What It Takes to Become a Professional Tutor

<p>This week&#39;s listener question comes from Lee, a new online tutor looking for guidance on the difference between community and professional tutoring on italki.</p>

<p><em>After working at italki as a community tutor, I want to branch out and become a professional tutor. My lessons are extremely structured and informative although I am not a professional teacher so I was wondering as to whether or not I should move to a professional tutor. I think typically professional teachers are seen to be more prepared and knowledgeable. I’m not too sure to be honest. I just know that I love online education!</em></p>

<ul>
<li>What does it mean to <strong>act like a professional</strong> as a tutor?</li>
<li><strong>How good do you have to be</strong> at a language before you can teach it?</li>
<li>Why are there <strong>community and professional tutors</strong> on italki?</li>
<li><strong>What qualification</strong> do you need to get their professional status?</li>
<li>How can you start <strong>going full-time</strong> as a professional online language teacher?</li>
</ul>

<p><em>Thank you to Gosia for this episode introduction.</em></p>

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