What’s the diff? Say ABC and iTutorgroup?

iTutorgroup https://join.itutorgroup.com/#/?fromwhere=mgm&referralCode=B3QS

Say ABC https://t.sayabc.com/apply.html?source=1&via=REFERRAL&rc=EHHCC5

Teaching friends have asked me about teaching online, so here is a bit of info on two of the companies I work for – iTutorgroup and Say ABC. Learning to teach online has taken a bit of adjustment but now I love it and…no commute on those days – bliss! Here is a quick comparison based on my own experience and opinions:

Say ABC iTutorgroup
Very straightforward hiring process – have a brief Skype interview including a role play demo – the recruiter pretends to be a child and you pretend to teach them for a few minutes, supply TEFL certificate, degree, and passport. More complex hiring process as more than one recruiter will be involved, having said this, the recruiters are very supportive in assisting you throughout the process.
Pay is in $US sent at the beginning of each month for the previous month. Pay is in $US and is sent at the beginning of each month for the previous month.
Good hourly rate and bonus system when students complete a series of lessons with you and when they book after you teach trial lessons. Lower hourly rate but currently more bookings, so worthwhile. Bonus for students who complete a demo with you and then book more lessons.
Peak hours = weekends and evenings Shanghai time. Other hours are available but teaching peak hours definitely gets you more bookings. It is easy to book and change hours in portal. Peak hours weekends 10.30 to 1.30 UK. Other hours are available but teaching on weekends definitely gets you more bookings. It is easy to book hours in the portal but difficult to change or cancel.
Very quiet now. Expected to get busy March through November Student numbers fine now and expected to get busier March through November
Children usually aged 6 – 10 in groups of up to 4 students Children from age 6 and also adults – more children sometimes in small groups, but more often individual students.
Lessons 40 minutes plus 5 mins before for prep and after 5 mins after for report Lessons 25 minutes plus 5 mins before for prep and 5 mins after for report
Lesson slides and teaching notes provided Lesson slides provided – some with teaching notes
Initial training is all online and must be completed before teaching starts. There is a very limited window to complete training, so bear this in mind when talking to the recruiters. Initial training is all online, some of it is live and must be completed before teaching starts.
Training and teaching community activities appear in the portal. Training and teaching community activities appear in the portal. There is a lot available!
Excellent admin support. Excellent admin support, but the company has 20,000 teachers so sometimes it takes a little longer to deal with any problems
Clean background displaying SayABC Logo on wall behind teacher’s right shoulder. Wear professional clothing. iTutorgroup background must be displayed on wall behind teacher. They provide this once the teacher is onboarded. Wear a red polo shirt.

Overall, both are super companies with lovely students. If you decide to apply and you use my codes, you get directly to the recruiters and I will get a bonus once you begin teaching :0)

For iTutorgroup https://join.itutorgroup.com/#/?fromwhere=mgm&referralCode=B3QS

FOR say ABC https://t.sayabc.com/apply.html?source=1&via=REFERRAL&rc=EHHCC5

I hope this info helps!  Feel free to contact me with any questions.

 

 

 

 

 

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tesolfran

With an MA and specialist qualifications from Cambridge University English and 25 years' teaching experience in Europe, Australia, Asia and the USA, I am here to help. My students study with me for exams - IELTS, FCE, CAE or simply conversation. I also help teachers preparing for online and face to face TEFL careers or CELTA.