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 email@example.com if you have any questions 🙂
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?
I have been teaching English part-time at iTutorGroup for five full months now and I am very happy. I have regular students every week now and I am always fully scheduled.
Today, I want to share with you five reasons why I love working for this online teaching company.
No-show students = full pay
With most online teaching companies, if a student doesn’t arrive to their scheduled session, you only receive a percentage of your pay, such as 40% or 50%. But, at iTutorGroup, you still receive your full pay when a student doesn’t show up! I have looked back through my records and counted I have had 32 no-show students since I started teaching on December 6th 2019. That is almost £300 I have earned from not even having to teach!
Unlike some other companies, at iTutorGroup you don’t need to market yourself through your profile or video to attract students. Although it is necessary to create these once hired, they are not the focus in increasing your scheduling. Focus on your teaching. If you always arrive on time, do not cancel lessons, do not accumulate absences, and receive high ratings, then you will always have a regular flow of students to fill your bookings. My profile video is not the best quality, but I followed these rules and have never experienced issues in getting myself scheduled.
The students make me smile
Of course, it is natural you will encounter some students who are in a bad mood and don’t want to have the lesson. But, for the majority of my students, I really love teaching them. They genuinely make me laugh and put a smile on my face every time I see them.
The pay during peak hours is well above the national minimum wage in the UK. If you arrive to class on time, and teach over 50 sessions during one month, then you will be paid £9 / session = £18 / hour. I tend to teach 1.5 or 2 hours every day during the peak hour slots (to ensure I get scheduled) which is £36 earned without even leaving the house.
24/7 classes available
You can open your availability to be scheduled at any time during the day. Most online teaching companies block out the 12 hours during the night when children are sleeping in China, therefore, your schedule is limited to half of the day. But at iTutor you can open sessions at any point during a 24-hour period. I live in the UK and am based in GMT, and I once opened hours from 19:00-22:00 and all the sessions got scheduled with groups of adults. 19:00 in the UK was 03:00 in China! Therefore, you really can teach any time during the day and get scheduled.
Of course, every company has its disadvantages too, and like most things in life, there are always aspects that could be improved. However, as a part-time job I am so happy working for iTutorGroup and don’t have any major complaints!
Today I would like to show you my schedule for teaching online with iTutorGroup. Let’s bear in mind that I am a full-time post-graduate student and I have two part-time jobs with teaching being only one of them. You can see I’m pretty busy. This is why my teaching schedule is pretty minimal at the moment. I take strong advantage of the flexibility teaching brings and vary my teaching schedule week-to-week accordingly.
I will go into more depth about ‘my prime time’ hours, bookings and scheduling in future posts, but for today, let me briefly explain the system. Working for iTutorGroup, you need to commit to 5 set hours every week. These hours do not change regularly. If life commitments change, then you are able to put in a request once a month to change these fixed hours, otherwise, they remain permanent.
My five Prime Time hours are:
I teach these same five hours every week and have done since I joined the company in December. You can see these hours are highlighted in the pictures below with an ‘M’ in that session.
The darker the shade of the green, the more popular those sessions are, and are likely to be scheduled. However, teachers have the option to add as many extra hours as they like. iTutorGroup is great in that it allows you to book slots at literally any time of the day, unlike some other companies which block out the 12 hours in which students will be sleeping due to the time difference. You can see many sessions are a light grey, however, this doesn’t mean you won’t be scheduled at all, just that it’s not as likely. I have taught an evening before from 19:30-22:30 (GMT), which was 02:30-05:30 (BJT).
On top of my five core hours every week, I regularly add extra bookings. For most of March this included:
-Saturday 08:00-09:30 + 10:30-11:30
That totalled 10.5 hours a week. But, I had the flexibility to keep this at five hours a week, or add many more. For example, this week I am not as busy as my university has just started the Easter holidays. So, I opened up extra sessions on Tuesday and am mostly scheduled.
My schedule will likely change in the coming months as I finish my post-graduate degree and change to full-time teaching English online. But, for now, this is what my schedule looks like.
