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Why do you require my billing information?

We will use this information both to pay you your lesson earnings and to collect fees due to KnowledgeBomb where appropriate. Full details of KnowledgeBomb’s pricing structure can be found here.

Why do you require my ID?

For marketplace websites like KnowledgeBomb where payments are processed on behalf of our users, there are a few things we must do in order to comply with Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Know Your Customer (KYC) regulations. To be compliant, we must collect additional information before we can release any payments to our Tutors' accounts; this includes dates of birth, billing addresses, and ID documents.

Without this information, we cannot legally pay you. For this reason, your profile can only go live on our site once you have uploaded a copy of one form of government-issued identification (i.e. your passport or driving license) which will then be verified.

Under no circumstances will we ever share your ID document with other users of the site.

Becoming a Tutor

As a Tutor, will I be employed by KnowledgeBomb?

KnowledgeBomb is a marketplace which enables Learners and Tutors to meet and arrange tuition. As such, our Tutors are not employed by us and are therefore considered self-employed. Unfortunately, we are not legally qualified to offer advice at an individual level as to the responsibilities of self-employment. The government webpages linked here contain all the information you need with respect to this.

Can I refer a friend to become a Tutor?

Absolutely! If you friend is equally committed to their subject and as passionate about teaching as you are, we’d love to have them on our site. Please ask them to contact us so we can answer any questions they have and help them get set up. If your friend becomes an active Tutor on our site, as a thank you for referring them we’ll refund your next monthly platform fee.

Do I need a DBS check to become a Tutor?

It is not currently a requirement to have a background check to become a Tutor on our site as we have lots of mature Learners who consider a background check less important. For Tutors working with younger Learners, we strongly advise you obtain at least a basic disclosure as many parents prefer Tutors who have this. The cost of the disclosure is minimal, and the turnaround time can be under two weeks. Full details can be found here.

Please remember, per our Terms & Conditions, lessons with younger Learners should only ever be conducted in the presence of the Learner’s parent or legal guardian.

How do I get listed as a Tutor on KnowledgeBomb?

Getting listed on KnowledgeBomb is completely free. It’s as easy as 1-2-3:

  1. Sign up by providing your basic information and contact details.
  2. Populate your Tutor profile. It’s essential to create a compelling profile that lets Learners know who you are, showcases your skills and experience and provides an insight into your lesson style.
  3. Upload a copy of your photo ID. Once both this and your profile content have been reviewed, your profile will go live and Learners can immediately begin booking lessons with you. Why do you require my ID?

I don’t have a formal teaching qualification, can I still become a Tutor?

Yes! We pride ourselves on the quality of our Tutors, all of whom are subject matter experts highly educated in their field of tuition. That goes without saying. But the most essential quality our Tutors must possess is a relentless enthusiasm for their subject(s) of choice. Enthusiasm is contagious, and in our experience, an enthusiastic Tutor = an enthusiastic Learner = strong results!

There is no legal requirement for Tutors to have a formal teaching qualification, and in fact, some of the best tutors we work with are not “qualified” teachers in the traditional sense. As long as you've got excellent subject knowledge and are prepared to plan and deliver sessions tailored to the needs of your students, then we'd be pleased to welcome you on board.

I was educated in another country, can I still become a Tutor in Scotland?

For our academic Tutors, a thorough knowledge of the Scottish curriculum is essential. Fortunately, the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) site is rich with information on the latest curricula and also hosts a plentiful supply of past exam papers and other exam resources you can use to brush up before commencing tuition. In most cases, we find there is a high degree of crossover in content between Scottish qualifications and comparable qualifications in other countries which makes preparation a lot easier; nonetheless, we advise all our Tutors, including those educated in Scotland, to become intimately familiar with the latest curricula and to work through past papers to re-familiarise with the style of typical exam questions.

What age (typically) are Learners?

For academic subjects, Learners are typically exam-age high school students spanning an age range of approximately 15-18. Whilst the covers the majority, it is also not uncommon to encounter adult Learners pursuing formal qualifications, often to improve workplace opportunities or to meet entry requirements to attend University as a mature student.

For non-academic subjects, the Learner population is far more diverse and currently spans anywhere from 8-60! However, on the whole there is a tendency for non-academic Learners to be in the 18-35 age bracket.

What subjects can I teach through KnowledgeBomb?

We are constantly improving the breadth of our subject offering as more and more Tutors continue to join.

Can’t see your subject? Let us know so we can add it to the site!

Finding Clients

How am I ranked in search results?

A number of factors are considered when populating the Tutor search results. These include:

  • The relevancy of the subject you teach to a Learner’s search term
  • Your location in relation to a Learner
  • The number of bookings you’ve taken historically
  • How quickly you respond to Learner’s messages

Initial rankings may then be revised if a Learner further refines the search using the advanced filters. These can re-rank Tutors based on academic level, price, location and gender.

