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There are more students out there searching for a tutor to help their lessons and there is excessive demand on online tutoring platforms both as a tutor and as a student. Wyzant tutoring, founded in 2005, is one of the best online services marketplace in educational technology. There are many private, 1–on–1 lessons with the expert instructor of your choice (Note that currently it only accepts US-based tutors with SSN numbers).
How Wyzant Tutoring Works?
Wyzant works as a mediator which meets tutors and students both online and in-place and gets commission over what tutors earn.There are some tutoring platforms that want their tutors to follow strict schedules bu Wyzant is not one of them. You can have a flexible program that you decide when and how to work. Then you find a student or a students finds you and you meet online or in-place. Then you get your money, you get reviews and stars and Wyzant gets the commission over what you earn as a platform fee.
Is Wyzant Legit?
There have been many scams on online services during recent years and these services are vulnerable to this case. Some companies with different names have taken money from a lot of people by declaring that they will give some kind of service and suddenly they disappeared. Most of these companies lived a few weeks to months legally on paper. To understand if a company is legit, the first thing you can check is how many years it has been on the industry. By more than 15 years of experience, Wyzant totally is a legit company. Moreover, you can check the social media account for these companies to support the legitimacy. On the Wyzant Facebook account, there are almost 20.000 followers which is almost impossible for a scam company. You can also check the previous posts date back to recent years which shows that the company has been active on Facebook for a long time.
You can also check the reviews on different websites including employment sites like LinkedIn or Indeed. For example, the oldest review on indeed.com from the year 2012 which shows that this company is on the online learning industry for a long time, so yes, this also shows that Wyzant is legit.
As you search for the reviews online, you will come across with both positive and negative reviews about Wyzant. Most of the reviews seems positive however, there are some issues that we can group as common complaints too.
According to the some people, Wyzant turned their application down despite the fact that they are either qualified tutors and certified teachers. As we don’t have have information why they were rejected, we can’t say that the reasons are legitimate. However, Wyzant should be transparent and clear on these subject with a high level of communication with the applicants.
When you start tutoring on Wyzant, initial commission was 40% and this is the another major complaint about the company. However, it seems like company take into account these complaints and starting January 15, 2019 they changed commission policy at a fixed rate of 25% which is more reasonable.
And the last common complaint is that there is no bonuses or incentives to make tutors active and eager to work more.
When we search for the positive reviews; most tutors commonly agreed on the business side of tutoring is elaborated so that they don’t have to look for a student. The company provides a good platform to the tutors so that they can reach many students online and locally that they can’t find on their own.
Another common positive review is the tools that are used on the platform. Simulating the real classroom experience with video-audio chat, file and screen sharing, and a virtual whiteboard provide a good experience both for tutors and students. There are also drawing and graphing tools that you can use on some lessons which make the learning more effective. As you use the platform you will see that there is no need to another generic app like Skype or etc.
How to Become a Tutor on Wyzant
To start tutoring at Wyzant, create a free and professional profile first which is same first step in other online learning platforms too. There has been a rapid increase in search of online tutoring services and many people are searching for an online private tutor. Your job is not easy to be distinguished among others. By creating a free online profile at Wyzant, you can have your pictures, videos, student reviews and others to make you different from other tutors so that you can reach your students and present your skills and experience.
As you complete your profile, your application will be reviewed and you will be responded within 24-48 hours. Don’t forget to take the tests related to your areas of subjects so that students can be sure about the level of knowledge you have. You don’t have to be a certified teacher to become a tutor at Wyzant. If you are at least 18 years old, reside in the United States, have a valid Social Security Number and trust your teaching skills and have good knowledge, then you are good to go.
How to Find a Student on Wyzant Tutoring
If you have ever done tutoring before, you have experienced the tiresome process for finding a client. At Wyzant, you just need to build your profile so that students can find you. However, as the demand for tutoring increased, it may be hard for you to find a student at first. In some urban areas, you may find yourself competing with hundreds of other tutors. Some of your opponents may Master’s Degrees from popular universities, and yes, degrees are important for most of the people.
