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Guest Post: Becoming a Private Tutor

The Daily Digest(ive) November 1st 2010

You have studied to become a teacher and you’re passionate about the subjects you wish to teach, but are you finding it increasingly difficult to find a job? If the answer to the above is yes, don’t despair. While it’s true that finding any kind of job is not easy in our current economic climate, teachers do have an alternative option – private tuition.

There are many advantages of providing one to one tuition. You can create your own timetable, choose the days and times you wish to work, and decide if you wish to provide tuition in your own home or if you are willing to travel to your tutees.

Thinking of taking the plunge? Here are a few factors to consider before you decide to offer your services.



Buy a diary and plan a timetable. Use a pencil so that cancellations can be replaced by other students. Decide whether you will teach during the week and/or provide tuition at the weekends. Think of setting a 24 hour cancellation policy. To be let down without notice can cost in the long run, especially if it’s you doing the travelling.


Travel fees

Will you provide tuition at the child’s house or will you work from home? If you do travel are you going to include travel fees within your hourly rate or will you charge per mile?


Tuition from your own home

If you are willing to provide tuition from your own home, it pays to have somewhere in the house that is warm, comfortable and quiet. A large table and good lighting are essentials.


Hourly rates

It makes sense to research your local area to see what the average going rate is. Logically, tutors based in London will charge considerably higher rates than the rest of the country. Tutors who have qualifications and many years of experience will also be able to charge higher fees.


Payment options and the tax man!

As a self employed tutor you will need to keep account of your income and expenses. For clarity’s sake that payment be made at the beginning of each lesson in cash, always provide a receipt and keep a copy for tax purposes. Once you know the student/parent well you can discuss alternative payment methods such as bank transfers or similar.


This post was written by Sarah from First Tutors. First Tutors aims to provide access to the widest range of tutors across the UK. They are committed to making the tuition market more open and provide a facility for tutees to give feedback on their tuition. First Tutors has been reviewed by The Good Schools Guide and appeared in the education, regional and national press.

One response to “Guest Post: Becoming a Private Tutor”

  1. Avatar Thalinda says:

    Being a private tutor is a very good choice, for me is the best job in the world because I enjoy it and nobody can fire me. The important thing about tuition is to find out what level of tuition it suits you better, do you enjoy more a challenge with KS1 children when you constantly need to capture their attention or maybe less stressful GCSE lessons where the students already know they need to pay attention and to learn. Both of this choices are good but it all depends on your personality.
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