Affordable private tutors?(44 Posts)
I am new to Mumsnet. Just browsing quickly through the forums, I am pleasantly surprised at how active and helpful members are, so I hope someone will be able to help me out.
I am a mum to 2 secondary school kids. I am currently looking for a private tutor in maths and french for my elder son as he has been struggling with his grades recently and I want to make sure that he gets the right help before this gets any worse.
If anyone has any suggestions for a local tutor in the London area (someone preferably who doesn't charge too much £££), it would be most appreciated.
Thank you in advance.
Hi! I can refer you to an excellent tutor, but he charges £40 per hour. Pls PM me if you would like his details anyway. He does home visits around most parts of London and maths is definitely one of his key areas, eg GCSE, IGCSE and A LEVEL, etc...
I think you have to accept that good tutors are very busy and in high demand do they charge lots. Cheap tutors are often cheap for a reason.
We live up north.
We have an English tutor for DS2 (12) who is a secondary school teacher (she is currently not working due to being on maternity), she charges £20 per hour.
We also have DS1 (15) tutored for Maths. Now this is a Uni student in her final year. She charges £10 an hour. She does lots of prep for when he gets to her house and at the moment she is covering stuff for his next exam in March.
We do travel to both of these tutors though.
For French you could try contacting a local Uni and see if any language could help your DS. My DD went to a Kip McGrath centre for Maths from the summer of Yr6 to Easter of yr7 for Maths. DD scrapped a level 4 in KS2 SAT by Xmas in yr7 she was a 5C in School tests. With DD it was a confidence thing she is now on course for a
wobbly A grade at GCSE. Kip McGrath is a franchise based company so alot depends on the owners etc. DD now goes to a private tuition centre for English which I found by googling.
I know a good maths tutor in N London PM if yiou want details
I use University Tutor to find local students who are looking for tutoring work. Loads in my area (north east) around £10 per hour. It's been very successful for us so it's worth a look.
Thank you for all the suggestions. Very helpful indeed!
Do you know anyone else in the class in the same situation? You could split the cost and it could still work well.
Hey Sally, if you are still interested in finding a cheap tutor have a look at www.studenttutor.co.uk . I used this for my son's private tuition and was v happy with the one we had.
hello to all of you out there .I am in desperate need for a tutor to prepare my son for the 11+ entrance exam to wilson and wallington grammar for boys. thank you for help..i am so stressed about it.
A lot of tutors are advertised on the internet, but it's best to get a personal referral. I used to tutor 11 plus through an agency prior to doing my PGCE (University of Cambridge).
Good tutors are not cheap tutors I'm afraid. I charge £30 an hour for science and maths GCSE and A-level chemistry and a friend of mine who is an AST in maths charges £40.
You also need to be sure that the tutor is qualified- IMO there are lots of people tutoring who are not qualified teachers. This may suit some people, but as a former teacher I do become annoyed that any graduate thinks they can teach- when they may never have taught anyone, ever.
What you need to consider too is that the lesson is a part of what you pay for- there is preparation time for 1:1 tutoring, possible marking outside the lesson, and possible travelling.
I'm sorry but it annoys me no end that people will gladly hand over £50 an hour for a plumber, or haircut, but think that professionals like teachers should work for £15-£20 an hour.
p.s. One way to work out what tutor should charge is to know what their daily and hourly rate would be in the classroom. When I tutored I never charged less than that- which was £25 , years ago- because 1:1 is much more intensive and you actually need to prepare a lot more work than if you simply prepare one task for the class then set them to it.
If you are in a big city, the language courses provided by national cultural organisations are generally reliable and good value for money, and crucially, are taught by native speakers. Try Alliance Franšaise.
I have got tutors from the First Tutors website and have been happy with them. Basically the tutors put their cvs online and they are rated by current users, I found that helpful in weeding out the experienced from the Uni students trying to earn a bit extra. You also see their photo which I found helps! You pay a small fee to "buy" the contact details and I haven't been disappointed so far. I have paid from £15 to £25 per hour.
