Great for those who enjoy teaching and want flexibility
Tutor (Current Employee) – United States – 19 June 2019
I’ve been working for Varsity Tutors part time as a tutor for a little less than a year. If you like teaching but want more flexibility in your hours than a job as a teacher would provide and aren’t bothered by the relatively low pay, then this is a good job.
Other reviewers have pointed out that VT pays its Tutors only a small fraction of what they charge clients, and this is true. If you already know a bunch of people who need tutoring, there’s really no reason to work for VT or any other tutoring platform: you’ll probably make the most money by simply working with clients directly. The main advantage of working for VT is of course that you never need to stress about finding new clients, because there’s never a shortage (at least for the more popular subjects such as ACT and SAT).
At its worst, the job can be pretty dull - e.g., if you get assigned a student who just obviously doesn’t want to be there and isn’t putting in much effort. But at its best, the job can be genuinely fun, so much so that it doesn’t even feel like work. This happens when you get assigned a really cool, sociable student with a good work ethic. In those cases, it’s easier to form a rapport, which makes the sessions much more engaging and actually greatly facilitates the education process (probably because, in those cases, you have the student’s full attention at every moment).