How to Create a Perfect Online Tutor Profile and Attract New Students For Online Tuition?
Once you have decided that tutoring is the perfect profession for you after completion of your education. You also have researched the relevant curriculum areas, you will need to find some students to put your dream into practice. For teaching online, creation of an online tutor profile is the first step that looks difficult. Making a tutor profile is tricky but not difficult. We have created this article to help tutors to attract new students for online tuition by creating a Perfect Online Tutor Profile.
Two main sections of a profile are: a profile picture and Tutor’s bio. We will discuss both sections in detail. Moreover we will also discuss many other factors that have impacts on a tutor profile.
Choose an Attractive and Professional Profile Picture
Students are often quick to judge a tutor by their profile picture. Your profile picture reveals how kind and serious you are towards students. There are lot of aspects that should be considered for a good and attractive profile picture for an online professional tutor. Here are a few things to make your profile picture stand out:
· Wear professional clothes: Clothes have many roles in attraction. You have to be tricky while choosing a dress. Wear a dress according to your audience, if you’re targeting to teach adults, for instance, go for a business casual look. On the other hand, choose to wear bright colors if you want to attract young learners or their parents.
· Choose bright colors: Do not choose like an all-black or an all-white shirt! Choose colors in contrast but avoid wearing sequins or any heavily embellished garments.
· Smile while taking a shot: A smile is what you hear by all photographers when taking a shot. A smile on face will make you look friendly and approachable. Don’t spread out all the teeth but try to smile in your most warm way. A smiling face is much more attractive and will make you look approachable and confident, plus it instantly sends out positive vibes.
· Simple and light background: Go easy on the picture background colors; keep the background either white or grey. Avoid taking pictures with a garden or a busy shopping street or a restaurant in the background. At times, they can make you look frivolous. There should be no mirror or views like kitchen or bathroom door opened at background.
· Look at the camera: Look at camera to make your picture more attractive. Don’t look down or aside while taking a shot. If you are sitting on an office chair, place your elbows on table with both hand together with a smile on face. If you are writing, you can look down but don’t lean too much so that face is not fully visible.
· Optimal lighting: People/students want to see your face rather than other things. Take shot where sufficient light is. There should be no light like sun or bulb at background that can fade your photo and there should be no dazzling light in front of you that might dazzle your eyes.
· Graduation cap: Pictures that you shot at your graduation ceremony can be pretty attractive. School Pride, badges, shirt, sash are also bonus points for a perfect profile picture for a tutor.
· Picture size: Size of picture matters a lot. Your profile picture should show your face from the shoulder up. Do not take a shot from a long distance. Your both shoulder shoulder should be visible in picture. Do not crop only face that will look crazy and unprofessional.
· Post recent photo: Make sure that you are posting your recent photo. Do not post old photos that do not match your current appearance. If you have beard, your photo must be with beard. If you have short hair, your photo should be also with short hair.
How to Write a Strong Bio/Description for a Tutor Profile?
When you are writing a teachers’ bio you should limit yourself to introduce yourself according to your profession and describe shortly what you are going to offer to your students. While you want to present yourself as a professional in your teacher profile, remember that you also have to be able to make a connection with learners and convey that they would feel comfortable with taking classes with you.
· Try to describe yourself within 200 words.
· Choose the most relevant information to include in your bio, like your teaching certification, a brief description of your ESL teaching experience, and your unique strengths.
· Your description should be brief, direct, and engaging. Don’t forget to proofread your reports.
· Write a professional personal statement, which sets out your experience and teaching style.
· Use a warm, conversational tone in bio to sound friendly and make students feel more welcome.
· Mention TEFL/TESOL certificate and other relevant credentials you possess.
· Show the number of years of English teaching experience you have.
· Briefly explain the types of classes you specialize in.
· Do not repeat the same thing again and again.
· Explain why would you make a great tutor?
· Describe your plan to help your students and what would you do during sessions?
· Mention your knowledge of the curriculum and exam expectations?
· Write in the first person, i.e. ‘I’ and ‘my’.
· Display why you are passionate about tutoring.
· Include the subjects you are familiar with.
Example of an English Tutor’s Bio
“I am an English Tutor and have been providing teaching services since January, 2014. I am a certified instructor for TOEFL, IELTS, and have done M.A. in English from NUML University, Islamabad. I have practiced regular teaching in a private collage for five years and then moved to online teaching TOEFL, IELTS and linguistics.
Besides teaching, I also provide preparation for CAT, GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, IELTS, and Competitive Exams. To date, I have taught 500 students for academic exams and more than 300 students who appeared in competitive exams.
With students and college applications, we discuss at length to understand student’s thought processes, and then I assist a student in writing on their own. I work as a coach, mentor, and guide, and at the end of the session, the student himself/herself. I don’t write on behalf of any student, but I made a student writing.
For students’ preparation, I prefer to teach grammar from the book by Wren and Martin and my own lesson published on literaryenglish.com. I focus on students’ reading comprehension, writing skills, critical ability and logical thinking. I have helped language students to improve vocabulary building, and after a few sessions, students have started speaking English with less hesitation and have gained confidence.
I provide detailed feedback to parents/guardians after each month with progress graphs and achievements in a month. That’s why students and parents love to book my lessons.”
Post regularly and engage your viewers with sample lessons
Just one page Profile is not sufficient for a professional Tutor. It should rather be a deep ocean that a student can dive deep into. If you have a blog or lesson on a website or a YouTube channel, make sure all the live links are on your profile.
You must also be regular in posting content and in engaging with your audience. Post your sample lesson to let your student know how you teach. Posting a huge amount of content content can make you look too desperate as well. Post weekly or twice in a week to maintain a balance or make a post-timetable according to your leisure time.
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Ask your students to provide comments on your lessons. Regularity is what drives engagement and engagement is what drives success in most businesses today. Now if you’re already planning to set up the perfect online tutor profile, here is the next step: Explore Worthy Tutors to find tutoring opportunities.