We look for tutors in all subjects, for all age groups and levels of study. From Primary school right through to Professional qualifications. Spires is a global platform and we have tutors and students from all over the world.
Key things that we look for in new tutors:
Relevant degree or teaching qualifications - Degrees must be broadly in the area that you want to tutor. Teaching qualifications aren't necessary but will be a significant boost to your application.
Relevant teaching experience - Ideally as a teacher, lecturer or private tutor. We rarely accept undergraduates and recent graduates without previous teaching experience.
Online teaching experience - This can include on other online tutoring platforms, VLEs, online whiteboards etc. This is not essential but as online teaching has unique requirements and demands, we like to see previous experience.
That we have sufficient demand in your subject - The demand for tutoring is typically centred around sciences, technology, engineering, maths, social sciences, languages, humanities, professional qualifications, entrance tests and aptitude tests. That is not to say we do not get requests in music or drama, but the demand is significantly lower. There is always an excess of demand relative to supply of tutors in subjects such as economics, computer science and related subjects. There is typically an excess of supply in languages and humanities relative to demand. We will only invite people to interview if we think their skills will be genuinely utilised on Spires.
Tutoring is not the same as lecturing or classroom teaching. It revolves around 1:1 interaction, is personal and should be personalised. Building rapport and gaining the respect and attention of your student requires a more proactive and interactive approach to teaching. Emotional intelligence is as important as raw intelligence in tutoring!
Tutoring is all about being knowledgeable, positive, proactive, likeable, approachable and competent. In short, professional. These are the qualities we look for in our tutors.
Quality and integrity are also important to us as you will be working on our platform with our clients and representing the Spires brand of high-quality online tutoring.
Poor tutorials and/or a lack of professionalism reflect badly on our team and the other professional tutors using the platform. They also lead to complaints, refunds and unnecessary administrative burden for all involved.
Our system relies on integrity; we give you clients and our services are paid for through platform fees charged to the client over the length of the job. Entering into private arrangements to avoid platform fees on Spires is equivalent in spirit to shoplifting or tax evasion and will be met with consequences from our team. See our house rules for more info.