Requirements to work for iTutorGroup

Hello and welcome back 🙂

Today, I want to discuss the requirements you need in order to apply for the online English teaching company iTutorGroup. I have worked for this company for 6 months now and am still really enjoying it. 

In order to apply, you must have:

  • A bachelor’s degree. This can be in absolutely anything, it doesn’t have to be teaching related.
  • A TEFL/TESOL/TESL certificate. Many companies state this must be a minimum 120-hour certificate. iTutorGroup allow you 30 days to complete this certificate from the date you are hired if you have not finished it yet.
  • Access to a computer with Windows or macOS, a stable internet connection and a set of headphones.
  • A commitment to teach 5 peak hours every week at the same time.
  • Teaching experience may help (this can be in a classroom, online, mentoring, tutoring, coaching, etc.) but I was hired with no experience!

If you meet these requirements and fancy working from the comfort of your own home, then feel free to apply using my referral code CSNC. Also, email me at onlineteachingwithmegan@gmail.com if you have any questions 🙂

UK-based and want to teach English online?

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Today, we will talk about companies you can teach English online with while living in the UK. 

I live and work in the UK and when I first entered the world of online teaching, I naturally came across VIPKid and GoGoKid, two of the top companies, however, you have to be eligible to work in America or Canada to apply for either of these. Therefore, I started researching which companies will hire you if you live and work in the UK. 

The top four I came across were iTutorGroup, Education First, DaDa and PalFish. 

You all know I work for iTutorGroup part-time and am very happy with my experience there thus far – check out my top five reasons why I enjoy working for this company.

But, I have still explored other companies and opportunities out there, too. I enjoy learning more about the industry and seeing what other companies offer in regards to lesson plans, pay, scheduling, etc. Let’s talk about some key points I learned about each company.

  • There is a more thorough application process in which you need to submit a DBS check, but the company will pay for this.
  • There is availability to teach from 09:00-13:30 GMT every day.
  • Classes are one-to-one.
  • The pay is lower compared to other companies.
  • The company/the parents want you to build a more long-lasting relationship with the students, therefore, regulars are extremely likely, but, as the teacher you are expected to open consistent slots every week for a long period of time.
  • The hiring process seems very straightforward like iTutor (fill out information, have an interview and do a mock lesson).
  • There is availability to teach 18:00-21:00 CST.
  • Classes are one-to-one.
  • The pay is similar to iTutorGroup.
  • Classes are 30 minutes in length which means classes can start at odd times to allow breaks in between.
  • PalFish is different from other companies in that it is an app, therefore, it works off a smartphone or tablet, and not a computer or laptop.
  • Teachers have a ‘social media’ profile in which you can post ‘moments’ and ‘lives’ and interact with students through comments and messages.
  • There is availability to teach 18:00-21:00 CST.
  • Classes are one-to-one.
  • The pay is similar to iTutorGroup.
  • It is the teacher’s responsibility to use the social media platform in order to market themselves and attract students. 

These are some of the key aspects I have learned while researching other companies. YouTube is a great resource for seeing people’s first-hand experiences working for a company as well as job review websites. There may be other online teaching companies that will hire you if you live and work in the UK, but I have not found any more yet. Many online English companies are still relatively new and, therefore, their rules change very regularly to accommodate a growth in students and/or teachers, etc., so I encourage you to research any company thoroughly before applying.

Are you based in the UK and considering teaching English online?