Private tutoring has become a thriving business and income source for many tutors in Malaysia and around the world. Whether you are a math tutor, an English tutor or a music tutor, students and parents around the country are looking for ways to improve their grades and academic performance through private tutors.

But, why is this happening? It is no secret that the current professional landscape is more competitive than ever, with a job market that demands young people have skills beyond regular schooling. Parents and students both see this situation happening and are willing to invest both money and time in order to be as prepared as possible for the future.

This presents a quite interesting opportunity for teachers and tutors as well, since it means that there is a higher demand for private tutors across Malaysia and a good source of income for people.

Private tutoring can also be a great help to busy parents with demanding schedules. The responsibility of assisting one's child with homework and preparation for assessments can be managed by a private tutor. This is an advantage for children as a tutor is better qualified to provide a conducive and productive learning environment. It also relieves some of the demands placed on a parent’s timetable allowing for more family quality time.

Private tuition is increasing in popularity, not because parents see value in tutoring, but rather that they see value in their child. It is in the interest of ensuring that their children extract the fullest potential from their educational journey that we have seen this demand go up.

If you are looking to start an online tutor job Malaysia, become a math tutor or an English tutor, there is a great area of opportunity for you.

Keep reading to find out more about how you can advertise your services, find students and connect with a whole community through Superprof.

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Why You Should Consider Becoming a Tutor?

Tutoring is a flexible, rewarding and interesting job where you’ll make a positive difference. Whether you work with children or adults, the one-on-one educational support that you provide can empower them to achieve their full potential.

Here are some reasons you should consider to becoming a tutor:

  1. Flexibility: as you probably know, tutors are usually self-employed which means you’re basically your own boss. The flexibility in scheduling your workload gives you the opportunity to accommodate work around personal commitments, resulting in a better work-life balance. You can choose what days you want to work, how many hours you want to work and where you want to work from. Online tuition is also an option and is useful if your pupils are not particularly local.
  2. Intellectual fulfilment: school syllabuses are constantly changing and every single student you teach will have different demands. This really exercises your brain and keeps you on your toes. It will also help you to develop a deeper understanding of the subject that you are teaching.
  3. Supplement your income: tutoring is a great way to increase your income while sharing your knowledge with others. For example, it might be that you’re already working as a teacher and want to earn some extra money on the side. Tutoring is also something you could take on as a university student if you know your particular subject area really well.
  4. Add new skills to your CV: in most cases, being a tutor isn’t just a vocation, it also allows you to develop very strong soft skills that are transferable to many different careers and make you stand out in competitive industries.
  5. Leadership: as a tutor, you are not restricted to timetables and syllabuses. Although your tutees’ aims are still to succeed in exams (in most cases), you are able to develop your leadership skills by creating innovative and exciting lessons and spend more time on the topics that your students struggle with the most.

Tutor Prices in Malaysia and their Differences

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What determines the price of a tutor in Malaysia? Find out! Source: Pexels

A private tutor's hourly rate depends on multiple variables. The following are the factors that you should keep in mind while trying to fix your hourly rate as a tutor:

  1. Where are you located? The city and region where you are located has a significant impact on your clients' paying capacity. This has a lot to do with the cost of living in different cities in Malaysia. People with a higher income might be willing to pay more while the scenario can be completely opposite for locations with middle-class families.
  2. Supply and Demand: simply put, where the demand is high, people will have a need for your services and would, therefore, be willing to pay more for your classes.
  3. The complexity and level of the subject you teach: some subjects are more complicated than others. Being a math tutor is different from being a music tutor or an English tutor. People who teach comparatively “tricky” subjects or those who offer some unique teaching like special education can take the liberty to charge slightly higher prices.
  4. Your qualifications and diplomas: whether you have a graduate or masters degree or an education from a prestigious institution could count towards your hourly rate as a tutor. Most parents (or students) give a reasonably high weightage to the tutor’s level of education. Some even tend to prefer tutors who have graduated from a reputed school or college in their field of study.
  5. How much experience you have in your field and as a tutor: people tend to pay more money to people who have experience on the field that they are teaching. On the other hand, being a seasoned tutor with years of teaching experience and lots of students' reviews will give you the change to have a higher hourly rate.
  6. Grade of students: everyone knows that academic performance holds a high degree of importance for students in higher classes. This is a very important factor to consider for your pricing. Students who are taking more advanced courses and need help in said courses might be willing to pay more, since they know that the level of complexity is higher than a basic course.
  7. Competitors' rates: tutoring is mostly a competitive market. This means that the rates that your competitors offer would help you get an idea of the acceptable charges.

