Tutoring is an excellent way for professionals to make a living. This is because it consists of sharing knowledge with students about subjects that you are already proficient in.

In the case of language teaching and language tutoring, the benefits are many, including the fact that you can set your own tutoring prices, budget and manage your rates.

If you have decided to become a German tutor and help students reach their goals in the language, there are many excellent ways in which you can work on a strategy to set your prices and make sure that you are making the right amount of money.

If you are passionate about foreign languages, the German culture and everything to do with the German language, you could be well suited for a job where you can help students improve their reading, writing, listening, and speaking in German as well as teaching them interesting new German phrases.

But, how can you set your rates as a private German tutor? What are the things you need to consider? How can you make sure you make a living as a tutor and not put yourself in a complicated position?

In Superprof we work with private tutors from all over Ireland and the world in order to help them connect with prospective students and provide the best possible experience so they can reach their personal and professional goals.

This is why we have the best possible advice for you to find your tutoring prices as well as some tips on setting your rates according to your needs and professional experience.

Keep reading to learn more about tutoring prices for German lessons in Ireland and some practical tips to set your tutoring rates!

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Tutoring Prices: What do I Need to Know?

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Your skills will determine how much you can charge as a German tutor. Source: Pexels

The first thing you need to know is that private tutors are almost always paid by the hour. This is because it is easier for students to budget around tutoring hours and it allows for a tutor to also make sure that they are considering their hourly costs. But, what does this mean for you? This means that when you do finally decide on your rates, you’ll need to work them out in terms of how much you will charge per hour.

You’ll also need to think about the prices charged by the other tutors on the market in order to give you a general idea of what people are willing to pay and what people are getting paid.

Some things that determine how much you can charge per hour of tutoring are as follows:

  • The topic. Tutoring rates definitely depend on the topic you’re teaching. Some subjects are more specialized as is the case with topics such as applied maths or chemistry. Others might be considered a bit more general or lightweight and as such the prices per hour of teaching go down.
  • The hours you dedicate to teaching per day. If you have a schedule that allows you to work fewer hours than the average tutor, you might consider adjusting your prices in order to make ends meet.
  • The centres and websites you’re a part of. Some websites or tutoring centres charge tutors a fee in order to provide the services of connecting them to prospective students. Depending on the fee is the amount of money that you will have to charge for your tutoring.
  • Your expected income. There are people that tutor for an extra money but also to it is that tutor professionally, making a medium to high salary off of tutoring only. The better you set your rate, the higher you will be paid; however, your experience should match.

The average rate for German tutoring in Ireland is around 31 euros but this can vary depending on many variables like:

  • Your experience as a private tutor.
  • Your academic background and whether you have any relevant diplomas like a German degree for example.
  • The reviews you have received from previous students.

If you want to know more about the different factors that determine how much you can charge for German lessons, keep reading.

Does My Tutoring Level Affect the Price?

When aiming to set your price, some things to keep in mind are the amount of experience you have, the level of your qualifications, and the demand for the subject that you teach. With regards to how much experience you have as a tutor, a general rule of thumb for pricing is the higher the number of tutoring hours you’ve gathered throughout your career, the more you're able to charge.

For example, if you learned to speak German online you won’t be able to ask for as much as a qualified native German teacher!

Professional tutoring and/or formal teaching experience increases your pay rate.

  • Do you possess a current, state-issued teaching certificate in the area in which you’ll tutor?
  • Do you have relevant and quantifiable skills that you can share with prospective students?
  • Do you have the knowledge, and expertise necessary to support children academically?
  • How many years have you been teaching German? Do you have any experience with pedagogy?
  • Are you a native speaker? Have you lived in a German-speaking country?

Once you start answering these questions you’ll see the steps to take and how to find your students.

A tutor’s experience plays an important role in how much they charge. For example, if you are a recent graduate with less than two years of experience, you will probably be seen as a beginner tutor. Your price will be much lower than someone who’s taught for over 20 years.

