This third part of the review series is a review on Viptalk which is a platform used by students enrolled in iShow –an offline ESL School based in China – to enhance and practice what they learned in their classes.
What’s unique about Viptalk is that you can teach with just a smart phone!
- Just download the app
- Accomplish tasks for review, i.e. video and written introduction
- Interview and Demo
- Get activated
- Wait for calls
- Earn 147php-210php an hour!
Again, these are the three things you will know from this VIPTalk review.
- FAST FACTS
- FAST FAQS
- PROS and CONS
I know you are itching to know whether working at Viptalk would be worth your time.
So, here it is!
|Target Market:||CHINESE (Mostly University Students)|
|Material Focus:||Conversational Topics, Movie Classes, Kids and Free Talk|
|Rate for new teachers:||147php/hour or 2.45php/minute|
|Ceiling Rate||210php/hour or 3.5php/minute|
|Is there a rate/salary increase?||YES. The rate increase is based on the number of hours taught, rating and class evaluation.|
|Do they deduct tax?||NO.|
|How often is the pay?||Every other week on Tuesdays. (Twice a month)|
|What is the mode of payment?||PayPal|
|Are there any monetary penalties for absences?||NONE.|
|Is it a booking System?||NO. Instead, you go AVAILABLE and wait for calls from students.|
PROS and CONS
Most of the problems I’ve encountered while working at Viptalk are related to the app.
Such instances are the following:
· App crashes due to unexpected/unknown errors cutting off the class
· Tutoring notes (which you have to fill in for classes that last for 10 minutes and more) do not appear so you have to write the notes on the chat box instead
· I can’t send messages due to app errors that – sometimes – clearing the cache or rebooting the app won’t solve the problem
Of course, the company releases an updated version of the app that fixes the most app-related problem.
NOTE: You cannot log-in two devices at the same time. If you attempt to do so, you will be logged out of your previously logged-in device.
2. GOODBYE PENALTIES
Now, you won’t have to worry about sudden power interruptions, poor internet connection or any unprecedented events because, in Viptalk, classes aren’t booked or done on a regular schedule.
You can now say goodbye to these penalties.
Go online when you can. Go offline if you don’t feel like working for a while.
That, I guess, is the real definition of flexible time and schedule which is the next good thing about Viptalk.
2. APP SOFTWARE OPTION FOR PC/LAPTOP USERS IS NOT RELIABLE FOR USE
Some prefer to teach using just their smartphones while others feel more comfortable using laptops/PC. I belong to the latter.
What can laptop/PC offer you is the ability to multitask while teaching, so when I knew about this option to teach was a big relief.
However, Viptalk software installed in laptop/PC is a bit unstable that the company strongly advises not to use it. Other teachers though still use it because they claim that it works fine albeit tutoring notes are not available.
I have tried using it, too. The effort I made in the class was counted and paid off so I guess, all things considered, it’s safe to use.
But if you want to stay on the safe side, then opt to use your mobile phone.
3. FLEXIBLE TIME AND SCHEDULE
The definition of flexible time and schedule in this industry is debatable.
However, in this case, it isn’t because working in Viptalk means you have time on your hands and you can use it in whenever you please.
3. USING A MOBILE PHONE TO TEACH COULD BE A LITTLE CHALLENGING
I say that it’s challenging and not difficult. But, really, it all boils down to one’s preferences.
If it is your cup of tea to hold your phone on the air for at least an hour (or even sometimes more than an hour), then, by all means, continue your arm squats and probably get a good exercise out of it.
If it isn’t, then you can be more creative by perching your phone on the side of a stack of books or you can buy a cell phone holder because when you’re comfortable, you are then a more effective teacher.
4. FAST APPLICATION PROCESS
In Viptalk, unlike other ESL Schools, it can take you as fast as 1 week or less to finish the application process.
What takes the time is the waiting in between steps so to get to teach faster, you have to accomplish the tasks for review as soon as you can which includes:
· Video Introduction
· Written Introduction
· Professional-looking Photo
4. LOW VOLUME OF STUDENTS ON REGULAR DAYS
Outside of summer classes in iShow, there are not a lot of students who get to call during the daytime on regular days.
Of course, there are still students who call either early in the morning or at night. There are some who call during the day, but they are not a lot so the chances of getting calls at day may be low.
Only the popular or tenured teachers usually get the calls at any time at any day.
5. STUDENTS CALL ANY TIME AT ANY DAY DURING THE SUMMER SEASON IN CHINA
Students enrolled in iShow usually take English lessons all throughout the summer because they’re not busy with their academics.
They allot time calling teachers so that they could practice what they’ve learned in class by engaging in small talks and discussions about the PowerPoint slides
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By heart and by profession, Mari is a teacher.
Her go-getter attitude has brought her to the world of writing about ESL companies, investments and anything under the sun.