1st Edition

The Online Tutor’s Toolkit Everything You Need to Know to Succeed as an Online Tutor

By Molly Bolding Copyright 2023
    374 Pages 78 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    374 Pages 78 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book contains everything you need to know to get started as an online tutor. It covers the essentials of tutoring, choosing your tech and software, managing homework, and getting set up alongside detailed guidance focusing on each level of tuition. With techniques developed through research and first-hand experience, the author explains exactly how to turn existing subject knowledge into effective tutoring for students of all ages in a variety of subjects.

    Divided into two parts, the first answers the logistical questions facing every new tutor such as: what equipment do I need? Where can I apply? How much should I charge? The second half focuses on how to tutor different age groups effectively and subject-specific areas including English, Maths, and Science, as well as the author’s tried-and-tested ‘5 step’ process for choosing a subject, assessing a student, and planning their first lessons. There is also information on how to support students writing personal statements and applying to university, as well as teaching English as a Second Language.

    Alongside tailored, up-to-date information on available software, hardware, exam specifications, and the online tutoring marketplace, the book contains a 10-week timetable of adaptable lesson plans so new tutors can get started immediately. Finally, there are two additional downloadable chapters which expand on less common subjects and another which includes a digital download of every resource from the book.

    With suggestions for resources, homework, and timings to support you at every stage, this is an essential read for anyone wanting to succeed as an online tutor.


    Section 1. Becoming a Tutor

    Chapter 1. Introduction

    Chapter 2. Online Tutoring Basics

    Chapter 3. Tutoring Tech

    Chapter 4. Homework and Paid Marking Time

    Section 2. How to Tutor

    Chapter 5. What am I tutoring?

    Chapter 6. What does the student need?

    Chapter 7. How do I plan and deliver a lesson?

    Chapter 8. KS2

    Chapter 8.1. KS2 DLC (Online only)

    Chapter 9. 11+

    Chapter 10. KS3

    Chapter 10.1. KS3 DLC (Online only)

    Chapter 11. GCSE English

    Chapter 12. GCSE Maths

    Chapter 13. Other GCSEs

    Chapter 14. A-level English

    Chapter 15. A-level Maths

    Chapter 16. Other A-levels

    Chapter 17. Personal Statements

    Chapter 18. Higher education applications

    Chapter 19. ESL/TEFL tutoring

    Chapter 20. Lesson Plans

    Chapter 21. Resources DLC


    Molly Bolding has extensive experience of individual and group tutoring in the UK and overseas. She is a regular contributor to Tes Magazine and contributed to chapters in the bestselling books by Mark Roberts You Can’t Revise for GCSE English! and You Can’t Revise for A Level English Literature!

    "The Online Tutor’s Toolkit is essential reading for both novice and experienced tutors. Detailed, pragmatic and eminently practical, this book offers a comprehensive approach to each stage of the online tutoring process. A warm and accessible guide, Bolding channels her personal experiences and hard-won wisdom to ensure that readers of the Toolkit will acquire the satisfaction and financial rewards of online tutoring. So, whether you’re planning to become a KS2 literacy tutor, or you’re already mentoring an A Level maths student who’s aiming for Oxbridge, this is the book for you."

    Mark Roberts, English Teacher and Author of You Can’t Revise for GCSE English! and You Can’t Revise for A Level English Literature!