To not know what to do?

(19 Posts)
MeMyMoMoon Thu 09-Jun-16 19:48:51

I'm a PT tutor and teach 2 tutees at the same time, costs them £10 each for a session so good value IMO. I travel to them and provide all resources. They are preparing for an exam in a couple of months' time.

However I am feeling slightly under pressure to not book hols this summer so as not to interfere with exam prep and also to keep providing unlimited resources for these tutees to work through by themselves. I have suggested extra sessions but it is just the resources that they want.

WIBU to charge extra for the creation of these? I feel I am providing a good service as it is... Also how much hol can I reasonably expect to take over summer break? I am happy to give double sessions etc in between to make up for this.

whois Thu 09-Jun-16 19:50:31

WIBU to charge extra for the creation of these?

Absolutly not U. Have a policy like '1x 1h homework is inc in the tutoring session, any more are chargable at £x"

Also you can book holiday - just book a week or 2 and let them know!

Katnisnevergreen Thu 09-Jun-16 21:02:42

Blimey, £10?? DH charges £40 for secondary tutoring per hour. I think you need to up your prices

chickenowner Thu 09-Jun-16 21:05:16

Definitely charge extra for the resources - you are spending your time and expertise making them.

And I agree with Katnis - you should charge more than £10 a session!

MeMyMoMoon Thu 09-Jun-16 21:28:56

It's £20 per session so equates to £10 each smile

KnappShappey Thu 09-Jun-16 22:22:23

How long is a session?

MeMyMoMoon Thu 09-Jun-16 22:57:52

Typically it's 90 mins

Katnisnevergreen Thu 09-Jun-16 23:04:21

Yep def undercharging. What do you tutor them in if you don't mind me asking?

MeMyMoMoon Thu 09-Jun-16 23:08:31

Maths and English, core skills essentially.

Mumoftwoyoungkids Thu 09-Jun-16 23:11:44

That's ridiculously good value!

My mum was a primary school tutor. She charged £14 an hour for 1 child. £10 per hour for two children.

In 1991!!!!!!!!

Mumoftwoyoungkids Thu 09-Jun-16 23:12:10

That's £10 each per hour for two.

claw12 Thu 09-Jun-16 23:12:31

Yabu, kind of!

Either take your hols or don't!

TheoriginalLEM Thu 09-Jun-16 23:14:28

We pay £38 an hour for dd's tutor. dyslexia specialist. You are way too cheap

ConfuciousSayWhat Thu 09-Jun-16 23:20:52

Is it 11+ tutoring? If so throw a couple of bond books at them and up your rates.

Oh and book the holiday. If they need THAT much tutoring they shouldn't be sitting it.

KnappShappey Thu 09-Jun-16 23:35:32

The teaching union suggested £30 an hour last time I looked (several years ago) £40 an hour is not unusual.
If you are a qualified tutor you are seriously undercharging and devaluing what you do.

Re taking a holiday, as long as you give them notice it's fine. Double lessons either side seems an excellent compromise.

Honestly at the prices you're charging they shouldn't complain! But weirdly I think sometimes the more people pay for a service the more they value and respect it.

Mrskeats Fri 10-Jun-16 00:03:03

I'm a tutor and charge between 23 and 26 per hour depending on age
You are much too cheap
Yes to charging for resources
And if you are self employed it's up to you what holidays you want to take don't be pressurised-you set the tone

WiddlinDiddlin Fri 10-Jun-16 02:36:28

Far too cheap, I charge £45 an hour for private dog training (one on one, in the owners home).

For longer term stuff like behavioural problems, (as opposed to 'teaching Spot how to sit/down/walk nicely on the lead) then they pay more for the ongoing support which includes training plans, 'how to do this' sheets, skype calls etc.

As for holidays, this is really common when self employed and providing a service - toughen up, just give them a decent amount of notice that you will be away for xyz dates.

People DO value and respect more for higher priced services, and honestly you will not lose clients either in the long run (you may get one or two drop out in the short term) as you will find you more than cover the lost clients by doing less work for more money!

IamtheDevilsAvocado Fri 10-Jun-16 03:17:32

Yes, you're massively underselling yourself.... I charged 22£ pH for individual tuition for basic skills 10 years ago... For 50 minutes... Although these sessions were very focused time! (outside London). An a level student relative is charging 25ph maths tuition... And getting it!

I think what others have said : people sometimes won't value you because you're too cheap!! Hey! let's see how much extra we can get out of her!! .... People almost 'smell' the fact you're someone who want a to do a good job and is a pushover... A people pleaser! Speaking as a former pushover myself!

Its also quits cheeky of then to expect you to provide limitless, presumably free, resources...

Take your holiday...

Up your rates for new clients...

Tell these chancers that any more resources over and above what you've alreadyprovided will be charged at 10p per sheet... Plus your time photocopying!! They are essentially asking for free extra time... After the very good deal they are already getting!!

Egosumgism Fri 10-Jun-16 04:16:52

The underselling part is dependent on what qualifications you have and how much experience you have. An ex Head of Subject (maths) charges £90 p/h to A Level students at the school he retired from.

You can probably charge more for maths than for English as there are far more English tutors around (not good but lots) and fewer for maths. Charge what the market will take but for unqualified tutoring I'd suspect £20 per hour whereas you're charging £20 for 90 minutes.

I tutored when I was doing my MSc. In 1999 I charged £40 p/h for A Level or GCSE maths.

If they want extra resources then give them a recommendation of a book to buy or a link to past papers. Creating resources isn't often necessary. Finding them shouldn't take too long and can be beneficial to keeping clients happy.

I think tutors often set homework between sessions and should be seen as part of the price but a reasonable amount, not hours and hours of resources.

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