For GCSE students hoping to improve their grades, or concerned parents paying for their child to plug gaps in their knowledge and understanding, finding a private tutor has never been easier!

Once upon a time, a private tutor was found by peering at the ads in shop windows and hoping for the best. Or else, by trusting the recommendation of a friend. And, after a phone call to arrange an appointment, they'd show up on your door.

These day, it all works a little differently. And we have really only one thing to thank for this development: the internet. Finding a private tutor really has never been easier, safer, or more convenient. You can get to know your future private tutor before you have even really met them.

At the same time, those people who are seeking private tuition are changing. Once upon a time, it was the reserve of those with a fair bit of money - seeking the best grades possible for their child.

And whilst the best grades possible is the holy grail of private tuition now too, the demographics are wider. Nowadays, it is also not uncommon to find adults who have long left education who are interested in learning new subjects or improving on existing knowledge.

Whatever the reason, private one on one tutoring will help you towards achieving your goal!

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Private tutoring can help us learn new languages. (Photo credit: AbdillahAbi via VisualHunt)

Not only does learning new things open one's mind and horizons; studies have shown that there is a positive correlation between higher levels of education and better mental functioning in old age.

Scientists believe that regular mental activity helps to keep our memories strong and that by challenging one's brain through learning new skills and doing mental exercises, certain processes are activated which help to maintain individual brain cells and stimulate communication between brain cells.

Just as going to the gym will help you to build and maintain muscle, exercising your brain will help to keep it young. So, even if you don't have an exam to work towards or some coursework to go over, get yourself a private tutor anyway. And keep that brain of yours as young as possible!

In a nutshell, when it comes to your academic ability, use it or lose it!

Why Hire a Private Tutor?

Having a private instructor can help you:

  • Increase confidence. There is nothing like continued support to help you feel as though you know what you are doing.
  • Improve subject knowledge. More time spent learning means better retention.
  • Attain required grades
  • Support learning for home education
  • Help with extra-curricular subjects such as drama or sports coaching

Tutoring is not just for pupils trying to improve their grades, it can also help students at the top end of the spectrum, gifted and talented pupils who may feel frustrated at not being stretched enough. Having a private tutor can help them unlock their talents and reach their full potential through tackling new challenges while they learn.

Find a Private Tutor Online

Probably the easiest way of finding a personal tutor is by an internet search. There are many agencies which specialise in providing tutors directly, either locally or nationally.

The tutoring companies keep a bank of tutors and then match them to students' requests and requirements. Superprof offers tutoring services for a wide range of ages, from infants to professionals in academic subjects as well as tuition in extracurricular activities like learning musical instruments and even sports training! With local and online tutoring you can learn practically anything wherever you are in the world.

Tutors kept on some agencies' books will often be vetted by the agency as part of the application process so students will not have to worry about checks, qualifications, teaching ability and the like.

Other internet sites are used as a platform for tutors UK to advertise their services directly upon, for example, Care. Tutors pay a fee to the site to become a member which then allows them to create a profile and advertise their services. The student contacts and pays the tutor directly themselves. Although there are some checks carried out by the sites, they are probably not as rigorous as those done by agencies.

There are also more general internet sites such as Gumtree, Childcare and Net Mums which are free platforms for tutors to advertise upon, although it is up to the student to verify their credentials. Finding lessons this way may be cheaper as the tutor is not being paid by an agency who take their commission but, there is no guarantee with regards to the tutor's knowledge, experience and qualifications.

Here are just some of the many online tutoring platforms available in the UK:

  • UniversityTutor

UniversityTutor is a quick and easy way to find a tutor in your area online. They have 112,823 tutors in 9,029 cities all over the world who you can contact for free. The tutors keep 100% of their earnings themselves and will travel to your home or another suitable location or give tutoring online. The individual tutors set their own rates of pay. To find a tutor near you, simply enter the subject you wish to learn as well as your location and whether you'd like to meet with your tutor online or in-person.

  • Personal Tutors

The internet site Personal Tutors will furnish you with a list of private tutors based in Leeds and the surrounding areas. A simple search of level, subject and your postcode will furnish you with a free list of private tutors. This agency has been established since 1970 so it has built up a good reputation along with a good bank of private tutors.

On Personal Tutors, you'll find teachers able to assist students from primary school up to A level or Advanced Highers.

Unlike many tutoring websites, in order to advertise their teaching services, tutors must hold a degree in their subject or hold a teaching qualification. Almost every member of their workforce is a certified teacher who is able to tutor children one-on-one outside of working hours.

