It has to be said: English tutoring costs money, but how much?

It’s a common misconception that all tutors charge high rates. Thankfully, this is not the case, and there are plenty of options to suit all budgets without compromising on quality.

The world of private tuition and extra-curricular support is large and diverse. There is a great choice of options for anyone seeking help at any point in their academic career and a wide range of price points to go with them. For example, some tutors deliver their services through tutoring companies. These organizations are made up of a number of tutors who meet their students at a tutoring center. However, since the Covid-19 outbreak, tutoring centers have been adapting to online learning to ensure the security of teachers and students alike.

But now, with the implementation of strict SOPs, classes are now able to operate physically as usual in the new norm. Students are also now allowed to go back to school and register into campus. There are options within these companies for the student to learn on a one-to-one basis or in a small group, however, the tutor is chosen for you rather than the other way around.

For those who prefer to be in control and choose their own tutor, there are many possibilities. Since there is no need of any formal teaching qualifications to become a private English tutor, it’s common to find post-SPM students as well as undergraduates advertising their services. Tutoring without any experience of teaching may sound shady, but this kind of tutors often charge significantly less than certified teachers and can offer a familiar view of education for school pupils.

One of the easiest ways to find a tutor either in your local area or online is to use online tutoring platforms such as Superprof, which are used by tutors to advertise their services and find students. These platforms offer an effective way of finding a tutor to suit your learning needs as well as your budget whilst saving you as much time and effort as possible.

You can follow this guide to selecting your ideal tutor based on price and experience!

But before we delve into tutoring rates for different levels, let’s discover which is the better option to studying English: enrolling in tuition centers to study physically or studying virtually?

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Studying English: In-person classes or Online learning?

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Online learning brings benefits as much as drawbacks so parents and students should be aware of them to avoid any complications in the future. Image via Pukunui

There is no doubt there are always upsides and downsides to our choices. Reasonably, we should be cautious with the choices we make, especially when it involves spending our finances towards education that will be retained throughout our entire lives. Hence, we have listed out the benefits and drawbacks of studying in tuition centers and learning online.

 

What are The Benefits and Drawbacks of Learning Face-to-Face

Benefits of Face-to-Face LearningDrawbacks of Learning Face-to-Face
Easier to retain focus. Learning face-to-face helps teachers to retain their students’ focuses better. In a classroom environment, teachers can easily pay attention to the students who are losing focus or playing around in the class without the obstacle of students turning off their cameras or muting their microphones as in online classes. Additionally, students can enjoy the learning process much better in face-to-face learning as a classroom environment is no doubt a conducive environment to learn.Adaptability. After the Covid-19 pandemic, it may be hard for students to adapt to being in physical classes after learning online for so long. Classes may seem and feel too crowded and cluttered for some, which will make them feel uncomfortable and thus not enjoy being in class. An uncomfortable student will not be able to focus well in class. Additionally, some students may not adapt well to change and may have a hard time fitting in with their fellow classmates.
Building relationships. Being in a classroom environment allows teachers and students to build relationships much easier. As there is no barrier between student and teacher, communication can come easily. Teachers can pay undivided attention to each student at one time. Furthermore, students can work together and engage in group discussions without the risk of unstable Internet connection which can cause delays in group works.Distraction from classmates. Being in a class with friends of the same age is bound to cause distractions, especially when both parties have spent too much time apart from each other due to the Movement Control Order (MCO). Being able to see their classmates face-to-face will surely be a great distraction as there are far too many stories to share with each other. While learning face-to-face can help students gain focus easier, it can also cause them to lose focus when mingling with friends.
Fun learning environment. With learning face-to-face, students can enjoy a fun learning environment surrounded by friends which will make class less boring. A fun class environment will stimulate the students to stay focused and motivated in class.Time constraint. Unlike online learning, where students can write down their questions in the chatroom for teachers to answer whenever they are able to, there are constraints to face-to-face learning especially in relation to time. There may be far too many students in the classroom, hence the teacher may not be able to answer all questions asked due to the time constraint.

 