How can I get more profile views?

A well written and engaging profile, swift message response time and frequent lesson bookings are all factors that will boost your ranking in search results and thereby increase the views your profile gets.

How do I find Learners?

You don’t have to – that’s where we come in! We undertake extensive, regionally targeted advertising campaigns to attract potential Learners in the areas where our Tutors live and work. Once on the site, Learners then reach out to Tutors either via direct message or a lesson request. All you have to do is focus on creating a compelling profile that showcases your expertise effectively and you will be receiving lesson enquiries from Learners in no time! What is a lesson request?

What is a Lesson Request?

A lesson request flips the process of searching for a Tutor on its head. Instead of performing a search and contacting individual Tutors from the results, a Learner submits a lesson request form which provides full details of their learning requirements and specifies their desired Tutor criteria. KnowledgeBomb then automatically contacts only the most relevant Tutors who meet this criteria and shares the Learner’s requirements with them. These Tutors will then have an opportunity to chat to the Learner to see if they are a match, with the Learner then choosing which Tutor to book a lesson with.

Lessons

How do I exchange off-site contact details with a Learner?

KnowledgeBomb will automatically send a Learner your mobile number and address (if applicable) as soon as they confirm a lesson booking with you. To keep all our users safe and to ensure we’re able to help every Learner find their perfect Tutor, all communication prior to the first lesson must go through the on-site messaging system. If the conversation moves offline we cannot do this, so under no circumstances should you try to share phone numbers, emails or addresses through the on-site messaging system.

How long is each lesson?

1 hour lessons are essentially the industry standard, although 2 hour lessons (particularly with older Learners or when dealing with more complicated subjects) are also common. Ultimately this is your decision and you should determine the best arrangement for each of your Learners based on what works best for you both.

How often do I have to teach each Learner?

Typically, you should anticipate Learners requesting one lesson per week, although naturally this can vary on a case by-case-basis. Some may want more frequent tuition, particularly if they have an exam deadline in the near future. KnowledgeBomb do not dictate the lesson frequency or implement minimum teaching requirements; this is ultimately decided between you and your Learner based on what works best for you both.

How will Learners contact me to book lessons?

This can happen two ways:

  1. Direct message. Learners can find your profile in search results and reach out to you directly to make a lesson booking. You’ll receive an initial message in your inbox, and you’ll be notified by email to make sure you don’t miss it. Within the messaging system, you’ll be able to finalise the lessons arrangements and formally confirm the booking with the Learner.
  2. Lesson request. To save time, a Learner may instead choose to submit a lesson request detailing their learning requirements and various Tutor criteria. We then automatically send this request to all Tutors who meet their criteria. If you fit the criteria, you’ll receive a message in your inbox and you’ll have the opportunity to chat to the Learner. If it’s a match, you can formally confirm a booking with them. What is a lesson request?

Is there a limit to how many Learners I can take on?

Not at all! With KnowledgeBomb, you can take on as many or as few clients as you’d like – no limits!

What should I do if a Learner doesn’t show up for a lesson?

You should contact us to let us know that a Learner missed their lesson. We will contact the Learner to confirm the lesson was missed. If they confirm it was missed, or we don’t hear back from them, you will be paid for the lesson in full as normal.

What should I do if a Learner wants to cancel their first lesson?

We would advise you give the Learner a call to discuss the matter. Try to get to the bottom of why they feel they need to cancel and see if there’s anything you can do to accommodate them, such as changing the lesson booking time. If the Learner still wishes to cancel, you can process this within the booking system. How do I cancel a lesson booking?

What should I do if a Learner wants to rearrange their first lesson?

We would expect our Tutors to make the effort to accommodate the Learner’s new preferred time wherever possible. It is essential that you that you reschedule the lesson through the on-site booking system, otherwise the Learner will be automatically charged at the time of the original booking. Obviously, we should not be charging Learners for lessons they haven’t had yet, so please ensure you change the booking as soon as the new time has been agreed.

Where do lessons take place?

Lessons may take place at your own home, the Learner’s home, or a mutually agreed location – it’s about what works best for you. You will have an opportunity to specify the lesson location in formal lesson bookings processed through the site.

Payments

Do I have to pay tax on my earnings from KnowledgeBomb?

Depending on your individual circumstances, it is possible that you will not have to pay tax on your earnings from KnowledgeBomb. Please note that we are not professional accountants or tax advisors, so we cannot legally provide individual advice on tax or other self-employment matters. This information should not be construed as professional advice nor specific guidance and is provided as general information in earnest.

