I want to tell you, as clearly as I can, what a real day’s work looks like as an online English teacher with iTutorGroup. Every day is a little different. However, the basic building blocks of teaching are the same each day. Here is a normal day broken down into six steps:
- I book some hours with the company. I decide when I want to be available to work. There are two options for this: My Prime Time (MPT) and flexible scheduling. MPT is a fixed schedule I can change each month. Before the 25th of each month, I write to the schedulers and confirm my fixed hours for the coming month. I can cancel these classes if I choose to do so but there is a financial incentive for not doing so. Flexible scheduling allows me to add availability any time up to four hours before the time I want to teach. This is useful for adding in extra sessions when life gives me some free time.
- The company schedules classes for me within the hours I have booked. They choose the students and the lesson material and organise this for me into a daily plan. Every teacher’s plan is different. Some people book hours but do not have classes scheduled. This is rare for me. As I’m writing this, my plan for the day is fully scheduled. I booked six hours of teaching time and all six hours have been filled with students.
- I log into the website to begin teaching. A really important thing to consider is the way I interact with the company. They do not install any software onto my computer that gives them control over my hardware. My webcam, microphone and desktop are all in my control. Some companies have a designated app teachers install to use as a teaching platform. While this might create a performance improvement, it also creates a big security risk. So I prefer to log into the website to check my daily plan and start my first session.
- After I launch my first session, the lesson materials appear on my screen and on the screens of any students who are in the lesson. The materials look like PowerPoint and are organised into slides. I can type, draw, highlight and edit the screen. I can add photos from a stock library or the internet. Using ManyCam, I can add borders to my webcam feed, play YouTube videos, be creative with green screen background, play with face masks or add pictures to my video feed. The students and I work through the material until the end of the lesson.
- I finish the lesson and write reports. The report writing takes me about sixty seconds per student – or less. A good report has three parts. There is a recap of the lesson, a point or two about improvements and some kind of compliment or encouragement to the student. I complete these reports between classes or at the end of my last class for the day if I have not been able to finish them along the way.
- I get paid. Well, not right away. Pay is monthly. My work is done, though. Life goes on and the pay comes in on the correct day of the next month. My pay has never been late or incorrect.
Of course, there are more details and I could talk for ages about the classes and my experiences. This is enough information to get you started though.
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Want to read some more about what the lessons are really like? Read this to get some insight into how an actual lesson goes.