“You cannot teach a man anything, you can only help him find it within himself.” - Galileo
Be it maths, physics, chemistry, primary school, secondary school, or university, private tutorials can be a godsend for students. Both support for struggling students and a way for gifted students to excel, academic support tutoring is rewarding for both the student and the teacher.
For many parents, private tutoring is their first choice when it comes to helping their children improve their academic performance. This is why the tutoring market has grown a lot in the last decade.
It has to be said that with the right tutor and a willingness to learn, a struggling student can turn their year around. Not every parent has the time to help their child with their schooling as much as they’d like so they instead opt for a tutor.
In the modern age, there are several ways you can get into tutoring and it's never been easier as there are plenty of dedicated websites where tutors can advertise their services and find students.
In this article, we'll be looking at some of the best tutoring websites for those wanting to offer academic support tutoring.
Our site is home to over 13 million tutors and is one of the go-to websites for finding tutors or creating a profile to advertise your private tutorials.
Students can search for tutors on Superprof by qualifications, budget, location, etc. and tutors have the option to offer tutorials in-person, online, or in groups or any combination of the three.
You’re free to decide how you would like to be paid and how much you charge and Superprof leaves tutors with the freedom to organise their lessons how they want and in a way that’s right for them.
This freedom is one of the platform’s biggest advantages; it lets tutors do what they do best. Whether you’re teaching primary, secondary, college, or university tutorials, you’re in charge.
MyTutor is a tutoring website that specialises in online private tutoring. As long as you have a computer and a decent internet connection you can teach private lessons and tutorials to tutors all over the world.
To become a tutor on this website, you'll need to create an account, book an interview, and complete some training. You'll need to be a current student or graduate of one of the listed universities on their website and have A grades in Maths, English, or science GCSEs or A Levels.
You also need to be able to work in the UK and register as self-employed with HMRC, which is something that almost every tutor looking for work as a freelancer will also need to do to pay the taxes on their earnings.
This is a website where tutors can offer tutorials both in-person and online. This website also has the bonus that tutors can search for students rather than waiting for the students to come to them.
This website mainly focuses on tutors offering GCSE and A Level tutorials, but tutors of all levels and a wide range of academic subject can register to tutor through the site.
With UK Tutors, you can register your profile to start receiving tutoring requests for private lessons. Like many of the other tutoring websites, private tutors and teachers will be expected to pay a fee for any tutoring work you do with students who find you through the service.
At 5% for the first 5 hours of tutoring and 4% after that, this tutoring website tends to take less commission than a lot of others. Generally, most websites charge a commission of around 10% so this is quite a favourable deal for the tutors on the site.
Payment to UK Tutors can be made through PayPal or a credit or debit card.
First Tutors is another website where tutors can create a profile and start offering lessons in a variety of academic subjects for GCSE, A Level, and university students.
Unlike some of the other websites, First Tutors doesn't take a cut of the tutor's earnings but instead charges the students a finder's fee of between £9.99 and £24.99 depending on the tutor they choose and the rates they charge.
This is great for the tutors who will take home all the money they earn from their lessons, but it does mean that students may be more hesitant about hiring a tutor knowing they have the finder's fee to pay. Of course, once they've paid the fee, they may be willing to stay with their tutor for longer as they probably won't want to keep changing tutor and paying the fees again and again.
Sherpa is quickly becoming one of the most popular websites for tutors. This platform helps tutors find students and vice-versa.
Tutors can set their schedule and rates and find in-person and online students. Payment is cashless and through the platform, with Sherpa taking 10% commission.
There are a lot of subjects taught so this is a good site for most tutors. The fact that you can set your rates is also really useful as it allows you a good amount of control over your business and marketing. Similarly, the commission is among some of the lowest rates around.
Getting started with private tutoring isn’t as complicated as it may first seem. With online and face-to-face tutoring an option, there’s something for everyone. As you can see, the web is still one of the best ways to get noticed. More often than not, as a private tutor, you’ll be the boss and can take the school holidays off if you want, choose whether you teach in-person or online, and set your hours and rates.
If you'd like to start tutoring on Superprof, you can sign up today as a tutor and start offering private tutorials in almost anything, including academic support, without having to pay anything. You can always pay to improve your visibility to attract more potential students, but this is completely optional.
You can offer face-to-face tutorials, online tutorials, and group tutorials, and you can offer one or several types of tutoring depending on your availability and how you like to work. Each type of tutorial comes with pros and cons for the tutor in terms of preparation and expenses.
With face-to-face tutorials, you may have to travel to your students and will often be expected to tailor every lesson to the student. This means that while you can often reuse certain resources, you'll still be expected to put in some extra effort to offer a bespoke service to every student. Fortunately, many students are willing to pay a premium for a bespoke tutoring service so you can cover the preparation and travel time in your rates.
With online tutorials, you can teach a broader range of students as students from everywhere in the world can work with you. As you don't have to travel to them, you can save money and time and also schedule more lesson each week. This will help you to increase your earning potential and allowing you to charge more competitive rates.
With group tutorials, you won't have to adapt the lessons as much as you'll have several students to keep happy. In a lot of cases, you can earn more per hour as several students are paying for the class but they'll often be quite happy as they'll each be paying less than they would for one-on-one or online tutorials.
When you first start tutoring on the site, your profile will be quite empty before your students start filling it with glowing reviews. It's a good idea to offer the first lesson for free so that students are willing to try out your tutoring. This is also a good opportunity for you to show off what you can do and how you can help potential students.
When it comes to creating your profile, make sure you highlight what you can offer the student and showcase any relevant qualifications and experience you may have, especially as you won't have the reviews from other students to reassure students. Remember that when you do start getting students, you're a consummate professional and offer them a tutoring service that they'd be happy to recommend to friends and family and encourage them to provide you with a positive review.
Now it's over to you!