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Info & Resources for Parents

Here you can find everything you need to know about TutorSave and more. Simply click on the boxes below to find what you are looking for. If you need any more help please contact us.

Overview

How is TutorSave cheaper?

We don’t take any commission away from tutors, so they can afford to pass their savings onto you and still end up with more money in their pocket. This means our tutors are happy to offer you a lowest price guarantee - if you find them cheaper elsewhere they will refund you the difference plus an extra 25%.

Wondering how we make money? Parents can message all tutors and unlock the contact details of their favourite tutor free of charge, then pay just £4.95 per additional unlock, a fraction of the price of other agencies. Some parents like to telephone/skype interview up to 5 tutors to ensure they get a perfect match.

Tutors wanted an opportunity to appear higher in the search rankings and pay to unlock their own contact details to make themselves free for parents to contact. Tutor upgrade prices start from just £4.95 for 7 day premium membership.

Having said all that, we expect up to 95% of Tutorsave users (parents and tutors) to never pay us a penny.

 

 

How is TutorSave safer?

Our free Trust & Safety Centre includes a 5-step ‘SafeHire’ guide and a groundbreaking ‘EasyHire’ Tutor Agreement. TutorSave’s industry-leading website also uses the latest encryption technology to ensure the highest level of security for all of our users.

How is TutorSave smarter?

Tutorsave make it quick, easy and safe to find the best tutor. Not only that, you pay no commissions, finder's fees or registration fees. That's why smarter parents choose TutorSave! 

It's easy to get started...

Step 1 - Register Free

Click here to register. It’s free.

Step 2 - Place a Free Ad

Once registered, simply click the ‘Place an Ad’ button on your dashboard and fill out the form provided. It is free to place an advert on Tutorsave and start messaging tutors.

Step 3 - Message Tutors Free!

Once your ad is live you are free to message all tutors.

Simply use the search function to find available tutors, use the quick compare tool to see a side by side comparison and then start messaging tutors to establish a good fit.

We will also send a job alert to tutors that we think will be interested in your advert. Interested tutors will message you directly to discuss your situation in more detail.

How to get the right tutor - faster!!

Free

After messaging your short list of tutors you should be ready to unlock your favourite tutor’s contact details - and with Tutorsave this is completely free of charge. Simply click on the ‘Phone Me’ button on the tutor’s profile and you will be able to access your first set of tutor contact details free of charge. Some parents like to telephone/skype interview up to 5 tutors, so we also have affordable options in place to contact additional tutors from just £4.95 per tutor.

Pay-as-you-go - £4.95

You can unlock the contact details of your favourite tutor free of charge. Each additional tutor's contact details can be unlocked for a one-off fee of £4.95. You must use this "unlock" within 14 days of purchase.

How does this compare? Other agencies charge up to £25 to unlock each tutor’s details (including the first one).

Bundle - £14.95

Some parents like to telephone/skype interview up to 5 tutors before hiring. To make it even more affordable, we have created an option to buy 5 tutors’ details for just £14.95, which must be used within 28 days.

How does this compare? With other agencies charging up to £25 to unlock just 1 tutor’s details, this bundle offers Tutorsave© parents a wider choice of tutors to telephone/skype interview before hiring.

Placing and managing adverts

Why should I place an advert?

You need to place a free advert in order to message (and be messaged by) other users. This advert acts as a profile enabling other users to understand what you are seeking/offering before getting in touch, saving everyone a lot of time during the hiring process.

Should I upload a photo to my ad?

Uploading a profile photo is optional for parents and required for tutors. If you are a parent and you choose to upload a profile picture you can benefit from up to 3x more advert views as tutors tend to feel more comfortable communicating with ‘photo ads’.

How do I edit my advert?

To edit your advert:

  1. Log in and go to 'My Dashboard'

  2. Click 'My Ads' on the left hand menu

  3. Select the 'Edit' button on your advert

 

The following page is the Edit screen. When you've made all your changes scroll to the bottom of the page and select 'Save changes'.

What can’t I say in my ad?

To protect your privacy we screen out all contact details from the free text fields within your advert and any messages you send. Parents can unlock the contact details of their favourite tutor free of charge, then pay £4.95 to unlock an additional tutor’s details. We ask all users to respect the site rules and help us to continue providing a valued service to parents and tutors.

Why hasn't my ad/photo appeared on the site yet?

At TutorSave we take your safety extremely seriously. That means (unlike most other sites) we do everything in our power to keep spam and scams off the site. To do this we've built a complex set of filters that scan every single ad to make sure that there's nothing fraudulent in it. These filters are updated constantly to keep you as safe as possible, but there are always new tricks.


It can take up to 90 minutes to perform the scan fully, so we’d ask you to be patient while this is being completed. It is a critical part of ensuring all of our TutorSave members stay as safe and secure as possible at all times.

How do I remove my advert from the listings?

