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Prepnow Tutoring Reviews: Up to $23+/HR Tutoring

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PrepNow Tutoring is an in-home tutoring agency established in 1999.  Co-founded by Gregory Zumas and Richard Enos, they had the simple idea to create “a better alternative to impersonal learning centers.”

Their innovative programs offer students personalized instruction to succeed on standardized tests such as the SAT, ACT and PSAT, offering one-on-one live tutoring.

This is a company I have mentioned before, such as in my non-phone work from home jobs post, and it’s almost always looking for tutors who want to tutor for home.  As long as you meet the company’s requirements, which I will get into next, you can apply and see if they want to consider you for the opportunity.

Simply put, if you want to tutor from the comforts of home, this may be the job to look into.  Let’s see…

PrepNow Requirements

Before you read more into this review, first I want to talk about the requirements, as they do have some you need to be aware of.  This is common among tutoring centers and PrepNow is no different.

For one, you need at least two years of tutoring experience.  They don’t specifically say where, but I’m sure as long you helped tutor, this should count.

They also ask that you had a composite 28 on the ACT or a 650 on the SAT Math and SAT Verbal/CR.  I don’t see this requirement often, but it’s important to look back at your scores to see if you met this requirement.

Next, you will need a bachelor’s degree from an accredited 4-year university.

Lastly, they do ask that you’re free on weeknights and weekends, committing to at least six hours of available time per week and can commit to at least four to six months.

If you meet these requirements, then congratulations, you’re a candidate, but if not, I would recommend you consider another tutoring company as there’s a good chance they won’t hire you.  Don’t fret, either, as there are so many tutoring companies out there that hire tutors from home.



Applying

If you meet the requirements mentioned above and you’re interested in applying, then you will want to head to this link and then click on the “I want to apply!” button.

In doing so, it will then bring you to another page, showing you which positions need to be filled at the time.  For example, here’s what I saw when I was writing this:

At the moment, they were hiring a variety of tutors, from college admissions essay tutors to math tutors.  If you have a specific topic in mind, click on the apply button and fill out the profile.  It will ask for you to attach a resume, submit your LinkedIn URL as well as describe your tutoring experience/history.  It’s not too lengthy, but they do want to know more about your tutoring history and educational experience.  As long as you have a resume up to date, expect the process to take about 10 to 15~ minutes to apply.

How Much Can You Make?

Depending on various factors, the average pay seems to be in the $15 to $23 per hour range.  From my research, it appears applicants from a “top-tiered” college with credentials can be closer to that $23 per hour rate, but this seems to be the cap.  As I’m about to get into, the company will not pay you outside of your tutoring sessions when talking with parents, etc.  This seemed to be a big complaint among people working there.

What Others Are Saying

According to about 19 Glassdoor reviews, they gave the company an okay 3.9/5 rating with 91% recommending the opportunity to a friend.  In these reviews, they talked about the following pros and cons:

Pros:

  • frequent raises based on review
  • good support
  • great management
  • well-designed curriculum/resources
  • great job to do from home

Cons:

  • not truly flexible as you do have to commit
  • pay isn’t as high as most tutors want it to be
  • a lot of time isn’t compensated, such as preparing and following up with parents

Final Thoughts

In the end, PrepNow seems like a legitimate tutoring company and it takes pride in its work.  They seem to offer good courses for their students, which may mean more work for you since the parents keep coming back.  However, their pay doesn’t seem to be on par with the competitors, but it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t apply.  It seems to get better if you stay with the company for some time.  As long as you’re okay with committing to at least six hours a week and you don’t mind working off the clock talking with parents, then it’s one to consider, as long as you, again, meet the strict requirements.  I would expect to make about $120 to $200~ a week working very part time.  Of course, you can make much more if you work more than the minimum six hours.

I wouldn’t put them near the top nor would I put them toward the bottom.  I would say it’s okay if you’re hired.  Just don’t expect great wages.  As long as you go in with these expectations, it could become a decent remote job.

That’s going to wrap it up.

If you like the idea of tutoring from home, let it be known that there are more than 20+ reputable companies that work just like PrepNow.  I encourage you to check out the list to see if any others are worth applying to.  In some cases, you don’t even need much experience or a college degree.

As always, if I’m missing something or you want to comment on the company, you’re more than welcome to leave a comment below.  Thanks for stopping by!

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Hi! My name is Tom Nathaniel, and I created LushDollar to help share my honest thoughts on everything money. It's the Internet's most honest money site after all. I have worked in the finance industry since 2006, consulting with multiple Fortune 5000 companies.

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