  • Superprof

Superprof is a tutoring platform like no other (of course, we're biased). Providing a platform for tutors to advertise their services as well as an easy way for students to find and contact them, Superprof is passionate about sharing knowledge.

Whether it's academic subjects like mathematics and English, economics, accounting, psychology, learning a language or even learning to dance, on Superprof, you can get in touch with someone in your area who can help you with any subject - and if you can't find anyone close enough, there is always the option of webcam lessons. With tutors available for online tuition all over the globe, you'll always have someone to help you achieve your goals!

So, what if you're browsing Superprof and you're not sure which tutor is right for you?

The majority of tutors offer their first lesson for free, so you can get a feel for their methods and decide whether they suit your child's learning style!

Find a Tutor in Your Local Area

Private tutors in the UK are not licensed or regulated by the Local Authority. The exception to this is for music teachers who may be accessed through some County Council's services but again, they are not employed by the County Council.

Many private tutors will, however, post announcements in the classified section of local newspapers, put out flyers or advertise in local magazines and newsagents. Again, their legitimacy and qualifications need to be checked out by the student or parent.

Verbal recommendation is often one of the best ways to find a good tutor, so ask around! You can approach other parents at the school gates, teachers at your child's school, or even other local schools in the area. You can also try talking to other parents with children of a similar age to yours - whether you know them from your child's karate class or swimming club, they might know about available tutors from another part of town.

The power of word-of-mouth should never be underestimated. Speaking to those who have used a certain tutor's services will mean that you get a good picture of tutors before you meet them, helping you to decide whether they are the right tutor for your child before getting in touch with them.

Tutoring Agencies

Many agencies and associations offer individual one-to-one tutoring, tutoring in small groups or tutoring via the internet. This last option is becoming more and more popular. In an online tutoring session, the tutor is 'there' at the same time as the student, the lesson is just conducted over the internet using a webcam to enable educator and student to communicate. Lessons taken in this fashion tend to be less expensive as the tutor does not have to travel, so both time and travel expenses are saved. Learning in this way may not suit everybody, but lessons are logistically easier to arrange and conduct.

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Find a Tutor in London

As one would expect from the UK's capital city, there is no shortage of tutors out there waiting to help you! Most of these are enrolled with an agency, of which there are dozens. These cover everywhere from individual boroughs to Greater London and there are also agencies based in the home counties like Surrey tutors. Regardless of whereabouts in London you live, you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to your search for a tutor.

Some of the many tutoring agencies include:

  • Greater London Tutors

Based in the heart of the capital, this agency offers tutoring in every academic subject, from Hebrew to verbal reasoning, with core subjects such as Maths and English in between. It covers all stages of the education system, from primary level to 11+, GCSE, A level and degree level - they can even assist students with university applications.

Greater London Tutors also offers fully qualified tutors in SEN (Special Educational Needs) to help students with dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, autism, hearing impairment, ADD and ADHD. Students with specific needs such as these require lesson content to be adapted to suit their individual learning styles - something that is not always available in mainstream education.

All tutors are DBS checked and can travel to anywhere within Greater London.

There is a one-off registration fee which gives you family membership with Greater London Tutors for a whole academic year. This entitles you to request tutors for any member of your household, for any subject for the duration of your membership.

  • Deen Tutors

Deen Tutors is an organisation run by teachers. £25 will pay for a standard one hour lesson, carried out by a graduate or top undergraduate, £45 will pay for a specialist tutor for one hour (a qualified teacher, Russell Group or Oxbridge tutor). There is no registration fee and tutors can teach up to A level in all subjects along with coursework assistance and proofreading.

Every tutor who is recruited by Deen Tutors goes through a rigorous vetting process which involves meeting with the agency in person and checking their qualifications.

What's more, tutors sign quality agreements which exceed industry standards and guarantee a high quality of tuition, so you can have peace of mind. They're also committed to flexibility, making themselves available for contact during the day as well as into the evening. So, whatever your working hours, you'll be able to find time to get in touch with Deen Tutors.

  • Keystone Tutors

Keystone Tutors are based in London, although they do offer an online tutoring service for students outside of the city and around the world. They also run a series of holiday revision courses in London which take place ahead of key exams such as the 11+, for example, with a view to help students progress and get them prepared as possible for their upcoming assessments. Class sizes are limited to 8 students and they are taught by experienced tutors, so high-quality teaching is guaranteed and there is no chance of students getting lost in the crowd.