To remove your advert:

1. Log in and go to 'My Dashboard'
2. Click 'My Ad' on the left-hand menu
3. Click on 'Remove' on your advert

NOTE: Removing an ad means that the advert will be permanently deleted from the site. Your account will still be active, but you will need to create a new ad if you ever need to find another tutor. Note parent adverts expire automatically after 28 days, after which time they will no longer appear in the search listings. Tutor adverts auto-renew after 28 days.

Parent Toolkit

Why is my child not doing well?

There are countless reasons why a teenaged student does not achieve high marks in any given academic subject. Everything from a plain disinterest in school to diagnosable learning difficulties can impede progress, comprehension, and assessment scores, but the good news is that focused, one-on-one instructional support from a Tutor can almost always make a huge difference in performance.

Before you decide on what kind of support your teenager needs, it’s important to understand a few things.

  • What are your goals for your teen?

  • What are your teen’s goals? And are they aligned with yours?

  • What are some of the areas that are preventing your child from making progress?

  • Have you spoken to the teacher and the principal about your child’s efforts to succeed, and asked for their opinions on what is preventing him or her from earning better grades and understanding the concepts better?

Our tools & resources will address some of the factors that could be preventing your child from succeeding, and explain different ways that instructional support through a tutor can help. When you finish reading, you’ll have a better idea of where your child’s academic issues lie, and know the right characteristics your child needs in a tutor.

One initial hurdle for parents to get over is how the concept of tutoring has changed. The old solutions of asking friends if they ‘knew of a good tutor’ or checking University campus bulletin boards to find the name of someone who claimed to be good at math, are increasingly falling by the wayside.  The reason is simple; these local tutors are very unlikely to be the best solution for your teen’s specific learning needs.

Should I be worried about my child having to get private tuition?

Not at all. Things have changed a lot in the last 5-10 years. To give you some context, Forbes.com1 estimates the size of the Global Tutor Industry will exceed $100bn per year within a few years. Believe it or not, that is actually more than a lot of smaller countries earn in a year. However you cut it, there are an awful lot of people using private tutoring services... it is certainly nothing to be worried or ashamed about! It is a highly effective solution for millions of students across the UK.

1Forbes: Global Private Tutoring Market Will Surpass $102.8 Billion By 2018. James Marshall Crotty (2012)

Why is there such high demand for private tuition?

In essence there are 2 factors at play here:

  1. Sky-high grade expectations

  2. The rise of online tutoring services

 

Factor 1: Sky-high grades expectations

Whether we agree with today’s educational practices or not, the fact of the matter is there has never been more pressure for students to perform than now. Higher education, vocational programs, and even workforce hiring directors are turning to students’ academic reports to determine what kind of student or employee this individual will be; when coupled with the cuts in funding that are currently reducing enrollment sizes, it becomes more important than ever to help your child be prepared to earn high marks and perform well on standardized exams.

 

Factor 2: The rise of online tutoring services

The rise of technology has seen a huge variety of safe, affordable online tutoring services become accessible to hundreds of millions of families around the world. It is the ease of access to this new market, coupled with its undeniable success, that has created a huge rise in the amount of money families are collectively spending on tutoring services.

 

The picture now becomes much clearer.

In short, there are more and more students, graduates and young adults competing for fewer and fewer jobs, so parents all over the world are turning to private tutors to ensure their teen’s exam grades can help them stand out from the crowd.

Unfortunately, that’s the ugly truth facing our teens today and it’s not going to change any time soon. As parents, we need a smarter approach if we really want to help our teens compete in this new and highly competitive global jobs market.

The truth about online vs. in-person tutoring

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We offer both online and in-person tutoring, so there is no hidden agenda behind our advice. All we care about is presenting you with the facts so you can make an informed decision about the best solution to suit your needs.

Some parents may be afraid that online tutoring takes away that more personal side-by-side environment, but it’s more than made up for it with increased options. You’re more likely to find a tutor whose style and personality compliment your child’s needs since the pool of tutors will be so much bigger to choose from, and you’re also more likely to find someone who can work within your schedule and your budget. There are also fewer barriers to following through, since online tutoring removes the travel aspect, meaning fewer cancelled sessions and less need for removing another appointment or activity to attend a tutoring session.

Of course, you’ll still want the accountability that old-fashioned tutoring provided in terms of performance assessment and a measureable increase in your teen’s performance. You’ll need to establish at the beginning how you’ll know if this tutor is effective, and if it’s worth your money and your child’s effort.

There are a wide variety of online tutoring options that meet the spectrum of needs for budget and personalization. But more important than just the convenience for your time and budget, internet-based learning will give you the opportunity to find the best and most-qualified person for the job since geography is no longer a barrier. You are no longer forced to choose the best that is available locally, you can now choose from the best globally.

Another important factor that online tutoring can offer over traditional face-to-face instruction from a local tutor is a reputation that demands the best. Our entire business model depends on satisfied customers, as the reach of reviews and social media is too great to ignore. If you’re not satisfied with your child’s tutor, there’s far more at stake for us than in the case of a college student who hung a flyer on a bulletin board.

A side-by-side snapshot of online vs. in-person tutoring

 

 

Face-to-Face

Online

Travel

Need to search for a suitable tutor within range

Geography is no barrier to instruction, so travel time and cost is eliminated.

