According to a Brandon-Hall study, the average eLearner will spend 40 to 60 percent less time learning the same material compared to someone studying in a traditional classroom setting: When you calculate the time you save by not having to commute, as well as time saved by avoiding other potential distractions that you’d have experienced in a traditional classroom, it becomes clear that one of the biggest advantages of eLearning is that it saves you time. But what about money? Wouldn’t it be great to be able to spend this extra time to earn a side income and pay your eLearning tuition? Here are 6 ways to do this.
1. Sell Your Notes
If you’ve always been a dutiful notetaker, you can finally be rewarded. One of the ways you can earn side income to pay your eLearning tuition is by selling your notes.
Sites like Nexus Notes and NoteSale make it easy to sell your study notes; they let you upload your study notes, find buyers for the notes, and take care of the payment process. You can also personally connect with people who couldn’t take notes in class and offer to sell them your own notes.
2. Assist Others With Their Assignments
Getting paid to do other people’s assignment is an industry of its own, with some people making a full time income by doing other people’s assignments.
Depending on what subject you work on, this provides a good opportunity for you to better understand a subject and improve your own chances of success; many students are unable to regularly do their assignments due to one reason or the other, and this is where you come in. This list provides a list of sites that pay you to help others do assignments.
3. Start A Blog/Website
Research shows that trying to explain something helps us better understand it by finding “gaps” in our knowledge. This is why journaling (or starting a blog — we’re in the 21st century!) is one of the best ways to improve your knowledge about a subject.
The good news about starting a blog or website is that it can be about anything — including what you’re studying in school. The better news is that you can actually get paid to blog; in fact, blogging is an entire industry on its own. Simply determine the topic of your blog, find a good web host (this list features the best of them!), install WordPress or some other popular CMS, and update your blog. As your readership grows, you can sell your own products, promote affiliate offers, or even sell your blog for a huge sum. Who knows, your blog might even land you your dream job!
4. Freelance On The Side
Perhaps one of the most lucrative ways to earn side income to pay your eLearning tuition is by freelancing. Depending on your skills, it takes little time and can be hugely rewarding. For example, there are sites that pay up to $1,000 per article, and most pay at least $50 – $100 per article. For an hour or two of work, that quickly adds up.
Start by identifying skills you have and can offer to others — this could be writing, design, or programming skills. Brush up these skills, and then offer your services to others as a freelancer.
5. Become A Tutor
Another way to earn side income with your spare time as an eLearner, while improving your chances of academic success is by becoming a tutor. It helps if you have to tutor on subjects you’re studying; since you can’t really teach others what you don’t understand, and teaching others a subject will actually improve your understanding of it. This way, not only do you earn side income to pay your tuition but you also improve your overall knowledge of the subject you’re studying and increase your chances of success.
You can join sites like First Tutors to advertise your tutoring services. You can also tell friends and acquaintances about your tutoring services.
6. Volunteer To Be Part Of A Research
You’d be surprised to find out that many researchers are willing to pay you to do what you would have ordinarily done just to have you be a part of their research.
Universities and research centers regularly conduct studies to prove a theory, and they often pay subjects that participate in these studies. While there are more “extreme” cases, such as where you undergo “clinical testing” for a certain drug or treatment before it is determined if it is safe to be released to the general public, there are more mild forms of research: For example, there are cases of students who have been paid as much as $25 to listen to music for a few hours.