The New Wave of Online Private Tutoring

There was once a time when there was no such thing as online tutoring. It may seem like that was a long time ago, but it was really much more recent than we think. As video chat was introduced to the world, the idea of online tutoring probably became more feasible, but that did not mean that the world was ready for such an innovation. It is not that we are not mentally capable, but the big issue was that video chat was not reliable enough. I remember in the early days of Skype where you would spend 20 minutes on every call just figuring out if the person that you are talking to is connected, able to see you, and able to hear you as well. Halfway through good sessions, everything might freeze up. As much as connecting the world seeming like it was right on the precipice, we were just not there yet.

These days, everything has changed. The access to fast internet has drastically increased and the quality and consistency of video chat applications has reached new heights. We are finally able to have online tutoring such that you can receive help from someone anywhere on the planet and that new freedom is exhilarating. There are so many new opportunities opening up for both students and tutors and we are finally getting able to take advantage.

One of the biggest issues for tutors in the past has been marketing. In essence, any tutor is operating their own small business. Most tutors just get into it because they are passionate about teaching and want to get more opportunities to teach and pick up a little cash on the side.
They are not signing up for the other side, which involves selling yourself and your abilities to pick up new clients. This is vital to successful tutoring hustles, which is something that a lot of young tutors do not think of. Getting your name out there takes a combination of awareness and strong word of mouth, which takes a lot of extra work. What seemed like a flexible part-time job might balloon into something that you did not expect when you factor in all of the time that you spend matching with students.

That is where tutoring companies come in and they are especially helpful for online tutors. When you are advertising yourself, the chances are that you do not have the resources to expand your marketing efforts beyond your general vicinity. The good news about working with a company is that you can take advantage of their national or international scale to pick up more clients than ever before. There are a lot of great companies that offer a great partnership, letting you take advantage of their reputation and relationships in exchange for a small commission on your price. It might sound like something that is too costly in an industry with low margins, but you can make it back with the clients that you gain. There are a lot of reasons why it helps you out in the long run to work with a company.

In choosing the right online tutoring company to work with, there are going to be a ton of options out there. Ultimately, the best choice is the one that is right for you and the measures of what makes something right are unique to the individual. Instead of telling you what is subjectively best, here are a few options of companies that tutors have found great success working with.

Started by Salman Khan in 2008, Khan Academy is a great resource for students looking to learn a specific subject. They have resources for even the most granular lessons, so you can get help in whichever subject is ailing you, all the way down to the exact topic that you are struggling with. They also have great video resources to go with their established platform.

Although they highly encourage in-person tutoring (which is better tutoring anyway), HeyTutor has online resources that are second to none. They benefit from a massive network of incredible tutors, so you are sure to get one that is not just great, but tailored to your specific needs.

It is in the name that they are the premier and that is no lie. Their network of tutors is as strong as HeyTutor and the flexibility in scheduling is something that parents have been vocally supportive of.

Private vs. Public High School and College Admissions Success

There is a long time argument going on between graduates of private and public school institutions. Each has its own list of pros and cons, which makes them unique to the other. We do not know if there is a right or wrong answer, but in this article, we just want to open your eyes to all of the possibilities that come associated with each of these different types of schools. Depending on what you are looking to gain out of education, either of these options may work for you. 

What Makes A Tutor Successful?

Several things become apparent after tutoring for 20 years.  For one, the number of students working with tutors continues to grow. Two, working 1-1 with students is immensely gratifying, both for the tutor and tutee. And three, a few specific yet generalized characteristics become crystalized about all successful tutors. 

At our annual event Education By Design this past February benefiting The Thick Envelope Foundation, SFUSD teacher Sekani Moyenda could not have said it better:

“When you have a tutor who can sit with your students 1-1 for a significant period of time, you get insight into what is really going on.”

College Night Recap (Part-2)

More tidbits from Tuesday night's college fair. Part 1 focused more on Q&A from Stanford and Georgetown. Here are some random asides I picked up from listening to the other three schools in attendance.

  • Harvard
Q: What can my child to do stand out from amongst your applicant pool and improve his chances of being admitted?

A: Students we admit to Harvard we know can do the work and thrive in the academic setting. So in our decision-making process, we often look at the likelihood the student will pursue other interests they have on campus that will enrich not only their experience but the experience of other students at Harvard.

Transfer Possibilites Increase at Some Schools

There will be tough decisions ahead for high school graduates as they pour over college acceptances this month. Students who did not get into their top college, fear not, there are many schools where it's easier to get into as a transfer than a freshman. While it's true, the Ivies and many competitive institutions make it tougher to get in as transfers - Dartmouth accepts 7% of transfers, Yale 4%, Stanford 1-2%, and Harvard and Princeton shut their doors to transfers - other select colleges have increased their transfer acceptance rate by 50% or more. Cornell, M.I.T, Georgetown, and Notre Dame all admitted more transfers than freshmen, and Vanderbilt admits 55% of transfers as opposed to only 25% of traditional incoming freshmen. Most colleges say it's all about the transfer essay, and many campuses prefer the non-traditional route of a 2-year community college experience before the Ivy Leagues become a reality.