Convenience

Hours limited to avoid traffic or to suit you, your teen and the tutor

Hours more flexible; no traffic issues and only two diaries to align

Security

Contact with your teen. Tutors likely to come to your home. Video recording of session more difficult.

No physical contact with your teen. Tutor doesn’t come into your home. Video recording of sessions available.

Choice

A limited pool of qualified tutors to choose from

Endless availability of tutors since geography is no hindrance

Qualifications

Must work with whomever you can find locally

Ability to find anyone from fellow students to University professors and PhD graduates to teach your teen

Price

Having to cover travel time and cost usually forces local tutors to charge more

Online tutors can work with anyone, anywhere.  They have no travel costs enabling them to significantly reduce their fees

Engagement

High - Best suited to students that respond positively to the presence of a teacher/tutor

High - best suited to students that enjoy and feel more comfortable communicating online

Is your child having trouble in one or two areas, or in every area of school?

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This is one of the key differences in the kinds of learners who need help from a tutor. If your child is struggling in every area, you will most likely want a tutor who can not only address several academic subjects, but who can also address deeper dynamics of school, like test-taking strategies, organizational skills, and more.

It’s important to caution you that if your child is having trouble in every subject area, or just has a negative view of school as a whole, there could be a number of non-academic issues at work here. Has your child’s doctor been informed? Have you looked into the possibility of bullying? Is your child sleeping enough, or is there some sort of stress?

Everything from learning disabilities to attention problems to even food allergies can cause academic problems. One of our teachers had a student who struggled to pay attention in class, and it wasn’t until another child informed them that this student shivered all through class did they find out she had an undiagnosed medical condition called cold induced urticaria, meaning she broke out in an itchy rash when she got too cold. It turns out the poor child was sitting right in front of the air conditioner vent, scratching at her hands and arms all during class! Once she was moved to another seat and the heating was increased a few degrees, she was better able to concentrate and process information.

It would be nice if every student could simply be moved to another seat and his or her academic problems would disappear, but we would be doing you and your teen a disservice if we let you believe that was true. On the flip side, though, is the fact that finding the easiest solution first is always important. Make sure you’ve worked to address your child’s basic needs before jumping in with more focused support.

If there are no external or environmental issues that prevent your child from succeeding, there may still be ways a tutor can address the overall school experience. Having a support person who can simply help your teen work through academic and  environmental classroom issues can help your child find a happy medium.

Try this approach: have your teenager write the top five things that are great about school, and the top five most horrible things about school. Then look for a clear pattern in those answers. For example, are the answers straightforward and do they make sense? Then you know where you and a tutor can begin addressing some of your child’s perceptions about school. But if the answers don’t make sense or contradict each other, there may be deeper problems contributing to your teen’s perceptions.

If your child says the best things about school are getting to play outside at PE and eat in the lunchroom with her friends, but then goes on to list that the worst thing about school is the fact that she has no friends or everyone is mean, something’s not lining up. Wouldn’t those two things cancel each other out? If the answers don’t coincide, it’s time for a little deeper digging into why your child doesn’t like school.

Unfortunately, that kind of confusion in the answers could point to feelings of poor academic ability. If your teen enjoys hanging out with the other kids during times that are not academically focused, but then also thinks everyone is mean, it could be a problem in the academic classroom. That is crucial for a tutor to know, because it lets the support instructor know that there might be some issues with academic self-esteem to work through with lots of positive reinforcement and smaller opportunities for success.

Addressing why your teen “hates” school will go a long way in overcoming academic problems, and the right tutor can help your potential Grade Jumper find the positives in school, especially once he or she feels stronger academically.

 

REMEMBER:

  • Work with your teen to figure out where the problem lies.

  • Remember that there can be non-academic problems that affect learning.

  • Be supportive, and listen to your teen talk about the difficulty with school so you can figure out how a tutor might help.
Has your child always done well in this subject, and suddenly is not understanding or earning high marks?

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This question is crucial in order for a tutor to know where to start. If your child has always just gotten by in math, for example, but now suddenly is struggling, it most likely indicates that this has never been a strong subject. Unfortunately, this can be compounded if the class has always been hard, leading your child to believe he or she is just not good in that subject. A tutor can help overcome this feeling by demonstrating measured success with small instructional goals.

But if your child has always done well in math and suddenly has noticeable difficulty, there could be several different factors behind it. Has the work become more difficult this year? Does the teacher employ a different teaching strategy than your child is used to? Are there students in the class that your teenager is expected to work with, but does not mesh with?

Believe it or not, a tutor can even address these issues.

There is a big jump during the middle grades (ages ten to fourteen) from what has been expected of students all this time, and what is now expected, and we don’t only mean in terms of responsibility. In the early years of school, students are typically taught exploratory concepts: how do plants grow, for example, as opposed to why. Later on, they are not only expected to be able to correctly identify key parts of that concept, but they are also expected to demonstrate a deeper level of understanding of the concept. Instead of just how the plants grow, they’re expected to reason that if plants stopped growing, there would be massive animal species die-offs and a life threatening reduction in oxygen in our atmosphere.

