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Make up to £80 an hour as a private tutor

Joanna Robinson 20th Aug 2020 32 Comments

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Working as a private tutor can be very lucrative. The demand is most definitely there – if you search for the words private tutor in your browser, there’s no shortage of sites advertising the services.

You don’t even have to have teaching experience to work as a private tutor. If you’re a graduate, particularly with knowledge of maths or sciences, you can make a lot of money tutoring GCSE students or those trying to get into university.

Read on to find out how you could make as much as £80 an hour tutoring.

Tutoring is a fantastic way to support students who struggle in a classroom environment. There are many fantastic resources out there where tutors focused on special needs students can be found.

If you are interested in becoming a tutor, you don’t have to limit your horizons to teaching children, as learning doesn’t stop when you finish core education. There is an increasing number of tutors out there who focus on mature students looking to learn a new skill, such as a language or musical instrument.

Nonetheless, young students remain the main target demographic. An Ipsos-MORI survey for Sutton Trust found that 30% of 11 to 16-year-olds have received private tuition nationwide. In London the figure is as high as 48%. £80+ an hour for tutoring services is not an unreasonable amount to charge either, as concerned parents are prepared to pay it.


How does it work?

Young male tutor teaching young boy

Private tutors are usually employed on a short-term basis. Parents want them to help kids make it through the weeks leading up to their exams and ensure they’re well-prepared. According to Superprof magazine, over half of those hiring private tutors do so to get ready for a specific test. That doesn’t mean you’ll only get work around exams time – those seeking help with school work in general make up a nearly equally high percentage.

Often, parents will want a private tutor to come to their home to teach. If you plan to tutor in your student’s house, remember you’ll need to factor in travel costs. Some people charge extra to cover what they spend on commute while others include it in their hourly rate. Alternatively – and as is becoming more popular recently – they may want to get tutoring online. As well as being more convenient and allowing tutors to work flexibly, this cuts out the expenses involved in travelling to each student’s home.


What qualifications do you need?

Male tutor teaching male teenage student

To work as a private tutor you’ll obviously have to have a level of knowledge in the subject you teach – but you don’t necessarily have to be a qualified teacher. If you have a degree, your skills in that subject will still be sought after. Even university students still working towards their degree can make themselves some extra cash tutoring.

What you will need as a private tutor is patience, enthusiasm and good communication skills. This may be particularly important depending on which age group you teach. If you tutor teens, they can be a bit more difficult age group. And remember private tutoring isn’t just about explaining complicated issues and helping with learning. It’s also key you’re able to inspire confidence in your students.

This is actually a big part of being a private tutor. If the children or teenagers you teach believe that they can work out that maths formula and have confidence in their abilities, they’ll be much less nervous about their exams and perform better. And that, in turn, will make them trust you as a tutor even more.

It’s important to remember that word of mouth is often the best way private tutors get work. Having a great reputation in your local area can be worth everything.

One more thing to remember if you choose to work with children or young teenagers is potential checks. If you don’t work through an agency, you may well need to have a DBS check. To find out about how to get one, see our article here.


Special educational needs tutoring with Bright Heart Education

If you are interested in specialising in tutoring those who need more support, then Bright Heart Education in London is just one example of the many organisations out there offering structured tutor training, support and a strong platform to advertise a tutor’s specific skill set.

The tutors at Bright Heart aim to deliver a nurturing approach towards tutoring and charge prices ranging from £50 to £60 an hour. Each tutor is matched to a student who would best benefit from their personality, teaching style and knowledge.

Those of you thinking this is the area of tutoring for you will need to ascertain you have the right background checks in place. Bright Heart Education offers Enhanced DBS checks for all of their tutors.

If this sounds like something you would be interested in getting involved in, then be sure to check them out.


How to advertise and get work as a private tutor

Young female tutor teaching young boy

Depending on which subject or skill you cover as a private tutor, there’ll be busier and quieter months. Foreign languages and music instrument lessons may be popular all year long, while the demand for more academic subjects tends to grow around exams time. When it comes to advertising your private tutoring services, you’ll have various options. You can do so in your local area – in the library, post office, supermarket or newsagent’s, for instance. Alternatively you can go online. There’s plenty of specialist websites, social media groups and online community sites where you can spread the word about your private tutoring services.


Sites like Schoolstrader are a great option for private tutors. The website covers 30,000 independent primary and secondary schools across the UK and Ireland. Placing an ad is completely free and it’ll stay up on the site for three months. It could be an efficient way to advertise your services as a private tutor.

Alternatively, you could work for an agency where you’re likely to earn more but they often have strict requirements about your educational background. They’re unlikely to employ those without teaching qualifications or a first-class degree. Tutoring agencies also tend to require you to complete a DBS check.

Have a look at The Good Schools Guide (at £60 it’s pretty expensive, but your local library should have a copy in their reference section) to see which agencies they recommend.

