Want to create a profile and start getting paid to teach your language to students?
Preply is a language learning platform designed to match tutors with students.
Why Work for Preply?
- Be flexible! Use their wonderful calendar feature that allows to plan your schedule according to your daily routines
- Teach students from all around the world, young and old.
- Present yourself the way you want. You can show your yourself in your own video, tell people about your teaching method and let them know what an awesome tutor you are.
- Learn and grow with Preply. They are always newly inventing the way they work and you can benefit from that.
- Huge student base.
- Set your own price for your lessons, up to 100$.
- 24/7 Customer support in case something just does not work the way it should.
- Use the Preply Space – their own video platform for flawless tutoring Face to Face.
- Guaranteed payments, you can withdraw your earnings whenever you want and they assure you that you get paid for the lessons conducted on their platform.
A Preply Tutor Should Be…
- Passionate about teaching and education
- Have experience working with students
- Have experience using different teaching methods and tools
- Willing to work with curriculum and methodology
- Tech savvy and willing to work online
- Good communication skills
- Responsible and organized
Preply Suggested Requirements – But Not Mandatory
- Have a degree in Linguistics, Pedagogics or related field.
- Have a language teaching certificate (TEFL).
- Being a native in the language you want to teach is always a plus.
Be prepared to record a video introduction.
How to Record a Perfect Video For Your Profile
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Set your own rate. New English speakers are charging as little as $10 per hour. More established tutors are earning $25+ per hour. If you are not a native speaker, be prepared to charge lower to compete.
Preply pays teachers through Payoneer. Sign up to Payoneer below and get $35 for free through DigiNo:
Preply Application Process
How To Apply To Preply
How Do Current and Former Preply Tutors Rate Their
Experiences With the Company?
One of the best ways to find out what work life is like with a prospective employer is to look at what actual current and former employees have to say. They can offer an unbiased glimpse behind the curtain, stripping away the glossy PR on the website intended to attract workers.
Preply has a stunning 4.7/5-star rating on Glassdoor, one of the premier employment review sites on the web. This far exceeds the industry average and should encourage applicants to follow through with applying to Preply.
Out of the 69 tutors who have taught with Preply and submitted their reviews, this is a typical one:
-Set your own schedule -Work from comfort of your own home
-Hard to get clients due to so many tutors being on the website”
How Does Preply's Commission Work?
As an independent contractor, Preply takes a cut of your earnings as payment for building and maintaining the platform you use and for attracting and retaining the client base.
The more you work, the less Preply takes in commission. This is how
the scheme works:
● 0–20 hours: 33%
● 21–50 hours: 28%
● 51–200 hours: 25%
● 201–400 hours: 22%
● 400+ hours: 18%
For your first lesson with each new student, Preply takes a 100%
commission, meaning in effect you teach the lesson for free.
How to Choose Your Ideal Rate With Preply
One of the best features of Preply is the ability of tutors to set their own rates. As a contractor, this gives you greater control over your income, which can definitely be a plus. But there can be a downside: what is the best way to come to the ideal pay rate? If you set it too low, you miss out on valuable income. But if you set it too high beyond your qualifications, you could miss out on
When setting your pay rate, consider these factors:
- What are your qualifications? Do you have an advanced degree?
- Whom are you expecting to teach? Working professionals with more disposable income or cash-strapped younger students?
- What subjects will you be teaching?
- Do you prioritize a high per-hour rate or attracting more students?
It's worth keeping in mind that you can change your rate at any point – so one good strategy might be to keep your rates competitive in the beginning to attract more students and then to slowly increase the price once you have attained a base of repeat students who value your work.
Why Should Preply Tutors Consider TEFL Certification?
TEFL certification is not technically required to work for Preply, but it does help.
Of course, when students are browsing through teacher's profiles to find a suitable tutor, they are likely to look at qualifications first. Factors like work experience, education, and professional credentials will be first on that list.
One of the industry-standard qualifications for ESL instructors is “teaching English as a foreign language” (TEFL). Similar accreditations include TESOL and CELTA.
Whereas work experience and higher education take time to accumulate, getting TEFL-certified is relatively inexpensive and quick. With a 120-hour online course, you can easily earn your certificate in 1-2 months.
TEFL-certified teachers earn more money and get more jobs than their non-certified peers.
How Does Payoneer (the Payment Service for Preply)
Payoneer is essentially the lesser-known cousin of PayPal, the online payment system that is often used for transactions on the web such as online tutoring.
Creating a Payoneer account is straightforward. All you need is a bank account to link your account to. After a short verification process, you can begin sending and receiving money.
Following your completed lessons on Preply, the company then credits your internal account that you can then choose to deposit into your Payoneer account. The money is then yours to do with as you please.