All of these variables must be considered when you are trying to figure out how much money you should charge for an hour of tutoring in the different cities in Malaysia. But, why is price so important for a tutor's profile?

Believe it or not, your hourly rate is probably the first thing that potential students will be looking at when they see your tutor profile. But, what is the sweet spot?

Well, it has to be low enough that they can afford it and feel interested to look at the rest of your information but not too low. If you price yourself too low, you risk undervaluing your experience and appearing unprofessional. Also, you need to remember that your tutoring rate should cover your teaching costs and also provide you with an income, so don't make the decision lightly when it comes to setting your rate.

Teachers typically undervalue the amount they should charge and are vulnerable to ‘giving too much’ without appropriate recompense. It is therefore recommended that where teacher-trained tutors are unsure of how much to charge they charge a higher than lower price. This is important as undervaluing services can keep a tutor feeling devalued for the provision of professional and expert services.

Charging a higher price can then lead to discounting later if the need arises, however, it is very hard to increase fees once a price has been established. Tutors who are uncomfortable with negotiating fees should create a price list in print or electronic form and can point clients to that so that this ‘does the talking’.

What should you consider for your tutoring costs?

  1. Prep time: remember that your time is gold, especially in the tutoring industry. Whenever you invest your time for a particular session, charge for it. Preparation time for a session requires you to plan the lesson, prepare a PowerPoint presentation or notes, and refer to resources to enhance the quality of your content. This labor is what will determine your costs for preparation time. If you’re expected to do a lot of preparation before any tutoring session, you’re more than able to factor this into your rate as well.
  2. Materials: you will need certain resources to refer to in order to offer the best sessions or for test preparation. Moreover, sometimes you will need to provide some study materials to your students like worksheets, study notes, test papers, etc. Since they involve monetary or labor investments from your side, it is reasonable to include their cost in your rates.
  3. Marketing and other costs: if you choose to pursue tutoring on your own, it is likely that a fair share of your revenue will go into other things like marketing and advertising efforts. Some online tutoring tools will also require you to invest some money. You can choose to use individual tools for video conferencing, scheduling, email, payment processing, etc. Or you can choose to use a single software that integrates all of the necessary tools. Whichever way you choose, you will have to spend on tools. So don’t forget to consider these costs.

Find out more tips on how much to charge for your tutoring services.

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English Tutor, Math Tutor... Rates for Private Tuition in Malaysia

The following data has been compiled by the busy bees at SuperProf. These figures can be used as guidelines for you to set your rates and provide a convenient starting point which you can adjust later.

These rates are national averages. Rates for supplemental instruction also vary greatly from one region to another in Malaysia. As a result it's vital that you also check out your local rates and competition when establishing a price.

Mathematics and Science

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Being a math tutor in the different cities in Malaysia could mean having a higher hourly rate. Source: Pexels

A math tutor helps students with their math studies, either individually or in small groups. As a math tutor, your responsibilities and duties include assessing what mathematics material your students have mastered, where they need assistance, and how they learn best. Math tutors also provide tips for studying and practice opportunities, such as math division drills, so that they can develop mastery of the material. The average hourly tuition rate charged by mathematics and science teachers in Malaysia is RM38.

In this realm, Economics tutoring is one of the most expensive subjects. The average cost of an Economics lesson in Malaysia is RM41 per hour. On the other hand, a subject like Biology has an average rate of RM38 per hour.

EconomicsRM41
ChemistryRM40
PhysicsRM41
MathematicsRM38
BiologyRM38

Humanities

The humanities entail the study of the human world and society from a critical perspective. This field includes popular majors like English, History, and Philosophy. In these disciplines, students investigate humanity itself (hence the name), applying critical methods to help them understand literature, art, and the past, as well as human morality, culture, and values.

On average, humanities general tutors in Malaysia charge an hourly rate of RM55. On the other hand, the cost of a History tutor per hour is around RM40, while Geography tutors usually charge RM48.

SubjectCost
History RM40
English RM48
Geography RM48

Modern Foreign Languages

Modern Foreign Languages encompass all languages, aside from English, which are spoken and used in different countries around the world. The term ‘Modern Languages’ is used to distinguish between the languages spoken today and ‘Classical Languages’. Therefore, ‘Modern Languages’ do not include languages such as Latin or Ancient Greek because they are no longer commonly practised.

