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Do you want to teach online? Here’s what you need

  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...

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Life as an Online Tutor

LIFE AS AN ONLINE TUTOR Over the years, many teachers have asked me how I made the transition from 1:1 teaching to start online tutoring.  here's my experience of classroom teaching versus online teaching  AUGUST 1993 Dear diary, I shouldn’t be awake right now. It’s...

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Start Tutoring Online – a whole new you

Online tutoring: recreate your teaching career.There’s nothing like the start of a school year to make you think.Resolutions and fresh starts, yes...but for many, it’s also a time to reflect  on the past ad regroup. To take stock.Think for a moment about the past...

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What can I teach online?

WHAT CAN I TEACH ONLINE? I'd be very rich if I had a pound every time someone asked me so, what can I teach online?This is a question I'm asked by lots of people when I explain what I do for a living. Because what I do, teaching online is exciting and people are...

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What does online tutoring look like ?

WHAT DOES ONLINE TUTORING LOOK LIKE? 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...

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Teachers – do you value yourself ?

TEACHERS - DO YOU VALUE YOURSELF? 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...

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Tutor Online

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...

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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 -...

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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...

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Can You Make Money Tutoring Online?

Can you make money online tutoring is a question I'm asked. Often. Ten years ago I was paid the going rate for online tutoring. 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....

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10 Myths About Online Tutoring

There are many myths about online tutoring- things people believe about how it works and how people will respond to it . Like many long held beliefs, many of these are simply not true and for the last 8 years now I've been trying to field these objections in a bid for...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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