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Re: Potential Side Hustle - Teach English Online for $20 + an hour!
« Reply #50 on: October 06, 2017, 06:17:38 PM »
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Re: Potential Side Hustle - Teach English Online for $20 + an hour!
« Reply #51 on: October 06, 2017, 06:27:25 PM »
I want to sign up for this in a few weeks.

Did you need reference letters?  Resume?

What paperwork will I need to line up in advance?  I haven't updated my resume in years.

Thanks!

No resume or references needed. You'll need to fill in an online form of your relevant experience (teaching) and your educational background. If you don't have teaching experience exactly, you can talk about work you did in your regular job that involved teaching others. I talked about my volunteer tutoring. This stage is by far the fastest and easiest (it took maybe 5 minutes).

Once you pass that stage, you'll have an initial interview, which is a short mock class. You'll need to prepare a lesson that they'll send you and do it for an interviewer in China. In that stage, you'll be told how much you'll be paid per class (which is bit complicated as detailed upthread) if you get hired. Then, there's a stage of online training and a quiz and then two more mock classes. After that, you'll get hired, which is when you'll need paperwork (mostly transcripts to prove you have a Bachelor's and any other certifications, plus normal things like ID, etc).

The process is long, but really focused on learning their system of teaching, not on your resume or any references.

Great.  Thanks for the info.  I'm glad I don't have to update the resume.  I poked around on youtube once and found a bunch of videos describing how to pass the first interview.

My last job was as an educational assistant in the schools, and I also worked with ELL kids - so that part should be no problem.   

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Re: Potential Side Hustle - Teach English Online for $20 + an hour!
« Reply #52 on: October 06, 2017, 06:43:29 PM »
I want to sign up for this in a few weeks.

Did you need reference letters?  Resume?

What paperwork will I need to line up in advance?  I haven't updated my resume in years.

Thanks!

No resume or references needed. You'll need to fill in an online form of your relevant experience (teaching) and your educational background. If you don't have teaching experience exactly, you can talk about work you did in your regular job that involved teaching others. I talked about my volunteer tutoring. This stage is by far the fastest and easiest (it took maybe 5 minutes).

Once you pass that stage, you'll have an initial interview, which is a short mock class. You'll need to prepare a lesson that they'll send you and do it for an interviewer in China. In that stage, you'll be told how much you'll be paid per class (which is bit complicated as detailed upthread) if you get hired. Then, there's a stage of online training and a quiz and then two more mock classes. After that, you'll get hired, which is when you'll need paperwork (mostly transcripts to prove you have a Bachelor's and any other certifications, plus normal things like ID, etc).

The process is long, but really focused on learning their system of teaching, not on your resume or any references.

Great.  Thanks for the info.  I'm glad I don't have to update the resume.  I poked around on youtube once and found a bunch of videos describing how to pass the first interview.

My last job was as an educational assistant in the schools, and I also worked with ELL kids - so that part should be no problem.

Yep, you should pass the background portion no problem! The YouTube videos are really helpful. I particularly like Nancy Taylor's. Best of luck!
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Re: Potential Side Hustle - Teach English Online for $20 + an hour!
« Reply #53 on: October 08, 2017, 01:56:41 PM »
Just made it through my 1st interview and demo class. That was exhausting. Didn't realize I had to open the slides myself. I logged on hours prior to practice. I thought they would appear on the slide screen once we were allowed to see them. I would read my notes and periodically check back to a blank screen. As it was approaching interview time, I freaked out. I got help from the "fireman" help desk and they said you need to upload them from "Docs". When I initially clicked on that I only noticed where you can upload your own personal documents and I was like, "That's not what I need...". I didn't notice where you upload their ppt. So I was unnecessarily waiting there forever for something I had to get myself. Derp! I pulled up the slides just as the interviewer showed up. She had to tell me how to move to the next slide. What a disaster! I should have rescheduled citing "technical difficulties" (my brain!) but I powered through it with zero practice. I had several props which I think slowed me down as I went a minute over the limit. Practice would've helped me with timing and working with a webcam (super awkward for me). Regardless, I passed and they offered me $8/session ($20/hr) but I hate that this performance determined my pay as I feel like I am able to do so much better.

