Format of Outschool Classes

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Many of you may already know that as an Outschool teacher you have total control over the classes you create and their content. What you may not know is that Outschool classes fall into one of four categories; one-time classes, multi-day classes, ongoing classes, and flexible (flex) classes. Read on to learn more about the format of these classes, how teachers get paid, and some tips for creating successful classes on Outschool!

One Time Classes

When you first join the platform, keep in mind that the first class you create must be a live-one time class. This class must be submitted and approved by Outschool before you can begin creating other types of classes. A one-time class simply means that it is a class that will meet once. You are able to teach one-time classes multiple times to different groups of students

Payment for one time classes: Outschool will pay you one week after you teach this type of class.

Reasons to Create One Time Classes: One-time classes are a great way to meet new students. Anytime a student enjoys one of your one-time classes there is a chance they may wish to rebook a class with you or enroll in one of your other courses. I have found success by creating several one time classes that relate to my multi-day or ongoing classes. One-time classes give families the opportunity to meet me as a teacher and see if I am a good fit for their child before committing to a longer course. Parents are also more likely to enroll their children last minute in a one-time class, so you may be pleasantly surprised by last-minute enrollments.

Screen shot image of the Outschool class listing page. Text reads "course type" at the top with 4 options below; one-time, ongoing, multi-day, and flexible schedule.
Outschool classes fall into one of four categories

Multi-Day Classes

I like to think of multi-day classes as courses that meet more than once. Students sign up and commit to attending a certain number of classes over the course of several weeks (the exact number of classes and weeks is up to your discretion). You can choose how frequently the class meets each week. You will see the same group of students over a specified amount of time during multi-day classes.

Payment for Multi-Day Classes: Teachers are paid the full amount of the course a week after they teach the first class.

Reasons to Create Multi-Day Classes: Multi-day classes are perfect if you'd like your students to learn a concept and then apply it in future classes. You have the opportunity to meet with the same group of students for a specific amount of time. It gives you the opportunity to build relationships with your students which is not something you can always accomplish in a short one-time class. Multi-day classes are also nice because after the class begins you can rely on having that number of students in your class for the length of the course. This will take some of the guesswork out of how many bookings you may get during a period of time. Once enrolled, the student has committed to attending your course.

Ongoing Class

Ongoing classes work like a subscription. Parents pay weekly and can "drop-in" or "drop-out" at any point during the class. You do not have to specify an end date for an ongoing class.

Payment for Ongoing Classes: Teachers are paid weekly for Ongoing classes on Sundays. The payment is delayed by one week. For example, if you teach a class on the first Monday of the month you will receive payment the second Sunday of the month.

Reasons to Create Ongoing Classes: Ongoing classes are similar to multi-day classes in the sense that they are classes that extend over a period of time. The difference is that students can enroll or un-enroll at any point and there is not a specific start or end date for students. Parents commit to one week of classes at a time. Since new students can join at any point it's best if each class teaches something new and the knowledge learned in one class is not necessary to be successful in subsequent classes. Some parents may prefer ongoing classes to multi-day classes because of the flexibility and the fact that they can commit to classes on a weekly basis.

Flexible Classes

Flexible (flex) classes have a specific start and end date but do not meet live. Instead, teachers pre-record lessons and students interact with one another by posting in the classroom portal, or using other online tools. Students can complete assignments, projects, and worksheets in these types of classes and share via the classroom portal. This type of class allows students to take classes asynchronously. Teachers must teach at least one live class before they are able to create flex classes.

Payment for Flex Classes: Teachers will be paid approximately one week after the first week of classes.

Reasons to Create Flex Classes: Although flex classes do not meet in person they still require the students and teacher to interact with one another. This can be done through posts in the classroom or other online tools. Teachers can also offer optional live meetings or office hours if they have availability. This type of class is great for teachers and students that cannot commit to a specific class time each week but still want to engage in a fun, educational, and interactive learning experience!

Private Tutoring

Teachers have the ability to create private tutoring sessions on Outschool by creating ongoing classes and limiting the enrollment to one student. Teachers must teach at least one live class before they are allowed to create a private tutoring section.

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Private tutoring sessions can be created by limiting class enrollment to one student

Payment for Private Tutoring: Payment for private tutoring works the same as ongoing classes. Parents subscribe each week and teachers are paid the Sunday after the class takes place.

Reasons to Create Private Tutoring Sessions: Depending on how many students generally enroll in your regular classes, private tutoring may not be as lucrative as other class formats. However, tutoring is often something that is booked on a consistent basis and therefore could offer you a steady and reliable income. It also offers you the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with students in a one-on-one setting and create a curriculum that is tailored to meet their individual needs. Private tutoring can certainly be something you offer publically on Outschool or it can be something you create if requested by a family (families have the ability to message you directly). Tutoring may be requested if a student has taken some classes with you and the family would like you to teach their child in a more private setting.

Still, have questions about the different class formats on Outschool? Check out Outschool's website or contact me directly with questions on Instagram or my website's "about" page!

It can feel overwhelming to take the first step and begin your online teaching journey! Ready to apply to Outschool and want support along the way? Click here! To be fully transparent there is a referral bonus for every successful referral that goes through the process and teaches a certain amount on the platform.

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