Here are the rates for tutoring various languages in Superprof Malaysia:

SubjectCost
MandarinRM60
GermanRM63
ArabicRM55
RussianRM83
FrenchRM63
ItalianRM100
SpanishRM70

Professional Subjects

Tax laws are the rules and regulations that stipulate how, when, and how much must be paid in taxes to local, state, and federal authorities. On the other hand, civil law deals with behavior that constitutes an injury to an individual or other private party, such as a corporation. Examples are defamation (including libel and slander), breach of contract, negligence resulting in injury or death, and property damage. Criminal law deals with behavior that is or can be construed as an offense against the public, society, or the state even if the immediate victim is an individual.

As these can be pretty specific and complex subjects, these are the hourly rates in Malaysia:

SubjectCost
Tax LawRM35
Civil LawRM79
Criminal LawRM83

Social Sciences

Social sciences are all about how society works. Social scientists examine institutions like the government, the economy, and family; they also study how individuals and groups interact with one another and what drives human behavior. Tutors in this area of study should not expect to tutor primary-aged children.

SubjectCost
SociologyRM58
PsychologyRM57

Music

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A music tutor in Malaysia has a different hourly rate than an English tutor or a Math tutor. Source: Pexels

A music tutor is responsible for teaching people instrumental techniques, scales, sight reading and music theory. The majority of music teachers help pupils to prepare for music examinations, auditions and live performances. Some might even teach people about recording software, such as Pro Tools and Logic.

These are the average hourly rates for the different music instruments and music classes in Malaysia with Superprof:

SubjectRate
Trumpet RM135
Piano RM88
Violin RM98
Guitar RM65
Drums RM69

Does the Level Affect the Rate for a Malaysia Tuition Job?

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Teaching children does determine the home tution Malaysia price. Source: Pexels

On top of defining the subject they will teach, tutors need to choose what levels they will tackle within their subject. This is also a deciding factor when it comes to defining an hourly rate.

Logic says that the more advanced the level is for the student and the teacher, the more expensive the class should be. This happens because of the level of complexity and difficulty that comes with the lesson:

  • Beginners classes: beginners classes often give students the opportunity to start learning a new skill. This means that the pupil doesn't have any experience on the subject they are studying and that the tutor will have to teach them from zero. These classes need for the tutor to have a really hands-on approach and go super deep in basic concepts while not necessarily having that much knowledge about advanced stuff. This is why beginners classes may be priced just below the subject average.
  • Intermediate classes: intermediate classes are made for those who already have the bases of a subject and want to keep going and expand their knowledge with the help of a tutor or teacher. What will be your job as a tutor at this level? You will be expected to provide insight into various aspects of the subject and have more in-depth feedback. Your preparation time for the lessons might also be longer as a result. The price for intermediate classes is generally in-between that of beginner and advanced rates.
  • Advanced classes: advanced classes are super helpful for students who are already excellent at certain subjects but want to keep learning. What are advanced level tutors expected to do? They will be expected to have a profound yet broad understanding of the subject as these sessions may cover a range of aspects within the field in great detail. This is also the level at which students will expect you to have a more individualised and tailored feedback. Prices tend to be higher thanks to this.

Rates according to Level in Academic Tutoring

SuperProf has calculated the following average rates for private tuition according to level:

Level of tuitionAverage hourly rate
Standard level tuitionRM43
Secondary level tuitionRM41
Pre-U TuitionRM47
University level tuitionRM47

When considering the average rates for a subject, take into account the level that you are able to teach. Never try to teach what you don't know.

Why Do Prices Vary Between Tutors?

Price of a math tutor Malaysia
Every tutor has different skills, a different background and a different teaching style. Source: Pexels

While it might seem not totally fair that some teachers or tutors get to charge more money for an hour of tutoring compared to others, there are various reasons why this happens.

Supply and demand

The law of supply and demand is a theory that explains the interaction between the sellers of a resource and the buyers for that resource. The theory defines the relationship between the price of a given good or product and the willingness of people to either buy or sell it. Generally, as price increases, people are willing to supply more and demand less and vice versa when the price falls.

This also applies to tutoring.

When there is more supply of tutors in a specific area, prices tend to go down, since the offer available to students is broader and they can pick and choose from a wider pool of options. The more tutors available in a subject, the less they can charge for tuition.

On the other hand, if there is a shortage of tutors in your area, it will be easier for you to raise your prices, since your skills will be even more valuable to prospective students.

Equipment

Equipment plays an important role in how much a tutor can charge per hour of class. Since certain areas of study require more expensive resources and equipment than others, this can bring up the prices for your classes and establish them at a point that makes more sense for your costs.

With all of this in mind, you can use this figure as a starting point and adapt your price according to your location and experience as a tutor and in your field.

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