FAQ for Tutors & Teachers

• Subscribe to BPN as a Tutor or Teacher

Tutors: please see the note below about May 2018 changes for tutor subscribers

Subscribing as a Tutor/Teacher

Parents' Reviews of Tutors

Posting about Your Tutoring

Who can subscribe as a Tutor/Teacher?

Individuals in the community who teach or advise children one-on-one, and in person may subscribe as a tutor. Subjects taught can include academic subjects, languages, academic advising, test prep, art, and music.  

Requirements for subscribing as a tutor/teacher:

  • You must teach in person. BPN does not accept posts about online tutoring such as Skype, webinars, email, or phone.
  • You must be located in the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • You must primarily target children 5-18, not adults.

 Private Tutoring/Teaching vs. Teaching Classes

  • The "Tutor/Teacher" subscription is intended for individuals who offer one-on-one instruction and guidance, usually at the student's home or a public spot such as a library or cafe. This subscription lets you submit a post to the Tutor/Teacher listing, where your post will remain for the duration of your subscription. It's $35 for one year.

  • The "Classes" subscription is for people who operate classes at a physical site for multiple kids at once. With a "Classes" subscription you can submit an announcement every 30 days in the section "Kids' Classes" which remains published for 30 days.  The fee for this subscription is scaled according to your capacity. For example, it is $35 for up to 8 students at once.  See FAQ for Classes & Camps for more information.

 

Private Tutors/Teachers who also operate a camp or class

If you provide one-on-one instruction and you also operate a camp or classes for multiple students, we recommend that you subscribe as a tutor business, so your can publicize both activities on BPN and parents can post reviews about both. However, if your classes are very small (never more than 8 students at a time) and your tutoring is not a full-blown business, you also have the option to subscribe classes and tutoring separately, which is usually cheaper. Here are the two options:

  1. Purchase a business subscription to promote both private teaching and group classes. You'll have a profile page on BPN's website, and have the ability to post announcements and events about both your tutoring and your camp/classes, and accept reviews about both activities from parents. For more information see Businesses that also operate camps or classes.

  2. Purchase two separate subscriptions: one for your tutor/teacher service ($35), and one for your camp or class (the fee is $35-250 depending on your maximum enrollment - see Subscription Fees.)  Note the tutor/teacher subscription does not include a profile page and cannot be used to post announcements. Therefore, if you do purchase a separate subscription for your classes/camps, you will be able to post announcements only about your camp/class, and your profile page will be for your classes/camps only, not for your tutoring. See FAQ for Classes & Camps for more information.

Tutoring vs. Tutor Business

You should subscribe as a business rather than as a tutor if any of these applies:

  • You have an office or storefront where instruction takes place
  • You have a business name or a website
  • There is more than one tutor/teacher at the business

The business subscription is more expensive than the tutor subscription but it has more benefits. In addition to having a post in the Tutor listing you will also have a profile page for your business on the BPN website that parents can post reviews to, and you can post events and new announcements about your services every 30 days.  For more information see Individual vs. Business Subscriptions for Tutor and Teachers.


Subscription fees & benefits

Tutors and teachers have two subscription options:

  1. Individual tutors and teachers ($35/year) may submit one post to the Tutor & Teacher Listing where it will remain published on the BPN website as long as your subscription is current.  

  2. Tutor businesses ($250/year) have additional benefits:

See "Individual vs. Business Subscriptions for Tutors & Teachers" for pros and cons of these two subscription types.


How do I subscribe?

Click 'subscribe' in the upper right corner of our website, and choose either the Business or the Individual subscription.  This will take you to a page where you can pay with Paypal. If you don't already have a Paypal account you'll have the opportunity to open one with a credit card or bank account.

Note: if you are already logged in as a parent or other type of subscription, you won't see the subscribe link. In that case, go directly to the subscribe page.


About the Tutors & Teachers Listing

The Tutor & Teacher Listing lets parents browse tutors and teachers by the subject or instrument they teach, or search for a tutor/teacher by the subject they tutor, age of student, or Bay Area region. When you post to the listing, you will be able to indicate all of the subjects that you tutor, the age groups you tutor, and the areas that you can travel to. Your post will remain published in the listing for the duration of your subscription.  The listing is available to the general public on the BPN website.

