frequently asked questions

for students or tutor seekers

What is tutr?

We're a free online service for anyone who wants to find a tutor and learn something. Anything!

Often this takes the form of students wishing to find tutors for help with their studies, but we hope that anyone, at any stage in life, will come to tutr and learn something new.

How does tutr work?

Our site is simple to use and is absolutely free. Simply enter your location (postcode or suburb), select the subject you're looking for, and you'll be shown a list of tutors in the area.

How do I contact a tutor?

There are a few ways for you to contact your tutor. Mostly by email or telephone, depending on the contact details given by the tutor.

Simply fill in the message form on your tutor's profile and an email notification will be forwarded to the tutor. When the tutor responds, you're provided with the tutor's email address and you can either continue discussion via email directly to that tutor, or request other contact details.

How do I find the best tutor for me?

Always ask about the tutor's experience, what they do and how can they help you. Discuss your requirements with your prospective tutor to see if they will best meet your needs.

Always try to describe your circumstances, how soon you need a tutor, where you would like to be tutored and at what level or grade.

Once you have found some good candidates, you should give them a short interview to see who you're most comfortable with.

How many tutors should I contact?

It's always advisable to contact at least a few different tutors. This will broaden your selection and maximise your chances, as some tutors are occasionally too busy to reply or otherwise unavailable.

How much should I pay for tuition fees?

One of the most important factors in getting the best tutor is to find one that meets your particular requirements. Price range may be different depending on the tutor's experience or the type of qualifications they hold.

Remember, tutors are most often willing to negotiate their fee.

A tutor has not responded to me. What are my options?

Generally tutors should respond to your request in a timely manner. However there may be a number of reasons they may not have contacted you, such as not having access to their email, being too busy or perhaps on holidays. We have found that in some cases, some tutors may not respond to any new requests if they are fully booked.

We strongly recommend contacting multiple prospective tutors to maximise your chances.

for tutors

How does tutr work?

tutr is quite simple. Just sign up, create your profile, and once accepted you'll show up on searches near your area.

Remember to visit tutr frequently and log in - not only for checking your messages, but this tells us you're still active and we'll place you higher in search results!

How much does it cost to list?

Nothing! tutr is dedicated to helping you find nearby students easily for free.

Why should I sign up?

Not only is tutr free, but it's quick and easy to sign up. You have almost nothing to lose - only the potential to gain students.

What qualifications do I need to become a tutor?

Quite a few tutors are students themselves, or professionals. A certification or qualification in the field you wish to tutor certainly helps, but it isn't compulsory.

Experience may be more worthwhile, and often the best tutors are the people with flair and passion for what they do.

How much should I charge for lessons?

This depends on the experience you have, your qualifications, your location, demand and other associated skills that may be applicable. Generally university students tend to charge around $20, while teachers and qualified professionals may charge $40 or more.

How can I attract students?

There are four main tips that can help you get noticed by students:

  1. Be reasonably priced. Try not to overprice your service and make sure that the fee you charge reflects your experience and qualifications. Remember that the price on tutr is the minimum rate.
  2. On your profile, type a catchy description about yourself, your experience and what you have to offer. We show the summary from your description in search results, so make sure it stands out and is appealing.
  3. Offer tuition only for the subjects you're most confident with. Specialists are more appealing than generalists.
  4. Always upload a clear face picture. This helps people identify with you and makes you seem more personable.
Which subjects should I list?

Please make sure that you choose subjects which you are definitely capable of teaching. It can hurt your reputation if you list down subjects you aren't confident teaching.

I no longer wish to be a tutor. What do I need to do?

If you no longer wish to be a tutor, please deactivate your account so that students will not try to contact you. If your account is inactive for a period of time, tutr may automatically deactivate your account. You can deactivate (or hide) your account in your control panel, under 'account'.

How do students contact me?

When a parent/student is interested in your service, they will send you an enquiry through the tutr contact form. We then send you a notice to your email. Enquiries can come at any time, so remember to check your email and junk mail folder regularly, and log in to tutr.

To reply, simply log in to tutr and type your message. This provides the enquirer with your direct email address. Any further responses from that parent/student should then go directly to your email inbox.