BTW in my experience the only qualified teacher I hired was the weakest one, so I wouldn't necessarily be guided by that. I would look instead for experience in teaching the particular curriculum you are looking for - ie. Spanish GCSE or whatever. The best one we had was the cheapest, £15 for maths and she was quite a recent graduate working in a different field to education but an excellent teacher and communicator. I think mid June after the exams are finished would probably be a good time to start looking as many good tutors are probably booked up until then.
What on earth were all the deletions??
I've seen some great tutor videos on youtube recently, does anybody know how i can book these people?
I am in looking for a Y8 Maths tutor and a Y10 English tutor in London, pm as lots of deletions.
Some of deletions were mine and IIRC were due to me spam-spotting. Be very wary of posters on threads like this who claim to know an 'amazing' tutor and post their contact details incl mobile numbers...
Hi Im looking for a maths tutor for my daughter who is in year 5. Please can anyone recommend a tutor within the sw8/sw4 of london area?
My DS has a tutor and we just recently found out about her. She's a qualified teacher with her own office in Hackney. Cheap too, bad thing is you need to travel to her, which is okay for me as I only live around the corner!
I dont believe good tutors necessarily charge more than average price. I think it is down to the tutors themselves and how realistic they are with their own ability and professionalism. As my own experience the 1st private tutor I employed for my DC1 charged a quarter more than the current tutor. But the 1st tutor was no good at teaching maths at all. She was sort of ok in teaching English but really rubbish at maths. A few months later fortunately someone recommended to me the current tutor who is far better and we can really see the improvement in dc1s progress in school. Even dc1 loves going to her. In fact the 2nd tutor charges a lot less than the average market rate. 2nd tutor is an elderly retired lady who was a very good teacher before. I know 2nd tutor truly enjoys teaching young children but I dont know if that is the reason she charges less.
Naz, if you want to advertise you need to pay. As a tutor I do not negotiate, I charge a fair price and quyite honestly turn down more students than I take so I don't need to. I also do not take 2 children at once as it ruins the whole concept of individual tutoring. You clearly don't know what you are talking about.
Our tutor (Richard) works for £50. I know this is on the high end of things, but our girl has shot up in grades since he started. We found him here and would recommend him to anyone:
Ameliagrey I actually agree with you, I think if plumbers etc. are being paid £50+ why shouldn't tutors?
I can highly recommend mathsdoctor . Co. uk - it's all live, online , like a one to one session via Skype. My dd's tutor lives in another part of the UK, but she's a great fit for her. My dd thinks its great fun as she has an interactive tablet thingy they send you to use. She used to think she couldn't do Maths but its given her loads of confidence.
A lot of tutors are in a position to do tutoring on the side as a bit of extra money and fun so that's possibly why they go at a lower rate than plumbers.
We found affordabletutors.co.uk to be an easy way to find a tutor. They were very helpful and we're pleased with the maths tutor we have now for £25/hr.
I agree with ameliagrey, too (and charge considerably less than £50/hour, but also do not negotiate on price). I actually choose to go from a full-time, well-paid professional position as a tenured university academic to tutoring because I enjoy working with students on a one-to-one basis more than teaching 200-300 at a time. I still maintain my research too, but in a consultancy role (together with editorial board memberships for some journals and various other activities). Together, this allows me to maintain all the bits I enjoyed of my university position, but I enjoy it much more.
I say though, in response to the comment from a PP regarding "employing" a tutor, unless you are paying employers NI contributions, dealing with the income tax side of things, providing holiday pay etc, you are not employing the tutor, but you are a client. It may seem pedantic, but, do bare in mind that from the gross pay you give a self-employed tutor, they will need to take out NI contributions, tax, costs etc and therefore net earnings per hour will be well below the gross amount you pay. Further, remembering that you are a client, rather than an employer reflects a difference in the professional relationship between you. You would not talk about "employing" your hairdresser. Sorry if that sounds touchy, but as I say, it is a reflection of how you perceive the professional relationship between you.
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