Finally got to write my first ever proper blog. lol. I’ve decided to write about my online tutoring experience for Rarejob. And, i’ll also post some tips on how to pass their demo lesson. So here goes!
First things first (i’m a realist. no? okay.). What is RAREJOB?
RareJob inc. is an Online tutoring service based in Japan. (but they also have an office here in the Philippines) that teaches English to the Japanese people. They have been operating for quite some time now. if i’m not mistaken, they have been operating here since 2012. And they have built quite a good reputation amongst home-based tutors.
So i decided to try it for myself. I figured why not make use of the Internet at home to make money. Right?
Their application is easy enough. You just have to fill out their online form here.
→ Rarejob Application. then you’re all set.
Joke lang. not quite. You need to pass their assessment exam. Don’t worry guys its easy. 🙂 Just the basics of grammar. After that, you get to pick the time and date of your demo lesson. So no pressure. But you absolutely have to nail that one!
The Demo Lesson is basically a 30 or 45 minute assessment of your teaching skills through Skype. Oh and did i mention that all of the lessons are conducted through Skype? YES. Skype. How convenient diba?
The first part of the call is the introduction. The RareJob representative will guide you on the lesson flow. (Just follow the rules written on the lesson material.) Second part is the lesson proper. Last part is the Assessment. He/She will give you the feedback.
Now before the demo lesson make sure that you have:
- A stable, wired internet connection. NO WIFI or Broadband. (just plug your wifi router to your pc or laptop with the cable.)
- A working headset with external mic and noise cancellation. Like this one. ( i prefer using plantronics. but a4tech and logitech are great brands too!)
- A quiet place to conduct the lesson.
Syempre you have to study the demo lesson materials as well. You will be provided that so no worries. Now some tips on how to pass the demo lesson.
TIPS TIPS TIPS!
Tip number 1.
Chill lang! Calm your nerves. Take a deep breath. Close your eyes. Count from 1 to ten.
Tip number 2.
Follow the rules. trust me.
Tip number 3.
Read the demo lesson at least 3 to 4 times. Just to familiarize yourself with the material that you will be using. Also, you will be provided an email that includes YouTube videos on how to conduct lesson. Take pointers!
Tip number 4.
Be yourself. Wag kabahan. Promise. I don’t know about you guys but i tend to blank out whenever i’m tense or anxious. Stay calm. You need to be alert, alive, awake, enthusiastic. He he.
Tip number 5.
List down words that will likely be unfamiliar to your mock student. The RareJob representative will ask you about the meaning of some different words and expressions. Make sure to have a dictionary and a thesaurus on one of your tabs. Me personally, i use this for dictionary: Learner’s Dictionary and thesaurus.com for synonyms.
There. Hopefully that would help you pass the demo lesson. Goodluck! 🙂
Thoughts about RareJob
I think it’s a very reputable company. I’ve research about different home-based tutoring sites and this is by far the most promising.
i have only been a RareJob tutor since march 2016. (I know di pa nga 3 months. Ha ha.tapos nagpost na sya agad.kala mo expert.) But so far, i’m having a good time teaching students. Japanese people are very polite and understanding. and they are very willing to learn. 🙂
The staff are very accommodating as well. They will answer all your queries. This is very important kase you work from home so virtual assistance is one of the keys to loyal teachers. And the pay isn’t that bad either. Considering the fact that you have control over your time.
Overall i think this a good way to earn extra money. Especially those who are still in school. Plus you get that sense of fulfillment! 🙂
Goodluck on your application!