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So, you’ve heard about Smile Tutors but you’re not quite sure what one is or if it’s right for you? Don’t worry, here is everything you’ll need to know about tutoring.
What is a tutor and what do they do?
A tutor is someone who works with a student to enhance their knowledge of a particular subject and who helps to prepare them for their exams.
What type of qualities do you look for in a tutor?
We’re looking for people with good communication skills, who are patient and passionate about learning.
What qualifications do you need to become a tutor?
To become a Smile Tutor you’ll need to have a degree and sound knowledge of school subjects therefore tutoring is typically best suited to teachers and graduates.
Where does the tutoring take place?
The comfort of your own home! Tutoring with Smile is all done online so, the only thing you need to worry about is your internet connection and that you have a PC with a mic and a camera.
How do you safeguard your tutors and students?
Anyone who joins us as a Smile Tutor will be required to complete our registration process which involves an online interview and compliance checks. We adhere to ASPCo Compliance+ standards which means that we go above and beyond the usual safeguarding standards ensuring that both you and the students are protected.
In addition to this, all tutoring sessions are recorded and all files shared can be reviewed by both us and parents/guardians.
How long does a private tutoring session last?
Typically private tuition sessions last around an hour, but they can be long or shorter at the request of the students’ parent or guardian and needs of the child.
What hours will I work?
As a tutor you can to choose your own hours which gives you great flexibility (a great benefit - but not the only one!). Don’t want to work weekends? You don’t have to! When creating your online profile, we’ll ask you to state your availability so that parents and guardians are able to see when you are available for work.
How do I get paid?
When setting up your online profile, you choose your charge rate per hour. Payments for tutoring are then made online using a secure system.
Will I be employed by Smile?
All of our Smile Tutors are classed as self-employed and therefore you will be responsible for your own tax assessment. You can find out more information about this on the HRMC’s website.
How do I start?
Want to give tutoring with Smile a try? Register with Smile Tutors now and begin building your online tutoring profile.
susan barker - 2020-07-31
I have worked for Smile for some time now and have done both supply and cover work in a variety of Lichfield and Tamworth schools. I am a retired Head of English Secondary School teacher. I trained in the nineteen seventies when dedicated teachers like myself went to teacher training colleges and therefore I do not have a degree.
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