Becoming a private tutor- all questions here

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  • geek84geek84 Forumite
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    Good Morning Folks

    Has anybody made private tutoring as their full time job? If so, do you make enough income per week to cover household expenses and have a bit left over?

    Have you considered investing in a pension? If so, how do you go about doing that?

    Thanks kn advance for your responses.
  • geek84geek84 Forumite
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    Good Morning Folks

    In order to attract students to my tuition business, I was thinking of getting some leaflets printed and actually standing outside schools at home time in order to distribute the leaflets to give to parents and students.

    Do you think that would be a good idea? Would I be breaking any rules/laws?

    Thanks
  • Hi all,

    first time I've posted here.

    I am offering tuition on coursework from GCSE up to postgrad level. I have a degree, masters and PhD so am well versed in what is expected of a well written essay.

    I will proof read and offer constructive feedback to boost your grade. I work within higher education already and have 10 years of experience teaching at University level.

    Please do get in touch if I can help you. I will offer an initial free assesment of your work, then a fee based on word count:

    0-1,500 words - £30
    1,500 - 3,000 - £50
    3,500 - 5,000 - £75
    5,000 + £100
    PHD thesis - £500
  • edwardp22 wrote: »
    Hi all,

    first time I've posted here.

    I am offering tuition on coursework from GCSE up to postgrad level. I have a degree, masters and PhD so am well versed in what is expected of a well written essay.

    I will proof read and offer constructive feedback to boost your grade. I work within higher education already and have 10 years of experience teaching at University level.

    Please do get in touch if I can help you. I will offer an initial free assesment of your work, then a fee based on word count:

    0-1,500 words - £30
    1,500 - 3,000 - £50
    3,500 - 5,000 - £75
    5,000 + £100
    PHD thesis - £500

    Hi Edward

    This is my first post too.
    Firstly, if you are looking for proof reading work, it isn't great that you have a spelling mistake in your post for the word assessment - that would put me off using your services.
    Secondly, you cannot offer a proof reading service for GCSE or A level course-work. Coursework is no longer taken home, but is now carried out under controlled conditions in class so that all pupils in a school spend the same amount of time on it and cannot be helped by parents or tutors.
    I would recommend just offering your services to university students in particular overseas students who may need help writing clear English.
  • If anyone is looking to enter into this business then I would suggest that first find a tuition agency or a learning center and ask if they are hiring new tutors. The real benefit of this will be that you don't have to worry about clients any more.
  • Despite being new to this forum, I am not new to tutoring. I am already registered with 2 agencies - I obtain regular work through one but the other hasn't come up with a single student in the last 2 years. However I could do with more work so hence my joining this forum.
    The problem with many agencies is that they charge commission approx 6 pounds fifty per hour lesson. This makes lessons more expensive than lesson where the students make direct contact.
    I have considered websites such as tutorhunt and firsttutors but most of the tutors advertising on these sites are university students offering tuition at very low rates and I feel that advertising on these sites may not be very productive.
    Some agencies e.g. thetutorpages do not charge the students but charge the tutors for placing an advert with them. They have recently increased their charge to 40 pounds a year. Has anyone outside London managed to obtain work through them?

    I am not sure what you mean by Learning Centre - this term is often used interchangeably with library in the UK especially now they have introduced computers.
  • kobracaikobracai Forumite
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    What a great thread


    Anyone know any good agency / website to find part time work as a Languages tutor? I have a Degree in Languages, fluent Italian and French

    I have a CRB check since I already work in Healthcare in the Paediatrics department in my full time job, so that should put me to an advantage

    I tried finding tutoring work in the past but I struggled because agencies where asking me for a teaching qualification, I don’t have one, nor I have the dosh to get one…
  • Your best bet may be putting an advert on Gumtree and emphasising your degree and any placements you did abroad as part of the course.
    GCSE and A level exams are over now so the exam coaching season is now over until September.
    Your best bet may be doing your own "Holiday French" type course or something similar for people going on business trips etc.
  • mapleleaf1010mapleleaf1010 Forumite
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    I'm thinking about setting up a small business teaching French private lessons at the students' home or office (for holidays, business, etc). I'll be a sole trader.

    Any advice re public liability and professional indemnity insurance pls? Any particular insurers you recommend?

    Cheers
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