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My Experiences Working with Elevate K12
Before getting to the point where I am today working from home, I was taking online course with the University of Phoenix for my Associates in Elementary Education. I decided that I should test my new learned skills and become a tutor.
I seen Elevate Learning on my favorite WAH job (site) and decided to apply. Upon applying I received an invitation to interview and had an online interview that was very brief and not face to face. It was a VoIP call through Google I believe. The representative went over a few slides which gave very little intel into what the curriculum would be, nor did I receive any training or techniques to tutor.
After they sent me contracts, the required headset and graphics pad and they received my availability from me, I started with my first set of classes. I logged in and pulled up the slides for the class and began looking over them. Much to my dismay, I needed to brush up on my math skills.
I requested different topics but they really only needed math tutors so that’s what I was given. Some of the slides you were given to teach were poorly made and there is NO answer key at all. They expect you work the problems yourself while teaching the students in a short hour time span. Talk about pressure, but then again all of the education field is pressure.
Students logged on and after getting past trouble shooting technical issues. We began going through the slides. It proved much more difficult than I had thought because there was not an established bond and the students felt as if it were playtime. They didn’t listen much and a couple of them had no idea what we were learning.
I had four students at a time in sort of a group conference where we all shared a virtual whiteboard and could view the slides, work on the screen, etc. The idea of the platform was perfect, it was easy to use and fun.
Where it Failed
What I disliked about working with Elevate was that you didn’t get a break. None at all. As soon as students logged out your next set of students logged in. You barely had time to review their set of slides for their class (as some classes had different slides, many students were from different schools).
They called you in ALL the time. They were flexible with your schedule but they call you in almost everyday. I was working nonstop 8-4 and would get called in to work til 6 sometimes. No problem I don’t mind working, but as many individuals looking for work at home we need to have time to care for our children as well.
They only tutor during the summer at least for what I was hired on for. When school started I didn’t have anymore classes. I asked if they would reach when more classes were available and they never did. They never asked for the headset or graphics bad to be returned either.
I recommend that if you really want to work from home tutoring for Elevate, you may want to hire a sitter or have someone to watch over younger children if you have any. Others wise house chores will be missed or younger children may feel neglected.