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Figuring out what your tutoring level is is of extreme importance. This happens even in the case where teachers have tutoring as a side job or when native speakers choose to partake in language courses to make ends meet. But, why is it important?

Some teachers might have an excellent German level even if they are not native speakers. For example, some of them have taken several language courses and know how to speak their second language almost as well as the natives of German-speaking countries. But does not being a native speaker mean that you don't have the same level of German and should therefore charge less per hour of class? Not necessarily.

There are many ways in which you can figure out which level you have as a German tutor. The first one is to work out your proficiency by taking a level test. On the other hand, you can also figure out whether you are fluent, advanced, or conversational. You can do this by figuring out where your knowledge stands on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). A good way to do this is to get in touch with your nearest Goethe Institut to find out when the next exams are.

Make sure that once you have more clarity on what your German level is that you advertise it as part of your tutoring profile so prospective students know what to expect from you and the level that you possess.

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Does the Student Level Affect the Cost?

The difference in rates for a primary school student and a secondary school student can vary. But, why does this happen? This happens since the work required can vary wildly.

Everyone knows that learning German as a second language in a German for a beginners' language course is not the same as German lessons for somebody speaking German with a high level of fluency.

On the other hand, it is also important to take into consideration that online teaching jobs for basic German grammar, new words, and the German alphabet to a primary school student is very different to teaching-intensive German advanced level degree tutorials. This is why the level of the student really affects how much money you can charge per hour of German lessons.

Make sure that you take this into consideration when setting your rates and that you also make it very clear to your students so they understand why a certain lesson might be more costly than others and you don't have any misunderstandings.

What Things Should I Consider When Setting my Hourly Rate?

Other things you should consider when setting your hourly rates for your German lessons are the running costs. A lot of tutors don't realize that they incur a certain number of costs while partaking in their courses and this is a grave mistake.

Your running costs should be taken into account when working out the rates of your German tutorials. But, what are the running costs? To figure out the running costs of private tutoring you should take note of everything you’ll need to teach private German tutorials. Some things are obvious, like pens, notebooks, etc. If you don’t have them already, you’ll probably have to buy vocabulary books, grammar books, and German exercise books.

On the other hand, transportation costs are always an issue since they tend to be quite costly for people teaching in remote areas or places that are particularly hard to reach. From public transportation to gas for your car, these are all costs you need to take into account when setting your German classes hourly rate.

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German classes in person can be more expensive than online. Source: Pexels

Finally, it is also important that you work out your fiscal obligations and taxes. No matter if you are a part-time tutor or a full-time tutor, you need to be in line with all your paperwork and consider these expenses as part of your costs.

Once you have all of these details figured out, crunch the numbers and make sure that you have the best possible hourly rate that leaves you feeling comfortable and economically secure.

Practical Tips for German Tutors

Are you looking to start a career as a private tutor but are not quite sure how you can set your rates and reach your goals? The following practical tips for tutors will help you have a clearer idea of how you can calculate your hourly rate and set your price for German classes in Ireland.

  1. Start by calculating the average tutoring rates in your area. Doing this is quite easy. Just open your favourite search engine, and type “What is the average tutoring rate in [your city and state]?" This way you can get a good idea of what other tutors in your area are charging. You can also do this by going into the Superprof platform where you can check out the tutoring rates in Ireland and see the different profiles of the tutors. Getting to know the tutors will help you understand the level of experience and background that you need in order to charge a certain price
  2. Consider what your highest level of education is. Depending on the grade or certificates that you possess you can start rising your hourly rate. Someone with a masters degree in the German language, for example, can charge more than someone who only has a basic diploma.
  3. Account for Relevant Work Experience. How many years have you been tutoring? What is your experience as a German tutor? Depending on this, you should be able to raise your rates. You can follow this formula in order to take your years of experience into account:
    • Years of professional tutoring → .50 x the number of years OR
    • Formal teaching experience in K-12 setting → .75 x number of years
    • Adjust for Tutoring a “Complex” or In-Demand Subject Area. Add .50¢ to your base rate.
  4. Include your teaching license or certificate. If you have any background in pedagogy or teaching, this could help you raise your prices.

