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Can’t Find a Tutor? 4 Golden Rules For Setting the Right Tuition Rates

Time and time again, I come across parents who are unable to find tutors for their child.

We’ll see the same parents come back time and time again, making the same requests, and not being able to get the tutor they so desperately need.

Don’t get me wrong, we seldom turn down cases. In fact, we guarantee that parents who come to us can find a tutor they need as long as they follow our expert advice – after all, we’re the pros.

I decided to list down the four golden rules for setting the right budget when looking for a tutor. These are the four biggest reasons why parents struggle to find a good home tutor.

Rule #1: Reduce Tutoring Requirements

Tuition rates depend not only on tutor qualifications but also tutor availability. The more requirements you have, the harder it is to find a suitable tutor. Laws of demand and supply apply here! Common requirements include: Gender, Combination of subjects, Schedule, Race, Budget etc. It is important to communicate to us which requirements are important to you.Only taking female tutors, for example, already wipes out 50% of your tutor options. Often, it is advisable to seek out two separate tutors when you have two or three different subjects, especially in rare subjects such as history or literature.

Rule #2: Major Examination Years & Lesson Duration

For Primary 6, Secondary 4 and JC 2 tutees, be prepared to pay significantly higher for tutors. This is because tutoring students who are taking their major examinations usually requires intense effort. Moreover, tutors have a lesser time to teach before their students graduate and no longer need them. If you are requesting a tutor in the second half of the year, the same rule applies.Also, remember that if you choose lesson duration to be 1.5 hour(s), the rate per hour will be slightly higher to account for the travelling time of the tutor.

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Rule #3: Be Very Realistic About Your Budget

Please be very realistic with the tuition rate that you are offering. Tutors with high qualification or experience, or are in high demand will not take up tutoring jobs with low tuition fees. Generally, clients should stick closely to the tuition rates listed in the table above. If you have a slightly lower budget than the tuition rates above, we will still try our best to help you find a home tutor.

Some home tutors may be willing to accept tuition assignments that offer lower tuition rates if they are staying very near the students’ houses, or if the student is willing to travel to the tutor’s place. You may also consider attending group tuition or tuition centres, which we can also source for you.

Rule #4: Lastly, Understand That Tuition Rate is Fair

SmileTutor does not regulate or alter the tuition rates. All rates offered are based on the open market. Our tuition coordinators who are extremely experienced in the home tuition industry will ensure a fair deal by making sure that our clients are well-informed and that our tutors are asking for reasonable rates according to their qualifications, teaching experience and past students’ performances.

That’s it. If you don’t break the four golden rules above, chances are, you’ll be able to find the perfect home tutor who can help your child achieve the results you want.

I hope you found the article helpful!

Rum Tan

Rum Tan is the founder of SmileTutor and he believes that every child deserves a smile. Motivated by this belief and passion, he works hard day & night with his team to maintain the most trustworthy source of home tutors in Singapore. In his free time, he writes articles hoping to educate, enlighten, and empower parents, students, and tutors. You may try out his free home tutoring services via or by calling 6266 4475 directly today.