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iD Tech

Instructor

May - August 2022 • Lisle, IL

What I liked

Learning new things to teach.

What I wish was different

Management, maybe no kids.

Advice

Be prepared to handle kids, you should like them before applying.
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Online instructor

May - July 2022 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

The pay and flexible schedule

What I wish was different

More up front training on teaching a class

Advice

Don’t be afraid to ask questions they staff is super understanding
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Online Private Lessons Instructor

March 2021 • Austin, TX

What I liked

Great flexibility, amazing staff, friendly superiors, great communication with the team.

What I wish was different

Nothing really, everything's transparent enough that you know exactly what you're getting into.

Advice

Prepare. Your. Lessons. Even if it's something broad, have an idea of what to do. You do NOT want to get called out by a 13yo who knows more code than you, trust me.
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Online Private Lesson Instructor

July - September 2022 • Campbell, CA

What I liked

Flexible schedule. Helping kids from all over the world learn code was awesome! Especially, when you knew you were making a difference because they tell their parents they loved learning from you so you become your repeat customers! You don't have to self-advertise other than that.

What I wish was different

Advice

If you're not completely comfortable teaching a subject, you may want to forgo, although practice makes perfect. You'll always be able to change the subjects you can teach with approval though.
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Instructor

June - August 2018 • Purchase, NY

What I liked

I loved getting to know my fellow staff and I enjoyed teaching a lot more than I expected.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Game Development Instructor

May - August 2021 • Portland, OR

What I liked

I liked the resources that they had available for instructors to use; their curriculuae were generally pretty fun and engaging. The staff was also great, I enjoyed conversations with my managers that I did get to have.

What I wish was different

I wish the pay was higher for such a demanding job; additionally, there is not very good internal communication, it feels a bit like you're forgettable/replaceable, as an employee. Additionally, my manager changed about 4-5 times throughout the summer, which was very confusing, and left me wondering if they were being mistreated, or why they decided to leave. The management team that I met was well represented with Black women and other underrepresented minorities, which was really great, especially for a tech company, but given the number of people who left, it made me think that maybe they aren't paying them enough either.

Advice

I would say to not go with iD Tech if it's your first job of this kind; I was lucky to have other prior experience, but they left me in the dark a lot. There are many other options that pay a lot better, especially given the difference between their product fees for customers, and what compensation the employees receive. If you want to get into tutoring/online CS education, you deserve to be compensated far above what iD Tech can offer.
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Online Private Lessons Instrutor

June 2021 • Conway, AR

What I liked

I like having the ability to pick my own hours. I also like working 1 on 1 with students because it helps them learn more.

What I wish was different

I wish the the instructor absences or late lessons were weighted based off of how many lessons that instructor has taught.

Advice

Do it. It is great. Set reminders for your lessons.
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Online Private Instructer

April 2021 • California, MD

What I liked

Remote work, working with kids, flexible hours, good pay

What I wish was different

More hours

Advice

Get a desk
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Virtual Tech Instructor

June - September 2021 • Sacramento, CA

What I liked

I enjoyed teaching children about different topics. I felt that the guided lessons were very helpful in teaching as well as the training. They were very clear about all policies. They also had some virtual bonding activities every week.

What I wish was different

I wish that the managers were more helpful. Sometimes, help managers didn't reply when I needed help which hindered teaching some classes. I think the enjoyment and ease of teaching is highly dependent on how the children you teach are. I also wish I was assigned me more shifts as they advertised on their job posting that I could do upto 30 hours, but I rarely did more than 12 hours a week.

Advice

I wish I knew how much of a time commitment this would take. I expected it to take more, but I think I could've done another part-time job while I was an instructor.
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Online STEAM Instructor/Tutor

July - August 2021 • Campbell, CA

What I liked

I liked that they provided me with their own curriculum but were also understanding of the flexibility of each age group. Therefore, I did not feel rushed to get through every part of the material.

What I wish was different

I wish I had more time with the students, and that the pay was higher.

Advice

Be prepared for different levels of experience within a group. Know how to adjust learning techniques and strategize before each class.
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Instructor

June - July 2019 • Winter Park, FL

What I liked

It was an excellent work environment where I developed many professional skills but also made friends and had fun!

