Frequently Asked Questions for Tutors


Best-ESL-Tutors makes it easy to find tutoring opportunities anywhere in the world. We help you manage your tutoring business too, with convenient payment processing and fast payments to you.

Here are some frequently asked questions about how Best-ESL-Tutors can work for you. We take all the hassles out of helping you find students who really want to learn!



WHAT IS BEST-ESL-TUTORS.COM? Best-ESL-Tutors.com is a service that helps ESL students and qualified tutors get together for private online ESL tutoring lessons.

WILL YOU HELP ME TUTOR FULL-TIME? Most tutors work a few hours a week to supplement their income and help out in the ESL community. While there are tutors who work more hours per week, please note that it requires time and perserverence to establish a large student base.

HOW CAN I FIND STUDENTS TO TEACH?
Students review online tutor profiles to check out their backgrounds, education, reviews and pricing. You can provide a sample tutor session video to show students how you teach and help them to feel more comfortable with you. They will review your tutor profile before they decide. So include information on your tutor profile that will make your profile appealing to potential students. Students can also click on the Skype Video link to meet you and discuss your tutoring approach before they engage you, so make sure that your Skype ID is entered correctly, so students can contact you and or leave messages for you, if you are unavailable. Students may also invite tutors to apply to teach them, based on various criteria that they can enter in their posting. You may also consider experimenting with your pricing per session. Make every effort to ensure that your tutoring students are completely satisfied with your tutoring. They are able to rate you on a five star rating system and other students will see their ratings and their rating comments. It is your responsibility to deliver a great tutoring experience for each student.


HOW WILL STUDENTS FIND ME?
Students can search for you, based on your name, rating, education, availability and price range. So carefully consider how you fill out your tutor profile, to be found as easily as possible.


HOW AM I PAID AND HOW OFTEN AM I PAID?
Best-ESL-Tutors sends payments to tutors on the first and fifteenth of each month for the previous two weeks of teaching. You will receive payments directly into your bank account through our payment system. We simply send you an email with a link for you to click to receive our payment into the bank of your choice! We never even need to know the name of your bank or your bank account or routing number.

CAN I PROVIDE IN-PERSON TUTORING?
Best-ESL-Tutors facilitates only online tutoring. We do not offer face-to-face tutoring. That's why we offer online tutoring through our integrated online classrooms, complete with screen sharing, whiteboarding, audio and video classrooms. Tutors and students even have their own online notepad for each class session, as well as drag-and-drop file attachements for each tutor session. Both you and your students may also record your tutor sessions for later review.

CAN I COMMUNICATE WITH THE STUDENT BEFORE THE CLASS?
We recommend that you talk with each student via Skype from your Tutor Dashboard before you have your first class with each student. This gives you both an opportunity to get to know each other before starting your tutoring relationship.

HOW LONG ARE THE TUTOR CLASSES?
Best-ESL-Tutors bases all pricing on 30-minute tutor classes. This requires that you plan out your tutor sesssions carefully to ensure that students feel like they have received great value for the cost of each of your online tutor class sessions. Students can request to extend each class. At the end of each 30-minute tutor session students will be prompted to either schedule a class for a later date and time or continue immediately with another 30-minute class, while you are still online with them. This, of course, depends upon your availability and willingness to extend the class session. If the student requests a 30-minute extension to the current class, they are able to instantly authorize the purchase of an additional 30-minute class credit on-the-spot.
HOW MUCH CAN I CHARGE FOR TUTORING CLASSES?
You set your own pricing for your tutor classes. Remember that your classes are only 30-minutes long. This keeps each session affordable for your students.

HOW DO TUTOR SESSIONS WORK?
Students purchase 30-minute tutor sessions from you through the Best-ESL-Tutors.com website. They do this from your Tutor Profile screen, where they can see your available scheduled times, based on their local time zone. They simply click on the times they wish to schedule, provide a method of payment, and as soon as their payment is authorized, you will be notified by email to confirm your availability. IT IS CRITICAL THAT YOU CONFIRM APPOINTMENT REQUESTS PROMPTLY. If you do not confirm appointment requests, the appointment will not be set and the student will not be notified to attend the online tutor meeting.

After your confirmation the scheduled meeting will show up in your Tutor Dashboard, under the MY MEETINGS tab. You will initiate the tutor meeting by clicking on the HOST MEETING NOW button. We recommend that you initiate the tutor meeting five minutes prior to the scheduled meeting time.

The student will be sent a reminder before the meeting is scheduled to begin, which will include a link that they can click to join your meeting. They can also join your meeting by going to their Student Dashboard MY MEETINGS tab, where they can click on the JOIN MEETING button to join you in your online classroom. You must have a webcam and microphone attached to your computer, to enable you to host your classes and each student will also need a webcam and microphone attached to their computer to participate in your tutor classes.
                                            

HOW ARE STUDENT PAYMENTS PROCESSED?
Best-ESL-Tutors securely facilitates all student payments for you. You do not need to collect any payments from students and you should not request any payments from them. Tutors requesting payments directly from students violates your agreement with Best-ESL-Tutors and will result in your termination as a Best-ESL-Tutors tutor. Students can use credit cards, including Visa, Mastercard, Amex, Discover, Diner's, JCB, Maestro, Paypal, debit cards, Apple Pay, Android Pay, Venmo, and even Bitcoin. We use the same payment processing as Uber, Hotel Tonight, OpenTable, TaskRabbit, airbnb, Boxed, StubHub, Jet and Pinterest!

HOW DO I KNOW THAT THE STUDENT HAS PAID?
All meetings that appear in your MY MEETINGS tab on your Tutor Dashboard have already been paid for by the student. With Best-ESL-Tutors.com you never need to worry about getting paid. You will see all classes purchased from you on your Tutor Dashboard in the TRANSACTION HISTORY tab.

WHAT HAPPENS IF THE STUDENT FAILS TO JOIN THE MEETING?
Students lose their payment if they don't show up for a scheduled tutor meeting, unless they cancel before your cancellation period shown in your tutor profile. If this happens, please coordinate with the student to schedule another date and time, using the RESCHEDULE button provided.

CONTENT FOR MY TUTORING?
Best-ESL-Tutors.com is part of the ESLgold.com family of ESL websites. We encourage you to use all the thousands of free ESL resources available from our family of ESL websites. We also provide our registered tutors with access to our free tutor learning resources, including pre-made basic, intermediate and advanced lesson plans that will make your lesson planning a breeze.

Our sites include:

www.ESLgold.com
www.Speak-English-Today.com
www.Free-English-Study.com
www.Todays-Talking-Topics.com
www.DymonBooks.com
www.Places4Study.com
www.Topix4U.com