The Triumphant Return – TeacherCes Podcast

After months of waiting, The TeacherCes Podcast has made its triumphant return. The return has been long-awaited as listeners have been anxiously awaiting the return of the long-running podcast. Although that reads like a press release written from a great publicist, that is not exactly the case.

I decided to throw caution to the wind and release an episode of my pet project. No special guest, just one mic and myself. I am a stickler for sound quality so forgive me for being slightly vexed if the sound is not up to par. I also did it in one take, as I hate to edit. Additionally, editing takes up so much time and usually causes delays in my show being released.

Take a listen and thank you in advance for leaving a comment on iTunes, so my show will be easier to find. If you have any ideas for topics, leave them in the suggestions below . . .

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How I used Bilingual Cue Cards to Teach Online ESL

Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) online can be tricky. Picture this, you are teaching online ESL to a child thousands of miles away in a city in China. You are reaching deep into your teacher toolkit and nothing is working. This child simply does not understand. Never fear, online ESL cue cards are here.

These cue cards are a great form of communication at the beginning or end of your lesson. Imagine spending twenty-five minutes of being taught a language you do not understand but have a little familiarity at the end. You see a goodbye message, in your language.

These cards are ideal if you are teaching independently. Even if you are not teaching independently and working with one of the big guys (VIPKID, Cambly, SayABC, and the like), make sure you understand your companies rules to make sure that these cue cards are permissible. You can find the link to purchase here: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Online-ESL-Teaching-Bilingual-Cue-Cards-Chinese-English-Teach-English-Online-3144988

My experience in teaching online ESL has been great. I have unofficially put myself into retirement with VIPKID. I do enjoy teaching independently when the time allows. However, I have a full-time teaching position outside the home (and online world) so my time teaching online is limited. Especially when I include my blog, podcast, and creating on Teachers Pay Teachers.

How has your experience been teaching online ESL? What company do you work with? What have been your pros and cons? Leave a comment below and share how you feel.

Summer Jobs for People Who Don’t Want to Really Work

Let me get this straight. It is summer you need or want a job, but you don’t want to work. This does not even sound possible. Well, it isn’t. The money will not fall from the sky. The money will not grow on trees. However, you can earn a little extra money from website testing. I have covered website testing on my blog before. Now you can have several options and earn a little extra income as well.

When you sign up for my newsletter, you will receive a small sample from websites that I have discovered that will pay you. Sign up for my newsletter to find out more.

Leave a comment to let me know what you think.

Amazon Turk Will Help You Make Money

What is Amazon Turk?

You’ve landed on the right page if you are looking for information about Amazon Turk, a real company that offers the opportunity to generate extra earnings! Today, we’ll be sharing to you an idea of making money over the internet offered by Amazon since it started in 2005.

What the heck is Amazon Turk anyway? Well, let’s start with a brief history of its unique name. Amazon Turk was named after an 18th-century chess-playing device. This device was created by Austrian Empress Maria Theresa. Contestants competed against the Turk, whom they thought to be a programmed device.

Yet, the truth behind the myth was, they are playing against a computerized apparatus, with a little secret. That secret was that they were actually rivaling against a real person inside the so-called computerized apparatus. Amazon Turk has a pretty interesting backstory, huh?

Now let’s get back to the present time. Amazon got this idea to create a website which is called, Mechanical Turk. Chief executive Jeff Bezos, believed that a platform could be created that will use human to do certain tasks. These tasks need that personal touch and thus would be difficult for computers to do.

In simpler terms, Amazon Turk provides an on-demand, measurable, human workforce. This human workforce can do certain tasks that human beings do better compared to processors.

Amazon Turk is a platform which offers jobs to many “workers”. Offered to people who are willing to do assignments on the workers spare time. On the other side of the system, there are “requesters” who will send off the jobs and pay workers for good output.

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Jobs in the Platform

As mentioned earlier, it is a platform or a marketplace for tasks that people are willing to do.  And of course, which human can complete better than machines Check out this list below:

  • Spotting objects in pictures
  • Writing reviews of products and services of businesses
  • Translation works
  • Getting information such as the number of hours of a business center in a hotel. Also includes determining if it is a family-friendly.
  • Searching for the most relevant result for a keyword or phrase.
  • Image or Video Processing
  • Data Verification and Clean Up
  • Information Gathering
  • Data Processing

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Getting started

Looks like those mentioned tasks are quite easy, right? Do you think you want to give it a try today? Here are some excellent tips so that you can start earning money right away on Amazon Turk. 

Here’s how to get started:

#1. You must be over 18 years old to be able to apply as an Amazon Turk worker. Keep in mind that your approval is up to the discretion of Amazon. US applicants and workers are preferred. Yet other interested people outside the country are still welcome to apply.

#2. To sign up, go to the Amazon Mechanical Turk website. Then click, “ Get started with Amazon Turk”. Then, you will be rerouted to the page where it will ask your account information.

