Honest Classover Review – Read Before Applying! (2022)

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Classover Review Summary

Classover is an American company that hires US teachers to tutor online classes of 1-6 children across 20 courses. Starting pay is $15 an hour, qualifications are not required for non-academic subjects, but they only hire when needed, with just 5% of applicants being successful.

Pay (per hour):$15
Native / Non-Native Speakers accepted?US
TEFL / TESOL / CELTA required?No
Degree / diploma required?Depends*
Adult / child students?Children
Class size:1-6
Minimum hours (per week):0
*upon subject/position

Classover Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Starting pay is ok
  • Not all positions require formal qualifications
  • Choice of academic and non-academic subjects to teach
  • Classes assigned by the company
  • No micromanagement
  • No minimum hours requirement

Cons:

  • Relatively new and unknown startup
  • Only recruits (on Indeed) when needed
  • Only 5% of applicants are successful
  • Students placed at the wrong level
  • Some errors in teaching materials
  • Teacher reports of disorganized management and poor communication

Is Classover Legit?

Despite claims of being ‘sketchy‘, Classover (legally known as ‘Class Over Inc.‘) is a genuine, online tutoring company with a Trustpilot score of 4.7 out of 5. They were founded in 2020, with their headquarters based in Manhattan, New York, USA. Since then, they have ‘been achieving rapid growth with over 350,000 live lesson participations by students from approximately 30 countries’, according to founder and CEO Stephanie Luo. Furthermore, the company raised over $1.5 million in seed funding in 2022, and plans to contract over 1,000 US teaching staff by the end of that year.

Classover Tutoring

Though based in the US, Classover online teaching is delivered live to around 10,000 students in 30 countries globally.

Classover students are children between 4-13 years of age, and are taught individually or in small groups of 2-6. Teachers find, however, that students are not placed at the correct level.

Classover courses are taught in the following subjects:

  • Public Speaking
  • Creative Writing
  • Mandarin
  • Lego
  • Coding
  • Singing
  • Math and Logic
  • French
  • Dance
  • English Storytelling
  • Yoga
  • Spanish
  • Chess
  • Art
  • Piano
  • Guitar
  • Phonics
  • Ukelele
  • Physics and Chemistry (coming soon)
  • Geography and History (coming soon)

Curricula and slides are provided, though they can be difficult to use, sometimes being poorly scanned and not originally designed for online learning. Classover tutors have thus had to occasionally create their own materials to supplement these with. In response, the company says: “We are aware of these issues, and we have been working with our teacher communities to resolve these mistakes, and trying our best to improve the quality of our teaching materials.”

Classover has its own teaching portal and virtual classroom, and this video illustrates some of its interactive elements and how lessons are delivered online, though one Glassdoor reviewer did call the teaching platform ‘terrible’:

Classover Salary

The Classover pay rate starts at US$15 an hour. This can supposedly be boosted through referral bonuses, teaching incentives and other promotions, however, the company is not explicit in sharing the details of these schemes.

Classover teachers are paid at the start of each month via PayPal or Zelle.

Classover Requirements

The Classover requirements vary according to the specific position being applied for.

Non-academic subjects, such as ‘Online Children’s Chess Teacher’, are less demanding in terms of qualifications, only requiring that teachers be:

  • A fluent English speaker
  • Based in the US
  • Preferably possess 1 year of teaching experience (can include homeschooling, tutoring, coaching or mentoring)

More academic subjects, such as ‘Remote Children’s Math Teacher’, have a longer list of criteria for prospective candidates:

  • Hold at least a Bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in the subject being taught, Elementary Education, or a related field
  • Legally authorized to work in the USA
  • Can demonstrate expertise in their field and teach it to students of all ages
  • Excellent communication skills and rapport building with students
  • Ability to make lessons personalized and relevant to students
  • Must have a Chromebook, computer, or laptop
  • Teaching experience (preferred), may include homeschooling, tutoring, coaching, or mentoring
  • Experience working with children and teaching the subject being applied for (preferred)
  • Teaching certification (preferred)

Classover Hours

While Classover offers ‘flexibility in scheduling’, allowing teachers to choose their own hours, the specific job description may state a preference for either day shift, night shift and/or weekend availability. Classes are then assigned by the company, but can be reallocated at short notice.