Working as a private tutor will entail being self-employed and filing a self-assessment tax return once per year. Many people worry about this, but genuinely, they shouldn’t. Please be assured that in our experience, having spent a long time as private tutors ourselves, that this is all a lot simpler than it may seem at first. As far as self-employment opportunities go, private tuition is about as straightforward as they come and this simplifies the process enormously.

You should register as self-employed as soon as possible - ideally within three months of starting work. It can take a little while to process your application, so the rule of thumb is the earlier the better.

You will be sent a self-assessment tax return after the 5th of April each year which you must complete and send back to HMRC. For a private tutor, the assessment is a lot more streamlined than it is for most businesses. The assessment also comes with lots of guidance which is well written and easy to follow. In our opinion, it’s far easier to submit your return online than via the paper option. Once you have submitted your tax return, HMRC will let you know how much income tax you are due to pay on your tuition earnings (if any) and the deadline for payment. In the UK, the Personal Allowance defines the amount of income you can earn without having to pay income tax. As of July 2019, this is £12,500. As many of our Tutors are students who tutor part-time and who do not have other income sources, the vast majority do not earn more than the Personal Allowance and therefore do not pay tax on their tuition earnings. Full-time Tutors, or those with other income sources, may well exceed the Personal Allowance and thus pay tax on their tuition earnings. In any case, as a self-employed person you must still declare your earnings to HMRC even if it is below the Personal Allowance.

The self-assessment helpline is: 0300 200 3310.

How will I be paid?

You will be paid by direct bank transfer to the account we hold on file.

What is your cancellation policy?

Include extract. For full details of the policy, please refer to our Terms & Conditions.

Pricing

How much does it cost to use KnowledgeBomb?

It is completely free to join KnowledgeBomb and we do not charge any advertising fees upfront. In fact, KnowledgeBomb only begins to earn fees from its Tutors once they are already earning fees from delivering lessons to Learners. KnowledgeBomb earns a one-off placement commission from a Tutor’s first lesson with each new client, and charges a small monthly platform fee for advertising only after a Tutor has acquired their first client. Full detail of the pricing structure can be found here.

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Why do you charge a monthly platform fee?

Keep in mind that there are no costs to our Tutors whatsoever until they have started earning through the site. Only after a Tutor has secured their first paying client, we charge a small platform fee to remain advertised in their chosen subject category

By paying this platform fee, a Tutor is letting us know know that they are actively seeking clients, which suggests that they will be responsive to new client enquiries. As we are a marketplace, it is essential that we have an active user base on both sides, and the platform fee is the best way to ensure that Tutor profiles do not become idle over time which can happen if, for example, a Tutor is at capacity or is no longer interested in tutoring. Simply put, we wouldn’t want our Learners to be messaging inactive Tutors and receiving no responses!

Remember, you can cancel this fee and stop advertising at any time. This will not delete your profile and you can recommence advertising at any time. See how much you could save by working with KnowledgeBomb.

Profile

How much should I charge per hour?

To provide some context, the average Tutor on KnowledgeBomb charges £25 per hour, but ultimately this is your decision. As you might expect, hourly rates vary between Tutors and are influenced by any number of factors including a Tutor’s experience, qualifications and location. The end price can also be impacted by a Learner’s learning requirements such as the desired frequency of tuition (some Tutors offer discounts for highly regular tuition) and the level of tuition sought (more complicated topics at a higher level often command a greater price given there’s more work involved). Determining your rate is a balancing act between charging a fair amount to Learners that doesn’t price you out of the market, whilst ensuring you are paid appropriately for your skills and experience.

My profile is “Pending Review” – what does this mean?

All new Tutor profiles go through a thorough review process to ensure the content is of a high calibre. Based on our experience of what Learners typically respond well to, we are happy to suggest amendments or improvements to Tutors’ profiles as a value-added service at no additional cost. Further, in the interest of Learner safety we must ensure profiles do not contain any inappropriate material.

Alongside this, AML and KYC checks are performed to comply with the latest regulatory standards. Why do you require my ID?

Once all of this is complete, your profile will go live on the site and Learner’s will be able to find you in search results.

Why do I need a profile picture?

Your Tutor profile is your space to convey your knowledge, experience and professionalism to potential clients. You could have all the knowledge and experience in the world, but without a high quality profile picture it is impossible to convey professionalism, and frankly, it can appear untrustworthy. We’ve learned (from our own mistakes) that Learners are far more likely to engage with Tutors who have profile pictures, which is why we’ve made it mandatory for all Tutors.

As to the picture itself, make sure that it's a picture only of you and that your beautiful face can be seen clearly so Learners can recognise you! Head and shoulders shots are advised as these fit better into the small picture thumbnails used throughout the site.

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