#3. After signing up, you will have to wait to see if they have accepted your application. Some will be placed on a waiting list which usually takes a few weeks to a few months.

#4. Upon approval, a new worker will be under a probationary period, which will be a period of around ten to thirty days. At this point, you are not yet allowed to transfer earnings. And you are only given an at most one hundred job opening daily.

#5. Beyond that probationary term, you can already work on any tasks that you are qualified and earn as you work.

Parting Words

Well, just like all part-time jobs, it is always wiser to weigh things out. Everything will have to depend on how you see things. Whether it is worth spending your time or not. Yet for those who have the spare time and want to make the most out of it by making some money, giving Amazon Turk is worth the time. Remember, you won’t be able to know how it’s going until you have tried!

Don’t forget to like and share this blog so other’s can learn about Amazon Turk as well. If you have some experience on Amazon Turk or you want to try it yourself, please leave a comment below!

Resources:

Amazon Mechanical Turk

The pros and cons of Amazon Mechanical Turk

Amazon’s Mechanical Turk lets you make $$$, sort of

Make money in your spare time

4 Secrets on How to Tutor Online Part-Time

Do you want to tutor online part-time?

Part-time online tutoring is the perfect side hustle job for someone looking for a part-time income. A part-time online tutor is a high demand job. Think about the next time you need to generate some extra income. Online tutoring will bring you a part-time income that can supplement your main income. There are lots of opportunities that will allow you to earn from home by sharing your knowledge with others.

Before we get into too many details about the jobs available. Let’s discuss how the two terminologies differ.  The word tutor is an informal term referred to a professional who offers remedial instructions in a particular subject. If you wish to go into this route, extensive knowledge of a specific subject. Such as mathematics, reading or language yet specialized training is not needed to become a tutor.

Tutors charge on an hourly basis and make money that ranges from $10- $75 an hour.  While on the other hand, a teacher is someone who is professionally trained. They teach a group of students. To qualify in this category, someone must be a graduate of a Bachelor’s Degree, a license to teach or a certification from the state.

Teachers pay varies depending on the grade level they teach, as well as other factors that are applicable to a particular state.

Getting Started

Having the best idea on how to have a good jump start will make the process easier. So, we are sharing to you this 4 simple steps to get you on the road.  Take note though that these steps are just a general guide and may vary from one company to another.

STEP#1: Look for a good company, and sign up as an online tutor.

This cannot be reiterated enough, do your research. Find the company that aligns best with your expectations and lifestyle. Make sure that the times that the company need tutors are the same times that work best for you. Since this is a standard procedure,  sign-up with the company and make sure that you provide all relevant information, profile photo or certificates.

STEP#2: Wait for the verification and approval of your profile.

There will be waiting! Sometimes the wait is a few hours, sometimes weeks. Having a backup plan would definitely be helpful. Also, make sure that you sign-up with more than one company. It is a must for the company to verify and approve your application, so perhaps that will help explain the wait. Once approved, your credentials and essential information will be visible to your students.

STEP#3: Familiarized the online tools used.

After being accepted as one of the company’s online tutors, a support team will train and walk you through the whole process. Additionally, you’ll learn about the tools that are used on the platform. It is advised for tutors who have a lot of information to take notes. Trust, this will help in the long run since you are tutoring alone and probably won’t have anyone to clarify any confusion when you are tutoring.  

STEP#4: Finally, start tutoring.

Depending on the business process of the company, at this point, after accomplishing those steps above, you are now ready to start tutoring and start earning that part-time income through your online tutoring platform. Make sure that you are organized. Utilize schedules and a planner (either online or via paper) to ensure that you stand out and keep the likelihood that students keep being tutored by you.   

STEP#5: Set up a Paypal account or any account that your company wants to send your payments.

To help you further here is a short list of companies that you want to try to establish your online career.

SmartThinking

You need to complete an online training course on skills and instructional practices. It requires nine hours per week as a minimum and paid hourly.

Sylvan Learning

They hire online tutors for Mathematics and Reading. To apply, you need to have an updated certification of teaching. A reliable and fast internet connection is also a must.

Tutor.com

A company who offers 24 hours, and 7 days a week service to students. To be part of the company, you need to fill out the form comprehensively and pass an extensive exam.  To learn more, please visit their website.

Class of 1

This company hires a home-based tutor for English, Mathematics, and Science. They also offer homework assistance to students. To qualify, you must be a college degree holder and a computer savvy.

Homework Tutoring

This gives services for homework help and online programs to students. Subjects are Biology, Chemistry among others.

Other articles you might be interested to read:

Online Tutor Jobs

All The Steps Needed To Start Your Online Tutoring Business

How to Become a Successful Online Tutor (Make an Extra $1,000 / Mo.)

Work From Home With These Online Teaching Jobs

Starting Your Online Tutoring Business

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