VIPKid Hours (Pacific Time)

If you are a prospective VIPKid teacher, one of your biggest questions might be, “What hours should I teach?

I have written a detailed explanation in VIPKid Hours.  But if you are looking for a quick and easy answer, you’ve come to the right place.

If you live in the Pacific time zone, here are the best times for you to teach.

***Daylight Savings Time***

PPT (Most Popular) Times

  • Monday through Sunday, 4:00 am – 6:00 am

Peak Times (Popular Times)

  • Monday through Friday, 3:00 am – 7:00 am
  • Friday and Saturday, 5:00 pm – 6:00 am (overnight)

Other Available Times (Least Popular)

  • Monday through Friday, midnight – 2:00 am
  • Monday through Thursday, 4:30 pm – midnight
  • Sunday, 4:30 pm – midnight

 

***Standard Time***

PPT (Most Popular) Times

  • Monday through Sunday, 2:00 am – 4:00 am

Peak Times (Popular Times)

  • Monday through Friday, 1:00 am – 5:00 am
  • Friday and Saturday, 4:00 pm – 5:00 am (overnight)

Other Available Times (Least Popular)

  • Monday through Friday, midnight – 1:00 am
  • Monday through Thursday, 3:30 pm – midnight
  • Sunday, 3:30 pm – midnight

I hope you found this helpful. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments below!  If you haven’t yet applied with VIPKid, be sure to check out Completing the VIPKid Application.

If you would like help through  the process, I would be happy to be your mentor.

Happy teaching!

VIPKid Hours (Mountain Time)

If you are a prospective VIPKid teacher, one of your biggest questions might be, “What hours should I teach?

I have written a detailed explanation in VIPKid Hours.  But if you are looking for a quick and easy answer, you’ve come to the right place.

If you live in the Mountain time zone, here are the best times for you to teach.

***Daylight Savings Time***

PPT (Most Popular) Times

  • Monday through Sunday, 6:00 am – 8:00 am

Peak Times (Popular Times)

  • Monday through Friday, 4:00 am – 7:00 am
  • Friday and Saturday, 7:00 pm – 8:00 am (overnight)

Other Available Times (Least Popular)

  • Monday through Friday, midnight – 4:00 am
  • Monday through Thursday, 6:30 pm – midnight
  • Sunday, 6:30 pm – midnight

 

***Standard Time***

PPT (Most Popular) Times

  • Monday through Sunday, 4:00 am – 6:00 am

Peak Times (Popular Times)

  • Monday through Friday, 3:00 am – 7:00 am
  • Friday and Saturday, 6:00 pm – 7:00 am (overnight)

Other Available Times (Least Popular)

  • Monday through Friday, midnight – 3:00 am
  • Monday through Thursday, 5:30 pm – midnight
  • Sunday, 5:30 pm – midnight

I hope you found this helpful. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments below!  If you haven’t yet applied with VIPKid, be sure to check out Completing the VIPKid Application.

If you would like help through  the process, I would be happy to be your mentor.

Happy teaching!

VIPKid Hours (Central Time)

If you are a prospective VIPKid teacher, one of your biggest questions might be, “What hours should I teach?

I have written a detailed explanation in VIPKid Hours.  But if you are looking for a quick and easy answer, you’ve come to the right place.

If you live in the Central time zone, here are the best times for you to teach.

***Daylight Savings Time***

PPT (Most Popular) Times

  • Monday through Sunday, 6:00 am – 8:00 am

Peak Times (Popular Times)

  • Monday through Friday, 5:00 am – 9:00 am
  • Friday and Saturday, 8:00 pm – 9:00 am (overnight)

Other Available Times (Least Popular)

  • Monday through Friday, midnight – 5:00 am
  • Monday through Thursday, 7:30 pm – midnight
  • Sunday, 7:30 pm – midnight

 

***Standard Time***

PPT (Most Popular) Times

  • Monday through Sunday, 5:00 am – 7:00 am

Peak Times (Popular Times)

  • Monday through Friday, 4:00 am – 8:00 am
  • Friday and Saturday, 7:00 pm – 8:00 am (overnight)

Other Available Times (Least Popular)

  • Monday through Friday, midnight – 4:00 am
  • Monday through Thursday, 6:30 pm – midnight
  • Sunday, 6:30 pm – midnight

I hope you found this helpful. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments below!  If you haven’t yet applied with VIPKid, be sure to check out Completing the VIPKid Application.

