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I signed up as a tutor with WyzAnt. They claimed to set up tutors with prospective students. What a joke and mickey mouse outfit this is. When I was with them they got me zero responses and zero tutoring opportunities. Mind you I am a certified mathematics teacher who is fully licensed by the state of Massachusetts. Whenever I tried to respond to a tutoring request, I got zero feedback. No emails or telephone calls. Where are these phantom students? This is just a scam.


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I, too, signed up as a tutor, despite this outfit's outrageous finder's fee of 40%. Over a month or so I made all the contacts that seemed appropriate, and very few of those who I even contacted worked out. I was only able to receive contact from one parent, which ended up not happening because of the student's own lack of desire to receive help with his work.
Then their "computer algorithm" shut off my account. I looked, as an outsider, and saw that others were also suddenly missing. The many "tutors" listed, who were still listed in a particular region, whose areas of expertise were unlikely to draw any in need of help, still had their professional-looking photos and phony-sounding descriptions up there, like mannequins in a store window. It seems unlikely that many of them are even real people.

It does seem like a scam. A scam for those needing help, and a scam for those who want to make contact with them. Perhaps if one brings in enough money for the Wyzant company one stays in their good graces. But I would advise just staying away and going another route. And I would advise the same for students (and their parents, who seem to be the seekers 75% of the time).

I was trained in scientific research, and do not draw conclusions without evidence and a logical path to a reasonable, likely conclusion. There is very, very little question that WyzAnt is a scam to be avoided by all.

I have been a tutor for Wyzant for nearly 3 months. I have tutored one person and have kept in contact with 5 other students who are interested. I have received payments for the lesson's I scheduled and this company paid me on time. It is a hit or miss program because it is world wide and you are not guaranteed work. If you have more than one subject you excel at your chances for tutoring increase greatly. Consider it a temp job placement on the side of your full time job.

Although, Wyzant is not the best company in the world, they aren't the worst either. They, like many of economy driven fields have an overhead and bottom line. If you're not making money, then neither are they. Why waist the resources on an individual who has a slim to none chance and attitude of being a great, effective tutor? I scoff at the above replies noting this is a scam. I am one of the biggest skeptics when it comes to telemarketing, mail-fraud, internet fraud, chain letters, etc. I thoroughly checked Wyzant out before I put my name on anything. As Loren has stated... I will echo, because they have been honest and trustworthy with me as well; they have always paid me on time and are always available for conference when I call or need help with my tutoring business. Maybe that's it!?!??!?! This is a site that helps bring together those who need and those who have. This is not a free ride. This is YOUR business. You only make as much as you want (Granted there are time constraints with meeting schedules and driving times). My business was slow to start but since May, I constantly have about 4-7 students at any given time, and a lot of my business is repeat business. I communicate with my students to see what their needs are and I tailor the tutoring to match their needs. I have a constant 5 star rating with excellent reviews because my students truly appreciate the service I offer, which isn't 9-5pm... In fact, I make myself available to my students because that's why they called to begin with, they need the help, give it to them. Don't get me wrong, I still have had a number of students who have difficulty staying focused or using their god given talent, but perhaps that's laziness in all of us.

Bottom line: I treat the tutoring opportunity like it's my business, because essentially it's my paycheck... I like money and I'm not afraid to work for it. Also, I have my txt messaging set up to tell me when a new job is available and when I get an email from a student. I reply promptly and believe it or not, that has been one of the deciding factors for many students- the ability for the tutor to flake out or not follow through, the quality of teaching and style, the amount of information known, willingness to help and be flexible, hourly rate, safety for them and their children (being background checked, I do this qtrly to be up to date), the tools you use to effectively communicate the ideas and concepts even if they don't get it.

I don't know where these people are getting their information, but I have been at the 100 percentile for number of hours tutored in a 50 mile radius since I started, 100% excellence in rating backed by testimonials, and I make a decent wage. The only problems I have with this business model and their policy is that they don't take taxes out, and the issue with safety. They require payment information from the student before personal information is passed and or a meeting can be set up; which might deter students who also follow the line of thinking above.

Check it out, work hard, work smart, have fun!

Thanks Joshua. I believe that you have taken an unbiased, and now, experience rich biased approach to your response. I graduated with a vocal performance degree and am looking for some work along side other streams of income that I currently manage. Based on your statements and comment content, I think I will dig deeper into this company. - Josh H.

"Waste-" to spend resources unnecessarily, is not spelled "waist," which is the belt you should be pulling on yourself to tighten up your (not "you're") spelling if you claim to be a teacher. No wonder Americans need tutors.

Hi Josh H.,

Seriously, check them out! They are not a scam and there are NO costs, upfront or otherwise. When you secure a student present yourself as a professional, make yourself available, think outside the box with passing the information to your students-be creative! After the lesson... Type up your lesson and press submit. WyzAnt takes approx. 5 days to send the money to your account if you have direct deposit and then your bank will most likely take 1-3 days to post to your account.

In summary:

1) sign up for txt messaging.

2) Respond to your prospective and current students promptly and professionally.

3) Be flexible with your schedule... If the goal is to get students, you might have to do some running around.

4) I give each student 2 resumes
a. First has no personal contact information-WyzAnt won't allow it until payment information is first added to the system. Also, it helps to show your qualifications.

b. Second has everything on it o show that you're a real person.

5) Next, I set up the initial meeting and show up early. I have good eye contact, shake hands and offer a business card [WyzAnt has templates or you can talk with vistaprint.com who has deals of 500 cards for approx. $12]. The first 15-20 mins is set aside for introductions and finding if I'm the right person for the job.

6) Lastly, I try to be curteous and patient with everyone considering the different levels of skill (I tutor all ages). Again, try to be accurate and prompt with your lesson plans/description. Don't forget that most business is repeat business so ask your students when they'd like to meet again. Buy a Dr.'s scheduling book to keep all appointments on track. Also, make up flyers and spread the word through social networking sites and word of mouth.

7) After completing a few sessions have your students rate you on a scale of 1-5 stars and ask that they'll write a positive review on your behalf. Your profile page will show what others say about you. The better you are to individuals the better you look as a whole.

This business is based on pulling in students, showing them your qualified, transferring your knowledge to them. You only do as well as how much hard work you put into it by effectively becoming a great tutor.

If you'd like check out my profile for some tips: <a href="http://www.WyzAnt.com/Tutors/OH/Englewood/7732190/#ref=1QXYDY" title="http://www.WyzAnt.com/Tutors/OH/Englewood/7732190/#ref=1QXYDY">http://www.WyzAnt.com/Tutors/OH/Englewood/7732190/#ref=1QXYDY</a>

Lastly, consider getting certified (by WyzAnt) in multiple subjects especially in science and math.

I hope this helps this clears up the misguided look at WyzAnt.com. They're not perfect, but then again nobody is, and they're not exactly horrible either. This process takes hard work to build your repertoire and student-base. The sky is the limit.

~Joshua R.

I signed up as a tutor. I'm a college student in Boston and I am certified in quite a few of their subjects (about 20). Within the first month, I was contacted by 3 students and started tutoring two of them. Before being contacted by them, I did contact one parent, but never got a response. I thought this website was a scam but it works. However, I do think it's a scam in the sense that they take 40% of what you make. I usually charge $30/hr as a private tutor, but in order for me to make that $30 I have to charge $50/hr, which is nonsense. One of my students now pays me the $30 in person while another of my students uses the website and pays $50. It does help find students, though.

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