However, don’t underestimate your background and teaching skills. Keep your fees at a reasonable rate, especially at the beginning so that you may have more queries from students. In other words, you shouldn’t start with a $70.00 per hour rate if you are not an Ivy League graduate with a remarkable background. While tutoring at Wyzant, you can determine your hourly rates and web site gets commission over your payment and it’s 25%. Average rates are between 30-60$.
If you can’t find students easily, don’t miss the rush weeks during the semester. There are some periods that most students are overwhelmed by the stress of the exams, such as finals week, and they need some kind of professional help. Be sure to make yourself available at these times when students would most need your services.
How Much Money Can You Earn on Wyzant Tutoring
First of all, the money you can make heavily depends on the time that you are online on the platform. If you don’t have a full-time job and nothing to do during the day such as taking care of kids, you can spend all your time on Wyzant as a tutor. This helps you build your profile on a strong foundation with a high rating and you can earn much money by that.
The second thing is the charge rate per hour that you will determine. Every tutor decides the per hour rate on Wyzant and the platform takes commission over that rate. The range may start from around 15-20$ and can go up to over 100$. If you are a Harvard graduate with a distinct degree, decades of teaching experience and 5-star rating at Wyzant, people stand in line for your lessons and you can make over 100$ per hour but you know it’s not something that you can get easily.
However, you can find some tutors at a reasonable price and they are pretty good at teaching. Some of them have full-time jobs and do the extra because they love teaching so that the price is not a level 1 issue.
Strong profile that people can trust
Third and the last thing is basically your profile. Make sure you have a good photo on the platform as it’s the first impression on people’s minds. Then complete your profile, most people don’t like anything left unfinished. You may have a criminal record check or a background check for yourself. It may cost a bit, but people are looking for someone they will spend time, learn something from and even someone to take care of and maybe a life coach for their kids. So think it is a business expense.
There are some subject tests that you can take, be sure to take every test related to your subject. You may have a lot of questions and queries. Be precise, kind and respond as quickly as possible. Don’t wait for students to come to you because they won’t at first. You need to have a strong profile and background on the platform before students stand in line for your lessons. And also get reviews and feedbacks seriously to improve your teaching skills. No one is perfect and there may be a problem with your methods or teaching abilities. If you have any kind of negative review or feedback, ask for the details and try to fix your negative sides.
If you are new on Wyzant without great previous background, get ready to start with low rates because you need to prove yourself. You can only attract more students by lower fees and you can build your reputation with your teaching skills. As you get more students and experience on the platform, your reviews and ratings will grow so that you can increase your per hour rate.
Tips for a Better Tutoring on Wyzant
Don’t hesitate to ask your students to refer you to other family members or friends. If you have a strong relationship with your students for a long time and you believe in your teaching skills, why not you are referred by locally? You can find more people through a solid review and referral then an online one.
Do your best to get a 5-star rating from every client. You may not end up doing so but do everything for it. If you get a 5-star rating, don’t forget to thank you for that. And if you don’t get it, kindly ask for your students what you can do to get a better rating? At Wyzant, every student is unique with his/her background, culture, religion, etc. and you can improve yourself with every single feedback.
There may be times that students cancel the lesson outside of the required limits. Wyzant gives you the right to charge for this but if you postpone it for the first time, you may be with your student for a longer period.
In sum, start with small and careful steps. Experience every session you have with different students. Be kind, respect every opinion and improve yourself. As you grow your profile on Wyzant, it will be easier to find new students at a higher rate.
In sum, Wyzant is a legit company which is on the online learning market for a long time and it’s a great platform to start tutoring. You don’t have to be a professional teacher or no need to have any degree to be a Wyzant tutor. Most people say that they are happy to work at Wyzant as we search for the reviews.
How much money you can earn at Wyzant is depends basically on the time that you can assign as a tutor, teaching skills you have and your profile on the platform. Listen to your students, every review is valuable and you can improve your abilities in teaching. Don’t underestimate the feedback you have as there are many tutors out there waiting for the next student. As you can improve your profile and experience on the platform, you can earn more. Even if you don’t have great degrees from the best universities, you can definitely make a living as a full-time tutor.