Online Tutoring Jobs for Teens: How to Become a Tutor in High School

Online tutoring jobs are a type of online jobs for teens who have excellent communication skills and love to teach.

Tutoring is a perfect way for high school students to share their knowledge and earn money at the same time. If you excel in certain subjects, get great grades and have the patience to teach others what you know, you’ll do well as a tutor.

Many teens don’t know how old you have to be to tutor and wrongly believe they are too young. Although most online tutoring jobs require you to be at least 18 years old and to have a college degree, there are a handful of online tutoring companies that hire teenagers and young people without college degrees as long as they are proficient in the subject they want to tutor.

If you don’t want to work for an online tutoring company you can also work for yourself. Most older tutors who work for themselves struggle to find clients but since you are a teen who is in school and you already know a lot of other students, you are already in a great position to find potential clients.Online Tutoring Jobs for Teens

The following is a list of online tutoring jobs for teens:

Online Tutoring Companies That Hire Teens Under 18 Years Old:

Tutor Care
Tutor Care is one of the only online tutoring companies that hires both high school students as well as college students. The site allows tutors to earn money in four ways: by answering homework help questions, by providing online tutoring sessions, by uploading video tutorials and by providing in-person tutoring sessions. The site allows you to set your own rate and only deducts a $12 flat fee. It also allows for flexible scheduling by letting you set your own schedule and provides free training. Payments are made via Paypal or direct deposit. The minimum age to join is 13 years old.

Study Room
Study Room caters to both high school as well as college students. It is an online community where students can share notes, connect with classmates and find study groups. The site also hires online student tutors for peer-to-peer tutoring. The site doesn’t provide a lot of details on how it works but it does say it pays tutors up to $20 per hour and that students ask for tutoring help with either a specific class or topic by sending in questions or requesting one-on-one tutoring. The site then notifies the tutor about these opportunities via email or mobile app and allows the tutor to pick which request they want to take. The minimum age to join is 13 years old.

Online Tutoring Companies That Hire Teens Who Are 18 & Older But Do Not Have a College Degree:

Tutapoint provides live, one-on-one tutoring sessions for high school level courses. It provides tutors with flexible scheduling so they can schedule tutoring sessions around their own classes. The only requirement to become a tutor for Tutapoint is you must have a minimum of two years of tutoring experience. The pay rates start at $14 per hour and the rate goes up the more you tutor.

Although Kaplan doesn’t require its tutors to have a college degree, tutors are required to be proficient in all areas of the Kaplan exams and are also required to have taken the exam they want to tutor for and have achieved a score at or above the 90th percentile on that exam. Once a tutor has been hired, the tutor may take additional qualifying exams in order to tutor for those tests as well. Kaplan provides flexible scheduling with classes that run nights and weekends to accommodate school schedules. The company doesn’t reveal how much it pays its tutors. Most Kaplan tutors work part-time between 6-20 hours per week.

How to Become a Tutor On Your Own:

If you don’t want to work for an online tutoring company or you are having trouble finding one that will hire you because of your age and lack of a college degree, you can always work for yourself. Tutors who work for themselves tend to make more money than tutors who work for online tutoring companies because they can set their own rates and don’t have to share the profits. The downside of being an independent tutor is you have to find and manage clients on your own, which is often the hardest part of the job. To find students to tutor, there are a number of things you can do:

♦ Ask friends and family if they know of anyone in need of a tutor. Let them know that you are available for private tutoring. Since you are in school yourself, you are already surrounded by plenty of potential students to tutor so spread the word around your school to seek out students in need of extra help.

♦ Print or make a flyer advertising your services and post them around your school (if it is allowed.) Look for bulletin boards in the library, hallways, cafeteria and wherever else and ask if you can pin your flyer to it.

♦ Post on Facebook that you are available for private tutoring. Facebook is a great networking tool and since you are most likely already friends with lots of fellow students on the site it’s an easy way to spread the word. It’s very likely that at least a few of your Facebook friends are either in need of private tutoring or knows someone who is.

♦ Post on Instagram. Since Instagram is also very popular with young people, you can post images or videos on the site that advertises your tutoring services. For instance, since you probably excel in your classes and get great grades, post images of your report cards, awards, tests and papers (try to obscure the answers since this can be considered cheating) along with a message that you are available for tutoring to anyone struggling in those subjects. Add your contact info to the message, such as an email address or personal website so potential clients can visit to learn more about your services.

♦ Post an ad on Craigslist. Craigslist is also very popular with young people so it is a great way to get your message in front of lots of potential clients. Simply write an ad describing the subjects you tutor, your qualifications (your grades, achievements, honor awards, etc) and include your contact info (use an email address instead of a phone number.) Post the ad by going to the site and clicking on the “Post to Classifieds” link on the upper left sidebar. Then select “service offered” from the menu and then select “lessons & tutoring” from the next menu. You’ll need to create a Craigslist account if you don’t already have one but they are free and easy to sign up for.

♦ List your services on free online tutor directories such as or

Once you find students to tutor you can conduct your tutoring sessions online via Skype, online chat, over the phone, via text or whatever method you prefer.

With all of the helpful information and advice in this article, you should be well on your way to a new job as an online tutor.

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