Keystone can also provide assistance for those applying to elite universities, helping students get used to the format of aptitude tests and prepare for the interview process. They also offer an education consultancy service which covers everything from liaising with schools on behalf of families and making educational recommendations for individual students, such as academic goals and university choices.

Find a Tutor in Manchester

Viewed by many as the UK's second city and with a population of over half a million, finding a tutor in Manchester is not too difficult a task. As one would expect, prices per hour for a tutor are rather less than in London. The average price is £20 per hour, compared to around £25 for the capital.

  • Elite Home Tutors

Elite Home Tutors is a small tutoring agency based in the North-West of England. With offices in Manchester, as well as Liverpool, Chester and Warrington, they tutor children from the age of 6 upwards. There is no registration fee and tutoring is usually 1 to 1, although they offer tuition for tutor groups of 2 or 3 students.

Elite Home Tutors recognises that the need for private tuition may stem from a lack of confidence in the classroom; some students are afraid to ask for help when they are struggling at school, and benefit from the privacy of one to one tuition.

They also appreciate that each child has their own individual learning style, and that tuition methods should be adapted accordingly in order to help the child realise their full academic potential.

  • Manchester Tutors

Manchester Tutors is an organisation which helps parents and students find suitable tutors within Manchester and Cheshire. They place a high level of importance on being able to put their clients in touch with an appropriate tutor as soon as possible so that children have the best chance at catching up with their peers when facing academic difficulty.

Finding a tutor through Manchester Tutors is very simple. All you have to do is:

  • Complete the online form detailing the services you're looking for
  • Have a free, 10-minute consultation over the phone
  • Arrange a lesson with the tutor chosen by Manchester Tutors

Manchester Tutors offer suplemental instruction for children taking their SATs, GCSE and A-Level exams as well as those attempting the 11-plus. Prices vary from subject to subject and level to level, however, this company aims to keep prices affordable for all.

Find a Tutor in Birmingham

 The city of Birmingham is a major international commercial centre and also an important retail, transport, events and conference hub. Its has the second largest metropolitan economy in the United Kingdom and with six universities it is the largest centre of higher education in the country outside of London.

As one would expect therefore, there is a whole plethora of agencies offering private tuition in Birmingham, including many national ones as listed previously (Superprof, Tutora, Tutorhunt etc.).

  • Genie Tutors

Genie Tutors has centres all over the country, but there is a particularly high number in the West Midlands. Their Birmingham centres are located in Edgbaston, Nechells, Kings Heath and Harborne.

Genie Tutors focus on helping students to improve their maths and English skills in preparation for exams such as SATs and GCSEs as well as providing general tuition throughout the course of the school year to help students achieve academic success.

High-quality tuition is guaranteed with Genie Tutors, who exclusively employ fully-certified teachers that are more than familiar with the national curriculum and the demands of various exam boards. They also focus on making each child more confident by taking a tailored approach to tuition - one which is guided by teachers, not computers.

If you're unsure as to whether Genie Tutors is the right option for your child, Genie Tutors offers a 10-weeks free trial for new members! And once you're fully enrolled, you can enjoy numerous discounts on tuition fees by claiming back with Childcare Vouchers, Universal Credit and Tax Credits, so good tuition needn't break the bank.

  • Montessori Birmingham Tuition Centre

Montessori Birmingham Tuition Centre delivers quality private tuition, their aim being 'to provide children the best private tuition to prepare them to be future leaders'. The breadth of subjects though is limited; they offer mainly Maths and English tuition from Key Stage 1 up to GCSE level, although prep lessons for the Grammar School 11-plus entry exam is also offered along with free mock exams.

This agency offers two main types of package, each with a certain number of lessons per month at very competitive rates:

ProgrammeMonthly FeeNumber of sessions per week
Maths£1091
English£1091
11+ preparation£1252

In addition to academic coaching, Montessori Tutors also offer bespoke child development programmes designed to help children gain self-confidence and improve their communication, problem-solving, and study skills.

The Montessori education method was developed in the early 20th century by Maria Montessori, a physician and teacher. The method is based on a child-centred approach where children are encouraged to be in the driving seat of their own learning.