What I wish was different

Nothing!

Advice

Always do your job as a way to inspire others, you can be a role model and not even notice it.
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Online Instructor

May - August 2020 • Dacula, GA

What I liked

The team was amazing, my manager was very thoughtful and supportive. Issues were resolved quickly and efficiently. Great job Highly recommended.

What I wish was different

Nothing it was a lot more than I expected.

Advice

Enjoy it, make friends and do your best.
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instructor

June - August 2020 • Half Moon Bay, CA

What I liked

Super flexible work hours, curriculum is well supplied and support is there if you need it

What I wish was different

Schedules are posted with short notice which can be hard to plan around

Advice

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Virtual Summer Camp Instructor

June - July 2020 • San Jose, CA

What I liked

I was able to apply some of my computer science skills to teaching kids something fun (Minecraft Modding) and the schedule was relatively flexible. I enjoyed spending a week with a small group of students helping them learn and have fun.

What I wish was different

I wish the pre-work training was a bit longer. Although I had the skills necessary to teach, I still had to spend several hours of my own time learning the curriculum.

Advice

Unless you're already very experienced with the particular subject you're going to teach, prepare to spend some time learning the curriculum. Although on the bright side this means you don't have to be a super-expert to teach the subject. Also try to get the students involved as much as possible during instruction by providing ways for them to interact with the material and with each other.
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Instructor

May - August 2020 • Seattle, WA

What I liked

The interactions with the students. I found that I have a passion for teaching!

What I wish was different

Advice

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Instructor

June - August 2020 • Davis, CA

What I liked

iD Tech converted virtually really well. They gave you a lot of flexibility when deciding for yourself what session times you wanted to teach each week. They give you your curriculum (Game Plan) that you can work off of really easily with the students. And they help you structure the courses really well. They were a perfect amount of time and not too heavy work after class either.

What I wish was different

The times were not excellent for Pacific Time zone people. You also miss out on the staff component of things— you never really meet your coworkers. Otherwise, a really good experience.

Advice

They're always looking for instructors, so definitely apply. When interviewing, they want to know about specific examples of working with kids and teaching. You will get a lot of help with lesson plans. I would say don't overdo yourself, because you will burn out around week 7... take a week off.
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Tutor

August 2020 • Campbell, CA

What I liked

Straightforward hiring process, set own hours.

What I wish was different

Hours are assigned sporadically and based off client demand, so no guarantee of work.

Advice

Apply to jobs you think you may be underqualified for!
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Instructor

July 2020 • Bridgewater Township, NJ

What I liked

Flexible work schedule, enjoyed working with the kids, good support from team and other instructors

What I wish was different

I wish they had provided more curriculum resources and lesson plans. They kind of skirt around telling you that you have to come up with your own lesson plans.

Advice

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Instructor

June - July 2018 • Sacramento, CA

What I liked

I liked the duality of the position of both instructing in various topics as well as being a camp counselor. Some of my favorite memories come from after the instruction was over and we'd do various activities (like movie nights, game nights, or going out for frozen yogurt) with the campers staying overnight in the residence halls at Sacramento State.

What I wish was different

I don't know if there was anything I wished were different, although there were some areas of the curriculum that they had prepared that either I thought was outside the scope of the course or were presented in the wrong order (as the main focus of the week of instruction is to get the campers to create some final project). An example I could give was a course on coding in general that started off with Assembly Language and then taught C++ and Python. Most of the campers in that course chose to use either C++ or Python and none of them used Assembly Language. Going over Assembly Language as a sort of advanced topic in the course might be prudent (as it shows the basics and history of programming), but it is not needed to learn either C++ or Python.

Advice

One piece of advice I can share about this experience is to be willing to adapt to the needs of the campers while still making sure they have the basic knowledge needed to create that final project they can look back on and be proud of.
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Programming Instructor

May 2019 • Chicago, IL

What I liked

iD Tech is a great job to start out in if your interested in programming and technology. I taught 6 courses throughout the summer. I was able to enhance my skills.

What I wish was different

Advice

If you like a fast. challenging, but fun job/environment, this is a great job for you!
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