Individual posts on a page such as "Chemistry Tutors" are displayed in random order. Each new view of the page reshuffles the order of the posts on the page, so that every post has the chance to appear closer to the top of the list.  All posts are displayed on a single page so they can all be viewed without needing to click through several pages of posts.

You can remove your post from the listing at any time by going to your account page (click "my account" at the top of any page) . Click your post to change the Status to "Unpublished."   If you need to edit or update your post, unpublish it first, and then submit a new post. Only one post can be submitted per tutor.


How do I post?

Once you have subscribed, login to your account and click Post a Message in the top menu.  Click the button for "Tutors & Teachers" to post to the Tutor Listing.  If you have subscribed as a tutoring business, you can also post an "Announcement" or an "Event."  


How long will my post stay active?

  • Tutor & Teacher Listing (both individuals and businesses): Your tutor post will remain on the BPN website as long as your subscription is current.  You can unpublish your post at any time if you do not have current openings, or if you want to revise your original post.  BPN doesn't accept more than one active post per tutor.

  • Announcements (businesses only):  Post under "Other Services Offered for Families & Children." Your post remains active on the BPN website for 30 days unless you unpublish it sooner. Recent posts (received during the past week) are included in the weekly newsletter that is mailed to all subscribers.

  • Events (businesses only): Your post remains active on the BPN website until the event date has passed. Upcoming events are included in the weekly newsletter that is mailed to all subscribers.

See "Individual vs. Business Subscriptions for Tutors & Teachers" for pros and cons of these two subscription types.


How often can I post?

  • Tutor & Teacher Listing (both individuals and businesses):  You can have one active post in the Tutor & Teacher Listing, and it remains on the website as long as you are subscribed. You can remove your post at any time by unpublishing it on your account page. If you want to revise your post, unpublish it first and then post a new one.

  • Announcements & Events (businesses only): You can post every 30 days.  For details, see About Announcements & Events.

See "Individual vs. Business Subscriptions for Tutors & Teachers" for pros and cons of these two subscription types.


How can I edit or update my post in the Listing?

You'll need to unpublish your old post, and then post a new one. See How to Post a Message for details.


Will my post be included in the newsletter?

  • Tutor & Teacher Listing (both individuals and businesses):  Tutor posts are not included in a newsletter, but there is a link to the Tutor & Teacher listing in the weekly Announcements newsletter. Therefore, unless you have subscribed as a tutoring business, your tutor post will not appear in a newsletter.

  • Announcements & Events (businesses only): The weekly Announcements newsletter includes recent announcements (received during the past week), as well as events for the upcoming week.

See "Individual vs. Business Subscriptions for Tutors & Teachers" for pros and cons of these two subscription types.


How can parents recommend me?

Tutors who subscribe to BPN as a business will have a profile page on BPN where parents can post reviews directly. Here is an example: https://www.berkeleyparentsnetwork.org/recommend/org/great-math-tutoring

Most tutors purchase the less expensive $35 tutor subscription, which allows them to be included in our Tutor & Teacher Listing but doesn't include a profile page.  Parents can post a review when another parent asks for recommendations in Parent Q&A.  These reviews will then be publicly available on the related page on our website such as "Math Tutors."   


A caution about posting to the BPN website

Please keep in mind that when your announcement goes on to our website, it will be available to anyone on the Internet, including scam artists who might contact you. Please read about the Tutor Scam before posting a tutor announcement to the BPN website.

  1. Your post stays published in the Tutor/Teacher Listing as long as your subscription is active - posts no longer expire after 1 year, which required you to post again when your subscription renews.
  2. Posts are now displayed in the Tutor/Teacher Listing in random order. Each new view of a page such as "Chemistry Tutors"  reshuffles the order of the posts on the page. Previously posts were listed oldest first. 
  3. All posts within a category are now displayed on a single page.  Previously, categories with a large number of posts such as Test Prep required repeated clicking in order to page through all the posts.