What: Tutor college students

Expected pay: $20 per hour

Husl $core: $$

Where: National

Requirements: Be over the age of 18; capable of tutoring at a college level

Review: Chegg Study promises tutors that they can make $20 per hour. However, the site allows students to pay for as little as 5 minutes of help, which means you might get your $20 hourly rate in a bunch of five minute bites, which means that you really aren’t making $20 an hour. Indeed, some tutors say they’re looking for gigs for hours and get a few minutes of work. Tutors also complain that when Chegg bought InstaEDU (which is named in the contract for Chegg tutors), the company brought on so many additional tutors that the existing tutors have trouble finding work. Some tutors also complain that they were suddenly removed from the site, without explanation or warning.

You may be better off tutoring through Wyzant, or advertising your services on a neighborhood bulletin board, such as Nextdoor.

What their tutors say:

“I have been working at Chegg part-time (Less than a year) Cons: Very inconsistent hours. You have to stare at your screen constantly to grab an opportunity when it pops up, since you’re fighting with every other tutor for the opportunity. Most students try to get the answers via chat (which you don’t get paid for), then find another tutor when you ask to start a paid lesson. At least half of the students ask me to do their entire assignment for them (usually a few hours before it’s due), which is against the rules for Chegg. When I decline, they don’t use me again.”

“Let’s Make a Deal” does tutoring: you’ll spend long stretches of time being glued to your computer, then must click on an “opportunity” before anyone else does. In order to get even one paying assignment, you must respond to sometimes dozens of requests, from students looking for free or minimum-time time help ASAP. They advertise $20 an hour, but you won’t get an hour’s work. My first assignment was 5 minutes for $1.67. It’s strictly a nickel-and-dime operation, and a huge investment of tutor time for little return.”

“The pros are that you make your own hours; pick your own proficient subjects and get out what you put in, as do your students. The cons are finding your own students; having to fight for the scraps that fall into the “opportunities” tab; and not much organization in terms of finding students that need help.”

“After they bought InstaEDU, where I was making hundreds of dollars in a month, the jobs died. I have to compete more so now to get students and honestly after they bought InstaEDU, I haven’t even made $100. I think it is ridiculous the amount of tutors that are on the system because you will never get any jobs. You will sit with the browser open on “available” for hours and never end up in a lesson.”

 “The company has an indifferent attitude towards tutor quality. Will punish tutors and cancel payments if student CC’s don’t clear. Students can request then cancel lessons even if tutor work is done. Massive over-tutored (no real requirements for tutors). Students suspicious, those with experience know tutors are mostly under-qualified. Constant churn – it seems about getting new students to keep balance against those who understand the system and leave. The Chegg model is about churn, not quality or consistency.”

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