What are The Benefits and Drawbacks of Learning Online

Benefits of Online LearningDrawbacks of Online Learning
Efficient learning method. Teachers are offered a much more efficient way to deliver lessons with online learning as they can make use of different tools such as videos, PDF files, podcasts and other e-learning platforms such as Kahoot and so forth to make lessons more fun.Technological issues. Undoubtedly, there are bound to be technological issues when speaking of online learning. As it seems, students and teachers alike may face the troubles of unstable Internet connection or hardware malfunction such as inaccessible cameras or broken microphones. This will disrupt the learning and/or teaching experience.
Easy accessibility. For students undergoing online learning, they are given the advantage of easy accessibility. They are able to log in to class whenever and wherever they are. As for schools, institutions and especially tutoring centres, they are able to reach out to a more extensive network of students. For instance, at Superprof, the student can choose to hire tutors who are away from them without any geographical boundaries.Disruption to mental health. Needless to say, humans are social creatures. Too much online learning for extended periods of time is bound to affect a student’s mental health. Some students may not be able to cope with the stress of online learning due to being in a non-conducive environment, while some students may feel lonely in class when not surrounded by friends of the same age. Admittedly, teachers can also face disruptions to their mental health as online teaching is just as hard. For instance, a teacher may be teaching and engaging with their students only to receive no response from the other party due to the students’ lack of attention and interest towards the class or just due to the instability of their Internet connection. Teachers may feel as if they are talking to a wall if students refuse to turn on their cameras and microphones, even when prompted.
Revision anytime, anywhere. Some students may lead busy lives, especially those who are in tertiary education. However, online learning provides students with the luxury of being able to study anytime and anywhere as the learning materials used and uploaded by the teacher are readily accessible and downloadable for the students’ use for revision during their free time.Screen time management. Most parents would agree that there should be a limit to how much screen time can their child gain access to, especially for young learners such as preschool or lower primary school students. At a young age, children should be exposed and stimulated by socialising in the outside world or simply put, a classroom environment where they can develop communication and relationship building skills. Online learning will have these young learners in front of the screen for hours on end, thus affecting their development and growth.

 

Now that we are aware of the advantages and disadvantages of face-to-face and online learning, comes the next question: which has a higher rate that parents and students have to pay for to learn English?

In the circumstance that parents and students opt for tutoring centres that offer face-to-face learning, it is highly advisable that both parties are aware of the costs that come with enrolling into tutoring companies.

 

What do Tutoring Companies Charge?

Hourly rates for one-to-one tuition vary from company to company.

Due to the fact that these organizations are for-profit and registered as businesses, the general running costs are higher due to taxation and the need to pay rent on a property, for example.

An advantage of using tutoring companies is the guarantee of each tutor’s level of qualification since they must hold an A level in their teaching subject at a good grade.

However, although this may be useful for parents who won’t be responsible for verifying the credibility of each tutor, the way tutoring companies work may not be your cup of tea.

Obviously, with any business, you have to make money for the company as well as its employees, but when it comes to tutoring, this can make lessons less affordable for learners’ families and tutors are not paid the full amount charged – a problem which does not occur for self-employed tutors.

Regardless of your opinion on this sort of arrangement, when you can get the same quality of tuition for slightly less money by finding a tutor yourself, using an independent tutor does seem like the better option.

Your ideal English tutor could be just around the corner from you!

So, whether you want value for money or you’d prefer to save as much time as possible, why not have a look at what tutoring companies charge for English tuition?

Tutoring CompanyFeesAdditional Information
KumonRM160 (4-12 years old)/month

RM170 (13-17 years old)/month + RM30 registration fee
https://my.kumonglobal.com/
Smart ReaderRM270/month http://smartreader.edu.my/
Cambridge English for LifeRM615/term for secondary to university students https://www.cambridgeforlife.org/

In comparison, each tutoring company charges differently as they may use different syllabuses and the teachers registered under the company may have extensive experience. The reputation of the tutoring company also plays a role in determining the fees of the tutoring centre.

However, bear in mind that you could be paying the same for lessons through an agency as you would for a self-employed tutor, but after commission deductions, the agency tutor will receive less money for his/her work.

Nevertheless, some may agree that the fees set for by renowned tutoring companies may be too steep and may prefer to hire private tutors.

“Do not give them a candle to light the way, teach them how to make fire instead. That is the meaning of enlightenment.” — Kamand Kojouri, Goodreads author and author of The Eternal Dance.

 

How Much Do Private Tutors Cost?

Private tutors who are not under any agencies will have different rates that can be accommodating to parents and students seeking for a tutor within their budget. As the tutors may have different levels of qualification such as an education certificate, a Bachelor’s Degree, Masters or even a PhD, the rates may vary accordingly. Moreover, the levels the tutors choose to teach will also affect the rates they put out.

According to the site CompareHero.my, these are the rates of tutors here in Malaysia:

LevelGeneral TutorsSpecialist Tutors (English)Premium Tutors
KindergartenRM20-40/hourRM30-50/hourRM40-60/hour
Standard 1-3RM25-40/hourRM30-45/hourRM50-60/hour
Standard 4-5RM30-46/hourRM31-55/hourRM41-61/hour
UPSRRM32-52/hourRM35-60/hourRM46-76/hour
PT3RM35-50/hourRM38-64/hourRM46-80/hour
SPMRM37-65/hourRM40-70/hourRM47-85/hour
STPMRM41-75/hourRM45-75/hourRM50-90/hour
Cambridge IGCSERM40-60/hourRM40-60/hourRM80-100/hour

Generally, the rates listed in the above table are for face-to-face learning. Online learning may cost less as there are no printable materials, lest the student should choose to do so for their own convenience.