If a subject is getting harder for your child all of a sudden, the culprit may very well be that your teen is being expected to produce a different level of answer than has been required before. The right tutor can help your teen see that previous answers, while still correct, are not all that’s required anymore. The tutor can help your child reach an understanding of how to process a concept, and not just recall it.

If the problem is your child’s teacher—and by problem, we mean a difference in teaching style, not a personality conflict, which we hope you would be able to address with the teacher personally—a tutor can help your child adapt to this new type of instruction and new set of expectations. Any change can cause a disruption for a student; if your son or daughter has always had teachers who wrote out the week’s assignments and due dates on the board, but this year has a teacher who expects students to keep up with that information themselves, it can cause lapses in completed assignments.

A tutor who specializes in organizational skills can help your child develop a new skill set in being prepared and completing assignments, two issues which are often the cause of a sudden drop in academic performance.

 

REMEMBER:

  • A sudden change in performance in one class can mean your child is struggling to keep up.

  • A change in expectations or teaching style can cause performance problems

  • A tutor can reinforce the basic skill building and learning styles without causing your teen to lag further behind in class
Has this subject always been a problem for your child, but now they are getting further and further behind?

As we said before, if your child has always had trouble in maths, the right tutor can actually go back and help bring up your child’s skill level while at the same time helping reinforce that your child is not just “stupid” in that subject.

There are a few key subject areas where not developing the early skills—or developing a negative perception of ability in that subject—will mean that the work load will only get harder and your teen’s grades will only get worse.

This is a good time to mention that some students who’ve struggled with a subject for years have often had a bad experience. I clearly remember being a new student in the fourth grade and having just moved back from another country due to my father’s job. The class had to take a multiplication test, and we had to take it too, even on my first day.

The teacher didn’t explain the procedure to me. She used a tape recording of the math questions being called out—“6 times 9, 8 times 7, 5 times 4,” and so on—and the students all numbered their papers from one to twenty, then simply wrote the answer for each problem. I didn’t know how many problems there would be so I couldn’t number my paper, and I also didn’t know that I was only supposed to write the answers. You probably already know where this is going.

I fought to keep up with the horrible tape recorder as I numbered each problem and scribbled down the problem before trying to answer it. Maths already wasn’t my favorite subject, but I did know my multiplication tables fairly well. When we turned in my paper with most of the answers wrong or blank, the teacher ridiculed me in front of the class, even going so far as to say, “Didn’t they teach maths in your country?” despite the fact that I was clearly local to the area.

And I’ve hated math ever since.

Hopefully your teen doesn’t have a bad experience with a subject in school; if that is the case however, it’s time for you to have a conference with the teacher. But regardless of how the subject is presented to your child, a qualified tutor can help overcome these obstacles and help your child recognize his or her own abilities while being open to learning new concepts as well. Addressing any skill deficiencies is the first part of the equation, and reinforcing new concepts as they’re being taught is the other.

 

REMEMBER:

  • If this course has always been hard for your child, it’s even more important to get instructional support in the basics

  • The work is only going to get harder and the information will get more involved, so it’s important to close the gaps as soon as possible
Are the grades your child earns the issue?

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There’s a very important distinction between the grades earned and the actual ability of your teenager. You probably remember from your own school days that the total grade is made up of more than just the test scores, so it’s important to identify the different parts of your child’s overall grade that may be contributing to poor marks.

If your child actually makes fairly decent scores on his tests but is failing due to missed assignments, that’s an area that a tutor with special emphasis on organizational skills can address. No, it’s not enough for you to simply say to your child, “Make sure you do all your homework before you watch TV,” since the heart of the issue isn’t the television, it’s the realization that there was homework to be done in the first place. Organizational skills will help your child in many areas and for a long time to come, so it’s good to address them as soon as you see a problem.

It’s also important to acknowledge a simple truth about grades: there’s nothing wrong with setting high expectations for your child’s report card, since you know that high marks are a sign of a dedicated student and are expected by most universities and colleges. Arbitrarily deciding that your teen should have straight As isn’t conducive to helping them be a successful student, but it is fair to say, “We want you to be successful and we know you’ve set high goals, so we’ll do all we can to help you earn good grades.”

It’s fine to set a standard of excellence based on effort and process, though it’s more likely to stick with the student if there’s no negative consequence. Saying to your child, “we know how hard you’ve worked, so a B is great!” will go a long way towards helping them feel successful and supported, while still leaving the door open to want to work towards an A. At the same time, saying something to the effect of, “We don’t tolerate Bs in this house!” will only make your child believe that hard work will never be appreciated unless it results in a perfect score. The message then becomes, “Why bother? If I can’t earn an A, I might as well quit trying so hard… a B is just like a D to my parents, so why try?”

One thing a tutor can do for your teen is to help set reasonable goals and grade progressions that you’re both happy with. Once the goal is set and your teen had a part in agreeing to it, then it’s no longer an arbitrary and unreasonable decision you made, but something that your child feels can be accomplished with a tutor’s help.