If you would like help through  the process, I would be happy to be your mentor.

Happy teaching!

VIPKid Hours (Eastern Time)

If you are a prospective VIPKid teacher, one of your biggest questions might be, “What hours should I teach?

I have written a detailed explanation in VIPKid Hours.  But if you are looking for a quick and easy answer, you’ve come to the right place.

If you live on the East Coast, here are the best times for you to teach.

***Daylight Savings Time***

PPT (Most Popular) Times

  • Monday through Sunday, 7:00 am – 9:00 am

Peak Times (Popular Times)

  • Monday through Friday, 6:00 am – 10:00 am
  • Friday and Saturday, 9:00 pm – 10:00 am (overnight)

Other Available Times (Least Popular)

  • Monday through Friday, midnight – 6:00 am
  • Monday through Thursday, 8:30 pm – midnight
  • Sunday, 8:30 pm – midnight

 

***Standard Time***

PPT (Most Popular) Times

  • Monday through Sunday, 6:00 am – 8:00 am

Peak Times (Popular Times)

  • Monday through Friday, 5:00 am – 9:00 am
  • Friday and Saturday, 8:00 pm – 9:00 am (overnight)

Other Available Times (Least Popular)

  • Monday through Friday, midnight – 5:00 am
  • Monday through Thursday, 7:30 pm – midnight
  • Sunday, 7:30 pm – midnight

I hope you found this helpful. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments below!  If you haven’t yet applied with VIPKid, be sure to check out Completing the VIPKid Application.

If you would like help through  the process, I would be happy to be your mentor.

Happy teaching!

VIPKid Hours

The window of time that’s available for teaching is based on when children are awake in China. That’s early mornings and late evenings in North America.

People often ask what hours you can teach with VIPKid. Because you are an independent contractor, you have a great deal of flexibility. You can choose to open as many or as few class times as you wish. There is a strict cancellation policy; however, so be sure that you only open times you are able and ready to teach!

Below I’ll map out the different times that are available for teaching, along with which ones are most likely to result in bookings! If you are interested in a high-level overview, check out these one-stop shops:

All of the below times are based on Daylight Savings Time since that’s our current time as I’m writing this.

Overall Teaching Timeslots

To set the stage, the window of time that’s available for teaching is based on when children are awake in China. This is 8:30 am – 10:00 pm seven days a week. Roughly speaking, that’s early mornings and late evenings in North America.

Beijing Eastern Daylight Central Daylight Mountain Daylight Pacific Daylight
Start Time 8:30 AM 8:30 PM 7:30 PM 6:30 PM 5:30 PM
End Time 10:00 PM 10:00 AM 9:00 AM 8:00 AM 7:00 AM

Of course, many of these times are more popular than others. That leads us to the prime booking times.

VIPKid has two different distinctions for popular booking times.

Peak Timeslots

As you might expect, the least popular times for booking are when children are in school. That’s why times outside of school hours are considered peak timeslots.

Because of this, “peak” hours in North America are early weekday mornings and evenings/overnight on weekends.

M-F Weekday Mornings

Beijing Eastern Daylight Central Daylight Mountain Daylight Pacific Daylight
Start Time 6:00 PM 6:00 AM 5:00 AM 4:00 AM 3:00 AM
End Time 10:00 PM 10:00 AM 9:00 AM 8:00 AM 7:00 AM

Friday/Saturday Overnights (China Weekends)

Beijing Eastern Daylight Central Daylight Mountain Daylight Pacific Daylight
Start Time 9:00 AM 9:00 PM (Fri/Sat) 8:00 PM (Fri/Sat) 7:00 PM (Fri/Sat) 6:00 PM (Fri/Sat)
End Time 10:00 PM 10:00 AM (Sat/Sun) 9:00 AM (Sat/Sun) 8:00 AM (Sat/Sun) 7:00 AM (Sat/Sun)


In the Teacher Portal, these hours are designated as “Hot”

snapshot peak hours

PPT Timeslots

Within the “peak” designation, there is an even smaller subset of hours referred to as “PPT” timeslots. These are the most desirable hours for Chinese students, and they are usually the first to be booked. If you are trying to gain teaching hours, these are the most important times you can open, and they are available seven days a week.