Tips to Make Yourself Look More Professional on Preply
Appearances are important, even in digital spaces. Here are a few ways you can make yourself look like the working professional that you are and convey a sense of authority to your clients:
- Make sure your internet is as fast as possible to avoid inconvenient and disruptive lags in video connections. An internet speed of at least 25 Mbps is advisable to maintain a steady connection with your clients. Check your internet speed for free here.
- Select a neutral, presentable background. Be aware of what is going on behind and around you.
- Set your camera at eye level.
- Pick a quiet, secluded space to teach where you will experience
minimal interruptions during tutoring sessions.
- Use headphones with a microphone to ensure good
- Wear presentable, professional work clothes (at least on top).
Students can't necessarily see what you are wearing on the bottom, but they can see your choice of attire covering the upper portion of your body. As a rule of thumb, wear a shirt that would be acceptable in an office setting while teaching online – just because you are at home doesn't mean your clients won't expect you to dress the part of the professional.
What to Include in Your Teacher Profile to Attract the
Maximum Volume of Clients
Due to the nature of Preply's platform, students get to choose whom they use for their tutoring. Consequently, the strengths and weaknesses of your profile are constantly weighed against the many, many other tutors on the platform.
Unfortunately, regardless of how qualified you are, most students on the platform will only look at your profile for (at most) a minute before making a snap judgment about whether to work with you or not. Within that timeframe, it's imperative that you make a lasting, positive impression.
What this means is that you need to make your profile stand out to attract students. Here is what you might want to include to spruce up your profile and attraction the maximum volume of clients:
● Professional experience and any teaching jobs you’ve held
● Any specialty topics that you teach (i.e., business English, English
● Personal interests (students with shared interests will find those
tutors more attractive)
● A smiley, friendly profile picture
● A well-produced, polished intro video
What are Some Examples of Languages you can Teach on Preply?
I’m sure it comes as no surprise to see English on this list.
English is one of those languages which you just need. If you’re already familiar with English (and I assume you are, if you’re reading this…) then you already meet the initial criteria for teaching it with Preply.
Teaching English online opens up doors for you which would be closed to a tutor who can’t speak the language.
It’s one of the most widely-spread languages in the world, and a proficiency in it will allow you to reach a much larger audience with your lessons.
Spanish is one of the most popular languages for study in the Western World.
Throughout Europe, the UK (which may or may not be a part of Europe, depending on when you’re reading this…) and America, Spanish is a popular second language for schools and adult learners.
Particularly in America, Spanish is actually the first language of a surprisingly high number of Americans, particularly in the southern States. But even as far as Los Angeles (name’s a bit of a give away, really) there’s a large Spanish-speaking community.
Spanish is also regarded as one of the more accessible languages to learn, one of the Romance languages, and often chosen for its relative simplicity when compared to something like Chinese, or even German.
German has something of a reputation…
It’s not as ‘easy’ as some of the Romance languages, like Spanish or Italian. But, a lot of people overlook the fact that proficiency in English is actually going to put you in a good position for learning German.
We share a lot of ‘root words’, our shared Saxon heritage leaving its mark long after there stopped being very little ‘Saxon’ about us.
French is the go-to foreign language for schools across the world.
It’s a relatively simple language to get your head around, especially once you’ve accepted the concept of gendering nouns (what makes a table male or female?). Generding things is something that English speakers might struggle to get their heads around, but European residents will already be familiar with the practice.
English used to be the foremost language of trade – it still is, I guess; but its ‘pole position’ is not as unchallenged as it used to be.
Chinese, and the various branches of it, are fast beginning to catch up with English’s tight grip on the international market, which comes as a surprise to absolutely no one.
To Westerners this seems like it would be an unusual choice. It’s the official language of Pakistan.
It’ll be a lot harder than the languages we’ve discussed previously, more on-par with a difficulty you’d expect from Chinese to learn.
Hindi is spoken by an incredibly large number of people, whilst also being curiously isolated.
Hindi speaking communities are almost exclusively to be found in South East Asia, India, etc. But because of the population count in these places, it still manages to be the mother tongue of a staggering amount of people.
If you want to give Ukranian a try, then there’s a large variety of teachers and lessons really devoted to helping you better your understanding of the language.
It’s not one of those languages that people really think of, and it’s definitely one of the more obscure on our list.
Hopefully it goes some way towards showing you just how devoted Preply are to helping you master a language. If you can think of it, it's there.
They’re one of the oldest communities in the world, with the beginnings of our species occurring within a few hundred miles of its borders. So would certainly be an interesting language to learn, or teach if you can speak it!