Here at TeachandGo.co, we’ve partnered with only a select few online teaching compaines. Companies that meet our own internal standards.
This is a beginners guide to getting started teaching online with SayABC. If you’ve not already done so, click here to learn more about SayABC (as well as teacher reviews of SayABC). This guide will cover the following:
- SayABC Introduction
- Getting Hired With SayABC
- Schedule a Live Interview For SayABC
- Schedule a Self Recorded Interview (alternative)
- Tips For Success with SayABC
What makes SayABC an excellent company to work for is two fold. They are owned and operated by the same company that owns VIPKID. That means you can expect a professional curriculum, a good hourly wage and a company that cares about the success of it’s teachers.
The next is that they are open to numerous nationalities. Unlike VIPKID which only hires north Americans, any native English speaker is welcome to apply.
Last, you teach 1-4 students in a given class. A small learning environment makes class more fun and engaging for all involved and specifically results in you being paid a higher hourly rate than you would make with VIPKID and other online teaching companies.
If you’re looking to get started teaching online with SayABC this is your beginners guide. Let’s get into it.
Getting Hired with SayABC
Getting hired with SayABC is a straightforward process. You need to have a bachelors degree in anything (a TEFL certificate is a plus too). The first step to the process is to sign up and create an account:
Once you create an account you’ll need to create a teacher profile. Here you will be able to submit your resume and credentials. Again, they are looking for native English speakers with a bachelors degree (experience with children a plus – if you work with kids in any capacity let them know). If you meet these basic requirements you’ll be invited to book an interview.
For the interview you have two options. A live interview or a self recorded interview. Which one is better? While they say that they evaluate both equally we suggest you choose the more difficult option and do a live interview. The self recorded option is only in place for busy teachers who can not schedule a live interview.
Show Up For Your Live Interview
One of the biggest issues SayABC have with their on boarding process for new teachers is that teachers book an interview then they don’t show up.
There are many reasons for this of course. Maybe you selected the wrong time zone, something last minute happened or you just plain forgot.
Regardless, it’s a bad first impression. If you do miss your interview they do allow you to reschedule. But if you do it again and miss your interview, then you’re application is terminated.
Also, if you need to change the time of your interview it’s NO problem. Simply choose “change time” and NOT “cancel interview” as doing so will result in the termination of your application
How To Book an Interview For SayABC
To book an interview simply log into your account and click on “let’s get started.” It will be a big orange button that will become available after your initial application is reviewed and accepted. After than select your time zone.
Select your time zone as appropriate (if you want to double check use timeanddate.com). Also note that the portal uses a 24 hour time system (military time for Americans). As such 13:00 is 1 pm. Please pay careful attention to this so you don’t book a time like 1:00 and think it’s 1 in the afternoon (it’s actually 1 in the morning).
How to Attend Your Interview
Log into your account and download the “SayABC teacher client.” Do this before you interview. Do not wait till the last minute. Do it a week or so before your live interview. Once you’ve got the client downloaded, open it up and familiarize yourself with the teaching portal.
To become familiar with SayABC’s expectations simply click on the “Academy” option in the navigation bar. This is your self study area. Grab a cup of coffee and dedicate an hour and go through this self study section.
Attend the interview
The last step is to simply prepare for the interview and attend it. Get the client set up properly, go through the self study and prepare appropriately. For the live interview this is what you can expect:
- Interview with question and answer
- An internet connection test
- Demo and feedback (usually around 10 minutes)
Submit a Self Recorded Interview as an Alternative
So you logged into your account and notice that none of the available time slots work for you. No worries, as an alternative to the live interview you can submit a self recorded interview.
To submit a self recorded interview you simply need to record yourself using the teacher portal when logged into SayABC. Please note, you get 3 attempts. If you make a mistake you can start over, but again you only get three attempts and the last attempt will be submitted regardless. Please go through the “Academy” and double check specific requirements for the self submitted interview.
What happens after the interview?
The interview is actually the easy part as the team at SayABC just want to get to know you based on your experience. A quick IT test to see if you’re internet connection is suitable for online teaching and a quick demo of your teaching style.
Most teachers pass the interview process. The few that don’t simply fail out of the pipeline by being a no-show for their live interview one too many times.
But once you pass the interview process here is what happens next with the on-boarding process:
Self Study (2 Hours)
As with all online teaching companies, SayABC has their own internal training where you’ll learn more about the company, the classroom environment and how to be a successful teacher with SayABC.
Mentor Session (1 Hour)
Mentors are current teachers with SayABC who have been selected to be mentors due to their quality performance. You’ll meet with a mentor for an hour to learn how to teaching using the SayABC platform.
Evaluation Class (40 Minutes)
The most stressful part of the hiring process. This is where you teach an actual class of students which will then be evaluated. Take it seriously and prepare. This is what will make or break your application. Remember, you’re going to be paid a good hourly rate where you can easily make $1,000 USD a month part time from the comfort of your home. Do the work and be responsible.
Once you pass you’re officially an online teacher for SayABC. You’ll be given a contract and will be able to make a schedule.
SayABC Review and Application Guide Conclusion
SayABC is an excellent company to work with. The process is a bit involved with getting hired but it’s worth it. Once you become an established teacher on the platform, teaching English online with SayABC will be fun and easy.
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