Many teachers earn a nice little tax free income by giving private tuition. This is not officially a tax free income, but very few declare it on their income tax return.
Private tuition can be extremely beneficial to students. It can boost their confidence, fill in knowledge gaps and give practice in answering examination questions.
Finding individual help for your son or daughter is not cheap. You may be able to find a teacher who will work at your house for 5 an hour, but, you have to ask yourself why he is prepared to work for such little reward.
A good tutor will have a full diary and will be able to command a reasonable hourly fee. I charge 25 for one hour with a GCSE student and 30 for AS or A2 work. I also have a full diary and do not need to advertise, as I get my tutees from word of mouth recommendations.
How do you find a good tutor?
Ask friends. You may be given names to ring, or names to avoid.
Advertise in the newspaper or answer newspaper or postcard adverts from tutors.
Ring a local school that you know has at least one good teacher in the subects you are interested in.
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