ADVICE AND RESOURCES
Writing Your Profile
Your profile should be no shorter than 100 words and must contain as much information as possible to enable a prospective client to decide whether you are the right person for the job. In it, you should include your qualifications (degree, diploma etc) as well as your experience in teaching or tutoring the subject. In some cases, such as the UKCAT or BMAT, it may be that you have recently been successful in passing the exam and that you have advice to pass on to those about the take it. A few lines about your tutoring style would be helpful too. For example, you might say that you are patient but like to push the student as much as you can.
Your photo should be a recent one and appropriate for a professional profile. Beachwear and sportswear are not considered acceptable (unless you are a sports coach).
You should be the only person who can be seen. A photo taken on your phone is fine as long as it is clear.
DBS and Qualifications
You do need to upload copies of these when you apply to join the site but they are not visible to the casual browser. However, prospective clients may well ask to see them.
We do advise both you and your clients to be sensible when making arrangements for tutoring sessions. If you don’t feel happy about giving out your phone number, you could communicate using email until you feel more confident. Do be sure both you and your client are happy about your fee and the length of the lesson they have booked before you start. This will save any awkward conversations later on. Also, it is wise to decide in advance who will be paying for things like printing costs for past exam papers and so on. Finally, you will need to agree on method of payment.
Online tutoring is becoming increasingly popular as it is so convenient for both student and teacher. We do not provide online resources but Skype very reliable and is free to download. Click here
If you intend to start tutoring using Skype, it would sensible to invest in a good quality flexible webcam rather than rely on your laptop’s inbuilt camera. With a flexible webcam, you can you to speak with your students face to face and allow them to see written notes or diagrams simply by moving the camera around.
Any written notes or diagrams can be copied by your student by taking a screen shot.