TeacherOn.com is a free website, trusted by thousands of students and teachers, throughout the world.
To make every teacher searchable in the world in their local area and online. To keep the website free for teachers and students. To provide students a teacher within 24 hours of posting their requirement.
Your data is never shared or sold. You will never be spammed.
You can expect continuous improvement in the software, quick action on your feedback, with ever-increasing features and more chances for you to find teachers and teaching jobs.
Students can receive unlimited messages for free when they post a requirement. Since most spammers are lazy and won't go through this process, it dampens their motivation a lot. Students can also send messages to 10 tutors for free. After that, there is a small fee, just high enough to deter spammers, but still very cost effective for genuine students should they want to contact more teachers.
Tutors can receive unlimited queries from students for free. Tutors can also apply to 20 jobs for free. This limit means that tutors only apply for jobs they are actually right for and do the best communications possible. This leads to a better experience for the students and parents as they are not bombarded by loads of messages from people who have not read their requirements.
|2009||Development of TutorIndia started at 3 am in the morning of a cold November morning in London|
TutorIndia launched in January for Indian tutors
|2013||First version of TeacherOn launched for online tutors around the globe|
|2016||Present version of TeacherOn launched for online as well as local tutors around the globe.|
|2017||Please tell us what you want and we would love to build it for you.|
Building something like teacheron.com is a hard job. It takes a lot of time, commitment, and resources. The rationale was to build an excellent global website for teachers and students to meet. There were a lot of challenges from the very start.
Our "North Star" has always been what's good for the students and what's good for the teachers. Challenge with this is that at times, what students want and teachers want are opposite. Even if they both want the same thing, external factors such as spamming by marketers, overzealous teachers and new businesses which are trying to acquire customers become overwhelming.
An example of this is that students want contact details of teachers. In tutorindia.net, we made contact details public. However, with that, we have lot of people spamming making marketing calls and miscreants making lewd comments to female teachers as contact details were easily visible. That's just the tip of the iceberg. Also, some students got hundreds of calls (not exaggerating) for a requirement they posted which became annoying really fast.
Therefore, our aim was to design a system which, even though is free for normal users, has enough cost of engagement so to deter the spammers and miscreants.
We took a couple of actions to make this happen - and some very interesting results came out:
Holding our teachers to a higher standard - We collect a lot of details from the teachers before they can start with us. People who are not sincere mostly dropout at this stage itself. That leaves us with the sincere teachers who are willing to put the time to make their profile awesome - as they realize that this is a long-term one-time investment.
Teachers have to write a minimum description of 100 words about them and their teaching methodology etc. Even though that's not much, our research tells us that most people would have stopped at 40 words or less if we hadn't made a minimum of 100 words mandatory. What's even more surprising is that teachers do have things to say - things which can prompt a student to contact them - things that make them stand apart. It's just that other websites are just trying to get them to complete their profile so they can show that they have these many users. And when we force them to think they come up with brilliant things about themselves.
Here's the surprising thing that really got me. TutorIndia.net and teacheron.com has almost same completion rate of profiles - even though the process is far longer for teacheron.com
Lesson learned - If we dumb things down, people will do dumb things. If you expect higher quality and hold them to a high standard, people do rise to the challenge and do great things.
Use for free but respect others - We wanted to keep the website free but without any cost of contacting, it just didn't appear to be possible. So we kept it so that students can contact 10 tutors for free and have to pay if they wish to contact teachers further. Similarly, teachers can contact 20 students for free.
By this time, if someone hasn't got what they wanted, it's unlikely that they would. Besides, most likely they are a spammer. Besides, sincere people just buy coins. Those who don't want to or can't afford to pay can still receive unlimited queries for free.
Many teachers reported that they contacted students but students didn't even see their messages. We now give a refund for the unread applications so teachers can contact other students with that.
We will drop the costs and tweak things further to make the best possible experience for both students and teachers.