 

REMEMBER:

  • Grades aren’t necessarily a true measure of what your child has learned, but they are the measure that universities and career opportunities look at

  • A tutor can help your child achieve higher marks in a particular subject, but those tools can help your child in every subject area

  • Praise and reward their hard work and use of smart processes – blow wind into their sails rather than suck it out
Are your child’s grades not the concern, but is his or her understanding of the material a problem?

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If you truly are not worried about your son’s or daughter’s grade at this point, that’s important for your teen to know. Again, there’s nothing wrong with having high expectations for his or her grades; but if the report card is the last thing you’re worried about, and comprehending and skill building is your focus, it’s important to communicate that to your teen and to a tutor.

Unfortunately, the way many schools grade their students isn’t by any means fair or accurate, but it’s the only system we’ve got. There has to be some kind of measure of how a student is learning and performing, and our system has settled on this one. That can translate into undue pressure on your teen, which can compound any feelings of being stupid or being a failure.

With a tutor’s help, you can start by assessing your child’s Tutor time on a simple “Got it/Not Yet” system. Once your teenager begins to understand concepts and can apply them to the tutor’s assessment tools, then he or she can begin to see what percentage of answers are right and what grade that would translate into.

 

REMEMBER:

  • The longer your child struggles in a class, the further behind they will become

  • Be sure you select a tutor who understands that the fundamental skills in a particular subject may be lacking

  • Look for a tutor who can be an educational role model, not just someone to give the answers
Does your child study and know the material at home, but when it’s time for the test, earns a poor grade?

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This is one of those times that if teachers or tutors had a penny for every student who fell into this category, they could retire to their own private island.

Not turning in homework or putting half effort into assignments will lead to poor grades, no doubt. But the really heartbreaking teens are the ones who work so hard to get it, then get back another test paper with another low grade on it. Those are the students we just want to grab up in a big hug!

These are the students who struggle because of the proverbial, “we don’t test well.” We know those kids (and want to give them a hug) because a lot of us used to be these kids!

In the case of not testing well, the student reads the test question in a different way, meaning it’s asking your child something different than it’s asking the other classmates. It might be from overthinking it, it might be from rushing to get through before forgetting the answers, it could even just be nerves making your child freeze up during the exam. Overthinking it happens a lot in subjects that are heavily text-based, like reading comprehension, social studies, or biology, while rushing through the test without reading it carefully happens more in things like vocabulary quizzes, a test on naming all capital cities or Prime Ministers in order, and other memorization-based tests.

The worst part is the feeling of dread they get after receiving their graded tests; they have to go home and show their parents the score, knowing you spent every night that week drilling them on the answers. They not only didn’t get a good grade again, but they wasted your time and got your hopes up on top of it. That’s a lot of pressure on a young and developing mind!

A tutor who specializes in test taking strategies can help your teen uncover the best ways to learn the material in order to recall it later. The most important thing this tutor can do is help your child decipher the important content from the useless, so that he or she can recall information when needed, but also knows how to find that answer in the future when that information no longer needs to be kept in the front of the brain. By focusing on strategies for taking different kinds of tests as well as learning how to find information the child may need in the future, this tutor can equip your teen for a wide variety of test types.

 

REMEMBER:

  • Test taking strategies are a vital educational skill, one that a tutor can certainly reinforce

  • It’s important for your teen to understand what is being asked as much as what the answer is

  • A tutor who specializes in test taking strategies can be helpful for school, higher education entrance exams, career placement exams, and more
What have your attempts to talk to the teacher about the issue been like? Are there other factors in the classroom that might be a hindrance?

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These questions address things that are out of your child’s control, and that might seemingly be out of a tutor’s control, although they’re actually vital academic and life skills.

If you’ve met with your child’s teacher and just didn’t get the feeling that he or she will work with you on your teen’s success, then your only choices are to request a new classroom placement, or help your child learn to adapt to this teacher’s classroom style. At the same time, if there are other factors in the classroom—bothersome classmates, bullying, a crowded classroom, a time of day that isn’t good for your child to take that subject—you can work with the school to address them, or you can work with a tutor to help your child develop skills to overcome the obstacle.

In some ways, we always want to make sure our children have the kindest teacher and the nicest classmates, and that we don’t have to take maths at the end of the day when we’re tired. Unfortunately, that isn’t always possible, and we’re doing our kids a disservice if we keep adjusting their environments in a way that they don’t have to develop good coping skills. Face it, everything will not always go your child’s way down the road, so the time to learn to adapt is now, while still under your care and support.

A tutor with the right skill set can not only help your child with academic content, but can work on strategies for classroom success, work to develop good test taking and organizational habits, work on learning how to study and take notes, and even be a source of information when it comes to dealing with a difficult teacher or classmate. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that your teen’s tutor is just going to teach the multiplication tables, when this instructor could do so much more.

 

REMEMBER:

  • One of the most important skills any student can work on is organization.

Whether it’s better time management, remembering to write down assignments, or tips on how to study, a tutor can help your teen develop a better sense of what’s required.

