NiceTalk Tutor is an App that you can download onto your smartphone. It was developed in China with the purpose of giving Chinese students the opportunity to practice English with native English speakers. The app pays $10 usd per hour ($0.17 per minute)for time spent talking to students and tracks your time automatically. The app does use video calling so you will be able to see your student and they can see you. This is the only option so if you are really shy then this may not be for you. You need wifi connection to run the app (wouldn’t want to waste data on video calling anyways).
How doe NiceTalk Tutor work?
Nicetalk has two separate apps – one for the English tutors which you will find by searching Nicetalk tutor in the App or Google Play store – and one for the Chinese students (name is in Chinese so you probably won’t find it during your search). The Students are paying the equivalent of $0.25 per minute while the tutors make $0.17. So that $0.08 differential is how the company makes their money. Fair enough. Side note- It will ask for access to SMS text messaging, don’t let this freak you out it just has to ask this because you can message your students in the app as well. It will not use your normal text messaging.
How to Get Started with NiceTalk Tutor
Every Nicetalk Tutor is required to submit a 30 second application video explaining why they want to be a tutor. I would suggest saying things along the lines of how you like helping people learn & you enjoy teaching. The approval process typically takes 2 days (but I have heard it take up to 7). I was approved after two days.
What Do I Talk About on NiceTalk Tutor?
There is no structure that one has to follow during these calls. Almost all of my calls are just students who want to have a normal conversation with someone who speaks English. If the student wants to though the App has lesson plans with certain questions the Tutor can ask the student. These are helpful and easy to use! It takes a bit of getting used too because some students speak English nearly perfectly and some have a hard time but speak slowly and just embrace any embarrassing moments! The goal is to talk to students and then set up regular appointments with them in the future at set times. This helps get consistent hours!
Do I have to speak Chinese as well?
No. I suppose it could be helpful but is not a requirement. Students know that most of the tutors do not speak Chinese but they like this because they will be immersed in an English conversation and forced to work on their skills.
How Do I Get Paid from NiceTalk Tutor?
Paypal. That is the only option. When you open the App you click a button to “Go Online” you are not paid for simply being online, you are paid for the time spent talking to students who will give you calls. The App pays every Monday as long as you have accrued at least $20 if you haven’t reached the $20 payout limit then the money you have made that week will roll over until you reach $20.
How to Get More Calls
Make sure to update all the sections in the “My Profile” section so the student will pick you over other Tutors. Additionally, once you have spoken to a few students they will leave you Ratings and Reviews. Once you have some of these under your belt you get a lot more calls from students.
How Stable is the App?
The App occasionally has its problems with lag and connectivity but that should be expected when essentially Facetiming students in another country over Wifi. If the app happens to crash you can just load it back up.
What are the Requirements to become a Tutor on NiceTalk Tutor?
This is being taken directly out of the application Tutor Guide: -English Proficiency – Be fluent, speak clearly, no heavy accents. -Stable & High Internet Access -Must have a tablet or smartphone with IOS 7.0 or higher or Android 4.0 operating system or higher. -Quiet Environment (when on calls)
What Time Should I Be Online?
You can be logged on during anytime of the day but the peak hours where you can expect the most calls are from 4pm-11pm China Time Zone. This equates too: •1am – 8am Pacific Daylight Time •2am – 9am Mountain Daylight Time •3am – 10am Central Daylight Time •4am – 11am Eastern Daylight Time
This App is really cool. I work a full time job and use this app as supplemental income. I honestly don’t log very many hours per week because I just do this when I am bored. With that being said, the App releases Top 10 Tutors list every week and some people are logging 30-50 hours PER WEEK! This makes me believe these people use this as their full time job (or have a ton of spare time on their hands). So it has the potential to earn you some decent cash.
How Do I Create An on NiceTalk Tutor Account?
I believe you can sign up on their website but I recommend just downloading the App by searching “NiceTalk Tutor” on your app store and creating the account there. You then put in your email (the one connected to your paypal), name, and password. You will get a $10 sign up bonus regardless if you use my ref code or not :) Do note though that they are doing a promotion until 2/29 where if you do use a ref code both of us will get $20 bonus after you have logged 100 minutes! I hope some of you guys find this useful! I will do my best to respond to questions as fast as possible.