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Discussion in 'Private tutors' started by bramblesarah, Jul 8, 2020.

  1. bramblesarah

    bramblesarah Occasional commenter

    I was wondering how everyone is doing for work. How many students do you have currently? I have 10 students at the moment and I am just worried about September. Really I need 20 for it to be viable. I know these are strange times and I don't resent anyone for trying to make a living but it seems like everyone and their mate is setting up as a tutor. I normally get half my work from TH (I have changed over to their new system) and the other half from referrerals, both have dropped off a cliff. I have a Facebook page and website which I have got two clients from over lockdown. I feel like I am always signing up to new websites and never get anything from it.
    Hope everyone is safe and well.
     
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  2. BG54

    BG54 Occasional commenter

    When the exams were cancelled I was doing 20 hrs tuition a week, within a day or two I was down to 5 hours and that's where it's stayed and I don't see it changing much until the schools are back full-time.

    Normally I would have expected some enquiries from FT in the period since lockdown but I've not had a single one which tends to back up @bramblesarah 's comment about a glut of would-be tutors registering with agencies.
     
  3. bramblesarah

    bramblesarah Occasional commenter

    I don't know if it makes me feel better to know it's not just me or if I would rather everybody else's business is picking up then I can hope I am not far behind. Do you think it will go back to 'normal' In September when schools go back?
     
  4. BG54

    BG54 Occasional commenter

    I'm not sure if it will be totally back to normal but I would expect more demand then. I notice that heads have been asking for cut-down exams next summer, possibly that may have a negative impact on tuition demand if it happens - who knows?
     
  5. sally_nic

    sally_nic New commenter

    Do you do exam board marking? They emailed asking about doing tutoring for the government scheme.
     
  6. BG54

    BG54 Occasional commenter

    No, I don't do exam marking but thanks for the info re the government scheme, did they give any indication of what fees they were offering?
     
  7. bramblesarah

    bramblesarah Occasional commenter

    No I don't mark for the exam boards, but I am glad they are getting markers to do the government tuition much more sensible use of tax payers money than getting cheap unqualified tutors in.

    I don't think I have worked long term in a normal state school recently enough for be considered for exam marking.
     
  8. cwilson1983

    cwilson1983 Occasional commenter

    I've had no enquires since the exams were cancelled. Ordinarily things would be quiet at this time of year as I tutor exam classes, though I'd usually have a few students lined up for September.

    I don't anticipate things picking up quickly in the near future for a variety of reasons: increased supply, uncertainty from students/parents to commit to tuition in light of a possible second wave and further lockdowns, how next year's exams are to be affected by Covid19, the switch to online learning (for convenience and/or social distancing) may mean local tutors missing out.
     
  9. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    Might there be a pick-up when GCSE results are out, and people know if they're going to need to resit? It might be making sure you're not on holiday at that point...
     
  10. millypad1980

    millypad1980 New commenter

    Hi, do you have any more info on the gov scheme please or any contact details? I’ve google searched but can’t find anything. I’m an examiner for GCSE English.
    Thank you
     
  11. briancant

    briancant Occasional commenter

    It is tough times. I just dropped my price until I got work. I live alone and the lockdown has been terrible. I took the view I would tutor for nothing rather than sit around all day with nothing to do. I do begrudge paying full TAX on my meager earnings so the government can then hand that money to someone else who isn't working and getting more than me.! But perhaps I shouldn't mention the politics of comrade Boris!
     
  12. Kateray1

    Kateray1 Occasional commenter

    I’ve gone from 11 students to 1 then back up to 3.
    The platform I use have put their commission charges up which means I get very little, basically paying the same as when I first started.

    Moonlighting teachers have not helped the situation for us either.
     
  13. bramblesarah

    bramblesarah Occasional commenter

    What did you end up putting your prices down to? Will you put them up in September?
     
  14. Kateray1

    Kateray1 Occasional commenter

    I haven’t I’m still thinking about what to do. At the moment I was mid priced in the market but every lead I get now are saying I’m now really expensive, I charge £35 per hour whatever age to adult, and tutor English maths and science.

    if I drop my prices on the platform website I can’t undercut them when I go live in my own website soon apparently. So as I now get no one ( I’ve been on there for 2 years and done over 500 hours ) I’ve nothing to lose by opening up my own website and hopefully getting noticed around town on there.
     
  15. langteacher

    langteacher Occasional commenter

    If I was looking for English, Maths, or Science I would look for someone who specialised in one or the other rather than someone who teaches all three if that makes sense.
    I teach 3 languages but they're all very similar whereas English, maths and science are completely different
    I charge 25
    I'm in the North West
     
  16. Kateray1

    Kateray1 Occasional commenter


    It’s what I do , I do them at different levels and abilities. I just have skills in all three subjects. It works very well to and I was working full time till Covid hit.
     
  17. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    I really do think that from September onwards there will be a HUGE demand for tutoring - especially in core subjects.
     
  18. Kateray1

    Kateray1 Occasional commenter


    I hope so or my husband and I literally go hungry.
     
  19. briancant

    briancant Occasional commenter

    Low. Less than 20ph. I did totally fill my books though. I advertised at a reduced rate for the lock down. I intend to increase agian in September but expect to lose some students.
     
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  20. treeickle

    treeickle New commenter

    Only had year 13 students so when the exams cancelled, I went from full to 0. Trying not to worry about it, have a good reputation in the area and I know that until results are in or the year 12's see they've got catching up to do in September, it's likely to stay at 0.

    With things the way they are, I'll only be offering online tutoring, so have no idea how numbers will fair in September. Only offer A level in Biology, but am very experienced in online teaching, there's positives and limitations and it's all very unknown and scary if I think about it.
     

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