First Tutors is the only company in the UK which enables tutors to promote themselves through profiles for free. First Tutors is unique for tutees and parents in giving them greater choice and making them aware of the costs of private tuition and their chosen tutor's qualifications upfront.
Firstly, First Tutors is open 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week: you can always go online and request a tutor. For this reason First Tutors is a very fast way of finding and selecting a tutor. Rather than talking to a middle man and waiting to hear which tutors are available, our system enables you to contact the tutors direct and ask them your questions. First Tutors is also very competitively priced: the average agency charges £10.00 on top of every hour of tuition, whereas we only charge a tutee £4.99-24.99* once for the release of their chosen tutor's details.
For tutors or parents/tutees experiencing technical difficulties, contact us via our online support form and we will help you with any difficulty.
First Tutors provides a built-in review facility - we invite feedback from tutees and parents about how their tutoring sessions have gone. For parents and tutees, this provides objective advice, whilst also giving the best tutors a platform upon which to shine.
Contact us and we'll make every effort to help you.
We much appreciate feedback and where appropriate usually act on it very swiftly - use our feedback form to tell us what you think.
It is free to search, browse and contact tutors. Only when your tutor has accepted your offer of tuition (and you have indicated you are ready to proceed) do we charge a one-off £4.99-24.99* introduction fee. You must pay your tutor their hourly rate directly.
Please see our article, Which Tutor? for guidance.
Legally, we cannot, given that private tuition is not counted as a 'regulated activity' under government legislation. However we do conduct identity checks on our tutors and ask them to submit at least two references. Some of our tutors do possess DBS checks because they are also employed as school teachers but we cannot vouch for these checks. We recommend that tutees request to see any photo IDs at the beginning of the first lesson.
For Scottish clients, the matter is somewhat different. Tutors in Scotland can join the PVG Scheme if they are tutoring on an unsupervised basis. Those who are not can at least apply for a Basic Disclosure via Disclosure Scotland but parents/guardians should be very aware that the two checks are significantly different in the depth of their vetting.
Contact a prospective tutor free of charge by becoming a member. Once your tutor has received and accepted your request we will release their contact details at your request, conditional upon you paying a one-off £4.99-24.99* fee. We also e-mail the tutor your details simultaneously so you can both contact one another.
It may be your tutor is temporarily unavailable. We contact all tutors as soon as you make your enquiry but cannot force them to respond. We would always recommend contacting more than one tutor. Please note that we do deactivate the profiles of tutors who remain unresponsive and will help you find another.
It is free to advertise your services as a tutor with First Tutors.
We will e-mail you when a prospective tutee requests to hear from you and invite you to log in to your member area and respond to the request as soon as possible. Please note that tutors who do not respond to tutees (neither accept or decline) will have their profiles suspended so other tutors can benefit from the opportunities.
Once the tutee has accepted your offer of tuition we will send you their contact details so you can call and arrange a first lesson. We would recommend acting on this quickly. We also send them your contact details, so they can contact you.
Once you have registered you can log in at anytime to alter your profile or fees through your members area.
After one month we invite tutees to create a brief comment about their tutor. This is because the tuition industry works on referrals: the more good feedback you receive as a tutor, the more enquiries you are likely to attract. You can also reply to any feedback given.
Most tutees put a lot of thought into choosing their tutor so are unlikely to cancel before tuition commences. The usual reason for changing their mind is that the tutor has left a long period of time between receiving the tutee's contact details and initiating tuition. In other cases the tutee may have since chosen another tutor. The final decision is at their discretion.
No. In fact, private tutors do not qualify to receive one because private tutoring is not counted as 'regulated activity' under government legislation. Some tutors do have one, however, in their capacity as school teachers. In the event that you do accept a lesson request from a parent / guardian on behalf of a student who is under 18, their parent / guardian should be present and it would be useful to bring along your references for parents to see, as well as any DBS check you happen to have.
Our site attracts a very broad range of tutees - as such, their requirements vary widely and we do not place limitations on tutors by qualification - rather we let the tutee pick the tutor they feel is most appropriate for their needs.
No, all tutors work on a self-employed basis.
Whilst we don't object, we would recommend checking the terms of your visa to ensure you are allowed to work on a self-employed basis.
If you have any further questions not answered in our FAQs, or are unsure about anything, please ask us your question here.
* Our one-off fees are variable and linked to the tutor's price per hour to make our service as affordable as possible