The Find a Teacher List is the most common way for italki students to find a teacher.
At the top of the page, students can filter the thousands of teachers on italki by categories like teaching language, "from" which country, other languages the teacher speaks, price, etc. Make sure your information is updated and accurate so that the filters will apply to you correctly.
Once the students have applied search filters, italki sorts the matching teachers into a list.
The "Find a Teacher" List is sorted according to recent activity, teacher's available time, and student's time zone. This means that teachers who recently logged in or were active on the site, have more available times or can match to the student's time zone will show up higher on the list for each student.
We do this in order to increase the chances that a student will quickly find a teacher who can respond to their request in a timely manner and to increase the chances that a student will find a teacher who is available during their own free time.
When students see you on the list, they will see your picture, basic information, short introduction, and tags. Choose information that will help students quickly understand whether they are your ideal student.
Please note: Having more than 50 hours of availability a week DOES NOT further increase your ranking. So do not set yourself available 24/7 if you are not actually available.
Where am I on the list?
The Teacher List updates once every 10 minutes, so if you've just logged in, you might not see yourself on the list until the next update. If you don't see yourself on the list, please wait 10-15 minutes and then look again.
Note: If you are looking at the iOS app, then you will not be able to find yourself on the list, as the iOS app automatically removes your own profile. You will need to log out and then go to italki.com/teachers in order to view yourself on the list.
If you have set your Availability Statues to "Not looking for new students", then you will not appear on the Teacher List. Here is how to find and check your "Availability Status": http://support.italki.com/hc/en-us/articles/206351608
When you are ready to accept new students again, you can just update your "Availability Statues" to "looking for new students", and you will appear on the Teacher List again.
How do I move up the list?
Teacher search rankings are customized for each individual user when they do a search on the Find a Teacher page. The results and ranking of what one user sees will be different than what another user sees based on the user's timezone, teacher's available time, and how active the teacher is on italki.
In general, teachers who are more active on italki and have more time available on their calendar will appear higher.
Again, different students and teachers may receive different search results.
Please DO NOT use any automatic page refreshers or any artificial way of exaggerating your activity on the website. This is a misrepresentation of your real activity and is considered a violation of italki teacher Code of Conduct.
We expect that the natural activity of teachers around the world at different times of day will "mix" the list to offer a good selection of available teachers to students, and to give all teachers fair representation on the list.