Online Tutoring: Opportunities and Challenges to Consider

A vector image of a tutor sitting in front of a laptop. There are icons showing advantages of online tutoring; a clock signifying flexibility and dollar signs for the income potential. There are also icons on the right showing technical difficulties that can occur when online tutoring.

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In March 2020, the world found itself facing many unprecedented changes.

Much of the business world transitioned to an online platform. Schools either shut down or moved to remote learning. Plenty of people found themselves unemployed.

Can you relate to any of these scenarios? If so, you’re not alone.

Luckily, online tutoring continues to serve as a creative solution to address these needs. No matter your goals, you can create a tutoring side hustle. Besides, it is custom to your needs and as flexible or as rigid as you want.

Everyone has a different experience with online tutoring. However, some common threads tie the community of online tutors together. Tutors all share the same delightful opportunities and pressing challenges.

In this article, we will give you the run-down on what it’s like to become an online tutor or student, some of the most fulfilling rewards, and some obstacles you might find. We won’t lie to you – tutoring can be challenging.

This post provides an honest overview of the opportunities and challenges of tutoring. After reading, we hope you understand why so many people choose online tutoring – and fall in love with it.

Opportunities in online tutoring

1. Find solid pay, freedom, and flexibility

Tutoring is a great job for part-time tutors. It works for college students, people with a main career, and full-time tutors. It’s an opportunity that you might suspect is too good to be true…what’s the catch?!

There isn’t one!

If you have decent knowledge of any subject and are willing to share, then you’re in business. Think of tutoring as your own small business that you run. It can be the primary source of income or a side hustle. You decide!

Here are some of the many benefits you gain from joining the Lessonpal family:

  • Flexibility: Never miss quality time with your family, friends, and loved ones again due to work. Your hours are flexible. You schedule lessons individually with your students. Overall, such flexibility makes it convenient for people who can’t possibly commit to a weekly work schedule or a long commute. 
  • No Hidden or unnecessary fees: Gas money, transportation, and commute are no longer your concern. All you need is a device and yourself to conduct lessons. Moreover, there are virtually zero startup or maintenance costs. 
  • Financial freedom: Have financial peace of mind while being a tutor. YOU are in charge – of pricing, scheduling, availability, and so much more. 

This might be a great place to start if you plan on running your own business someday.

2. Make an impact in student’s lives

You probably remember a time in your life when you felt utterly lost in a class. You were so far behind that it felt like no one could help you recover.

A lot of the students that seek out tutoring are desperate for help in a school subject. As their tutor, you can serve as a good role model for their studies.

You will:

  • Set high expectations for your student.
  • Encourage good study habits and a strong work ethic.
  • Support them along their learning journey.
  • Strongly influence their educational trajectory.

Wouldn’t it feel great if you could assist students in a class? Or help a demographic that might have limited educational opportunities? This student can fall or fly. With your wind under their wings, they will soar into a lifetime of curiosity and passion. In fact, your impact as a tutor extends far beyond the actual material that you teach. You will have the power to inspire and uplift. Moreover, you can your students secure good grades as an act of kindness. This might encourage them to one day become tutors as well, to pass on the favor. Online tutoring will cultivate you into a leader. You can give back to the community while still making a sustainable income.

By making tutoring an accessible resource, you can also be a powerful agent in fighting wealth inequality for future generations. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to help others.

3. Build your personal brand through online tutoring

For those pursuing online tutoring, you might wonder how being a tutor could improve your personal life. After all, who could care less about a calculus student tutoring seventh-grade pre-algebra?

According to many tutor testimonials, frequent tutoring bolsters intellectualism. A boosted brain can help a college student, someone in the middle of their adult career, or anyone in between.

Even if it doesn’t apply directly to the subjects you currently study or previously studied in school, it strengthens your mind – which can help you later in a future career or educational pursuit.

Simply explaining complex concepts makes you practice communication skills that you apply in the workplace. Breaking down an essay or solving a math problem with your student makes you practice academic fundamentals that your more advanced courses build on. So, be patient with a struggling student. Overall, it makes you become a better leader with more patience for coworkers.

Your student is not the only one learning during tutoring sessions – education is a mutual process from which both parties benefit.

Besides, you build your personal brand. Your personal brand is the cornerstone of who you are and who employers like to hire. Your personal brand is who you are and what you represent, so it only makes sense to build your brand ASAP.

Future employers will see your tutoring experience on your resume and immediately understand the multitude of skills you gained from helping others learn – skills applicable to any job.

Challenges in the online tutoring space

1. Online tutoring technical difficulties

One of the biggest challenges is in the name itself – “online” tutoring.

Older tutors were not part of the generations that grew up on laptops and iPhones. Becoming an online tutor can seem daunting to them.

What happens if you have a technical issue and can’t access the session? How will you solve a problem if you can’t see your student’s face? What do you do if the computer explodes?

We can start by assuring you that the third scenario is improbable. As for the first two, technology can be frustrating but manageable.

Luckily, there are many resources out there to help people of all experiences discover how to use technology. Additionally, Lessonpal provides detailed guides on our Help Center to answer any questions you have about tutoring.

Finally, technology and resources have developed rapidly in the last few years of distance learning. Tutoring online is easier than ever before. You likely already have a laptop, tablet, or phone with a camera. If you do, you have all the tools you need to succeed as a tutor.

2. Student issues during online tutoring

The fact is, many students who seek out tutoring do so because they are not perfect students. If they were, they wouldn’t need to supplement their education.

The students who need tutoring the most are the ones who are normally struggling in traditional school. They need a little extra one-on-one attention.

Working with minors is always a challenge. Tutors often fear that they will encounter an unenthused student. They may be overly stressed by parental pressure or unable to learn the material.

The keyword? Patience.

Understand your position as less of a teacher and more as a mentor, coach, or cool older sibling. Your student just wants you to help them learn.

Practice the virtues of calmness, patience, and understanding. Armed with these tools, students will be willing to match you on your level. They will open themselves up to a new world of learning.

The big picture

Online tutoring is a great job. It offers solid pay, freedom, and flexibility. It enables you to contribute to society and build a personal brand.

We urge you to explore it. The benefits are so powerful, and the obstacles are so minor. Above all, you have nothing to lose by saying yes to this opportunity. Lessonpal is here to help with the challenges. We’ll provide the infrastructure for easy marketing, scheduling, payment, and connecting with students. Our blog will also help tutors develop the skills they need to succeed.

Online tutoring welcomes people of all ages, races, abilities, and more, united by a love for accessible learning.

So, if you’re ready to join us on this journey, apply to become a Lessonpal tutor today and dive headfirst into the world of online tutoring!

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