting with your computer, you’ll be able to help students with their revision, and motivate them by using digital technologies.

Learn how to get started with online private tutoring.

How Do You Teach a Private Webcam Tutorial

Use the Right Equipment

In order to become an online tutor prepare your private academic support classes, you need to have the right tools.

Teaching online comes with plenty of advantages. However, it can quickly become a nightmare if you have faulty equipment.

How can you help with mathematics instruction if exam preparation if your student can’t hear or see you?

Firstly, you should get the right tools:

  • A decent webcam for effective video conferencing can be found for anywhere between £30 and £60 or you can get a digital camera that also acts as a webcam for between £100 and £300.
  • A headset for communicating with the student (between £15 and £30).
  • A new computer running Windows 10, for example.

How much do good webcams cost? An old computer won’t cut it for online tutorials. (Source: andreas160578)

Of course, good equipment isn’t all you need. You also need to think carefully about which programmes you’re going to use:

  • Instant messaging platforms and programmes (Skype, Google Hangouts, Slack, etc.)
  • File storage and Cloud services (Dropbox, for example)
  • Use a programme for planning tasks (Podio, Fusioo, etc.)
  • Online video libraries like YouTube, for example.

With all these resources, you should be ready to become a tutor!

Check Your Internet Connection

Even with the best equipment, your online lessons could quickly become a nightmare if your internet connection isn’t great!

For effective one on one tutoring over the internet, both parties need to make sure that their internet connection is quick and stable.

You should opt for fibre optic internet (available from most ISPs) which has very little delay. In general, fibre optic services aren’t that much more expensive than ADSL services. You should also check your student’s connection before accepting any tutoring jobs.

There are plenty of sites where you can check the speed of your internet connection.

Using Online Resources

Make the most of working online!

Whether you’re preparing classes for primary school students or secondary school students, there are a lot of online educational resources available to you.

You can organise your remote academic support tutorials directly online.

Depending on your subject, there are a number of resources available to you:

  • Specialised sites for certain subjects
  • Free educational apps for smartphones (Duolingo, Babbel, etc.)
  • MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses)
  • Online video courses (there are a lot of YouTubers specialising in educational content)
  • Content for national exams

Which are the best YouTube channels for teachers? YouTube is a good resource when planning your tutorials. (Source: JuralMin)

By being organised, you can prepare classes tailored to each student’s level. There’s nothing better than digital resources when it comes to learning!

How Do You Organise Webcam Tutorials?

Stay In Touch

You need to ensure that your student has learnt everything they studied during the lesson. In order to do this, you need to make sure you stay in touch with them.

Whether you use instant messaging or emails, you should make sure that you’re available to answer any of your students’ questions.

Staying in touch with your student means you can save time during your lessons. Rather than spending 20 minutes going back over something they were struggling with between lessons, they can work on it during their free time thanks to the answers you gave them.

Don’t hesitate to share some exercises online to help them. Staying in touch also allows you to avoid cancelled lessons. If you or your student have something come up, you can contact one another immediately.

Finally, you can also use digital communication to organise your lessons to make better use of your time.

Checking Homework

You can also provide homework help via webcam. Whether through the webcam or via a scan, your student can show you the homework their teacher gave them and you can help them during your academic support tutorials

How do you motivate private students? A tutor has to motivate their students even when it’s not going well. (Source: tjevans)

Online Tests

You can share links to online exercise or put them on task-planning sites. By correcting their homework, you can help your student make a lot of progress in a number of different subjects.

You can provide online tutorials in plenty of different subjects:

  • Maths
  • French
  • English
  • Spanish
  • German
  • Geography
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology

Take the time to explain certain aspects of your subject. It’s better to take the time at the start of your course to make sure that your students on the right page.

Students can make a lot of progress and pass their exams.


It doesn’t matter whether you’re an English tutor, chemistry tutor, or geometry tutor. It’s important that the teacher listens to their students.

According to a 2015 Opinion Way survey, 55% of parents said that “being a good listener” was a teacher’s most important quality. A lot of teachers with larger classes struggle to listen to all of their students. This means that parents expect you to listen carefully to their child, even if you are at the other end of the country.

The goal is to provide effective teaching and get good results. If you know your student well, you can give them educational advice to help them on their way.

How do you become a good tutor? A private tutor has to listen to their students. (Source: Couleur)

Furthermore, students appreciate working with a good educator. If you want to get good feedback on your Superprof profile, you’re going to have to meet and exceed your students’ expectations.

Read more about how to organise tuition via webcam.

The Advantages of Remote Academic Support

Parents and Tutors Can Save Money

In addition to being fun, webcam tutorials are also cheap. In fact, remote classes cost a lot less than face-to-face tutorials because there are fewer transport costs. You can earn your full salary without having to pay for petrol or public transport.

You can also organise video conferences which cost the parents less than group tutorials but earn the tutor more money. If your student wants to get a class with their friends, you’ll end up earning more money and end up with more positive reviews.

Everyone’s a winner!

More Students

Remote tutorials are great for plenty of different types of teachers:

  • Qualified Tutors: If you’ve got a great CV, you’ll be able to find students from all over the country. It doesn’t really matter exactly what your qualifications are, they’ll stand out to potential students.
  • Specialised Tutors: If you’ve got a speciality (exam prep, English as a foreign language), this will put you ahead of other tutors. The rarer your specialisation, the more your tutorials are worth.
  • Native Tutors: If you’re teaching foreign languages and you’re a native speaker, you’ll do well. In fact, a lot of parents want to find a tutor who speaks the foreign language natively. It can also be quite difficult to find foreign speakers offering one to one home tutoring in some smaller towns. You won’t have any problems finding interested students, though!

If you’re just looking for students where you live, you run the risk of getting paid less or struggling to find students. If you offer webcam tutorials, on the other hand, you can reach far more students around the country. You can also reach students in other countries where English is spoken.

Find more about how to teach English online.

Simple Organisation

Teaching private tutorials has never been easier and webcam tutorials are a great way to teach students.

You can teach from wherever you want. If you’re currently a student, you can teach them from campus, from a cafe, or from another country. Say goodbye to geographical limitations!

Your student could study while on holiday as long as they bring their computer with them.

You could use this type to help them study for exams:

  • GCSEs
  • A Levels
  • University Exams
  • BTEC
  • Etc.

Since you won’t be wasting time travelling, you can spend more time teaching. Online academic support tutorials can help you create a better link with your student. You can focus on your student and give them more autonomy in their learning.

You don’t need to waste time getting your things out. All your documents and resources are right there on your computer and accessible in just a few clicks.

You’ll notice that it’s easier for both parties to find a time that works for them. The time saved by not travelling can be used to teach more and earn more. Now you can use modern technology to teach!


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This article is very useful and provided detailed information as to how an individual can start tutoring online. If you are looking to independently start your own work, this might take some time before you get hired by a student.