ESL online teaching was never a plan! (Part 1)

December 01, 2017



I'm here now... and I'm not going to stop.

Even before graduation, one of the things I told myself that I'm not going to teach to foreign students online. Aside from the unstable income, I just don't find it enjoyable.

How wrong was I!

Before tutoring online, I was a writer. I've written for online news publications and content for a website. I've even written my own short story that never got published because well... I just never entertained the thought of others reading the most sensitive stories of my life.

But to all writers out there, I think you can all relate how hard it is to write. I love writing. And always will. But to make it my profession? I'm afraid that one day - teaching might become a mere chore. Something I won't even remember doing.

And I don't want that to happen. Ever.

So I decided to take a new path. Small business? Soon. Virtual Assistant job? Hmm... maybe? Set up a bookstore? Great idea, needs a great capital too.

The latter was a more appealing path for me since I love books. However, after further research, I decided to ditch the idea, at least for now when the time is right and the budget is not too tight.

Then I heard about tutoring online.

Meh, not the first time I've heard of it. It was a gazillionth time and I thought I'm going to brush off the idea for the gazillionth time too.

My fingers took another turn and I just found myself taking an online application. I was greeted by a 40-item English test about the basics of English grammar. It was a smooth application until I reached system check.

1st Attempt:

Headset? Check.
Camera? Check.
Quiet and clear background? Check.
Speedtest? Ehhhh!

That's where I nearly lost hope. My country's internet connection is something I always moan about.

To be continued...

13 comments:

  1. Awesome post.. online teaching is great way to earn money if you have required knowledge and skills 👌

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    1. Hi Sneha! Yes, Im just starting a career in online teaching :) I still have a lot to learn even if Im already an English teacher! :)

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  2. Haha Joy, I can totally relate to the poor speedtest. Always disheartening! Maybe try doing it at the library or in a coworking space if you're not bothered by any distractions.

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    1. Hi, Maya! Ahh Im glad Im not alone on this one! Speedtest has let me down for so many times! >.< But Im so glad I made it last time and now Im working as a full-time ESL teacher online :)

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  3. Speed test's are the worst. Good luck in getting it all set up. X

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    1. High five, Emma! But luckily, I passed :)

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  4. Good luck with everything! I'll check for the next blog to follow your journey :)

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  5. Good luck with it all. Teaching can be amazing!

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  6. Looking forward to reading the next part in this! Online teaching sounds like so much fun! X

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    1. Oh yes it really is fun! :) I never thought Id enjoy!

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  7. Tutoring online seems like such a wonderful idea!! What a blessing to be able to reach more students.... Shell

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    1. The best decision ever for me to start teaching online :)

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