For country-specific roles, e.g., ‘Bilingual English Teacher (Chinese)’, you will need to be available to teach at the local time.

If you require time off, then a substitute teacher is assigned to your classes.

How to Become a Classover Tutor

Classover jobs are advertised via Indeed, which is where you will be redirected if you click on the Classover Careers link in the footer of the main website. The positions and subjects that are open at any given time do not remain constant but change according to availability and demand. Classover also only hires around 5% of applicants, so competition is fierce.

To submit an application you will need to create an Indeed account, then click on the ‘Apply now’ button and submit the following details:

  • Add or update your contact information:
    • First name
    • Last name
    • Email address
    • City, State
    • Phone number
  • Add a resume (uploaded in pdf, docx, doc, rtf or txt format)
  • Answer screener questions (these vary slightly according to position), e.g.:
    • What is the highest level of education you have completed?
    • Do you have a valid Teaching Certification?
    • Do you speak English?
    • How many years of Teaching experience do you have?
    • Which shift(s) are you available to work?
  • Add/select a past job that shows relevant experience
  • Upload any supporting documents, i.e. cover letter (in pdf, docx, doc, rtf or txt format)

Classover Interview

Should your application pass initial screening, you will be invited to a short telephone interview.

The Classover interview questions are fairly straightforward, with no scenario-type questions. Previous candidates have been asked:

  • What is your background and experience?
  • What subjects have you taught?
  • What is your classroom management style?

You will also have this opportunity to ask your own questions of the interviewer.

Classover Demo Lesson

Depending on the position being applied for, you will either have to record a 5-minute demo lesson and post it to Youtube, or teach a live class to real students.

Here are two previously recorded examples:

Classover Reviews

The Classover Glassdoor page gives the company an average rating of 3.5 out of 5, with 70% willing to recommend them, though this is calculated from only 11 reviews (at the time of writing). Despite this scarcity, the majority of these Classover online teaching reviews were written recently, and provide a lot of critical detail. Here are their main points, in summary:

  • Positives:
    • children are fun to teach
    • flexible schedule
    • no micromanagement
    • easy to take leave
    • pay on time
  • Negatives:
    • students not grouped appropriately by age/grade
    • disorganized management
    • communication can be unresponsive
    • poor teaching platform
    • hours can change without notice
    • pay could be higher
    • copyrighted teaching materials containing errors and not optimized for online learning

In response to such claims of breaching copyright, Classover had this to say to us:

We definitely have copyright over the teaching materials we are using. Besides using the curriculums that we purchased from publishers, our own curriculum team also adopts and develops the copyrighted curriculum. 

However, to meet the growing demands of new teaching materials resulted from our rising number of customers, our team has been making an all-out effort, but inevitably, some 1% of typos or other minor mistakes could be made. 

We are aware of these issues, and we have been working with our teacher communities to resolve these mistakes, and trying our best to improve the quality of our teaching materials.

Below are two of these Classover tutoring reviews in full (one 1-star and one 5-star for balance and comparison):

Classover Glassdoor review
Classover Glassdoor review

The Classover Indeed page gives a score of 3.7 out of 5 from just 6 reviews which make similar points regarding the schedule, quality of course materials, company communication, student placing, and pay:

Classover Indeed review
Classover Indeed review

Conclusion – Is Classover Worth It?

Classover offers a variety of courses, including non-academic subjects that do not require formal qualifications. For this they provide a reasonable pay rate with reportedly decent bookings, though as a relatively new startup they have some issues to iron out regarding company communication, student groupings, and the quality of their teaching materials.

You can apply by checking the current Classover Indeed job vacancies.

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