TeacherOn.com is a free website, trusted by thousands of students and teachers, throughout the world.
We are by no means the biggest, but we care the most.
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.
|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.|
Our "North Star" has always been what's good for the students and what's good for the teachers. 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 a 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 was very annoying.
Therefore, we aimed 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. 46% of teachers don't complete their profile form 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.
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 ten tutors for free and have to pay if they wish to contact teachers further. Similarly, teachers can apply for free and many jobs are available to apply for just 1 coin which is approx $0.01
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.