“I never teach my pupils, I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.” - Albert Einstein

Being a private tutor is a great job and it’s very rewarding for both the tutor and the student. However, it can be difficult to decide on your rates. If you take the time to do your research and see where you fit in the market, you should be able to find the perfect price whether you're a chemistry tutor, reading tutor, French tutor, or online tutor!

Thankfully calculating how much you will need to charge in order to make a living is much easier when it comes to one-to-tone private tutorials. You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to add up your expenses and figure how much you need to charge per hour in order to get by.

Private tutorials are an interesting option for both young and not-so-young learners. Whether you’re in school, university, working, or interested in changing jobs, looking to re-learn English, study chemistry or physics, or learn to play a music instrument, anyone can get private tutorials.

If you are in Dublin you can expect to charge an average of €15 an hour, while elsewhere you could be looking at €12 for your private tutoring sessions.

In this article, we’re going to look at how to set the right price for your private tutorials.

What is the average cost for a private tutorial?
Whether you're teaching individuals or groups, at home or elsewhere, you don't need to ensure that your rates are competitive and fair. (Source: StockSnap)
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Offer Certain Rates to Check the Market

When you get started in your new career of giving private tutorials in your home, you’re bound to make a few mistakes. Learn from them until you start getting everything right. When you work in other people’s homes, as you do as a private tutor, you’ll need to work out the perfect rate for your private tutorials without help from others.

This might seem a tricky issue to get around, especially for a private tutor as where they live will affect how much they have to charge. The rates need to vary according to the subject you are teaching as well as the student’s level. You wouldn't charge a primary school student the same as you would a student studying for their junior or leaving cert.

You need to keep an eye on the market and see which rates your students find most acceptable and which ones are comparable to similar tutors in your area. The role of the tutor is also to manage their own tutorials as well as teach them.

Since you’re self-employed, almost every part of your tutoring business needs to be run by you, except in the same way as any large company would. Finding the right students for the right price is an art and you need to become a master of it. This could take some time, but it’s key to being a successful tutor!

How much do private tutors charge?
Private tutorials are a great way to teach while earning a good salary. (Source: ValeriaRodrigues)

Maximise your revenue with more students

When it comes to attempting to get your private tutoring services in front of the eyes of suitable groups of students, you will also need some degree of knowledge in marketing. Don’t worry, you won’t have to go off and get lessons of your own as it is only the basics that you will need to get the ball rolling with your tutorials.

Whatever it is that you teach, be it an instrument, language, or quantum physics, you should have an idea of who exactly you are trying to target. Companies who are trying to market their products to consumers, create customer profiles so they get a better understanding of who they are targeting. Your tutoring services should be no different!

You can start off by making three general groups that you are trying to target your private tutorials towards. For example, if you are giving English lessons then you might want to look at secondary school students, college-level students, and older learners. Each of these groups will require different resources and as a result different price lists!

 For the majority of secondary school students, it is their parents that are making the purchasing decisions when it comes to supplementary lessons, so leaving your details in the local paper or supermarket could be a cost-effective way of advertising your lessons.

If you are looking to target more college students and extract a premium for your services then checking out the different clubs and societies for English at your local university is definitely something that would be worth your time!

Lastly, for older learners and learners of a foreign language, you would be surprised what a trip to your local language centre could do for you. You’re bound to find a number of eligible and eager students to teach and mentor as they prepare for their respective exams.