As I spoke about in my last post here, I teach English online through the company iTutorGroup, and I absolutely love it. I plan to document my online teaching journey through this blog. I will also give tips and tricks to working from home and managing your own schedule, give detailed information about the teaching companies I work for and hopefully inspire some of you to try this out for yourself!
If you are ever intrigued to teach English online, or if you have any queries about what the job involves, then always feel free to get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org 🙂 I will be happy to help.
But, if you are already decided and would like to apply for a position yourself, then feel free to use my referral code:
Using my referral code will allow me to see when you have applied, and I can help you through the application process and guide you to ace the interview. I had my first two successful referrals only last week – both applicants applied, had an interview and got the job all in three days!
Hello! Welcome to my blog about teaching English online 🙂
How did I choose iTutorGroup?
Today, I would like to talk about how I came to teach English online for iTutorGroup. I started in December 2019 as a home-based consultant and I have been with the company for almost 5 months now.
I somehow came across many YouTube videos all about teaching English online. These included companies such as VIPKid, GoGoKid, Magic Ears, Education First and iTutorGroup. I saw people discussing the booking systems and pay structures, making ‘day in my life’ videos and just trying to inspire others to sign up for the job themselves. I learned a lot about the industry through watching many people’s experiences. I particularly enjoyed Kristens_Classroom, Joe Milne and Olivia Hunsaker, as pictured below.
I decided this would be an exciting and suitable part-time job for me alongside studying for my post-graduate degree. I have a friend who completed a TEFL qualification last summer in 2019 and I decided to do one around the same time too, out of pure curiosity. I later learned that a TEFL/ESL/TESOL qualification was a requirement to teach English online, along with a bachelor’s degree – both of which I already had at the point when I was looking to apply, in late November 2019.
I wasn’t sure which company to apply to. There is also the slight issue of working in the UK. Some companies such as VIPKid and GoGoKid require applicants to be eligible to work in the US or Canada to work for them. Therefore, this does limit job opportunities for me.
So, I went through an agency company called Comfort Education so they could filter companies suitable to me, and they rapidly connected me with iTutorGroup, who take applicants from all over the world. I applied, they invited me for an online interview very soon after, and I received a job offer the following day. The whole process took a few days.
It’s lovely to meet you. This is what I say to most of my students at the start of every lesson. I’ll get more into that later, but for now, let me introduce myself 🙂
My name is Megan, I’m 23 years old and I’m from the UK. I’m close to finishing my post-graduate degree in Spanish and English translation at a UK university. I’m passionate about languages. I love communicating with new people, learning about other cultures and then visiting countries to practice my new language skills. I studied Spanish and Italian in my undergraduate degree and I was lucky enough to live in Spain and Italy for a year. I travelled to so many beautiful cities, it was an incredible time.
I decided to continue my love of languages into translation. This postgraduate degree has been very rewarding and I’ve learned so many skills to take me into future employment. However, I have a love for education and learning beyond the structured classroom, which is why I enjoy taking home-based and self-paced courses separate to my university education. I first took a level four diploma in proofreading and copy editing which I loved, and then I completed a level 5 certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), the latter of which I was inspired by a friend who was also completing the same course. I haven’t known exactly what I want to do with my life, and I always see learning these new skills as adding more strings to my bow, so to say.
Fast forward to now and I am an online English teacher, currently part-time but about to go full-time. I work for the company iTutor Group. I’ve been there for five months and I absolutely love it. I still love translation, and have no idea where translation will carry me in the future – I’m definitely open to freelance job opportunities. But, right now I am massively enjoying teaching and want to pursue this further.
I have so many positive things to say about iTutor Group, and I would like a place where I can talk endlessly about everything I’ve learned, give details about some online teaching companies, as well as give advice for new teachers out there! So, I have created this blog for exactly that. I want to inform others about all the joys and benefits of working from home and teaching English online, and maybe even persuade you to apply yourself!