Other tips you can put into practice for your tutoring jobs that go beyond setting prices are as follows:

  • Ask the right questions before the lesson: make sure that you have all the information you need beforehand. Ask things about the following:
    • Their knowledge of the subject
    • Their age and level in German
    • Their current working level (grades achieved) - this will allow you to prepare material based roughly at the right level of your student.
    • Areas where the student feels they are struggling (if they're able to identify this)
    • Expectations of tuition - you need to know whether your student is looking for long-term tuition or a one-off lesson.
  • Introduce yourself and find out what your student’s aims are. While it is true that students are obviously looking to make great progress in German, they might also be looking to enjoy learning and working with someone they like. A good idea is for you to make an effort and try to get to know them. Introduce yourself and ask them about themselves. The approach you take will vary based on each student but the aim is to make them feel comfortable and to get them talking. You may want to ask them where they go to school/college, what their favourite subjects are or what else they are studying, what their hobbies are, etc. This is also an excellent way for you to spark conversations in German around the things they are passionate about.
  • Explain how sessions will work. Many students will never have had a tutor before, so it is up to you to set the agenda. Let them know how lessons will work best and how sessions are different from school or college. You should aim to explain things like:
    • Classes that include a format more like conversation vs classes in a regular format
    • To stop you when they don’t understand anything.
    • To ask questions whenever they need to.
    • That you will work on the areas they struggle on, as that will help them the most.
    • etc.

Are you ready to become a German tutor in Ireland? Keep reading to find out how you can connect with students all over the country.

How Can I Reach More German Students?

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Are you looking for a good place to start advertising your German tutoring services in Ireland? You have come to the right place. Superprof is here to help you out and make sure that you are achieving your professional tutoring goals.

But, what is Superprof? How does the Superprof platform work? Superprof is an online platform that is designed to help private tutors connect with prospective students of various subjects. From piano to maths, science and dance, we have a wide variety of subjects that are covered by thousands of private tutors across Ireland.

Anyone can use our platform. All you need to do is make sure that your tutor profile is as complete as possible and that you give prospective students all the information they will need in order to choose you as their tutor.

For example, a student might be more inclined to take private German lessons with a teacher who shares about their experience living in Germany than one who only cites his academic degree.

To give you a better idea of what type of information you should include as part of your German tutoring profile, here are some tips that you might find useful:

  • State your education level and background. Did you study anything related to languages or German? Do you have a degree in pedagogy? Do you have any language diplomas? Make sure to share these in your tutor profile so students feel confident that they are learning from someone with the right qualifications for the job.
  • Share your professional background. Some tutors have purely a teaching background while others come from the private sector or have even worked in fields not related to teaching. This doesn't matter as long as you can prove that you have pivoted accordingly in your skills and intentions and that you have become a tutor by experience. Share you background so students can get to know you better.
  • Make sure you have good reviews. Prospective students often look for ways to have more information about you and your classes from objective sources. Such sources are often other students who have previously taken German classes with you. If you do a good job and have a good rapport with a certain student, ask them to leave a review for you so other students can get to know their point of view and become interested in taking German classes with you as well.
  • Personal information. It is important for prospective German students to get to know you as a person as well. This will help establish a rapport and might make you seem more approachable. Make sure to share a couple of details about yourself so they can get to know you.

Once your tutoring profile is ready, it will be up to the students to reach out to you. They will be able to contact you through the Superprof platform and send you a request for classes. Once you see their request, you can respond and from then on the communication channels are all yours.

Make sure to ask as many questions as possible so that you have all the information you need about:

  • Their objectives for the tutoring sessions
  • What their current level is
  • Which level they are looking to achieve
  • How many times per week they are interested in taking lessons with you
  • What their overall objective for learning German is
  • If they prefer to have online or in-person courses
  • If they are looking to pass a certain exam or certification

After taking all of these into account, you’ll be ready to teach your students German.

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