There are also student tutors for a cheaper alternative as most student tutors lack experience and may even lack the proper certification to teach. Hence, they charge a lower rate as an attraction method for those who are seeking to learn at a lower price. For families who are in the B40 income level, student tutors are a great choice to hire for studying.

But, how much is the average rate of student tutors?

 

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Chee peng
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Varsha
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Student Tutors and Their Pricing

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Student tutors will charge less due to lack of experience and qualification. Image via Tuition Hero

For students possessing an expertise in a certain subject, for instance English, tutoring will be the ideal way for them to earn pocket money while still in their studies. As tutoring can be a part-time job for these student tutors; usually SPM leavers and undergraduates, the schedule will be flexible hence it is manageable for them to balance their studies and tutoring.

However, due to their level of study, many of these tutors have a limit as to what they can teach.

For instance, an SPM student may be able to help PT3 and/or UPSR students in studying their syllabus and university student tutors are able to help SPM candidates in sharpening their English skills. However, it is not advisable for SPM students to tutor other SPM students as both parties are on the same educational level.

So, what do student tutors charge for their English tuition?

  • Undergraduates charge between RM15 and RM20 hourly
  • SPM candidates/leavers ask up to RM10 per hour

Nevertheless, it’s good enough for a bit of pocket money, and pupils still receive quality tuition from someone who can relate to them as a student.

 

The Cost of English Lessons Through Superprof

Superprof is an online platform which offers an opportunity for tutors all over the world to advertise their services.

At Superprof, we value the sharing of knowledge and help our passionate tutors in setting up their profile in such a way that represents them and their services to increase their chances of success in finding suitable student matches.

We also check and verify our tutors’ profiles and qualifications, to make sure that your search for a tutor is as safe and secure as possible.

Superprof is 100% free to use in Malaysia, and we don’t charge commission - so feel free to browse tutors to your heart’s content!

The average hourly rate for English tuition advertised on Superprof is RM25.

Because school English isn’t a special or uncommon subject, this rate is almost exactly the same as the overall average rate for the subjects offered on Superprof.

Thanks to the diversity of our tutors, there are price points to suit every budget so that you can have quality tuition that doesn’t break the bank.

The nature of Superprof as an online platform made for tutors and tutees alike means that its tutoring community is always growing, giving users more choices as time goes on.

Why not take a closer look at how English tuition can help your child?

 

English Tutoring in Schools

It’s not uncommon for schools and colleges to set up their own tutoring initiatives where pupils can receive peer mentoring from an older student.

For example, SPM students may help lower school pupils with their spelling, essay writing skills or grammar. These sessions usually take place after school, during lunch break or in the morning registration period.

Learning from another student can sometimes be the secret to a learner’s success as they interact with someone they can better relate to as a pupil of the education system.

This sort of mentoring boosts confidence in pupils – a large contributing factor in the formula for academic success. However, tutoring in school comes at no cost to parents, which is why it’s only available for students between grade boundaries with the aim of helping them achieve the highest grade on the exam day.

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Alternatives to English Tuition

English Tutoring Associations

Tutoring associations are groups whose objective is to provide free academic tutoring to those who cannot afford their own private tutor. Such organisations can provide help with children’s English homework or support adults who are having trouble with their day-to-day lives because of a lack of education in English.

The objective of these associations is making sure no one gets left behind at school, regardless of their situation. These organizations work to catch anyone who slips through the net and make sure they are not left behind, so that they have fewer difficulties and increased opportunities in their lives.

Malaysia Tutor Association (MTA) is  the only association of its kind in Malaysia and it represents tutoring organizations and educational tutors throughout Malaysia. It aims to represent tutors and tutoring organizations, acts as a lobby group and raises the standard of tutoring in Malaysia.

The Malaysian English Language Teaching Association is a similar organization which focuses on contributing towards the advancement of standards in English language education in Malaysia.

Online English Learning Resources

Children love playing games online, and you can use this fact to get them doing regular English practice.

The internet is full of websites for playing spelling games, filling in word gaps and downloading worksheets to do.

The World Wide Web is even popular among teachers, who often set their homework on similar interactive platforms where children can play games and complete worksheets whilst their progress is tracked for the teacher to monitor.

If children run out of homework or they’re on their summer holidays, websites like BBC Bitesize are full of resources and revision tools from early learning up to GCSE level English.

And for adults, there’s BBC Skillswise. This website is all about helping adults brush up on their reading and writing as well as their spelling and grammar skills to make their day-to-day lives easier.

So, like English tutors themselves, prices do vary depending on your situation.

The most important thing is that the learner’s needs are met and that they receive the best support for them.

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