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Re: Potential Side Hustle - Teach English Online for $20 + an hour!
« Reply #54 on: October 08, 2017, 07:56:56 PM »
I still haven't signed up as I have some changes coming up and I'm not sure how they will affect my schedule, but this seems so perfect. I live in Asia (one hour different than Beijing) and I teach private english lessons.  But I'm trying to figure out the practicalities.  How many hours do you have to sign up to be available for?  I can't find it now, but I recall reading something about taking time off with notice, which suggests to me that you are expected to register a minimum availability each session (which looks to be a month at a time).  Or could you just only register for one .5 hour window at 2am Beijing time, if you needed a few weeks off for some reason?  I see that they recommend 7.5 hours during peak time, but nothing mentions a minimum requirement. 

Basically, if I have a crazy couple of weeks, can I just not register availability, or only sign up as available for one hour?  Or during a normal month, is there a minimum hours expectation? 


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Re: Potential Side Hustle - Teach English Online for $20 + an hour!
« Reply #55 on: October 09, 2017, 09:04:30 AM »
I still haven't signed up as I have some changes coming up and I'm not sure how they will affect my schedule, but this seems so perfect. I live in Asia (one hour different than Beijing) and I teach private english lessons.  But I'm trying to figure out the practicalities.  How many hours do you have to sign up to be available for?  I can't find it now, but I recall reading something about taking time off with notice, which suggests to me that you are expected to register a minimum availability each session (which looks to be a month at a time).  Or could you just only register for one .5 hour window at 2am Beijing time, if you needed a few weeks off for some reason?  I see that they recommend 7.5 hours during peak time, but nothing mentions a minimum requirement. 

Basically, if I have a crazy couple of weeks, can I just not register availability, or only sign up as available for one hour?  Or during a normal month, is there a minimum hours expectation?

There are no minimum hours. I believe there used to be, but not anymore. So, if you need time off, you can just shut down your availability.

ETA: Taking time off if you have a booked class (e.g., an emergency happens) can be an issue, but you can ask for those cancellations not be counted against your record. I've heard teachers have had varying degrees of success with this, but I have no personal experience. Usually, you post your availability 4 weeks in advance, and parents generally book classes two weeks in advance. You can close down unbooked slots at any time, but once you get regular bookings, generally your schedule is set two weeks in advance. Hopefully, that's helpful.
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Re: Potential Side Hustle - Teach English Online for $20 + an hour!
« Reply #56 on: October 09, 2017, 09:11:22 AM »
Just made it through my 1st interview and demo class. That was exhausting. Didn't realize I had to open the slides myself. I logged on hours prior to practice. I thought they would appear on the slide screen once we were allowed to see them. I would read my notes and periodically check back to a blank screen. As it was approaching interview time, I freaked out. I got help from the "fireman" help desk and they said you need to upload them from "Docs". When I initially clicked on that I only noticed where you can upload your own personal documents and I was like, "That's not what I need...". I didn't notice where you upload their ppt. So I was unnecessarily waiting there forever for something I had to get myself. Derp! I pulled up the slides just as the interviewer showed up. She had to tell me how to move to the next slide. What a disaster! I should have rescheduled citing "technical difficulties" (my brain!) but I powered through it with zero practice. I had several props which I think slowed me down as I went a minute over the limit. Practice would've helped me with timing and working with a webcam (super awkward for me). Regardless, I passed and they offered me $8/session ($20/hr) but I hate that this performance determined my pay as I feel like I am able to do so much better.

Congrats on passing! I also felt awkward in my interview and got $8/session/$20/hr. If it makes you feel any better, I have a suspicion that most people get $8 with any variation coming from additional certifications. I think getting $9 is pretty rare, so realistically, you might've gotten $8.50/session/$21/hr with a better interview, which would be nice, but not huge. In any case, congrats on passing! I'm happy to answer any questions you have.
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