The cost of having one on one private tutoring or online tutoring can quickly mount up!

The teaching approach can differ greatly depending on whether the student is at primary school, secondary school, university, or an adult learner. Whether they've chosen tutoring services for test prep, exams, or to work on their homework.

In fact, the higher your level in a given subject (be it German, English, geography, science, or even Spanish), the more you'll pay when it comes to private tuition. You'll pay less to study basic grammar with a French tutor than you would for an advanced-level conversation class.

However, whether your just starting out or you’re at an advanced level in a given subject, the goal of your private tutor isn’t to empty your wallet, but rather do everything they can to make you succeed! With that in mind, what is the right price to pay?

Here are a few tips and tricks to help reduce the cost of your private lessons!

Have Group Tutorials

Being tutored in a small group comes with plenty of benefits, especially financial benefits.

In fact, the rate per hour is:

  • either divided amongst the students
  • or the tutor offers a reduced rate for each student which will be agreed upon before the tutorials (for example, £12/hour instead of £20).
  • In addition to the financial benefits of these types of tutorials, they can also be more effective as it allows you work with other students while the educator monitors and provides important feedback.

You’ll no longer be alone when you struggle: students can help each other to learn! With a certified teacher guiding the group, you can develop study skills that'll help you become a better learner and do better in school.

Can you have a tutoring session as a group in your house?

Of course! By having academic support at home, you can reduce the cost of the tutorials, which, in London, are usually as follows:

  • Maths: £21
  • Physics: £22
  • French: £20
  • Biology: £18
  • Philosophy: £30
  • History: £23
  • Design: £28
  • Technology: £22

Don't forget that Superprof has a new system of tutorials in place: webcam tutorials.

Thanks to this device, online tutoring can be organised through video-conferencing with other students! This can also help reduce the costs of a lesson: webcam + group classes = twice the savings!

Don’t hesitate to ask your tutor if they accept group tutorials and offer a discount!

Spread Out the Tutorials

If you prefer routine over intensive learning, set up a lighter schedule with your private tutor and save some money.

Whether it’s help with homework or an assignment, academic or online tutoring, or exam preparation, by starting earlier you can outline your objectives without having to increase the frequency or intensity of the tutorials!

In order to do this, you have to talk with your private tutor and ask them the right questions:

  • When are you available (weekends, evenings, holidays)?
  • What approach can we take?
  • Can you effectively tutor me over a longer period of time?
  • How often should I have my tutorials to learn effectively?
  • How can we set up regular academic coaching?

There’s no problem with planning ahead!

How can you plan regularly with your private tutor?
Make sure to plan your private tutorials in advance! (Source: Virtue Digest)

Contrary to what you might think, reducing the number of tutorials per week doesn’t necessarily have a negative affect on your academic performance as long as you give each class your undivided attention!

The aim is to have an effective hourly tutorial rather than hour after hour of intensive study that tires you out.

This method is very cost-effective.

Rather than spending around £200 per month on home tutoring, you can have a single tutorial a week and effectively half the cost of your tuition! Make sure that you’re paying a fair price for tutoring jobs, though!

Spreading out your tutorials will therefore be great for both your learning and your wallet!

Working between Private Tutorials to Better Prepare

There’s no secret to having a successful year. Work, work, and more work...

Of course, a private tutor can’t perform miracles if you’re not putting the effort in! Working on your own outside of your tutorials can also be very beneficial!

When it comes to academic support, the private tutor has to follow the national curriculum, which they can help you with by giving your adapted exercises to do on your own when they’re not there. To better advance and improve, use extra work outside of class in order to help you learn better!

If you follow your tutor’s approach to learning, there’s a strong chance that you’ll be able to lighten your workload during the private tutorials.

However, working on your own isn’t just a good idea for academic support tutorials.

For example, if you’re working with a sports coach, they’ll probably teach you the techniques in order to work more effectively on your own.

How can you get one to one sports tutorials in the UK?
Make sure you train outside of our tutorials, too! (Source: Pop Psychology)

You can also save money on the sports tutorials and classes on Superprof. The average rates for London are as follows:

  • Sports Coaching: £27
  • Fitness: £23
  • Martial Arts: £36

Suggest a block-booking discount with your tutor: for example, for 10 hours of tutorials, they could offer you a 15% discount (some tutors already offer this)!

If the tutorials are prepared well in advance, you’ll waste a lot less time when it comes to catching back up and learning new things.

This is a much better use of your money!

Why Not give Competent In-Home Tutors with Less Experience a Chance?

If you’re set on reducing your costs, you’ll have to make the odd compromise! While one on one tutoring is an investment for the future, not everyone is willing to pay top dollar for it!

You’re going to be hard-pressed to find a home tutor with a PhD working for less than £20 per hour! The best tutors in terms of qualifications tend to demand the highest rates for in home tutoring.

The tutors with less experience could be just as good when it comes to giving one on one tutoring. Give them a shot!

We love rising stars at Superprof: that’s why a lot of students teach their first ever private tutorials on our platform.

Can I learn music at home?
Talent knows no age! (Source: National Geographic)

Start by having a look at potential tutors, their qualifications, and their experience.

Then, using Superprof, get in touch with your tutor. Most of our tutors offer free tutoring for the first hour, meaning there’s no risk for you if it doesn’t work out!

Going with a younger tutor can save you a lot of money since their hourly rates are usually lower!

For example, if a younger maths tutor charges £15 (with the average being £21), you could save nearly £50 per month if you have two tutorials a week. Just because they're younger doesn't mean that they don't have a good grasp of algebra, geometry, or calculus!

To start getting better results, get in touch with a tutor today!

What are the Risks of Paying Less?

Saving money is great but there must be some risks, right?

A lot of people ask this question. They worry that a reduced rate means a reduced quality.

There’s always an inherent risk when you spend any money: whether it’s pennies or thousands, you can never guarantee that you’ll get on great with your tutor.

Prices for private tuition vary considerably, and if you decide to pay less for your tutor, you’ll have to compromise on a few things.

For example, your tutor could refuse to travel to your house since they’ll end up paying half their hourly rate in petrol.

It might be best to find a place halfway like a library or café.

The same can be said for their schedule: If you’ve decided to go with private tutorials from a university student, you’ll have to understand that their timetable can change from one term to the next and they mightn’t always be able to provide tutorials at the same time or day!

How can you get a tutor at a reduced rate?
University students also have really busy schedules. (Source: Journalism Research News)

The qualitative issues are normally those that cause the most problems.

When it comes to academic support, there are fewer risks since tutors can follow the national curriculum.

Of course, experience can still be an issue. However, our young tutors should know how to motivate students and provide tailored private tutorials since they’re usually working towards becoming a teacher.

On the other hand, when it comes to leisure or sporting tutorials, you’ll have to concede a few of the privileges you get from the more expensive tutors!

For example, you can’t expect your “low-cost” sports coach to bring all the latest equipment with them (dumbells, weights, mats, etc). You’ll therefore have to put in a bit of effort if you want to be the next Arnold Schwarzenegger!

Don’t forget that there’s no obligation to keep having your tutorials: Since you have the first hour free, if you choose to keep searching for a better tutor, you can do so!

This is one of the many advantages of Superprof: you can save money on your private tutorials by leaving your doors open to the rising stars of the tutoring world.

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Joseph is a French and Spanish to English translator, language enthusiast, and blogger.