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Tutoring for the first time - what to charge?

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IHeartKingThistle Sun 14-Oct-12 13:18:24

Hi, I've been asked to do some GCSE English tutoring. 11 years teaching experience, zilch tutoring experience. It's also a friend who's asked so that complicates things a bit. What do you think?

AGhoulfromtheCrypt Sun 14-Oct-12 13:20:26

I think £2012 an hour is generally accepted. Make sure you agree beforehand though. Even though it's a friend, you are a professional offering a service, so don't sell yourself short.

AGhoulfromtheCrypt Sun 14-Oct-12 13:21:23

Right. That should have read £20 an hour. Stupid autocorrect. Unless you really are that superfantastic!

imtheonlyone Sun 14-Oct-12 13:21:32

My SIL tutors Maths and she charges £20 per hour ... And is always full :-)

ExitPursuedByAaaaaarGhoul Sun 14-Oct-12 13:22:10

Gosh that's a lot.
My DD's maths tutor charges £25 an hour.

AGhoulfromtheCrypt Sun 14-Oct-12 13:26:04

I think it also depends on what she wants you to do - is it general revision or specifically focused on certain exams/ assessments? Are you familiar with that exam board? How long will it take you to prepare resources etc?

IHeartKingThistle Sun 14-Oct-12 13:28:27

£20 an hour does seem right; it just seems a lot to ask for in real life! And I'm worried about what will happen if he doesn't achieve the grade he wants - so awkward if they've been paying me all year.

I'm overthinking this, aren't I? It's what they'd be paying if they asked someone else, right?

DameFannyGallopsAtaGhost Sun 14-Oct-12 13:31:35

If you're tutoring you should be able to give them a reasonable expectation of grade though shouldn't you? As you'll be working so closely

Thewidewideworld Sun 14-Oct-12 13:33:25

I am tutoring atm and charging £15, as it is a friend's child, but I know the going rate locally is £20.

IHeartKingThistle Sun 14-Oct-12 13:34:59

Yes, hopefully! I guess that's the point!

Don't know the exam board yet but I believe the texts are familiar. Will involve a bit of prep.

IHeartKingThistle Sun 14-Oct-12 13:36:07

Sorry x-post.

mummytime Sun 14-Oct-12 13:41:43

Private music lessons are £34 an hour or so btw.

IHeartKingThistle Sun 14-Oct-12 14:10:39

Thewidewideworld was that the charge you gave her or the price she offered? I was wondering if I should do 'mates rates', especially as I haven't done it before.

Felicitywascold Sun 14-Oct-12 14:44:05

In this (expensive) part of the world the going rate is £35-40 an hour, I know some tutors who are getting more. So £20 sounds more than generous to a friend to me!

IHeartKingThistle Sun 14-Oct-12 14:53:19

Blimey, where do you live???

Thewidewideworld Sun 14-Oct-12 15:13:03

She asked me what I would charge and I said £15. Child is well known to me and as she is my first tutee she gets a lack of experience discount!

mnistooaddictive Sun 14-Oct-12 16:10:10

I charge £25 per hour but I travel to students so have petrol costs and travel time. If anyone is more than about 20mins away I charge £30 per hour. If I think someone is really strugling but really benefittingI may drop my price or offer some kind of deal.

IHeartKingThistle Sun 14-Oct-12 23:05:36

It's a minefield! Tutors, can I ask what time you do most of your tutoring?

dontcallmehon Sun 14-Oct-12 23:10:50

Don't sell yourself short. I charge £30 per hour in the North West, where the going rate is £20-25. I am full and always being asked for more tuition. I am an experienced tutor and teacher, with an Oxford degree ( which clients like) and have built up a good reputation. I started out charging £25, but upped my rates after a couple of years experience - so I'd say that is a good starting point.

dontcallmehon Sun 14-Oct-12 23:13:03

I work every weeknight and on Saturdays till 3 and Sundays till 4. I also tutor online and via Skype on an ad hoc basis. I love it!

IHeartKingThistle Sun 14-Oct-12 23:51:07

Oh I remember you from the leaving teaching thread! Thanks for the advice, you sound super-successful!

GW297 Mon 15-Oct-12 12:37:46

I think £30 per hour is the going rate now. I'd offer £5 off for friends or if they are happy to come to your house instead.

forevergreek Mon 15-Oct-12 12:41:16

When I looked at tutors about 5 years ago it was approx £20 for gcse level and £30 for a level. 5 years on I would add at least £5 an hour more

HappyTurquoise Sat 20-Oct-12 20:13:30

I advertise as £25 an hour but only charge that for one-off lessons, or if I have to travel for long/far. Usually I charge £17 - £20 per lesson for 5 - 10 lessons, booked and paid in advance. You should be able to charge a little more for GCSE, once you have got some experience (and assuming you have some teacher training and experience. sorry, have not ready the rest of the thread thoroughly.)

I teach from 4pm - 7(ending 8pm) to suit the family, but maximum 2 pupils on one day/night, with a gap to read my prep and 'tune in' before each lesson.

HappyTurquoise Sat 20-Oct-12 20:15:32

(I don't teach GCSE, I teach basic maths & literacy, so you should charge more, for a more advanced syllabus.)

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