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Helen
4.9
4.9 (11 reviews)
Helen
€50
/h
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1st lesson free!
Mollie
5
5 (7 reviews)
Mollie
€35
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Jakub
5
5 (4 reviews)
Jakub
€30
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Jerome
5
5 (4 reviews)
Jerome
€30
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Helen
4.9
4.9 (11 reviews)
Helen
€50
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Mollie
5
5 (7 reviews)
Mollie
€35
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Jakub
5
5 (4 reviews)
Jakub
€30
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
Jerome
5
5 (4 reviews)
Jerome
€30
/h
Gift icon
1st lesson free!
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Work Out Rates According to the Subjects You Teach

When it comes to private tutoring, no two tutorials are alike. You can get one on one tutoring in almost anything nowadays and, like with all other goods and services, supply and demand will affect the cost. The rarer a subject, the harder it is to find a tutor and the more a tutor can charge, given there's demand for the subject. For example, academic tutoring is available for the following subjects:

  • accounting
  • biology
  • economics
  • foreign languages such as French, German, Italian, Spanish, etc. (covering grammar, spelling conversation, etc.)
  • mathematics (including trigonometry, geometry, calculus, algebra, statistics, etc.)
  • psychology
  • computer science
  • test prep, essay writing, help with an assignment, etc.
  • coding (including python, java, C++, algebra, Jamovi, etc.)

If there are plenty of one-to-one tutors in a given subject, they'll either have to have better qualifications or experience than the competition or offer better rates. This means that a lot of tutors offer free tutoring for the first hour so that they can show potential students what they're capable of and show them that their instruction is worth the price.

Have a look around for tutors near where you live on websites like Superprof to see exactly what they’re charging. Look for certain subjects and how much experience each tutor has. You need to consider a lot of things for each tutor, for example, if they charge more for giving lessons in students' homes, as opposed to, say, the library.

Talk to Local Students to Decide On Your Rates

As mentioned, it would be a good idea for private tutors like yourself to do some of your own market research and meet some of the local students to find out a few things in order to inform your consumer profiles!

Some of the factors that you should be considering should relate to:

  • Their expectations for private tutors.
  • The quality of teaching offered in local educational establishments.
  • How much money do they have to pay for private tutorials.
  • How much time are they required for private tutorials or academic support.
  • What type of tutorials these were; exam prep, private language tutorials, online tutoring, one on one tutoring services, etc.
  • And other criteria that the students deem important.
Where can I find the cost of private tutorials?
Make sure you do your research and consider the rates in different neighbourhoods, too! (Source: StartupStockPhotos)

There are so many pertinent questions you could ask about private tutors. Additionally, each student has their own criteria when choosing a private tutor. However, you also need to be aware of current trends and keep an eye out for which subjects are currently very popular and which subjects students are struggling with at school.

Pedagogy is important too! A private tutor who is willing to hold classes out of doors might rank highly with students...

Now that you have a sense of how much you should be charging your students and valuing your time when you are giving private tutoring sessions in your respective subject, you might be wondering where to find appropriate students.

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Get a sense for how much you can charge on Superprof

Make sure to have a look on Superprof for the subjects you teach and check out the competition.

Don't forget that home tutoring isn't the only option. If you are looking to give private tutorials to students, your academic coaching could reach all over the world thanks to the internet. While the students being tutored aren't in the same room, with a computer, webcam, microphone, and a decent internet connection, anyone in the world can access your tutorials.

Luckily, you can take a look at the tutors that already list their services on the website. By searching for the subject that you intend on providing your private tutoring sessions and the area you plan on tutoring in, you will be able to get a sense of the prices they charge. This will ultimately help you to make an informed decision on your own hourly rate!

While the hourly rate for private tutoring sessions is likely to fluctuate depending on the respective experience of the tutor, it will provide you with a great benchmark to arrive at a fair price. Just a short browse through the tutors operating across the island of Ireland and you’ll find out what you can charge in your area.

The tutors that list their services on the Superprof platform know that investment in knowledge has a price. This price considers the tutor’s qualifications and the time taken the prepare and gives their lessons. Additionally, the price will vary according to supply and demand with supply is the number of tutors offering a given class and the demand being the number of students who want classes.

So what does this mean for your rates?

Well, if you don't have to travel, you don't have to pay to travel. An online tutor can charge less than a tutor who has to travel to their student's house.

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Samuel

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