9 must-following tips for selecting the right tutor

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When you’re looking for a tutor, there are a wide variety of factors to consider, most of them based on the needs of your teen. While you have to think of things like budgeting for tutoring and making sure everyone’s schedules coincide, your child has to handle issues like personality, learning style, confidence, and willingness to engage. Also, don’t discount your child’s fears or embarrassment at needing additional help, as many kids can get the impression we think they’re not smart since they need one-on-one support; they can often feel terrified that their friends will find out they need tutoring, mostly because they don’t know that their friends have areas where they struggle, too!

How broad is the use of a tutor? When totaling both the students who use tutors for catching up and those who use it to get ahead in particularly difficult higher classes, the numbers might surprise you. Several Asian countries have the highest percentages, with up to 90% of students receiving additional instructional support2. In Western countries it can range from anywhere between 25-40% depending on a country, region or city3. You will rarely hear a parent or student shouting about getting additional private tuition but you can be sure that it is happening… and probably a lot more than you or your teen are being led to believe.

Our tutors have worked one-on-one with many different students, and they all brought unique obstacles to the situation. They’ve worked with some who didn’t like to be on task, but who loved to chit chat. They’ve worked with others who didn’t want to speak up at all, or kids whose parents sat in the corner glaring at their children for not understanding my instruction right away.

One of the worst things you can do for your child is to say, “I’m paying for six weeks of tutoring, then you’d better be getting good grades.” The opposite, however, is perfectly fine: “We’ll try it for three months, and if your grades are better, you don’t have to keep going. If you’re still having trouble, then we need to continue so you don’t have to struggle all the time to understand your assignments.”

Here is our list of 9 most important ‘tips’ to consider when selecting the right tutor for your son or daughter. These tips take the form of self-assessment questions that you must ask in order to discover the right answer for your own unique situation.

These questions are:

  1. What are your child’s learning obstacles, and what kind of tutor can address them?

  2. What learning style will best suit your teen?

  3. What scheduled activities is your child going to have to give up in order to get assistance?

  4. Does your child work better through video or face-to-face, or even a combination of those two?

  5. Does your teen work better with someone of the same gender, or the opposite gender?*

  6. Is the age of the tutor a factor? Would your child respond better to someone close to his or her age, or to an older, more seasoned instructor?

  7. What is your teen’s attention span like? You should consider STUDYNRGTM Programs to help them concentrate harder for longer and remember more.

  8. Does your child get frustrated easily when you have worked on this content in the past?

  9. Other concerns include references, background checks if the tutor will spend time alone with your child, and other basic considerations before establishing any kind of relationship with a tutor.


*We’ve included a note on choosing a tutor by gender because we all have concerns and biases as parents. We should all be hyper-vigilant about connecting our kids with strangers, and sadly, there’s just as big a likelihood that a same-sex tutor could be as potentially harmful as an opposite-sex tutor. But that’s not our main concern where gender is involved.

 

2Kim, Kyung-Keun (2010) “Educational Equality”, in Lee, Chong Jae; Kim, Seong-yul & Adams, Don (eds.), Sixty Years of Korean Education. Seoul: Seoul National University Press, p.302

3The Independent: Education article (2013) http://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/one-in-four-parents-pay-tutors-to-coach-their-children-8800916.html

Remember… no two tutors are the same

It’s important to understand that tutors come in a wide variety of personalities, teaching styles, experience levels, and hourly fees. Some will be more than accommodating and be willing to offer individualized services, while others will state that your child can join an existing tutoring group that meets on the tutor’s timeframe. Some tutors make learning fun, and might seem to be more play than performance, while others are rigidly strict. There is no single correct way to conduct professional tutoring, but there are many, many different ways that children learn best, and working with a tutor online will give you the most choice when it comes to finding the right fit.

Do keep in mind the fact that expensive tutors are not necessarily better. There are professional adults whose only income is from tutoring young people, and there are also brilliant college students who are simply trying to earn extra income by sharing their knowledge and expertise. Don’t let cost be the determining factor when it comes to getting your child academic help – focus on value.

Also remember that hiring a tutor should be a trial basis undertaking. Inform the tutor up front that you are looking for a one- week, one-month or two-month commitment, and that if all of you are happy with the results and the relationship, you may extend it. Don’t worry about offending the tutor if you just feel this isn’t the right academic relationship; there’s no need to pay someone who doesn’t meet your teen’s needs… you can get that for free!

The most important thing you can do as a parent of a child receiving tutor support is be available and prepared, both in terms of getting your child to sessions (online or face-to-face) and in terms of engaging with the process so that you can help, too. Expecting the tutor to perform some kind of magic that makes your child a genius is unrealistic, but so is keeping your distance and hoping your child improves. Get regular feedback on the process and the progress, and be an effective parent in order to help your teen succeed.

 

REMEMBER:

  • Many children require instructional support at some point during their education, and they do so for a wide variety of reasons.

  • Finding a qualified tutor as soon as you see your child needs help can make all the difference in getting him or her back on track and feeling confident about learning.

