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Daily Diaries: A Day in the Life of an Online English Teacher

Daily Diaries: A Day in the Life of an Online English Teacher


Most of us grew up being told that the only job out there is one with a fixed schedule in an office, when, in fact, other options allow you to have flexible hours and to work from the comforts of your home! There are common benefits of working in an office, but there are pros that you could only have in a home-based career like avoiding commute and having control over your time. One of the home-based jobs that will offer you these is online teaching, and to give you more details about this kind of work, we took the time to interview someone who has experience as an Online English Teacher! 

As someone who graduated in college with a Bachelor's Degree in Broadcasting, 22-year-old Michelle Guillang has always been a hard worker. When she decided to take her masters, this didn't stop her from taking a job that would fill her extra hours. She became an Online English Teacher under 51 Talk Philippines where she teaches Chinese kids and adults English online. With everything that she does every day, we were curious to know how her day usually goes. Here, she gives us a glimpse of her typical workday in case you may want to work remotely yourself!

According to Michelle, she chose to become an Online English Teacher because of her desire to help other people understand English better. "I want to contribute to the betterment of the students. At the same time, I needed a job to support me financially and pay my tuition fee in graduate school." 

Since her job offers a flexible schedule, Michelle starts her workday by either doing her assignment or teaching the first batch of classes. "When I'm focused on my online teaching, I usually start my classes around seven in the morning because there's a lot of students who want me to open early slots for them to join. It ends at around 11 in the morning, so it's composed of eight classes. But when I do have an assignment that needs to be done before the day ends, I use this time to do it and start my first batch of classes after lunch."

Michelle also puts importance on giving herself at least an hour of break in a workday to eat or just breathe. "I always take my break from 11 to 12 p.m. because I know that's how it should be. As someone who has been teaching for a year now, I know how important it is to have the correct amount of food in your body to be able to teach well. During this time, my only main focus is getting strengthened before I teach again." 

Since her work is home-based, she finds time to do chores in between classes. "If I used my time earlier to finish my assignments, I start doing my household chores after I eat my lunch." After she's done with her household chores, she starts preparing for her next batch of classes. "Since doing my household chores is usually fast and can get done by less than an hour, I instantly prepare the lessons that 51Talk provides to me, especially if it's lessons for adults. I always have questions, props, and extra activities to help my students learn English better." 

Michelle is given four hours to prepare for her next class in the afternoon. "Once I'm ready and fully prepared to teach new lessons to my students, I begin my classes at around 4 p.m. I might take a few short breaks now and then, but the usual time that my classes end is midnight. It can be tiring, but I really enjoy teaching; so if I can do it until midnight, I usually choose to do so!"

Michelle is taking her Masters in Communication at the University of Perpetual Help System Laguna, but, luckily, she only has classes there every other Saturday which starts from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. "When I have a class on Saturday, I start my online teaching work at around 8:30 p.m until midnight." 

Taking masters while being an Online English Teacher might look hard for some people, but Michelle chose this career path because she loves doing it. Juggling both helped her harness her communication skills in the best way possible. For her, being a teacher is more than teaching what is in the book; it's more about her desire to enable these kids and adults to be better, and help them stand on their own. That's why if you're interested in becoming a full-time or part-time Online English Teacher, she promises you won't regret the experience!

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