There are several key characteristics which define the Montessori method:

  • Students choose their educational activity from a range of options
  • Learning through doing, rather than by listening to teachers' explanations
  • A child-centred learning environment which promotes autonomy in the classroom
  • Freedom within the learning environment
Private tutors can help improve Maths understanding
Whatever maths level, a tutor can help! (Photo credit: jimmiehomeschoolmom via VisualHunt)

Find a Tutor in Glasgow

As Scotland's largest city, and the third largest in the UK, Glasgow is a major centre of higher and academic research, with four universities within 10 miles of the city centre. This makes tutoring a viable business in Glasgow.

  • Glasgow Tutors

Tutors Glasgow is one such tutoring agency, it's slogan being 'building confidence & improving grades'.

Their tutors go through a rigorous selection process,  where their ability to teach is tested, along with their subject knowledge. Prices are £30 an hour regardless of age or subject, however, most lessons last for 1 hour 30 minutes, costing £45. Adult learners are also welcome.

Undergraduates make up the majority of the teaching team, as Glasgow Tutors sees them as a great asset when it comes to coaching students on tackling exam questions and getting used to what examiners are looking for. Tutors at this organisation also work as specialists in their subjects, rather than generalists, so parents and students can always rest assured that the tuition is of the highest quality.

  • Orchard Tutorials

Orchard Tutorials is a tuition agency based in Gowanlea Drive, and offers tutoring in the main subjects taught in schools as well as covering all aspects of the national curriculum from primary school to secondary and university.

With Orchard Tutorials, you can study core subjects such as maths, English and the sciences in addition to less common options such as history, business management and geography. If you're learning a second language, or you have upcoming exams, you can also get help with your French, Spanish and German.

To get in touch with a tutor, simply call Orchard Tutorials to discuss your child's needs and arrange a session.

  • Scholar Tutoring Agency

Scholar Tutoring Agency, based in Glasgow, provide academic tutoring services covering maths, English, physics, chemistry, biology, languages and business studies. They only recommend qualified teachers who are registered with the General Teaching Council to clients, so you're guaranteed to work with someone who is more than familiar with the teaching syllabus and exams for their specific subject.

In addition to their tutoring services, Scholar also runs revision sessions through the school holidays for students preparing for their prelims as well as those who simply wish to boost their grades before the new school term.

Find a Tutor in Leeds

Situated in the heart of West Yorkshire, the city of Leeds is the second largest legal and financial centre in the UK and has four universities. With this many students and professionals, there is ample opportunity to find a tutor in Leeds.

  • Kip McGrath, Garforth

Kip McGrath Garforth is a private agency, established in 2011, offering Maths and English tuition. They only employ fully qualified teachers, and at the moment they have six with various specialisms and experience. Teachers keep up to date with the DfE recommendations and changes to the national curriculum, so the support at the centre will always be in line with what children are learning at school. Adult learners are catered for too; from GCSE to professional qualifications such as QTS and Police Entrance Exams.

Although they are based in Garforth, Kip McGrath is able to provide tutoring to those in the towns villages that surround Leeds.

You can contact Kip McGrath through their website to find out more about their services and book your free assessment.

Find a Private Tutor in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh is famous around the world for its gorgeous location, its castle, and for the largest arts festival in the world. These, to anyone's eyes, are pretty good things to be known for.

However, for those a little more in the know, what does Edinburgh speak of? It's a little bit posh, it's jam-packed full of universities, and - as the capital of Scotland - it is a hub of different international communities, and it's got a vibing cultural scene.

This is all well and good in itself. Yet, the thing about all this is that it makes Edinburgh a really wonderful place in which to learn. And all these different people, with different interests, who come to study in Edinburgh make it a place full of learning - with private tutors coming out of your ears.

Check out all you need to know about finding private tuition in Edinburgh in our extended article.

  • Edinburgh Tutors

Edinburgh Tutors is one of the tuition companies in town that has raised the bar of what quality tuition looks like in the city. One of the few tutoring outfits that has made a huge effort to offer teaching in all the subjects any student might want to learn, Edinburgh Tutors have been providing excellent, professional tuition to the children of the city for nearly twenty years.

Based on Duncan Street, just off Causewayside, they have been accredited by the national Tutors' Association - which should reassure you that they are completely reliable and know what they are doing.

  • The Morningside School of Music

If it is not academic tuition that you are after, in Edinburgh, you'll be interested in hearing about the musical training that is on offer at the Morningside School of Music. Unless you've heard of it already, that is.

Based, as the name suggests, in Morningside, this music school provides individual classes to people who want to learn the uke or the bassoon, the guitar or vocals - and many more too.

