Who are Learn To Be Certified Tutors?
Tutors are carefully selected through an extensive application process to ensure a safe and quality learning experience for students. Our tutors are predominantly college students and young adults with exceptional academic backgrounds. Learn To Be Tutors are selected based not only on intelligence, but more importantly on character and personality, with the ability to interact and connect with younger students a top priority. Prospective tutors are required to first submit an application. Qualified applicants are then offered an interview and must pass a mock tutoring session for each subject area that they wish to tutor. If the applicant performs well in the mock session and meets the standard of Learn To Be Tutors, we will then offer certification at this time. Tutors are certified in individual subject areas. All tutors are subjected to a mandatory background check (applicants must have a valid social security number).
How does Learn To Be ensure the safety and quality of tutoring sessions?
We ensure the highest standards of online tutoring. Our classroom sessions are created to provide a secure learning environment. The tutor and student do not exchange any personal information except for their login and first names. Only audio is exchanged and no video or images are exchanged. All our sessions are recorded and monitored to ensure the safety of our students and the quality of our tutors. All tutors are subjected to a background check before being certified.
Why become a tutor?
Teach from the comfort of your own home or office. All you need is access to a computer with a microphone, speakers, and an Internet connection. Tutors love the convenience of no longer having to deal with long commutes, heavy traffic, and rising transportation costs.
Tutors share their time, talent, and heart. Their philanthropy is both generous and rewarding. Many tutors share their time with Learn To Be in order to fulfill their service hours for their philanthropic organizations. Other tutors love the fact that they can perform their community service from the comfort of their own home. No matter what, Learn To Be is a great opportunity to give back to the community.
Because Learn To Be eliminates the need for tutors to travel to their students, an average Learn To Be Certified Tutor will reduce over 1,000 lbs. of emissions from the environment each year. By doing their part to save the environment, our tutors are not only committing themselves to improving education, but also to making our world a cleaner and safer place for tomorrow's leaders.
Tutors gain valuable experience and a sense of pride and accomplishment from their philanthropy. Certified tutors receive a formal certificate to acknowledge their accomplishment. They are also eligible to receive and use a Wacom Bamboo digital pen and tablet system as well as other giveaways and invitations to activities and events sponsored by the Foundation. We work closely with our tutors and provide an open forum for feedback. We ensure our tutors enjoy their experience and work with them to continuously make Learn To Be the most effective and free online tutoring service available.
Is there any training involved?
Although most tutors are experienced and comfortable with in-person tutoring, online tutoring is significantly different. For that reason, we do provide our tutors with the training to effectively use the online interface. This includes training on handling the online classroom environment, using the virtual whiteboard, and using the digital pen and tablet system. Some tutors even come into our office to practice sessions and become more comfortable with the interface. We understand that only local tutors are available to come into our office for live training, but we work to try and provide our tutors with whatever resources they need to ensure quality sessions for our students.
How many hours a week do certified tutors commit?
We ask that new tutors commit at least three to five hours per week. Remember that not all hours committed will be spent in a live classroom. Tutors who are scheduled for a time slot but who are waiting for students to request a session are “on call” and simply need to stand by at their computers until a session is requested. This time is still considered “hours served” for those participating for community service hours unless otherwise determined by their respective organizations.
How do I apply?
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