Tutors offer private tuition on an individual "one-to-one" basis, usually in the client's own home. The tutor can offer to teach the client at the tutor's premises; however this must be agreed with the client in advance. The benefit of the latter is that the tutorís resources are close at hand which are both beneficial to the tutor and the client. If the client arranges for more than one student to attend the lesson, then this is usually accepted by the tutor, with a small extra charge should the tutor request.
Tutors are invited to offer their preferred subjects, at the levels they choose. The agency deals with most academic school subjects across the age and ability range from Primary to University level.
It is usual for regular weekly tutorials to be arranged, however as each clientís needs are different there may be times when clients require more or less lessons per week. GradTutors will attempt to provide a full schedule of work for the tutor, which will depend on level and success of teaching.
We welcome tutors to register with GradTutors, as we see a continuing increase in demand for good tutors! We prefer our tutors to be trained as teachers or to hold a qualification in teaching e.g. PGCE, Cert.Ed. or Teachers Certificate. However, these qualifications are not essential, provided you have a good, relevant degree. We do have some excellent graduate tutors who do not have a PGCE, but they clearly have the right approach on a one-to-one tutoring basis, which we believe is more important to tutoring successfully.
We are prepared to consider you provided you are a University graduate, and are fully conversant with the appropriate syllabus.
We use undergraduates, where our clients feel their needs can be met. GradTutors understands that although you are still studying that you have picked up a vast range of knowledge throughout your studies. However, the subject level will be limited to GCSE.
A current CRB disclosure is preferred, and help is provided to obtain one.
If you wish to register with us, it is necessary to complete the Tutor Registration Form, which is obtainable upon request by telephone, or by completing the online application. Please see 'Tutor Registration' for more details.
In either case, it is essential to send photocopies of your degree(s) and/or teaching qualifications. We also require the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and positions of two referees along with proof of address and ID. Without evidence of qualification, your application will not be considered.
Once you have successfully registered, we will contact you on receipt of a request that matches your abilities and preferences.
When a prospective client asks for a tutor, we try to find the most appropriate one, by consideration of subjects offered, locality, and availability. Due to the nature of the work and with increasing competition it is essential that tutors are easily contactable and ready for work at short notice, for which the tutor are paid a significant fee.
Following contact, if the tutor is interested in the introduction, then the details provided by the prospective client are given to the tutor. The tutor can then choose to contact the client directly to arrange time and day of first tutorial or GradTutors can do it on the tutorís behalf.
Depending on the client the tutor receives his/her fee directly from the client at the end of each one hour tutorial or the GradTutors charges the fee in advance and passes the tutors fee at the end of each month. In the first case, the tutor is asked to collect the agency commission at the same time, as a matter of administrative convenience, and to send the sum collected during each calendar month to the agency within the first five days of the following month. Commission Forms will be sent to tutors when tutorials have been arranged.
GradTutors will usually request feedback from both tutor and client on first tutorial, if it was a success then both parties are requested to continue. Should the lesson fail, GradTutors will attempt to improve and support lessons for both tutor and client. Should this not be appropriate then another tutor will be assigned the work.
It is important to understand that there is no obligation on the tutor to accept any particular introduction by the agency. Each introduction may consider on its own merits, and failure to accept will not preclude future introductions. Neither is a tutor asked to agree to accept a minimum number of pupils per week, as is the case with some agencies. Many of our tutors are content with just one pupil, whereas some may have up to ten or more per week.
Upon commencement of tutorials, the tutor and client should exchange telephone numbers in case it is necessary for either party to postpone a lesson. This could save wasted journeys.
Travelling expenses are usually included in the hourly fee, unless the distance is substantial in which case an extra charge can be requested.
Tutors who use cars (or motor-cycles) are advised to consult their insurance brokers about the use of the vehicle to travel to and from clients homes. It is probably regarded by the insurance company as business use, and this can cost a little extra.
Tutors are self-employed as far as this work is concerned, and are themselves directly responsible to the INLAND REVENUE for all matters regarding Income Tax, and relevant National Insurance contributions. It is therefore necessary for tutors to keep records of their earnings and expenses for completion of annual Tax Returns.
Tutors are expected to provide their own resources, and should have copies of the relevant syllabus and past examination papers. Help if provided by GradTutors in obtaining the syllabus and exam papers, in most cases students will have copies of these.
If you are interested in becoming a tutor, please complete the first part of the application process, the application form. Once we have received you completed application form, you will asked to complete a short telephone interview.
Should you have any questions prior to completing your application form, please do not hesitate to give GradTutors a call on 02476 666 866 email