Bright Young Things


Over the past few years, Bright Young Things, a tutoring business based in London, has been recruiting high-flying students to work as private tutors. They said that some of their Manchester graduates were earning over £100 for four hours’ teaching through their online one-on-one service. A chemistry graduate tutor, who did not want to be named said, “Last year I earned enough money to spend throughout my last summer before I got a proper job. It even allowed me to afford to get unpaid work experience at a newspaper. I could not recommend it more.”

The Tutor Website

You can advertise on The Tutor Website for just £35 a year. They’re currently offering for private tutors to advertise free of charge (you’ll just need to put in their promo code when you finish your submission). You won’t have to renew your subscription after your free year, but if you choose to do so, it’ll only cost £20.

The way it works is that you list your subjects and set your prices – and there’re no agency fees. Students and parents browse the site looking for potential private tutors in the subject they want. It’s pretty good value. The site also provides practical advice on tutoring and getting the most from your advert.

Online tutoring

Online teaching is also becoming a popular option for private tutors. It’ll save you time and travel costs getting to and from clients’ homes and let’s be honest, working from home is great. It’s also more convenient for families, particularly those in more remote areas.

As a private tutor teaching online you can speak to students remotely via Skype and work using a virtual whiteboard. You’ll earn less this way, but of course you don’t have to consider travel costs or materials. Saving time on commuting also means you can take on more online students.

The great thing about working as a private tutor is that there’s no limit to the possibilities this type of work presents. You can teach anything – from physics and maths to geography and English. Subjects like languages and music can be taught year round to adults as well as children, which means if you’re serious about it, you could make a career out of being a private tutor. For loads of tips about starting your own business, have a look at our small business blog.


Another way…

Tute Logo on laptop

Tute is a social learning platform that encourages interactive learning by chatting to tutors online. There are over 250 lessons running every week and they cover all main subjects and all levels between the ages 8-18.

If you’re a private tutor looking to join Tute, there’re two models:

  1. They employ tutors directly to teach in schools. You’ll need to be a good, qualified teacher – most of Tute’s private tutors have at least 5 years of teaching experience in class and are often departmental heads. Tutors will be employed for between 20-40 hours per week, depending on circumstances, and paid £15 for a 45-minute lesson. Tute will also provide weekly training and support to help build professional teaching resources.
  2. If you’re a private tutor who wants to join Tute’s marketplace and promote your services to parents, then you’ll need to be a UK qualified teacher, ideally with a valid CRB.

Tute lets private tutors set their own fees and charges a fixed fee of £5 per lesson for any introduction they make. Find out more about Tute here.


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Lizzy Moure
Lizzy Moure
8 years ago

Check out beeymo.com.
They accept students and tutors from all over the world. You can start your profile and set your own hours and price. Students from around the world will contact you and you can start tutoring immediately.

8 years ago

Hi, I have experience of online tutoring (mathematics).. I am looking for a tutoring site where i dont have to teach on video call or voice call(have kids at home), just the board and text chat…any uk site suggestions for mathematics?? Thanks

David Sia
David Sia
8 years ago

I think this is really interesting and beneficial article for me. 2 weeks ago I failed my test when I was applying for a job as writer and editor. Originally, I am from China, and now I want to try to teach English students from China. I am sure I have all necessary skills to teach successfully. Maybe, I will be able to create my personal English school for international students to help them to pass their academic assignments. Anyway, your advices and information will be taken into consideration. Thank you for helping. I do really appreciate that.

8 years ago

I found a very good site -Preply – from there you can find a good job if you are a teacher.
Preply is a great platform for getting good tutors help especially for learning International Languages.
I highly recommend it.

8 years ago

I am from India. I am an alumnus of IIT Kharagpur. I am a highly experienced software professional. Now I provide online tuition. I have more than 6 years of experience in tutoring students from different parts of the world. I tutor through Skype.
Do contact me if you or anybody,, whom you know, needs online tuition in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics or Statistics.

Rozina Begum
Rozina Begum
8 years ago

We are looking ESL skype teacher if you have skill and Experience than apply or Send your CV

Paras Zaidi
Paras Zaidi
8 years ago
Reply to  Rozina Begum

I can tutor in ELS. Your email address?

8 years ago


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Sharon Hyare
Sharon Hyare
8 years ago

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Chukwuemeka Raphael
Chukwuemeka Raphael
8 years ago

I have a B.Sc degree in Mathematics and have tutored both in classroom and private levels for more than 6 years. I can provide excellent solutions in Mathematics assignments for students, so that they will not just get the grade but will be able to explain it to anyone when (s)he is required to do so. I am in Nigeria. You only pay me when the job has be received. Hoping to hear from people/tutoring companies in need of my service. Thanks.

9 years ago

Now this is my first time to open to this website, so I am in Nigeria if I start making money with this online business, then how will I receive my money in Nigeria?

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