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Do You Have the Resources to Tutor Online?

I couldn't believe the response to my recent post about the Top 1% of teachers... ...or, more accurately, my post about the other 99%. You know, the ones whose base salary barely puts them above the poverty line, who don't even reach their top-of-scale salary until...

Diary of an Online Tutor

Over the years, many teachers have asked me how I made the transition from 1:1 teaching to online tutoring. What follows is a playful rendition of my story. How does it compare to yours? AUGUST 1993 Dear diary, I shouldn’t be awake right now. It’s 11pm and I’ve got to...

What If You’re Not in the Top 1% of Teachers?

Isn’t it strange how quickly we forget things these days? I don’t only mean car keys or appointment times. I’m talking about the events that have profound impact on our way of life. Take, for example, the Occupy protests. Remember those? When thousands of middle class...

The New Year and the ‘Old’ You

This is the year to recreate your teaching career. There’s nothing like a new year to get you thinking. About resolutions and fresh starts, yes...but for many, it’s also a moment to reflect on the past. Think for a moment about the past version of yourself. The “you”...

What do Puppies and Online Tutoring Have in Common?

It sounds like a joke, I know. What do puppies and online tutoring have in common? At first glance , not much but bear with me . I’ve been watching our now 11 week- old puppy Cooper a lot over the last three weeks. Huge cuteness  aside , I feel as if I’ve seen lots of...

My husband says I’m Nosey

My husband says I'm nosy. I say I'm interested, intelligently inquistive, inquiring even. Admittedly that's debatable when I have my face squeezed up at someone else's  window when we're out for a walk  by the seashore. True, I love Hello Magazine, 25 Beautiful...

No Such Thing as Free Braces

Last month I sat in the waiting room at my son's  orthodontist  while his braces were fixed. A sign on the notice board caught my eye: 64 patients missed their appointments last month and didn't call to cancel. That's 16 hours of lost appointments.  The notice went on...

View From a Sun Lounger

There's something about the view from a sun lounger that makes everything seem, well... different. I'm not exaggerating when I say that I've had some of my best ideas on holiday. The combination of  heat, swimming and Ambre Solaire creates space in my brain, stills...

Summer Time and the Working is Easy

Are you worried about your income over the summer? Summer can be a dead time - and for some tutors a worrying time. In my first year of tutoring online I was lucky enough to tutor an international  junior tennis player as she travelled around the world - she didn't...

Montblanc, Moleskines and Macs

I've always loved stationery. I think it's a teacher/writer thing. Propelling pencils, rubbers, paper clips,  notebooks...they all offer so much potential. I never studied particularly hard at school but boy, was I organised! I spent a lot of the school summer...

How to Get Paid What You’re Worth

Three years ago I was tutoring face to face. I was paid £25 an hour. The going rate at the time. Or so I thought. I live in a fairly affluent area in Scotland, an area where parents are very keen for their children to do well in exams. Tutoring English I was always in...

10 Myths About Online Tutoring

Things tutors say about why they're NOT tutoring online: Technology is too difficult I’m not an expert in my subject Someone else is already doing a course that I want to teach It's all just too scary It will take too much time I don't want to wear pyjama bottoms to...

The times they are a-changing!

Have you ever read something  that instantly propelled you into the future? I had one such moment last week reading a newspaper . A local council in Scotland (where I live) is cutting costs and proposes to cut the school week from the traditional five days to just...

When It’s Too Late to Change Your Life

Sometimes I laugh at the idea that in many cultures around the world, we expect teenagers who are fresh out of school to choose a career. Not a starter job, mind you, but a career they expect to remain in for the next 40 years. Doesn’t that seem…well, positively...

What Do You think Of Me?

It's that time of year when we're approaching exams in the UK and racing towards the academic finish line. That means saying goodbye to lots of students we've (hopefully ) guided through the year to exam success . But before you do there's one more vital thing you...

TUTOR SPOTLIGHT: DR LEO EVANS

Once you're confident enough with your online tutoring skills, the next stage is to find students. Enter Dr Leo Evans, Co-founder of The Profs, Spires online tutoring and founder of BitPaper. You thought you were busy ?  I caught up with Leo recently to talk about our...

TUTOR SPOTLIGHT: Vicki Marie Venn

Vicki Marie Venn tells us how she's taken control of her working life to work round her family  Tell us about your background: are you a trained teacher? Yes; after my first undergraduate degree (Sociology and Social Policy) I completed a PGCE (Post-Graduate...

Want Great Testimonials? Watch this …

"Go and see Dunkirk, it's the best movie I've seen in a while ..." "Try the new Italian restaurant on the High street- it's queued out the door. Can't get a table for months..." "Need a Maths tutor? Try Fred he's great but get in early- he books up fast" Word of mouth...

Who Are You Talking To?

It's my daughter's 21st birthday party next weekend. Caterers. Marquees. The whole shebang - after all you're only 21 once I'm told. When talking to the caterers about the menu, I was struck by their approach: Who are the guests? What age? What's the party theme? What...

TUTOR SPOTLIGHT – Vaishnavi Sarathy

Another Tutor Spotlight this week - and it's a great one! Vaishnavi Sarathy of Plum Pudding Chemistry Tutoring is working only 10 hours a week, completely in control of her working life, spends quality  time with her son and earns a very respectable amount of  money...

Take My Lead!

You know when you go to the movies and they show trailers of movies coming soon? The best bits of the movies are always in the trailers. And that’s because the job of the trailer is to get you to pay to see the movie. There’s no point in saving the best for the movie...

Charlie, Gemma and You

A week can be a really long time can't it? Well, for my primary teacher cousin Gemma Dunne, it's been a long, sad and somewhat surreal week. Here's how it panned out - On Friday her 15 month old Golden Retriever puppy, Charlie, was unwell - lethargic, breathless...

A Kind Word

When I was at teacher training college for a year after university, the most instructive day - and there weren't many - was the day I followed a pupil all day long. A wee guy who came from a poor background, he had crisps and coke for breakfast and ate rubbish all day...

Let’s Rewrite This Script

Like most of us, I'm in a lot of tutoring Facebook Groups. At this time of year when we're headed towards exam time, naturally we start thinking about new students,  filling our tutoring slots for next year, our prices for next session and maybe even raising our...