TutaPoint is one of the many online tutoring companies that often hire remote tutors to work with students via a video-conferencing platform. According to the company, they cater more to a high school crowd, offering tutoring in all academic subjects as well as help via its writing center and test preparation (ACT/SAT) services.
If you want to work as a tutor online, TutaPoint may be one to consider. Let’s see what it’s all about.
How Does TutaPoint Work?
TutaPoint works like most of your online tutoring services where you will be connected via a video-conferencing platform similar to that of Zoom. I don’t have experience with this company, but from what I read, it appears they use a virtual whiteboard of sorts as well as some file sharing tools. When a student logs in and requests a tutor, the company’s matching system will connect them with someone who matches the right credentials. This can be done with a pre-determined schedule or immediately if need be. Each session will be a minimum of 60 minutes, but it can last up to two hours.
Like most tutoring platforms, the student you work with will have a problem they need help with, meaning you will need to quickly think on your toes to remedy the situation. This doesn’t mean simply giving the answer, but rather, showing them how you came about this answer.
Like most tutor companies online, not everyone can apply, unfortunately.
If you want to become a tutor, you must reside in the United States and have at least two+ years of tutoring experience. You must also be a college graduate from a college either in the United States or Canada, and you must pass a criminal background check to be considered.
While not required, it does help if you have a teaching background as well. According to the site, it does note “We know the best tutors are professionals in the field of education, so we partner with certified teachers, retired teachers, teaching assistants, professors at colleges and universities, and others who meet our high standards.” Reading that, I would assume you would have the upper hand if you have an educational background.
These requirements are no different than the many I have reviewed. As long as you have some experience, you graduated college and you’re competent in the topic you’re helping with, you shouldn’t have a problem at least being considered.
To apply as a tutor, you can do so via this link to start the application process, again, as long as you meet those requirements. If you don’t, I highly advise you don’t waste your time (or theirs), as you will get denied.
In the beginning, they will ask you what kind of service you would like to provide. You can choose all four if you choose, but it’s up to choose what you feel is best for your talents.
During this application process, they will ask for basic personal information as well as your educational background. They will also request three references (name, email) and ask you to upload a profile photo that can be used online whenever a student checks out your profile.
Lastly, you will be asked to introduce yourself via a webcam. This, like the picture, will be uploaded to the profile as well.
The entire process takes about 20~ minutes.
The company doesn’t list the salary on its website, but thankfully, tutors who worked with the company in the past stated they made about $13 to $15 per hour, which seems to be much less than the average tutor rate I have found online.
As a freelancer, you are able to work whenever you please; however, there are some restrictions.
While you are considered a freelancer, they do expect you to spend about five hours a week. Failing to do so can put your job in jeopardy.
This can cross the line as to what differentiates a freelancer and an employee since they are telling you how much you can work.
What Others Are Saying
I couldn’t find too much in terms of reviews, seeing it’s not a huge tutoring company, but there were some reviews online, almost all seen on the Glassdoor website.
On Glassdoor, about eight reviewers gave the company a 3.7/5 with only 67% recommending it to a friend. Many complained about the pay and lack of students. However, on the plus side, reviewers did like the flexible schedule and the caring staff. It was a mixed bag, but I didn’t read anything about being scammed.
Other than that, there were a few customers who praised the tutors they worked with.
Final Thoughts6/10If you want to work as a tutor with TutaPoint, it appears to be a legitimate company, however, the pay isn’t all that great in comparison to its competitors. Plus, it isn’t a huge company with a lot of traffic, so you may not find yourself with a lot of students. Your results will vary, though.
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That does it for now.
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