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How much does Tutoring cost?

Average Price
£25 per session

What can I expect to pay for a Tutor?

Need some help brushing up your skills in a particular subject, but aren’t sure of the cost? Read our handy guide to find out how much your tutor will charge depending on the subject and their experience.

What is a Tutor? 

A tutor is someone who works with students to help them in particular subject areas they are struggling with. They could be students themselves right up to a professor in the subject. However, most will usually have a teaching qualification and extensive experience working within the education system. 

There are many reasons why someone would want to hire a tutor. For example, due to the school environment not adopting the right learning approach for the particular student. Or, missed lessons which has resulted in the student falling behind. The student could also require some one-on-one attention away from the distractions of a noisy classroom. 

The tutor will work with the student to identify any weak points in their knowledge or learning style and develop a nurturing strategy that helps them better understand the subject. 

Tutors specialise in pretty much any subject, but some of the most common subjects include:

  • Mathematics

  • English

  • Chemistry

  • Biology

  • Physics 

  • History

  • Languages

  • Music

Tutors will provide practice material within the sessions that cover the subject. They may also carry out mock exams, and have the student go over previous exam material, depending on the educational level of the student. 

How much does a Tutor cost?  

The cost of tutoring is going to depend on the duration and frequency of sessions. Some students may wish to have a few sessions before an exam, and others may need weekly sessions alongside their regular schooling. 

While the costs will vary depending on the individual tutor, here is what you can expect to pay on average per session.

Average cost of a Tutor in the UK
Average cost (per session) £25
Minimum cost (per session)£12
Maximum cost (per session) £40+

What impacts the cost of Tutoring? 

The cost of hiring a tutor can vary depending on different factors. These include: 

  • Subject type

  • Subject level

  • Experience

  • Location

  • Individual vs group sessions

Some subjects are more specialised, which may bump up the price. For example, it may be easier to find a general mathematics tutor, but not so much a Russian language tutor. This is especially the case if you live in an isolated location, though online tutoring may also be available which would make it more accessible. 

Group tutoring vs. individual tutoring

Traditionally, tutoring is held on a one on one basis, where the tutor will work with the student in their home or at a set location. However, it’s also possible to find group tutoring which involves a small number of students instead. 

Group tutoring will usually be cheaper, which can help make the cost more affordable. Students will also have the chance to socialise and work through any sticking points with their peers, alongside individual support from the tutor. Every student is different, and so while individual tutoring may be more expensive, it might be a better value in the long run if a group setting wouldn’t work for their needs. Whatsmore, individual tutoring will focus specifically on a student, rather than on other members of the group.

Average cost of group tutoring vs individual tutoring
Group tutoring average cost (per session) Individual tutoring average cost (per session)
£10 - £15 £25 - £40

Experience 

One of the biggest factors affecting the cost of a tutor is their experience. As mentioned, tutors can either be students themselves or have expert level qualifications in a subject. So, if they have been teaching the subject for their entire career, they will likely be more expensive. 

Here is a breakdown of the different levels of expertise you can find in a tutor:

Student

Usually a student from a higher year group to the child who excels academically. They will likely not have any formal teaching qualifications but will be confident enough to help the student with where they are struggling.

Intermediate

Someone who has a degree in the subject and plenty of teaching experience. They will understand their subject in-depth and be able to teach at various levels, though will normally specialise in a particular level of education. 

Expert

The individual will have decades of experience teaching the subject, and will likely have a postgraduate or doctorate degree. Usually, expert tutors will only teach higher levels of their subject.

Average cost of tutoring based on the experience of the tutor
Type of tutorAverage cost (per session)
Student£8 - £12
Intermediate£15 - £30
Expert£35 - £70

How to save money on Tutoring

Enlisting the help of a tutor is an investment in the student’s education and long term prospects. That being said, there are some ways you can look to reduce the cost if you are on a budget. 

  • Ask about price packages - Tutors will usually charge per individual session, though discounts may be available for booking a block of sessions. Packages may also be available prior to certain exams, which would work out cheaper than long term tutoring. 

  • Consider group tutoring - Although not suitable for all students, group tutoring will significantly reduce the cost versus hiring an individual tutor. It might be worthwhile giving group tutoring a try first to see how they get on. 

  • Go online - Tutors work face to face as well as online. Remote sessions will usually work out cheaper, especially if the cost of venue hire or transport doesn’t have to be included in the price.

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