Frequently Asked Questions

Parent & Student Common Questions/Answers

How does SmartHomeschoolTutors work?

We make it really easy for parents to post what type of homeschool tutor you are looking for. When posting a tutor request, you are able to specify grade level, subject requirements, location requirements, if you want a local tutor or an online tutor and a whole lot more. We then work hard behind the scenes to match you up with top quality tutors that fit your requirements. You will receive email messages with the matches and can view tutor profiles which include their experience, ratings, background check and more. You contact the tutors you like and have full control of which tutor you hire.


How do I find a Homeschool Tutor?

Simply fill out the find homeschool tutor form on our site and our system will present you with matches. You can then review the profiles of the tutors and can choose to contact the tutors you like best.


How do I see a tutors experience?

Every tutor listed through our service has a profile page. From this page you are able to view information about the tutor such as experience, qualifications, ratings & reviews, background checks and more. Keep in mind that the experience and qualifications on Tutor profiles are listed by the Tutor themselves so we suggest you verify this information.


Do you do background checks on Tutors?

All tutors accepted into our system are prompted to order a background check. A passed background check with green check mark will display on the tutors profile page. If a tutor has not yet had a background check done, this will be indicated in red on their profile and you can send a request for them to complete a background check. A tutor will not be able to accept your tutoring job until a background check is done and you will not be able to choose a tutor for your job until they have passed a background check.

Note: we use a 3rd party for background checks and while this information tends to be fairly accurate we cannot 100% guarantee it.


How do I contact a homeschool tutor?

You are able to contact a tutor directly from their profile page. There is a contact button on the profile page, which will allow you to easily send a message to the tutor.


How do I pay a Tutor?

You first work out payment terms directly with a tutor. You are able to pay a tutor by clicking the "Pay Tutor" button on their profile page. This will open a secure payment form that allows you to pay by credit card. You are also able to rate a tutor after a payment has been made. The tutors in our system are not employees of Smart Homeschool Tutors. We are simply a tutor matching service that matches you up to qualified tutors. You will need to contract or hire the tutor you choose.


Tutor Common Questions/Answers

How do I get homeschool tutor jobs?

First make sure and sign up to create a Homeschool Tutor profile. After you complete your Tutor profile, you will start to receive tutor job alerts. You can opt-in to receive these alerts by email and text message. When you receive these alerts, you can review the job requirements and contact the parent if interested.

It is very important that you fully fill out your profile page to showcase your value. To increase your chances of being chosen, make sure and respond to tutor request alerts ASAP. Also read our tips on "How To Get More Homeschool Tutoring Jobs" here


Do I become an employee of Smart Homeschool Tutors?

No, we are a tutor matching service. We focus on matching you up to parents looking for tutoring services. You are not hired by us but instead contracted or hired by the parents you provide services to. You will need to work out the schedule, payment terms and services performed with the parents. We do not dictate what you charge, what hours you work, how you perform your services, etc.


How do I contact a parent?

You will receive homeschool tutoring request alerts when new parents post tutoring requests that match up to you. You are able to contact the parent through the tutor request page which includes a contact form. Do not include your contact information when making contact from a tutoring request page. This may result in your account being disabled. After a parent accepts you as their tutor, you can provide them with your contact information and contact them through methods you both decide on or you can use our messaging system.


How do I tutor students online?

The tools and software you use to tutor students online is up to you and the student. Many tutors use Zoom, Google Meet, Adobe Connect, FaceTime, ShowMe.com, or Join.me. We do not lock you into any particular platform or software. We leave this up to you.


How do I get paid for lessons?

It is important that you first work out payment terms with the parent before starting a tutoring session. We do not set or dictate your hourly rate or payment terms. This is decided by you and the parent. Parents can pay you directly through your profile page by clicking the "Pay Tutor" button. This opens a secure payment form where the parent can enter an amount and pay by credit card. We take a small 10% fee from each payment which covers our service fee and our advertising costs to bring you new tutoring opportunities. After each payment is made, a parent will also be prompted to rate you. Tutors who have the most ratings & best ratings appear at the top of tutor searches and are given priority matching with new students.

We require all payments to be made from the pay button on your profile page in order to protect parents and students. Requesting parents to pay outside of our system can result in your account being disabled.


Am I as a tutor required to purchase a background check?

You cannot contact parents or respond to tutoring requests until a background check is done. You will be required to purchase a background check before you are able to accept a tutoring gig and before a parent can accept you as their tutor. Parents have a higher level of trust with tutors who have passed a background check and it is important for us to only connect students with trustworthy and qualified tutors. We make it really easy to purchase a background check directly through our system and most checks come back within 24 hours. Unlike many other services who only do a very basic low-level National Background Check, we do a more elaborate background check which covers a National AND County criminal history check as well as a Global terror watchlist check


How much are your fees?

Cost for a background check is $49 which includes a National and County criminal history check and a check on the Global terror watchlist.

We also deduct 10% of the amount on paid tutoring sessions. This 10% covers all credit card processing fees, advertising costs for bringing you tutoring opportunities and our service fees.

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