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How To Make A Career Out Of Tutoring

Why is tutoring such an appealing job?

The reason tutoring appeals to so many is partly due to the flexibility of the position. Tutors are able to create their own schedules and choose their own hours. This means that tutors can decide whether they want those extra few hours in bed on a Monday morning or to spend Fridays writing their novel. Tutors also get great satisfaction by imparting their knowledge onto their students and to see their students thrive in school or at other academic levels.

Becoming a private tutor

Tutoring is a fantastic way for those with a solid background in education and good qualifications to earn a steady income. Becoming a private tutor is relatively easy but making a career out of tutoring is much harder. We would estimate that there are tens of thousands of private tutors in the London area alone and if you use the term “tutoring” more loosely, there could be upwards of hundreds of thousands in London (mentors and mentees within schools and universities would make up a large number of these “tutors” even though they might not charge for their tuition).

To become a private tutor, one needs to meet certain criteria, these include;

-Passion for teaching
-Excellent knowledge on their subjects (not only strong knowledge on exam content but also on topics surrounding the subject. This makes lessons interesting and builds a students passion for the subject by relating it everyday life)
-Good communication skills
-Tutoring and or teaching experience

If you meet all of the criteria above, you can start tutoring right away and can earn money pretty much straight away. If you are struggling to find clients on your own, we would suggest speaking to tutoring agencies like us who will provide work for you. This saves tutors a lot of time and allows them to focus on what really matters, tutoring.

Career in tuition

Most of you probably wouldn’t have thought tutoring, as a full time career, would be sustainable. You are all wrong! More and more tutors are leaving their day jobs or coming out of teaching in the British school system and moving straight into full time private tuition. Tutors that work with agencies such as Tavistock Tutors can earn £30+ per hour of tutoring. These rates are the lowest within agencies such as Tavistock Tutors and the potential to earn higher hourly rates are endless. If you are tutoring 4 hours a day, 5 days a week at £30 per hour, you can earn £31,200 per year. If you increase your tutoring days to 7 a week, you can earn £43,680 per year.

Meeting all the criteria we mentioned above is great as you can start tutoring and earn money. Meeting these criteria with minimal experience usually means you commence tutoring in the lowest earning bracket (this is not always the case). Building your experience is the best way to start increasing your hourly rates. The more experience you have creates a higher demand for your tutoring services. Subject and exam board specific experience is important to parents, so make sure you specialise and focus on particular areas.

“Experience, experience, experience,” is what our clients are always looking for. If you steadily build your experience over time, you can expect your rates to increase to £50 per hour and at 4 hours a day, 5 days a week, you are looking at earning up to £52,000 per year.

Super tutor territory

This sort of territory becomes very interesting and lucrative for tutors. In these instances, tutors have left jobs at top accounting, finance, legal and consulting firms to work full time in the tutoring industry. These candidates are leaving behind some seriously well paid jobs. Most of these candidates would have been tutoring alongside their job. This means they already have a good understanding that they have what it takes to tutor and they would have been steadily building up vast amounts of tutoring experience.

Tutors of this caliber can usually earn upwards of £100 per hour. Lets take £100 as an example, at 4 hours a day, 5 days a week, tutors earn £104,000 per year.

At Tavistock Tutors, we often get requests for international placements. This involves a tutor either travelling abroad to a students home and working with them for various periods of times or travelling with a student abroad over their holidays. These placements can last for one day all the way up to a few years. Placements are great opportunities for tutors who wish to explore the world. The clients are normally looking for the very best tutors, so experience is essential and the remuneration is great.

Flexible tutoring work

Tutoring is a fantastic industry because the more a tutor puts in, the more that tutor gets out. The more you tutor and the more experience you build will push you up the ranks as a tutor.

If you meet the criteria above, we would suggest looking into becoming a tutor as you might suit it!


