Home tutors in London earn some of the best rates as tutors in the UK (with an hourly rate in excess of £20) – so it’s a great place to get started and lead children to academic success. While competition is more widespread in the capital than in other areas such as tutors in Cardiff or tutors in Birmingham, with our guide you’ll be all set to become a tutor – the question is, will you be a private tutor for A levels, GCSEs, entrance exams, or just supplemental subject tuition, and will you be offering your tutoring services one on one, or to small groups? London has it all!
Over 40% of London’s students receive some form of private tuition!
With just over 40% of London’s students receiving some form of tutoring service, there’s plenty of tutor jobs and jobs for ex teachers going around, and hopefully you won’t find it too difficult to pick some up yourself. So, without further ado, let’s look at how to go about finding yourself some customers!
Don’t worry – not everything is online! (Source: Jisc)
With London being such a big city, there are plenty of tutoring companies dotted about. Some specialise in particular subjects (eg: math tutors, biology tutors, Spanish tutors, or English tutors), while others have a variety of tutors to hand who can mentor tutees on their area of expertise. Some agencies (or: “tutoring centers”, as they’re sometimes called) provide one on one tutoring, while others work in groups.
You may find yourself with a preference here: if you would prefer to dabble in a bit of everything, and have a fair number of qualifications (for example: a few A levels and a degree) you could probably find a place at a general private tuition agency, tutoring some of the younger students in subjects you have an A level in, and older students in the subject you studied at degree level.
Alternatively, you might find yourself wanting to focus on one area: in this case, a tutoring business that specialises in a mentoring a particular subject might be the way to go. There could be a couple of reasons for this: perhaps you’d like to teach one particular subject in more depth, or explore the topic further yourself. Maybe you want to broaden your knowledge of the subject yourself, or feel like you’re only qualified to teach that area – all of these are fine!
So, now we’ve discussed why you might want to work with a tutoring agency in London, here are a few…
Keystone Tutors is a tuition agency based in London, but with offices in other areas, too. The tutors they employ tend to be educators and certified teachers, but there are also some tutors who work on the side. In terms of subjects: they cover a bit of everything, from a variety of subjects to test prep (usually for standardized tests like the 11+, for grammar school entry) for schools and universities. If you’d like to work there, there’s a link to apply on their website. It looks like having previous education or tutoring experience will be beneficial, as will being able to commit to a couple of years in the job. Sound like something up your alley? Go to Keystone Tutors now!
Simply Learning Tuition (SLT) offers tuition for under 10’s all the way through to university students, so it seems like there will be work for you, regardless of your education level. It’s received good reviews from previous parents, as well! SLT privately tutors both entrance exams as well as academic exams (meaning you could get to tutor juicy topics like calculus, geometry, or be everybody’s favourite algebra tutor… If you’re into that kind of thing). They also offer in home tuition, too.
The tutors at SLT need at least an undergraduate degree in their chosen field, and post-grad degrees are undoubtedly looked upon kindly. While the requirements for tutors here are higher than other tutoring centers, the range of opportunities on offer seems to be, too.
Here’s how your desk may look when tutoring from home! (Source: Voicu Horatiu, Unsplash)
With the proliferation of broadband internet nowadays (in 2014, 84% of households had a broadband internet connection), online tutoring has become a viable and attractive option. The attraction is obvious: by tutoring online, you can both reach students across the country, save on your travel costs, and never have to leave your house!
You can tutor students in Bristol from Glasgow, or find tutees in Belfast form your living room in Edinburgh. There are no drawbacks as far as the tuition itself is concerned: your sessions can still be tailored to the pupil in the same way they would be offline, enabling them to succeed academically.
If you’re sold on the online tutoring phenomenon, then it’s time to start finding some students. While more conventional options such as flyers and newspaper adverts still exist, there may be a more effective way to advertise, and it involves embracing the internet!
With the rise of online tutoring, and tutoring solo, so came the rise of tutor matching services – and we have the perfect example to show you: Superprof! Superprof is a website which lets you register as a tutor (for free!) and post an advertisement, looking for students. Interested pupils will then get in touch with you, and you can go from there! You can choose which subject(s) you want to help with, as well as set your own rates. Such services are becoming more popular online, and are a great, and cost effective, way to find some new tutees.
Finally, once you’ve started tutoring, make sure to reach out to previous students you’ve tutored and ask for a review or testimonial so that you can better attract tutees in the future!
Of course, traditional home tutoring isn’t going anywhere, and many of the same principles apply – you’ll likely want to engage in different methods for finding tutees, though (see below!).
Of course, not everything needs to be done online, there are still the old-fashioned methods. Tried and tested, they can be a great way of reaching out to students, and in particular, their parents – who might not be quite as adept at finding services online as the younger generation. With that in mind, here are a few ideas on how to locate students ‘ye olde fashioned way!
Advertise your tutoring services in the local paper. (Source: Visualhunt)
2.6 million readers read either Metro London or the London Evening Standard.
A form of advertising as old as the newspapers themselves, this is still a great way to reach a large number of people, from a variety of backgrounds, in a relatively cost effective way. in the case of London, specifically, there are several local newspapers. Here’s just a few:
To give you an idea of the reach here, around 2.6 million Londoners read either Metro London or the London Evening Standard. Not bad at all.
Leaflets are a great way to get information across in an easy-to-read and digest manner, and are still widely used, despite the prevalence of newspapers and the internet. Leaflets can be a great way to spread information in London, especially if you can target tube commuters, who, let’s be honest, have nothing better to do than read your leaflet while they’re sat underground.
There is a “gotcha” with leafleting in London, though. Many areas of London now require you to hold a licence to distribute leaflets through the borough – and this licence can be a little pricey (just over £175, in Kensington & Chelsea, to take one example). Fear not, though! There are businesses that do hold a leafleting licence and will distribute your leaflets for you, for a small fee.
One advantage of leafleting is that you can be sure your customer at least saw and acknowledged the information you give them. You want to appeal to the learner, or the parent, depending on who your leaflet is aimed at, and convince them to find a tutor (ideally, you!). Remember this when considering whether to give leafleting a go, or whether you want to try your hand at e-mail marketing, where your messages could end up in a spam inbox!
If there are any community spaces in and around where you are in London, it could be a great idea to drop in and ask if you could leave behind a poster, some business cards, or leaflets, for people to take. A good place to do this is a community centre, where you’re sure to reach a variety of ages and backgrounds – including the kids themselves!
If there are some local schools in your area, it may also be worth giving them a ring and seeing if they’ll let you drop by with some leaflets, or send an email with some more information. This could be a fantastic way to reach new pupils for obvious reasons: teachers will be able to identify struggling students, and they may recommend you for academic tutoring. Not all schools might like this, though – so it’s best to call ahead first.
Of course, this approach only works as long as you’re offering help in an area that the school has an interest in (for example: A level tuition, or homework help). Schools will also be more interested in tutors who have expertise in an area where their students are known to be studying. An example could be trigonometry tutors, chemistry tutors, or maybe even tutors who offer help with general study skills.
Jumping back online for a second here, but bear with me!
With websites like Facebook now being ubiquitous in the UK, many online pages and groups have been setup for different communities. If you prepare some information, maybe a poster you can attach to anything you post online, you can advertise on some of these.
This could be a way of reaching more targeted communities – for example, if you only want to cover your local area, rather than the whole borough.
This tip isn’t limited to just Facebook, either. Social networks designed for this purpose are popping up, too. One example would be “Nextdoor”. This network lets you sign up with your postcode and then connect with people in the neighbourhood (usually an area of a few streets, though it can be set to a larger radius).