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Hi, I registered with a few of the free tutoring websites mentioned on here several weeks ago as well as placing two advertisements locally. When I check the website 'profile statistics' it says my profile has appeared in a search on average, about 48 times. However, I've still not had a single enquiry. I've put a rate of £25 per hour which compares favourably with other local tutors but I haven't yet put a photo on. I've also not said in the ad. that I would do 11+ preparation.
I keep reading posts on here where other people seem to be getting 'too' much work / turning people away, etc. Just wondered whether anyone could offer any advice as to where I'm going wrong since I'm on the verge of giving up hope of ever getting an enquiry.
(Incidentally I'm offering KS1 and KS2 tuition).
I assume it's one of the sites that has feedback. If you are new and have no feedback I suggest you offer a lower rate until you have one or two people, then raise your rate after 5* feedback has been left.
It is also a funny time of year now, Y6 are finishing ready for SATS and the 11+ candidates will be up and running in the main as entrance tests are September. Don't give up, but do reduce your price until you get started.
Thanks - I really appreciate your replies. I am a very experienced Teacher but I appreciate the comments you made about needing to get 5* feedback on the website. I think I'll lower my rate to £19 an hour for a short while to see whether that makes any difference.
DoolallyDorisI think I'll lower my rate to £19 an hour for a short while to see whether that makes any difference.
I think I'll lower my rate to £19 an hour for a short while to see whether that makes any difference.
Why not a round £20? Save messing with change...
Slow time of year to get started anyway - I tend to find the phone goes in bursts...
Start of the summer holidays you get a couple of enquiries for parents wanting to keep on their kids' cases over the summer/people knowing you get booked up who've heard about you from word of mouth.
The day the first "hard" maths homework of the year goes home and the parents get stuck near the start of September gets a couple of calls (tends to be Y6ey this one).
You tend to get a flurry near the end of September when the first parents' evening of the year kicks in (usually less Y6ey).
Then it goes quiet until January when you can sometimes pick kids up as they've realised that cripes - they actually have to learn stuff by July!
Then you get the mid-March-miracle-wanters who ring you expecting you to suddenly pull two sublevels out of your backside in a month or two.
I find as the years go on I get more calls prior to the summer wanting to line me up for the following academic year - but that's the word of mouth that builds up as you get established.
I charge £20 a session btw - that's pretty much the going primary rate where I am... considering changing to a tiered rate according to travelling distance - but I'm picky about where I travel to in order to reduce the amount of time I spend in the car these days. I'll do a free pop-in for a chat about my background and what they want to achieve session... but if it's an active teaching session then I charge.
Takes time to get known in an area though - generally I find once one family in a school takes you on, your name gets passed around at the school gates (always worth having a nice business card to give parents you take on so they've got one to pass on to other parents) and you pick up another couple of kids from the same year in that school... then a couple of years down the line you pick up the younger siblings as well!
Thanks very much 'MisterFlibble' (and all) for your - really useful - advice. I really appreciate you taking the time to give me such a lengthy - and encouraging - reply 'MisterFlibble'.
Wow - that was good going! I've got a form to register with first tutors this weekend - sounds like they may be worth a try.
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