A Tutor’s Guide To Securing Tuition Assignments
Tuition Assignments are jobs offered by tuition agencies on behalf of parents, or students themselves looking for tutors who can coach them in one or more school subjects.
Tutors are always on the lookout for available tuition assignments to replace students who have graduated under their care, students who are coping well and do not require further tuition or simply students who decided not to continue under the tutor due to different chemistry.
A responsible tuition agency seeks to find the best match for both tutor and student in a particular tuition assignment. The benefits of a good match are:
- Satisfaction from knowing that the student has received the right help.
- Satisfaction from knowing that the tutor service is valued by the parents.
- Prospect of referral business from satisfied parents.
Therefore it is win-win situation for each party to finding a good match in tuition assignments.
Tuition assignments are first matched based on the student’s requirements. These requirements include the level and subjects to be tutored, tuition budget, qualifications and experience required of the tutor.
Similarly, tutors are shortlisted for a particular assignment based on their qualifications and experience on the subjects they tutor, the expected remuneration, the tutor’s available time slots and the preferred location they wish to cover.
It is in the best interest of the potential tutor to be explicit in his or her expertise or any experience that he or she possesses. This is because the supply of tutors in the market is huge and good tutors need to differentiate themselves so that they can be identified.
Tutors should highlight their track record of how many students they have tutored and improved in their grades or the number of students they have tutored for major exams such the PSLE or “O” level exams. These experiences do carry significant weightage to parents looking for assurance that they have engaged the right tutor.
Good tutors are always in demand and they are highly sought after to fill up tuition assignments.
One of the attributes parents look for in tutors is the ability to establish rapport and motivate their children to have interest in the subject. This is especially so for secondary school students who like to have a tutor they can relate to or someone they can model after. A good tutor-tutee relationship enhances learning.
For tutors looking for tuition assignments, given what parents have come to expect, will have to make effort to present their credentials and highlight their experience and track records. This will help them get identified and have a good chance in securing the tuition assignments.
||Estimated hourly rates based on Qualification/Experience of Tutors|
|Primary 1 to 3||$18 – $20||$20 – $25||$20 – 30||$25 – $40||$40 – $50|
|Primary 4 to 6||$20 – $25||$20 – $30||$23 – $35||$25 – $45||$50 – $60|
|Secondary 1 – 2||$20 – $30||$20 – $30||$28 – $40||$33 – $45||$50 – $60|
|Secondary 3 – 5||$25 – $30||$25 – $35||$30 – $45||$35 – $50||$50 – $65|
|A level or IB||Not applicable||$33 – 45||$40 – $60||$45 – $70||$75 – $95|