May 18, 2016

Nine Essential Qualities for a Successful Career as an Online Tutor

With the high cost of education, everyone seeks alternative methods of amassing knowledge. This may be necessary for the needed promotion or career path. E-learning is the new learning avenue and school for many people around the world. The best thing is that you get to learn whatever you wish to learn in the comfort of your home or office. This is because there is enough material and tutors wishing to teach online.

There are many tutors, just as are school teachers. You may like some but fail to like others much. The best online tutors have the following qualities:

  1. Resourcefulness

There is a big wealth of information that can be obtained online. This means that as a tutor, you will be in a position to teach your students using different materials to ensure that they understand.

As a tutor, resourcefulness is essential in case of technical hitches on running programs. You should be able to quickly find alternative material with similar content to share to your students.

  1. High self confidence

As a tutor, you will be responsible for teaching people from all walks of life. This means that you should never be intimidated. When you are not confident, your students will have little faith in you and that lowers morale.

You also need confidence to sell your services to clients. Many USA tutors lose out on jobs because of little confidence in their abilities. You should build confidence with your potential clients as well for them to pay you. This means not missing sessions without reasonable explanations.

  1. Patience

Students learn at different speeds. This means that you will need to exercise a lot of patience. You may have to repeat a number of lessons for students who are slow or who may not have understood some aspects of the lesson. Some students have low self-esteem and lose faith fast.Just like other teachers, you will need to be strong for them. This will get them through the tough times and it may even build their confidence.

  1. Professionalism

You are not excused from being professional just because you are not in physical contact with you students. You should therefore dress well and look presentable on and off sessions, especially on screen.

As a professional, you will also be required to keep time. Time keeping shows your students that you respect them and value their time. Therefore, you will receive the same from them. Be on time to be successful.

  1. Have an optimized online presence

For you to land more clients in future, your tutoring should be known by many. Freelance tutors are gotten online.Therefore, have a blog or a website that is SEO optimized. This is a great marketing strategy that will make people aware of your presence. You can also get referrals easily when you have an optimized online presence.

  1. Knowledgeable

You should show interest in what you are teaching. When you enjoy what you teach and are able to tackle even the hardest questions, you will be better rated as a tutor. Show enthusiasm in your classes and teach the content with confidence.

  1. Result oriented

Education is a big investment and parents/ individuals pay a lot for the knowledge. Therefore, ensure that you cover everything within the time of the package as stated at the start. Students should benefit and have a good return on their investment in education.

  1. Compassion

This is a great quality, especially when tutoring kids. This will build their courage and they will have learnt a lot at the end of the course. This also means that you should have adaptability skills to fit your students’ needs.

  1. Great people skills

A good tutor should be easy for students to talk to and with a good demeanor.  Making students comfortable will make them open up even when they make mistakes.


As a conclusion, a great tutor has a good online presence, is persistent, compassionate, professional and willing to do all it takes to impart the knowledge needed. Therefore, give all these and give your all.

Author Bio

Najib Bilal is an online tutor and a certified teacher with a master’s degree. He is a mentor to many USA tutors. He has given talks on freelancing and tutoring, and has written several books and journals on tutoring. Check out his blog and LinkedIn profile to understand what it takes to be a successful online tutor.


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