“The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.” – Leo Tolstoy
English, French, German, Spanish, and Russian account for 95% of all language tuition in Europe. However, with the exception of the Baltic states, Poland, and Bulgaria, Russian account for less than 10%.
Russian is rarely taught at primary schools, secondary schools, or colleges since in the UK, we tend to favour European languages such as French, Spanish, Italian, and German over Russian. It doesn’t help that the Russian alphabet is different to our own, either. Russian is a Slavic language that uses the Cyrillic alphabet.
That said, a lot of people outside of school are interested in Russian culture, Russian literature, and the Russian language. Somebody might decide to learn how to speak Russian in order to travel to Russia, work there, or just learn more about other
The Russian language has 280 million native speakers. It was previously the official language of the Soviet Union (USSR) and became the official language of politics with Moscow at the centre of the union.
In fact, Russian is the largest of the Slavic languages. It’s the official language of Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Moldova, and spoken in Ukraine, Latvia, Estonia, Georgia, Armenia, and Lithuania.
With a growing interest in Russian, more and more people are choosing to teach the language.
Why not offer private Russian tutorials?
Here are several platforms where you can tutor languages and offer Russian language lessons, in particular. While all of them are quite similar, it’s still worthwhile checking them all out. The more you know about where you can provide private tutorials, the better!
Superprof is a free platform for tutors and has a rating of 4.4 out of 5 on Indeed. This score is in terms of work/life balance, compensation/benefits, job security/advancements, management, and culture.
With private tutorials, you don’t necessarily have to teach in a classroom. (Source: coyot)
Tutors can set their rates in terms of their qualifications, their experience, the level they teach, and the cost of living where they teach. You can also offer your first hour of tutoring for free as well as choose whether you want to offer online tutorials via programmes such as Skype.
The platform puts tutors in contact with one another. Payments for lessons are done between the tutor and the student with no interference from Superprof.
Tutors can also boost the visibility of their profile by subscribing to the service. To really increase your chances of finding students, it’s recommended that you add a photo and encourage your current students to leave feedback on your profile. The more good things a student knows about you, the more likely they are to choose you.
Don’t hesitate to increase your online presence on various private tutoring platforms and through social media and adverts in your local neighbourhood.
Of course, if you want to help those with their language study, you need to offer tailored lessons. The reason students choose to study with private tutors, whether they’re beginners, intermediates, or experts, is because they expect the instruction provided to be planned around what they want to learn and how they learn best. Think carefully about how you plan your lessons.
That means that your language course will be different for each student. Make sure you ask them during the first hour (which you can offer for free) what exactly they want to learn:
This is also a good time to gauge how far along they are in their language study and where exactly you should start their language course from.
Generally speaking, there are three types of tutorial that you can offer. If you offer one-on-one tutorials, you can usually charge more as you’re offering a bespoke service. In this case, you need to work with the student as an individual and make sure that they’re getting instruction that’s tailored to them.
You can also offer online tutorials. These are similar to the one-on-one tutorials except for the fact they’re conducted via webcam. Without travel costs, etc., tutors can reduce their rates and make their lessons more enticing financially to potential students.
Finally, there are group tutorials you can offer. This is another good way to entice students with a discount. By taking on more students, it’ll be harder to tailor the lessons to the individual but you can earn more per hour while each individual student pays less per hour.
The rest is now up to you!
If you’re interested in setting up your own language courses, MyTutor allows you to teach language skills online.
There are a lot of online platforms for finding students. (Source: rawpixel)
The platform provides students with the tools to study Russian online with a tutor. You can share resources, texts, etc. so that both you and the student are looking at the same things. Additionally, the lessons are recorded so that students can watch them back later to help them with their revision.
Of course, if this kind of tutoring appeals to you, then you’ll want to ensure that you have a decent computer with a good webcam and microphone. However, if you want to teach foreign language skills face-to-face, though, you’ll need to think about teaching Russian courses elsewhere.
If you’re looking for students who want to improve their spoken Russian or learn more about the language and culture of Russia, Tutor Hunt allows you to find students for both one to one tutorials and online tutorials and has been doing so since 2005.
Whether students are interested in learning a few Russian phrases, struggling to study for their exams at the end of the semester, or just interested in learning a second language because they’re going to a Russian speaking country, it’s worthwhile for tutors to make themselves a profile on Tutor Hunt.
Tutor Hunt doesn’t charge commission. In fact, they only charge the student for the tutor’s contact details.
On First Tutors, students have more advanced search options for languages than they do on Tutor Hunt. They can search in terms of proficiency meaning that they can find a tutor for a beginner, intermediate, expert, or fluent Russian speaker.
With a useful search feature that favours those interested in speaking Russian or any other foreign language, it’s a good idea for tutors offering both intensive and casual Russian tutorials to get set up on first tutors.
Much like Tutor Hunt, First Tutors has also been around since 2005 and operates using a similar model to Tutor Hunt.
As the name suggests, this isn’t a website for gaining Russian proficiency abroad. UK Tutors is designed to help those in the UK by studying a variety of different subjects. The only problem when it comes to a student looking to learn Russian is that the search is organised by level according to where they are in the education system.
As a private tutor, you need to find students. (Source: Free-Photos)
While they can search for an adult learner, for example, they need to search for levels such as primary, secondary, GCSE, A Level, or further or higher education. This means it might be tricky for Russian since it’s rarely taught in state schools. That said, we’re sure they can always talk to you about how they want to learn Russian once they’ve got in touch with you.
This is another site that charges the student for an introduction (usually between £4.99 and £19.99) rather than taking a cut of the tutor’s earnings.
Tutorfair, like many of the other sites in our list, can help with learning Russian through face-to-face tutorials and online tutorials.
Don’t stress, you’ll find students! (Source: StartupStockPhotos)
In terms of levels, this site uses both an academic scale with primary, secondary, university, etc. and a general scale with beginner, intermediate, advanced, etc. Additionally, this is an optional part of your search, meaning that students don’t need to worry about doing a level test if they’ve been teaching themselves, Russian.
Tutorfair is one of the smaller sites on our list, but it still may be worthwhile considering tutoring with them.
Tutorful, which used to be known as Tutora, is another recommended platform for language learning. Whether they want to focus on Russian grammar, Russian vocabulary, or Russian conversation skills, they can use this site to get in touch with a tutor on this site.
The site is clean and easy to navigate. However, this is a platform that charges you per lesson.
We imagine that Tutorful takes their cut on every lesson you have, which could mean that the rates of the tutors could be inflated. However, they also allow you to message the tutor to your heart’s content before getting a lesson with them.