Do you remember the sense of satisfaction that you had when you were tutoring a friend who had difficulty solving a Mathematical question not too long ago? That was your first Maths tutoring experience...
What started off as something voluntary and casual became unknowingly fulfilling when you saw your friend grow and develop confidence, as well as the knack of excelling in the subject that he/she previously had no interest in.
Your brain started ticking again. You began to think about the opportunity of taking this interest and ability to teach Mathematics to the next level. Perhaps, you should officially start a private tutoring Maths venture or even start an online Maths tutoring class with your friends.
Then the next question arises. How much should you charge as a private Maths tutor and does the price vary if you are a home tutor or online tutor?
Continue to read more about the possibilities of online Maths tutoring and the monetary aspects to make it financially rewarding and successful in the long run.
Why do students turn to online Maths tutoring these days?
Most of the time, large classroom settings tend to lead students in a stance of passive learning, where they solely listen and take notes from the teachers due to the limitation of time and number of students.
Here are some of the reasons why online Maths tutoring is currently on the rise:
a) Students can have a personalized, effective learning experience
Online Maths tutoring enables students to take the lead in the learning process when they are making main decisions (which chapter to focus on and voice out their feedback immediately if they think things are not working out).
Another important aspect of personalized learning is undivided attention and concentration during the lesson. When they are taking private online Maths lessons, they are not subjected to peer pressure, direct comparison with others, or the need to "pretend" to know everything.
b) Flexible, comfortable and convenient
Online learning allows both tutors and learners to experience a flexible setting in terms of location and time. Scheduling lessons becomes an easier task because it only involves both of you. Most importantly, you and the students do not have to rush to a physical place for lessons!
It is certainly more comfortable for you and your students to be at home throughout the whole lessons, without having to travel and incur additional transportation costs. It is easier to start your lesson on time. Your students will also get to learn different Mathematical concepts at their own pace with their preferred learning style.
c) Immediate feedback for teaching and grading
As a Maths tutor, you are also able to grade your students' work instantly and your students can take note of what they have done. The best feature of online tutoring is the availability of recorded lessons, which you can use to remind specific topics with your students and compare their progress. You can also monitor your students' comprehension and grades on a regular basis.
First Maths tutoring lesson with your student: What to prepare and discuss about?
Let's face it, the atmosphere can be very awkward during your first lesson with your students (and also their parents). What you can do is to initiate interactive conversations to get to know your students (and also their parents) better.
a) Ice-breaking questions
Asking questions is a great and effective way to get an idea of your students' expectations on the Maths lessons, inquiries about the subject and also their personality in general. After all, your role as a Maths tutor is not just about getting the technical aspect right (to get a 100% score), but also to instil passion and interest for the subject. Take this time to also introduce yourself, talk about your background, teaching methodology and how you will help and guide them throughout the lessons.
b) Short explanation of topics and concepts
After your students have warmed up and feel more relaxed, you can slowly explain to them how your lessons will work by teaching a simple topic or Maths concept. For instance, if one of your students is currently preparing for the SPM examination (17 years old), you can prepare a past year question and show him/her how to come out with the solution, step by step, and see whether he/she can follow you.
This process acts as a good way to familiarize your student with the flow of the lessons and how the lessons will be conducted. You can also introduce some of the resources (books, videos, online learning tools) that you plan to use during your tutoring lessons to your student and explain why you think they are helpful to make your Maths lessons more effective. Your student will also get to prepare the relevant books beforehand and feel included as well as engaged when he/she is learning.
c) Mini assessment
Last but not the least, it is important to check the real level of the student in Mathematics. You can come out with a simple assessment that tests the basic chapters from their respective examination syllabus and let the student attempt to answer the questions in a given time.
Remind your student that this step is necessary for you to plan the future lessons. It will also help the student to identify some of his/her strengths and weaknesses. Try to be positive when you show your student his/her results to build your student's confidence. He/she would certainly feel more motivated to do better the next round.
What should you take into consideration when you are deciding the rate as a Maths tutor?
a) Educational level that you intend to teach
In general, the rate for teaching any subject will increase according to the educational level that you intend to teach. For instance, the rate for Form 1 to Form 2 Maths private tutoring can range from RM 35 to RM50 per hour whereas the rate for Form 4 to Form 5 Maths private tutoring class can range from RM60 to RM80 per hour.
There are also private Maths tutors who charge a higher rate (RM100 per hour) for students who sit for IGCSE or A-Level examinations as the examinations are set based on the international Maths syllabus.
b) Your relevant teaching experience/academic qualification
It is important to set a rate that is reasonable and well-matched to your current qualifications and working or teaching experience. Remember not to oversell or undersell your services in the beginning. You can always adjust your rate when you are more confident and experienced with teaching. Bear in mind that you are also putting in your time and effort to prepare the lessons and also to tutor students.
It is well worth noting that there are many Maths tutors who set their rate according to their years of teaching in the market, as there are students and parents who prefer to learn from someone who is experienced in the education line.
c) Mode of teaching
If you are starting as a private home tutor or private Maths tutor at a tuition centre, remember to include the transportation and logistics fees when you are setting your rate. Online tutoring lessons are generally lower than private home tutoring lessons (which applies to all subjects).
How to find out the average rate of Maths tutoring in Malaysia?
In Malaysia, tutoring fees for Mathematics are different in big, urban cities such as Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bahru, as the cost of living is generally higher. You can do a simple comparison by just looking at the different rates offered by one-to-one learning Maths private tutoring platforms and also some physical private tuition centres.
As someone intends to teach Mathematics, you will know that it is safe to discover the average rate of Maths tutoring before you decide on the final rate for your Maths tutoring. Where can you get the most accurate representation then?
Look no further and quickly head over to SUPERPROF!
Superprof is an online learning platform that acts as the perfect bridge of knowledge between tutors and learners from all across the world. For Superprof Malaysia, you can easily check the average rate of Maths lessons according to different locations in Malaysia.
Even if you are a tutor, you can learn more through the lens of the students. Here are some steps that you can take to have an overview of the average rate of a Maths tutor:
1. Head to the Superprof homepage. Type in Mathematics in the searching box and choose between the Around Me or Online option to choose your location.
2. If you choose a specific city, for instance, Kuala Lumpur, you will be directed to tutors around Kuala Lumpur. If you choose the Online option, you will be directed to tutors all over the world (including tutors from Malaysia) that offers Maths lessons online.
3. Take note that there are some tabs (Nearby/Online, Rate, Response Time) that you can adjust before you view the tutor's profile.
4. Click on the Rate tab and you will be able to see the average rate of the Maths lessons that are offered in the location and also the maximum budget for that particular area.
5. By comparing between locations, you should be able to tell the lowest and highest rate offered by Malaysian Maths tutors in general. From there, you can also do the Maths and calculate the salary of a Maths tutor if you have a certain amount of students per month.
We hope this information will help you to decide on your own rate as a Maths tutor! Oh, and do not forget to sign up as a Maths tutor with Superprof to find your future students who are passionate to learn Mathematics! It is super easy, convenient and absolutely FREE to begin your Maths tutoring journey!
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