If you are a private tutor, we know how stimulating and rewarding this job can be so whether you provide private tuition on a part time or full time basis, we would like to offer you a few tips to help you organise your tutoring career. Whilst the demand for tuition varies per subject and level during the course of the academic year, perhaps it's a good idea to plan ahead and think if you’re able to commit your time to a student for the length of an academic year. Demand increases for private tuition with the run up for June exams and many tutees/parents seek intense revision lessons before the final year examinations.
Another aspect to bear in mind is at what times you will be available to provide lessons. If you are offering tuition for Primary, Secondary and Junior College levels then you might need to offer tuition after school in the afternoons on weekdays. When you have decided what levels and age groups to tutor, it is advisable to invest in resources such as worksheets, study notes or assessment books. It is also essential that you have up to date textbooks.
Other factors to consider are:
1. Travel. Are you able to travel to your tutees and within what area/distance are you prepared to travel? Many tutors offer home tuition and also travel to their tutees, the more flexible options you can offer, the better.
2. Hourly rates. We suggest that you find out the market rate for your own tutor category. Do consider how much tutoring experience you have and what qualifications you possess. Currently there are no specified minimum qualifications needed to become a private tutor but tutors with many years of experience and with high qualifications are often able to charge higher rates.
3. Payment options. By default, private tutors collect their fees at the end of 4 weeks of lessons. However, there are various payment options too. Some tutors may prefer getting paid after every lesson. Whichever the arrangement, you can discuss directly with the agent and parent.