  • There’s no reason to limit yourself when there’s a whole world of dedicated, highly-qualified tutors out there…finding the right person to help your child is safe, easy, and rewarding

General FAQ

What is TutorSave?

TutorSave is the fastest growing network of top tutors in the UK. We operate differently to traditional fixed-fee and commission-based tutoring agencies, providing parents and tutors with a 0% Freemium service. In fact, 95% of our members never pay us a single penny to find their perfect tutor.

Parents can unlock the contact details of their favourite tutor free of charge, then pay just £4.95 to unlock an additional tutor’s details (a fraction of the cost charged by other agencies). Tutors have the option to unlock their own contact details for all parents and appear higher in the search rankings from just £4.95.

What is the lowest price guarantee?

All of our tutors guarantee to provide their services at the lowest price or they will refund you the difference plus 25%. How? They are more than happy to do this because we charge 0% commission, so even if they charge a lower hourly rate than on competing websites and agencies they can still end up with more money in their pocket. It’s that simple!

Why set up email alerts?

Looking for a Tutor? We have an ever increasing number of top tutors looking to provide their services, so make sure you are the first to hear about them, before they get booked up! Setting up email alerts is a great way to get started with your search.

When you place a free ad, however, you will be able to message (and be messaged by) tutors, receive instant email alerts and get daily updates, which will notify you of any new ads matching your requirements as they arrive. We will also notify you as soon as a tutor has looked at or liked your ad.

How much will the tuition cost me, and who do I pay?

We don’t take any commission, so all tuition fees are paid directly to your tutor via the payment method and rate agreed between you before any tutoring starts. Most parents choose to use our free EasyHire Agreement to ensure everything is formally agreed before any money changes hands. Tutoring starts from just £10 per hour.

How do I make a payment?

Paying your tutor - the method of payment for tuition is completely up to you and your tutor. Many in-person tutors like to deal in cash, while online tutors will usually opt for direct bank transfer or PayPal. We encourage all parents to complete our EasyHire Agreement before any money changes hands (it’s free and very simple to set up).


Paying for an optional upgrade - all payments on TutorSave are taken using PayPal Pro. You don’t need to have a PayPal account, it just means that we can offer a wide variety of card payments without storing any of your financial details on our website. Upgrades are one-off payments (no repeat billing) starting from just £4.95.

How much does the tutor charge?

You can see the hourly rate displayed on each tutor's profile page. Tutors often charge different hourly rates for i) Online tutoring ii) In-person Tutoring and iii) Pay-As-You-Go Tutoring. This simply reflects the different time commitments that the tutor has to invest into each service - it is not a reflection of tutoring quality!

Hourly tutoring rates start from just £10 per hour and, remember, there are no hidden extras with TutorSave… the price you see is the price you pay and the amount that the tutor receives in their pocket!

NOTE: Unlike traditional agencies, we don’t bump up tutor prices by up to 80%. That’s why we can offer you the same top quality tutors at their lowest possible prices… guaranteed!

What is Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) Tutoring?

This works the same way as Pay-As-You-Go sim cards on your phone. You pay your tutor up front (usually in blocks of 60 minutes) and then you can use these minutes whenever you need them.

 

Let’s say your child has a question for their tutor between sessions. Instead of waiting until the next session, all they need to do is jump on a quick Skype call (or into a FREE online classroom) with the tutor. If the session lasts 8 minutes then all you do is subtract 8 minutes from your outstanding PAYG minutes. When your PAYG minutes run out, simply pay your tutor upfront for another block of their time. It’s as simple as that!


PAYG tutoring is a very convenient way of injecting continuity and momentum into the learning process. Tutors tend to charge a little more per PAYG hour due to the ‘on call’ nature of the work involved.

Where will the tuition take place?

This will be entirely up to you and the tutor. Perhaps you have decided that you only want to have lessons at home: you can simply tell this to any tutors you message through our site. Most tutors will be willing to travel, and our search facility will show a listing of tutors located in close proximity to you. Many students prefer to have the tuition take place in a public location, such as a library or coffee shop. Many tutors also specialise in online tuition, negating the need for travel.

What do I do if I have forgotten my password?

Forgotten your password? Don’t worry, help is at hand. Simply click here and follow the instructions. It will only take a moment.

Where do I find my messages?

We will notify you via email when you have been sent a new message. The easiest way to find it is by clicking on the link in the email - this will take you directly to the private message board between you and the tutor.


You can also access your messages by clicking the ‘My messages’ tab of your dashboard. You will find all conversations within the ‘inbox’ tab. Simply click on the relevant tutor to view the private message board between the two of you.

What do I do if my tutor does not message me?

Our purpose at TutorSave is to bring both parent and tutors together, but the tutors actually work for themselves, so they decide who they will get in contact with. It might be that the tutor you contacted already has a full schedule. Please do not be discouraged - there are plenty of top quality tutors available to choose from. We encourage parents to message at least 3 tutors to maximise the probability of getting your perfect match. Also, keep an eye on how long a tutor takes to respond and when they were last logged in. This will give you an idea of how quickly they will respond to your message.

