Online tutoring is getting more popular day by day, and many individuals are planning and thriving to adopt this profession. In fact, many highly qualified people are also tutoring online as part-time gigs. However, there is one common question that is in the minds of every person; Can I become an online tutor with no teaching experience?
People think that like every other profession, online tutoring also requires previous teaching experience. However, that is not the case. If you use your skills and brain wisely, you can tutor online even with no previous teaching experience. Yes, I have seen several people who started their tutoring careers without any specific experience, and now they are rocking in their profession!
Now you must be wondering, “how?”, right? Don’t worry. As always, we are here to help you out. In this post, we are going to share a few important tips on how to become a top-class online tutor with no teaching experience. Keep Reading, it will get interesting!
1. Be Knowledgeable
Do you know what is important more than any degree or experience? Knowledge. I am sure you have heard “Knowledge is power” some time in your life. Well, that is true. If you want to become an online tutor, you will need to have in-depth knowledge about your subject. You will need to show the parents and students that you can rock in the particular subject you are going to teach, even if you have no experience. For example, if you are a software engineer, you will be able to teach computer science excellently. If you are a native English speaker, teaching the language will be your forte. So, mention all this in your resume clearly.
2. Be Confident
Confidence is always better than perfection. It is a trait that makes your personality more attractive and impressive. So, make sure to be super confident about your abilities, knowledge, and capabilities during your tutoring interview. Never portray that you are unsure if you will be able to tutor due to your lack of experience. Instead, tell them that you have complete belief and faith in yourself that you can teach your desired subject, even without any teaching experience. As some extra precaution, you can do a little bit of study related to your subject so that you don’t hesitate while answer any questions.
2. Go For Some Certifications
If you are planning to become an online tutor without any teaching experience, we would suggest you go for some certifications that people don’t mind hiring you. For example, if you want to become an English or French Language teacher, you will need to have a specific certification to prove your expertise in those languages. Moreover, you can go for short online teaching courses on Udemy or UK’s Open University if you are still in school and opting for tutoring as a part-time gig. These certifications will prove that you are qualified enough to tutor people even if you have no professional experience.
3. Be Enthusiastic And Energetic
Both parents and students these days prefer energetic and enthusiastic teachers who make studying more interesting and fun. Parents are always looking for tutors who can keep their students engaged and motivated. Similarly, students want someone to listen to them, understand them, and be fun with them instead of being boring and delivering lectures by reading out slides. So, try to be energetic and enthusiastic in your tutoring interview so that students and parents are attracted to your personality.
4. Highlight Experience Working With Children
No, here we are not saying to highlight specific teaching experiences. Instead, any sort of experience in dealing with children will be good to go. For example, if you have any experience in volunteering for a school, orphanage, or daycare. Moreover, if you have worked in the administration department of a school, given swimming lessons, or even babysat. You can even mention if you have taught or helped your siblings in their studies. Highlighting such experiences will help people understand that you somehow know how to deal with and cater to the needs of children.
5. Choose A Good Online Tutoring Platform
In the end, it is always recommended to start your online tutoring career by joining a good online tutoring platform. Finding online tutoring jobs yourself can be very hard. However, tutoring platforms will take full responsibility for connecting you with potential clients (parents and students). There are many online tutoring companies that allow you to join their team without any specific teaching experience. Moreover, try to apply with as many companies as possible. This way, you will still have hope even if you get rejected by one company. Just do your research and find suitable tutoring platforms for you.
Now that you have gone through the entire post, we are sure that you know that prior teaching experience is not necessary when it comes to online tutoring. All you need is detailed and in-depth knowledge about your specific subject/subjects, confidence and belief in yourself, an energetic and enthusiastic personality, and sometimes, a good online tutoring platform.
If you think you have the potential to search for gigs and tutoring opportunities on your own, go ahead. Just make sure you are honest with your potential employers about your experience and qualifications.