Why Is There a Difference in Rates For a Tutor’s Teaching Services?

Sometimes, I have customers, especially the expatriates, come and tell me that I am jacking up the prices.

I hope this explanation will erase such negative thinking.

First of all, if this were true, I am sure none of the parents would ever come back to us again.

Secondly, the parents are bound to find out the current market rates sooner or later.

Thirdly, the commission that we collect as an agency is not a lot even if our rates differ by $5 to $10, so there is really no point for us to do so from a commercial point of view.

So, why there are some tutors that are asking for higher fees than in the market?

The obvious reason is that these tutors are able to guarantee that any child will do well under their coaching.  These tutors usually have a very good track record each whereby they have helped many children score well in their examinations.

Another good reason is that these tutors have very good qualifications, for instance they have won several awards and/or competitions, and thus deserve the slightly higher pay rates.

Take another example, in the context of Singapore, an NIE-trained (i.e. the National Institute of Education) teacher would command a higher pay rate than an undergraduate who did not receive such training would. Of course, it does not mean that the undergraduate tutor is less qualified to teach than an NIE-trained teacher; it all boils down to one’s preferences and the ability of the tutor to teach a child well.

Hence, to engage a current school teacher/lecturer, a full-time tutor or an ex-teacher as your child’s tutor will definitely cost you more. Some parents are willing to pay more simply because they want the reassurance that the tutor they engaged really knows the curriculum well.

Another type of tutor who is also be able to command higher pay rates are the specialists.  These are the tutors that deal with only one particular subject year in, year out, and thus, they know the different types of examination questions and solutions at their finger tips.

The rule of thumb is that the pay rates increase generally with the qualifications of the tutors and the level of subjects they are tutoring. Tuition for A-level subjects start at a minimum of $40 per hour as compared to primary school subjects which may start as low as $18 per hour depending on the type of tutors engaged.

 

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