How do I leave feedback?

Your tutor can choose to send you a review request to fill out once your tutoring is underway. Simply click on the link in the email and follow the instructions on screen.

It is important to note that reviews are essential to a Tutor’s livelihood on TutorSave, so we ask that parents take a few minutes to submit a thoughtful and accurate review when a request comes through.

TutorSave is a growing online community built on trust and transparency - taking a few minutes to submit a tutor review really helps us to continue delivering a top quality service to both parents and tutors.

About TutorSave

Can you find me a tutor?

We're not an agency so we can't find (or personally recommend) tutors for you. However, our Customer Service team are on hand to help you get the most from TutorSave©.

Do you pre-check advertisers?

It wouldn't be practical (or possible) for us to check every advertiser on the site. We do, however, take the safety of our users very seriously, lay out clear safety guidelines within our Trust & Safety Centre and put in place a range of safety measures to protect all users:

 

All adverts are screened before they are made live

Customer ratings and references are displayed on tutor profiles

Tutors can upload CRB checks for users to see

Tutors can upload video interviews

Users can report anything suspicious

How do I search TutorSave?

The easiest way is to use the quick search box on the homepage - just enter a subject and postcode. Then click 'search' to get to the results.

You can carry out an advanced search with more options by clicking 'Match Filters' on the panel on the left-hand side of the search results page.

When you find an ad you like you can message the advertiser using the ‘Message Me’ button. Remember, parents can unlock the contact details of their favourite tutor free of charge, then pay just £4.95 to unlock an additional tutor’s details.

How your account works

How does the upgrade system work?

TutorSave is free to use. In fact around 95% of people who use TutorSave never pay us a penny.

Parents can unlock the contact details of their favourite tutor free of charge, then pay just £4.95 to unlock an additional tutor’s details (a fraction of the cost charged by other agencies). Tutors have the option to unlock their own contact details (making them ‘free to hire’) and appear higher in the search rankings, from just £4.95.

How does the contact system work?

There are three different types of contact you could receive in relation to your advert...

1. Email Alerts - these are sent by TutorSave each time a new tutor views your advert. Simply click within the email to view the Tutor’s full profile on the site

2. Direct messages or replies to your advert from other users. We'll notify you of any new messages by sending a 'message alert' to your registered email address, which will contain a website link to your private message board with this tutor.

3. Interest Shown - you'll get these when a user clicks the 'Like' button on your advert. This is a free service any member can use to show interest in another member’s advert. You can see a list of all interested tutors within the ‘Who likes me’ section of ‘My Fans’ on your dashboard.

Where do my messages go?

Once you place a free advert, it is free to message (and by messaged by) any tutors on the site. You can send an initial message to a tutor via the ‘Message Me’ button on their profile. When the tutor replies (or initiates a conversation) we will alert you via email. This email will include a link to view the full conversation within the ‘My Messages’ section of your dashboard. Alternatively, you can simply login and view all conversation directly within the ‘My Messages’ section of your dashboard.

Why is there a delay in sending my message?

The main reason TutorSave uses an in-house messaging system is because it's safe. It means you don't need to give your email address to anyone until you choose to (and also means your email can't be collected by automated software and added to spam mailing lists).

 

By using our own messaging system it also means we can monitor message content and keep an eye out for scams. That doesn't mean we read your messages - an automated filter, which we update regularly, scans messages for any of the tell-tale language used by scammers and we can quarantine these messages before they're sent. It also means, on the rare occasions we think a scammer has been sending messages to users, we can warn anyone they've been in touch with.

This does mean there can be a short delay in your message being sent but don't panic, it just means it's being checked by our system.

Why have I not received a response yet?

Some users check their email and/or log into TutorSave less frequently than others - you should be patient and allow at least 48 hours for a reply.

If the user decides, for whatever reason, that you are unsuitable, they may choose to not respond for fear of offending. We try to encourage tutors to respond to all messages, but they have the right to decline if they wish.

Other reasons beyond our control could be a user supplying an incorrect email address or the tutor’s schedule is full up. We send regular reminders and make it very easy for users to tell us when their schedule is full but not everyone removes their advert in good time. We're constantly working on better ways to remove adverts earlier to remedy this.

What can I do if I don't receive a response within 2 days?

Don't wait around for someone to get back to you - keep looking in the meantime. We have plenty of great tutors to choose from and you can message any tutor free of charge. If you haven’t already, consider broadening your search to include online tutors. Many students prefer online tutoring and there is a much wider selection of tutors making it the best way to find a perfect match at the most affordable price.

I no longer need to use the site. How do I delete my account?

You just need to let us know and we'll do this for you. We can either deactivate the account (so you don't receive any further contact from us until you're ready) or permanently close the account. TutorSave belongs to GradeJumpers.com, so deleting your account will mean losing access to all GradeJumpers.com products and services.

 

Click the ‘Contact us’ link on the bottom menu and submit a request using the form provided. A member of our team will be in touch with you as soon as possible.