Welcome to Part 3 of the Cambly Kids Tutor Guide!
By now, you should know the basics of the Cambly platform as well as how to use the Cambly Kids curriculum and lessons. In this section, we’ll go over how to set up your Tutor profile so that you can start meeting students and booking reservations!
Cambly Tutor Profiles
On Cambly Kids, you will be marketing yourself to children which is a little different from marketing to adults. Your profile photo and video should still be professional, but don't be afraid to get a little silly! Use your profile picture to show off a puppet, colorful background, props, or your teaching personality.
If this is your first time setting up a profile with us, be sure to take a look at these guides:
Check out this video made by a Cambly Tutor Molly that will help you attract more students:
|Pro Tip: Be sure to update your regional accent. If you select your accent/dialect, this will increase your bookings as you will be more discoverable by parents! Go to Settings on Tutor Profile and scroll down to Spoken Languages.|
When choosing where to set up your workstation, it’s important to pick an area that is quiet and free from distractions such as people walking in and out of view. When working with kids specifically, it’s also helpful to prepare your “classroom” with excellent lighting and bright colors to keep them engaged. Here are some suggestions, but you’re welcome to put your own spin on making your workstation kid-friendly!
Kids are drawn to bright colors, so consider placing a professional backdrop, maps, wrapping paper, a tablecloth, or some other bright (but not too distracting) background behind you. You can use push pins or mounting putty to secure your background. Some tutors like to change their backgrounds to go along with a holiday or theme. Feel free to get as creative as you'd like! Below, we have some examples of how Tutor Crystal has customized her classroom.
|Note: We understand that every tutor's space is different and unique! Some tutors prefer a more minimal classroom or may have a limited classroom area. Check out how Tutor Marie Gale has maximized her space to set up her small but functional classroom.|
Good lighting is essential to ensuring that your young students can see your facial expressions clearly! LED lights are by far the best since they don’t flicker like other types do when seen through a webcam. Don’t just rely on a room light, your video feed will tend to look dim and there will be unattractive shadows everywhere. Remember, good lighting and a professional video feed can greatly impact the student's experience!
|Pro Tip: Aim to have one light at your eye level facing you at your 12 o’clock. If you can, place a second light at your 10 o’clock and a third at your 2 o’clock to eliminate any shadows on your face.|
Optimal Camera Position
It is important to ensure that your webcam is positioned correctly during your class. You can maintain eye contact by focusing on the webcam instead of the screen, and make sure that your facial expressions and body language are visible. Try to avoid using objects that reflect light, are too small to show up on camera, or that cover your face. Here is a great tutorial that explains how to get the most out of your webcam!
|Pro Tip: For Google Chrome users, if you right-click on the student's video feed and choose 'picture in picture', you can move your student's picture right underneath your webcam so that you can look into the camera and at your student's video feed at the same time!|
For visual guides on how to get the best lighting / audio for your workstation, be sure to check out these videos if you haven’t already:
- Classroom Setup | Lighting Hacks for Looking Your Best
- Online Classroom Setup | Easy Tips for Clear Audio
|Congratulations on Completing Part 3! Now that you have a great tutor profile and a kid-friendly workstation, continue on to Part 4 of this guide to learn how to book your first reservation and start tutoring!|