Melodie Argi
Melodie Argi
08:14 18 Oct 19
Tavistock tutors is by far the best tutor agency is London. The tutor selection is of the highest quality. Handpicked from the British intellectual elite in all sorts of disciplines. The staff is wonderfully helpful as well as being extremely attentive to feedback.read more
Henry Smith
Henry Smith
22:27 17 Oct 19
I have been employed as a tutor with Tavistock Tutors for over 5 years. I tutor mathematics and also help people with job preparation for different career routes (cv, cover letter, interview preparation and online test prep). They are simply a wonderful team of individuals who work collectively and strive to deliver the best possible service to both clients and their tutors. They work doggedly to achieve results. They are particularly honest and their feedback to tutors on how to improve is tailored, concise and always highly constructive. Even after 5 yrs, they only put me forward as a tutor if they think I am the absolute best they can find otherwise they are honest with me and explain why I was not put forward. I think this transparency is a huge reason for their success and keeps the best tutors on their books for years. Their communication on what a client wants is also clinically precise and effective and the team go out of their way to provide potential interests/passions of the client to help the tutor prepare accordingly for the lessons and nurture that interaction. Simply the finest agency and I have tutored with some of the best. World-class tutors and utmost confidentiality with respect to their clientele. I cannot be happier to work for them, a dream job with a team whose capacity for kindness, empathy and boundless intellect never ceases to amaze me. Their work ethic inspires me to relentlessly push myself to be a better tutor with their encouragement and constructive feedback.read more
Albert Tam
Albert Tam
20:50 17 Oct 19
Best tutors in London! Great experience and amazing customer service. Highly recommend, my tutors were all fantastic and a huge help. Really recommend Tavistock Tutors as I never had to worry about not getting the highest quality tutors unlike other agencies and online tutors.read more
16:13 17 Oct 19
I’ve used Tavistock multiple times and they never disappoint! I used them for myself secondary school, whilst at university and even now whilst working. Their service is second to none as are their tutors. I highly recommend them to anyone looking to better themselves academically or personally.read more
13:22 06 Oct 19
Why most reviewers have one contribution, namely to the Tavistock Tutors? High standards ? Mate get a real job rather than living off other's qualifications. Reality Check (See photos attached - that is the owner “looking for me” 1.5 years after leaving London and while my name and photo was on first page of Tavistock Tutor website...)read more
Jonathan Aaron
Jonathan Aaron
16:39 01 Aug 19
Amazing experience, the tutor was reliable, knowledgeable and reasonably priced and the company was both professional and reliable. Definitely will be using them again!read more
David T
David T
16:34 01 Aug 19
I used Tavistock for some Corporate Finance and Financial Modelling training at my firm. They were extremely helpful and the trainer, Simon, was of top quality, experience and charged a fair price. Thank you!read more
Olivia Pluss
Olivia Pluss
11:05 13 Jun 19
I had a fantastic experience with my tutor Elena and Tavistock Tutors. They were very well organized and made the entire experience so seamless and easy for me. I passed my assignment with great marks and the experience was much less stressful than if I had tried to complete the assignment without Elena's help.read more
J Mathews
J Mathews
11:27 22 May 19
My child used Glenda for HL biology. Glenda was outstanding. I would not hesitate to recommend her. Extremely intelligent, always prepared, knows how to teach/very helpful, and also just a nice person. Also, I would use Tavistock again for sure because we had such success with Glenda.read more
Alan Radford
Alan Radford
09:34 09 May 19
Tavistock Tutors were a delight to deal with, and highly professional at all times. They provided my daughter with an excellent tutor at very short notice - after my having approached them on a Thursday urgently requesting a tutor for that weekend. Tavistock Tutors immediately gave the matter their attention; they appreciated the urgency and responded quickly and efficiently, and helped to set my daughter up with exactly the right sort of tutor. Fantastic!read more
Sophie Taieb
Sophie Taieb
12:55 29 Mar 19
Very happy with Tavistock tutors services. They provide a wide range of tutors, from all backgrounds and for all types of needs. My uni son needed some help in research and methodology. We found a perfectly suited tutor in less than 3 days. He is very knowledgeable, punctual, open minded and brings the support needed to my son. I would definitely recommend Tavistock tutorsread more
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