“I don't love studying. I hate studying. I like learning. Learning is beautiful.” - Natalie Portman

Nearly 40% of pupils in London have had some private tutoring at some time during their schooling.

If you’re looking for online private tutoring services, keep in mind that you’re not alone. There are plenty of advantages to getting an online tutor:

  • You don’t need to travel.
  • Tutors have more availability.
  • Cheaper classes because tutors have fewer outgoings.

So how can you find tutors who teach via webcam?

Here’s our advice.

Choosing Good Online Tutors: Gauging Success

Before you start your online tutorials, you need to look for the right tutor. The clearer your request, the greater your chance of getting a good response.

How can you tell if a tutor's good?
You might want to schedule a call first to discuss what you're after. (Source: FirmBee)

Start by defining your criteria to shortlist tutors:

  • The subject you need help with: English, maths, French, homework help, Spanish, catchup classes, physics, chemistry, biology, etc.
  • Your level: primary, secondary, GCSE, A Level, degree, etc.
  • Your goals: exam prep, learning a new language, improving your grades, study skills, etc.
  • Your budget: £20, between £20 and £30, or £50 an hour, etc.
  • Availability: evenings, weekends, lunchtimes, etc.

Once you’ve worked out your needs, you can find tutors who match your criteria and get in touch with them. Go for responsive tutors.

Some platforms indicate the tutors’ average response times (within less than 24 hours, for example). In some cases, you can even see whether a tutor is available or whether they have a full timetable. Don’t hesitate to see if the tutor has been teaching recently or see if they're still active on the platform.

Which Are the Most Popular Subjects?

Maths tends to be the most popular subject, which is probably no surprise for most. English is the next most popular subject with the sciences (physics, chemistry, biology) coming in third.

Student or Professional Tutor?

You’ll need to choose your tutor depending on your needs, your level, your objectives, and your budget. For example, a student offering tutorials will tend to charge less than a qualified tutor. If you just want some academic support for a secondary school pupil, a student tutor will probably be enough.

On the other hand, if you need help with your university studies, you’ll probably want a qualified and experienced tutor. Of course, the rates won’t be the same since qualifications and experience tend to be worth paying for.

Keep in mind that most tutoring organisations require tutors to have a degree. Furthermore, some even have to take a test before being recruited by these organisations so that they can check their pedagogy.

Find out about the cost of online tutorials.

Getting in Touch with Online Tutor

Once you’ve shortlisted potential tutors, it’s time to start asking.

How can you get in touch with private tutors?
Students can regain self-confidence through private tutorials. (Source: klimkin)

When making a request, you should be clear about what you’re after. Mention your level, what you struggle with, your objectives, why you need a tutor, and when you’re available. Don’t forget to mention whether you’re after face-to-face tutoring or online tutoring. Some tutors will offer both types of tuition. You should make it clear which type you’re after.

If you urgently need a tutor, you might want to mention that you want to start your tutoring as soon as possible.

Don’t hesitate to ask around as you’ll increase your chances of finding the right tutor. If several tutors are available, you’ll be spoilt for choice. At this point, you’ll have to choose between the available tutors and maybe even organise a meeting via webcam to talk about the tutoring you’re looking for. At this point, you can hire your private tutor after interviewing a few of them. Just make sure you're clear about what you're after.

Find out more about resources for online tutorials.

Where Can You Find Private Tutors Online?

There are several ways to find online tutors.

Where can you find tutors online?
Make sure you get your equipment ready before a private tutorial. (Source: markusspiske)

Classified Ads

Traditional classified ads?

A lot of tutors still use them, but now they’re digital. You can find plenty of classified sites like Craigslist, Gumtree, etc. Generally, the rates are pretty low. However, it’s hard to tell which tutors are the real deal and which are less than authentic.

It’s also harder to find the right tutor. Be careful as there’s no review system telling you what previous students thought of them or their teaching.

You might want to ask around at school and see if any of the other parents have used a particular online tutor. After all, word of mouth can work wonders for both students and tutors.

Find out what online tutorials are like.

Academic Support Companies

Some companies offer academic support via webcam. Most offer both face-to-face and online tutorials.

How can you contact academic support companies?
Make sure that you've outlined what you're looking for in a private tutor before you start searching. (Source: Free-Photos)

The advantage?

The company takes care of finding your tutor for you. You just need to tell them what you’re after and leave the rest up to them. You can still change tutors if they’re not right for you. Another advantage is that the recruitment process is quite stringent at the best companies.

The disadvantage is that your bill can quickly add up. There are sign-up fees, lesson fees, etc. The hourly rates are also more costly, but this doesn’t mean that the tutors are paid more since the company takes a significant share of the bill. Furthermore, there’s often a minimum number of tutorials you have to book before you’re given an online tutor.

Online Platforms

Between classifieds and tutoring organisations, there are online tutoring platforms. Superprof is one of these.

The online platform offers plenty of different types of tutorials from academic subjects to music and sport; there are over 500 different types of tutorial available on the site. There millions of tutors on the platform.

Not all tutors offer online tutorials, though. However, you can filter your search results to just those who do. There are over 20,000 tutors offering maths tutorials via webcam. The results narrow to under 15,000 for those offering the first hour of free tutoring for the first hour and an hourly rate of under £20. You can limit this to 13,000 if you want those who respond in less than a day and 8,500 who offer degree-level maths.

Then, you can see the tutors’ profiles, reviews of their lessons, and more information about them. You can find maths tutors with a 5/5 rating, free tutoring for the first hour, who respond in less than 4 hours, and charge less than £20 an hour.

Could it get any better?

However, we can’t guarantee that such a great tutor won’t have a full schedule but you can always get in touch and ask them. Each profile is verified so that you can find the right online tutor with the right qualifications. The sign-up fees are valid for a year and are only charged if you start working with the tutor which means you can send as many requests as you want but you’ll only be charged once you’ve found the right tutor.

After that, payments between you and the tutor are just that; between you and the tutor. Different tutors offer different payment methods.

Does that make things clearer?

Now you’re ready to get a private tutor via webcam! In the bigger cities, you'll find more local tutors but in rural areas, where there are fewer tutoring companies and services, your best bet might be opting for online tutors.

Whether you're looking for home tutoring, academic tutoring, one-on-one tutoring, etc. you can find a tutor on Superprof. Be it academic tutoring, a French tutor, Spanish tutor, algebra tutor, or chemistry tutor, just search the subject you need to be tutored in and where you need tutoring.

No matter what you want to learn, there are three main types of tutorial available: the online tutorials we were discussing in this article, face-to-face tutorials, and group tutorials. Each has its advantages and disadvantages and it'll be up to you to choose which works for you, your learning objectives, and your budget.

Group tutorials tend to be the cheapest per person per hour since the cost of the tutor's time is divided between all the students attending. However, this means that you won't have the tutor's undivided attention during the whole class.

Face-to-face tutorials are just between you and your tutor. The courses are tailored to you and as a result, you'll pay a premium for all the time inside and outside of the class the tutors puts into planning and teaching the course. These tend to be the most cost-effective type of tutorials even if they're also usually the most costly.

And you already know what you need to know about the advantages and disadvantages of online tutorials!

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