PPT Beijing Eastern Daylight Central Daylight Mountain Daylight Pacific Daylight
Start Time 7:00 PM 7:00 AM 6:00 AM 5:00 AM 4:00 AM
End Time 9:00 PM 9:00 AM 8:00 AM 7:00 AM 6:00 AM

These are designated in the Teacher’s Portal as “Hot” with a flame next to them.

Screenshot PPT

Often, VIPKid will run incentives and contests for being available or opening short notice timeslots in these “PPT” timeframes, so it’s always in your best interest to open these as much as possible.

I hope you found this helpful. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments below!  If you haven’t yet applied with VIPKid, be sure to check out Completing the VIPKid Application.

If you would like help through  the process, I would be happy to be your mentor.

Happy teaching!

What’s this VIPKid thing Amelia keeps posting about?

A few of you have asked what exactly VIPKid is. A few friends have said, “I’ve been thinking about doing it, but I didn’t know _____.” My personal favorite was my friend who said, “I have no idea what that thing was that you posted about on Twitter, but it was nice to see your post!”

So this morning, I thought I would break down exactly what I’ve been doing for the last few months with VIPKid.

What is VIPKid?

VIPKid is a teaching platform that allows English-speaking teachers to work one-on-one with students in China to teach them English.

How do you know what to teach?

There are existing lesson plans created for you. Students are placed in a level based on either a computer placement test or performance in their initial classes. There are powerpoint slides that cover pre-set curriculum loaded in the virtual classroom. Students work their way through lessons in each level, unit, and lesson with assessments in lesson 6 and lesson 12 of each unit.

Do they teach you the techniques to use?

Yes. Part of the interview process is demonstrating that you’ve got a solid understanding of the basic techniques. If you don’t, you can get a peer mentor to help guide you through the process. Teachers like me LOVE helping others get started. If you prefer flying solo, VIPKid sends you plenty of information to help you, and there are lots of videos to help as well.

When do you do it?

I work full time in corporate America, so I teach part time. I make myself available Monday through Friday from 5:00 am until 7:30 am. If all five 25-minute classes are booked, it’s 2.5 hours of teaching each morning. I use the last 30 minutes (7:30 – 8:00) to let my dog out and write feedback on the classes before I start my day job. I choose not to teach in the evenings or weekends, but many people do. The “peak” times are when children in China are awake and not in school.  So, good options include weekdays from 4:00 am Central through 8:00 am Central or the weekends starting at 7:00 or 7:30 pm Friday through 8 am the next day.

How much do you make?

I’m still pretty new, but the answer is “Up to $22 per hour.” You are a contractor with VIPKid, and it does take some time to build up a customer base. Your starting rate is based on the results of your interview and your experience. In my Facebook group, I have several detailed explanations of the scoring matrix that is used. (If you’re curious, you can see My VIPKid Interview Results!)

On top of the base pay, there are incentives you can earn as well. I work EXTREMELY part time (usually an hour and a half per day, weekdays only) and earn about $500 per month. When I have time, I open up more time slots and earn much more!

Do you teach the same students or different students?

Yes. 🙂 Parents book you, so sometimes you will get a student you’ve never seen before, while other times you get to teach the same student on a regular schedule. My most regular students I teach once or twice a week. In September, it will mark one year with VIPKid, and so far I have taught 541 classes spread among 137 students.

Do you have flexibility in the classroom?

Yes. Every teacher is different. You have a lesson plan with objectives that you need to follow, but then you can have fun with it.  Some teachers like to sing, some like props. Some like games, and some prefer to stick to the books. Just like every teacher is different, so is every student. You will find students who respond to your style and vice versa.

What now?

If you were just curious, then congratulations! You’re done! 🙂 Of course if you have other questions, let me know in the comments! If you are interested in trying it out yourself, I’d be happy to help. Check out the application process here and when you are ready to start, here’s my referral code.

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