It's a great place to send your child if it's instrument tuition that they are after - and a great place to take yourself too.

Private tutoring can widen your world!
Tutoring can help light up new things! (Photo via Visual Hunt)

Find Private Tuition in Belfast.

Belfast has plenty of private tutoring opportunities up its sleeve. With a couple of universities - sharing between them forty-five thousand students - and being a popular place to come and to learn English, Belfast punches above its weight in terms of the educational options around. It is a wee city after all.

Let's take a look at some of the best opportunities available to you - from academic tuition to music and language tutoring too. If you want to know more, check out our article on finding a private tutor in Belfast.

  • Aspire Tutors

If you head down University Street, you'll find Belfast's centre for Aspire Tutors. These are the go-to tutors in the city, offering tuition in all different academic subjects across the length of the time for which you will need to be tutored. From science to history, from primary school to university, Aspire Tutors will take you through the lot.

They are a nice bunch. And, with centres across the UK, they are a reliable sort.

  • Explore Learning, Belfast

Besides the English and maths tuition, which is available with one hundred and one different tutoring outfits across the city, the remarkable thing about Explore Learning's service is their attention to different entrance exams.

That primarily means the transfer test - both the AQE or the GL - which will get you into the grammar school of your choice. If that's what you are after, then Explore Learning is a great place to do it. They have a pretty good success rate.

  • International House, Belfast

If it is English language training that you want, you needn't go any further than International House in Belfast. Across fifty different countries, these guys have one hundred and sixty language schools. And you can rest assured that they are pretty reliable and good at what they do.

For those interested in getting their IELTS, a CELTA qualification, or for those just looking for casual English classes, this is the place for you.

  • MusicTeachers

And for those whose search for a private tutor means a music tutor specifically, MusicTeachers is the place to go. It's a database of music teachers available in Belfast.

Whether for instrument lessons, music theory, or composition, these guys - associated with the Musician's Union - will help you out.

Find Private Tutoring in Cardiff.

Cardiff is a wonderful city that, over the years, has quietly become one of the best places to live in the UK. A lot of factors contribute to this - from its lively cultural life to its leafy greenness, from the fact that it is actually reasonably priced to its gorgeous surroundings. Yet, because we are biased, we believe the private tutors make it a pretty brilliant place to live in too.

So, if you are looking for private tuition in Cardiff, check out our article on the topic. Meanwhile, here are some highlights.

  • Cardiff & Vale Tutors

Cardiff & Vale Tutors are the local legends of the tuition industry of south Wales. And rightly so, because they do pretty much everything the way it should be done.

These guys offer teaching in all manner of different subjects. They are quite clear on who they want their tutors to be (i.e. people with proper teaching experience or qualifications). And they are determined to make private tuition accessible and affordable. That means specialist support for people with dyslexia, for example.

Cardiff should be proud to have them.

  • R.L. Johns

Rhodri, otherwise known as R.L. Johns, is the person you want as your kid's music tutor. A professional music producer - and a very experienced educator - he can help your child grow musically in the comfort of his studio.

From guitar to piano, from theory to music appreciation, R.L. Johns has it all covered when it comes to music tuition.

  • P.C. English

Learning English as a second language can be a tough enough task. But then, when you go to an English-speaking country to hone your skills, you've got all the practicalities to worry about too. Finding a decent English teacher is the least of your worries.

Luckily, PC English make this pretty easy. From casual learning to teaching towards specific examinations, he'll get you where you want to be.

Conclusion

At the end of the day, whichever tutoring method you choose, home tuition or online tutoring, you will notice the difference in your child's knowledge and confidence. Learning can only be a good thing!

When researching tutors online, be sure to have a look at the reviews and testimonials from other parents. This is the essential thing really. Because there is an element of trust to all this. You just have to take the plunge, even if you have don't have all the information you would like to begin with.

That's why, at Superprof, we encourage our tutors to give their first lesson free. Because we know that it can be tough for students and parents to know whether they'll get along with their tutor.

You can always say no, in the end, anyway. Just because you got in touch with a tutor, it does not mean you are committed to them for life. If you are not seeing the results that you hoped to see, find yourself a different tutor. There's no harm in that; in fact, there's probably more done if you stick with someone who doesn't work for you.

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Jon

As an Englishman in Paris, I enjoy growing my knowledge of other languages and cultures. I'm interested in History, Economics, and Sociology and believe in the importance of continuous learning.