How it works - For Tutors

Getting your webtutornet.com equipment

The webtutornet equipment caseOnce registered as a user of webtutornet.com you will be sent your equipment. This comprises of a:

  • headset
  • webcam
  • pen shaped mouse
  • mouse mat
  • carrying case

Once you have registered as a user of webtutornet.com and received your equipment, using the site to teach could not be easier.

Getting your webtutornet.com equipment

Once your registration application has been accepted and paid for, your equipment will be sent out to you right away. This comprises a headset, a webcam, a mouse used like a pen, a mouse mat and carrying case.

Completing your profile

Once registered each tutor creates their own profile outlining details of their background, qualifications and relevant experience. This will include a short thirty second film. This is an opportunity for tutors to introduce themselves to potential students.

Whilst logged on tutors place themselves in relevant subject areas on the site where they can readily be found by possible students. An individual tutor can offer a range of subjects by placing themselves in multiple subject categories; Mathematics and Physics for example. These parameters can be edited at any time by an individual tutor.

If a tutor feels that he or she can offer a topic or subject which is not listed they can suggest a new subject which may then be added.

Availability

Each tutor has a diary divided into twenty-four one hour slots for each day of the week. Tutors make themselves available for whatever times suit them. They can edit their diaries at any time.

Registered students have access to tutors' profiles and select a tutor accordingly. When a student selects a particular slot for a particular tutor they simply click on the slot to provisionally book the lesson. This generates an email to the tutor who then accepts or rejects the request. Once a tuition request has been accepted, an email to that effect is sent to the student confirming the lesson. The lesson must then be paid for using our online payment system. Once payment has been received the tutor receives final confirmation.

Hourly rates

Each tutor sets their own hourly rate to which a small usage fee is added as a percentage. The minimum hourly rate allowed is £15 plus commission; there is no maximum.

Once the student has paid for the lesson they have the opportunity to send the tutor a message outlining what they are looking for in the lesson itself. This allows the tutor to prepare in advance. For example, if the lesson were to be GCSE Mathematics a student might tell the tutor the Examination Board they are studying (for UK based students) and the subjects / topics they are struggling with.

Lessons

The webtutornet mousepenAt the allotted time both tutor and student logon to the system and then enter the lesson environment.

Within the lesson environment the tutor and student can both see and hear each other. The audio is exchanged using the headset provided. The video images can be supplied by the special webtutornet.com camera, by a built in or pre-owned webcam or more likely by a combination of the two.

The webtutornet.com camera has been specially designed not only to deliver video images of the student or teacher but also to be used as a teaching tool. By securing the camera to a flat surface using the suction cup the camera head can be bent over with its unique extra long flexible neck. This can then be used as a notepad where either student or teacher or both can simply write beneath the camera lens to produce live images of what they are writing. This might be used for subjects such as mathematics where writing expressions or equations is far easier with pen and paper than with a typing tool.

Either party can swop between more than one camera if they so desire. Perhaps some of the lesson might be delivered using the supplied camera and the rest with a built in webcam. Images can also be made larger or smaller depending on preference; the choice is yours.

Shared Desktop

Also within the lesson environment is the shared desktop. As a registered user of the system each tutor and student will have the ability to upload documents for use when taking part in a lesson. This can be done at any time; not only during the lesson. During a lesson the documents are stored in two separate folders on the desktop and can be opened and altered by both parties.

Also within the shared desktop are several programmes which can be used by both parties. Most programme functionality will be familiar to users, however we have also included a programme called Xournal which allows users to annotate pdf documents and save the changes they make. This is particularly useful when used in conjunction with the special mouse, also supplied to users. This mouse is used like a pen. For example, users can write on top of examination papers and then save the annotations; a very useful tool.

A detailed explanation of these programmes can be found in the programmes menu.

The tutor and student interact live using all of these tools for the one hour duration of the lesson. All documents created or changed can be saved and stored by either or both parties.

Audio and video archive

The audio and video streams of all the lessons are recorded and stored by webtutornet.com for seven days following the lesson

Recording the lessons gives webtutornet.com added security and allows tutors to watch back their lessons to aid with future teaching.

Payment

Tutors will be paid directly into their bank accounts approximately fourteen days following the lesson.

Security and privacy

At no point do student or tutor have access to each other's computers. Lessons take place on a remote desktop allowing webtutornet.com to monitor all content.