Frequently Asked Questions
Which subjects can Edinburgh Tutors provide a tutor in?
We cover the main subjects including English, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, German and French. We also cover a range of other subjects which are detailed on our subject list.
Who are your tutors?
Friendly, bright graduates and undergraduates with a proven ability to tutor successfully. We have tutors that are qualified teachers and also some in teacher training. Please read the profiles of some of our tutors. We have carefully selected our tutors for their excellent grades and ability to tutor.
SQA Exam Dates 2017
The dates run from Tuesday 2nd of May 2017 until Friday 2nd of June 2017.
The dates for SQA exams can be found by accessing the link below:
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Which geographical areas does Edinburgh Tutors cover?
Within around five miles of central Edinburgh.
We may have Tutors who are prepared to travel furhter than that, or we can arrange for you to meet with the tutor half way, or in town at the library.
We are also providing tutoring support to pupils in Glasgow, Stirling and Aberdeen.
Will the tutor travel to our home?
Yes, and the cost is included in the hourly rate for tuition (£36/hour inc VAT). If you live more than around five miles from central Edinburgh, we would ask you to travel in to the tutor's address or a mutually convenient location in the city.
How much does it cost?
The fees are inclusive and fixed at £32/hr, and we guarantee this price for the duration of your tuition
How is payment made?
You will be invoiced monthly by Edinburgh Tutors Ltd for what has been received from the tutor. The payment can then be made either by cheque or BACS.
What is the ideal number of sessions?
There is no minimum, number but the idea is for tuition to be an ongoing programme for the pupil. In order to deliver improved outcomes 1.5 hours is better value than 1 hour and two hours for most (but not all children) is too long. Traditionally tuition seems to have been 1 hour, our experience is that the tutition in such a case is reaching its peak in effect just when it runs out of time. However we also have children who prefer shorter more frequent tutiions. For most however you get the best results from 1.5 hours once a week over a minimum of three - six months.
Why are most of our Tutors Undergraduates?
It's a question we are often asked and there are two reasons. First we want academically excellent specialists, who have also recently succeeded within the Exam System. This profile leads us to gifted, young, undergraduates and academics who can immediately relate to the needs of your child and who have the best and most recent experience of the exam system from the sharp end. The second reason is simple, its difficult to find the very best teachers. Our experience is that many are excellent generalists and if they are typical teachers fully employed in their schools or 'between jobs'. Where we find excellent teachers, who fit the demanding Edinburgh Tutor profile, we hire them - but our main task is to supply clients with the best, in our view and for tutoring the exam system, the best undergraduates have the edge.
Do you provide tuition for adults?
Yes, we provide tuition for any age group. We often have adults who have returned to education studying a variety or subjects, the most common being English, Languages or Science related subjects.
When are tutoring sessions?
With School level tuition it is mainly carried out during the evening or weekend. Adult tuition tends to be through the day. We are flexible, a time is agreed between the tutor, tutee and ourselves that fits in best with everyones commitments.
What is the minimum session time?
We feel that 1½ hours is the optimum length for a tuition session. Where Primary tuition is involved then this tends to be for 1 hour. The 1½ hour session allows the tutor and tutee a good length of time to achieve a lot of work and overall gain the best results.
How frequent are the sessions?
The majority of tuition is received weekly. We also have clients who prefer fortnightly sessions with their tutor. Often tuition is increased leading up to exams. We are flexible and understand that breaks may be taken during holidays.
Can we engage a tutor for online remote tutoring?
Yes you can and a number of our clients, some oversear and some where face to face tutoring is impractical, enjoy great success with online tutoring via readily available software such as Skype. In addition ET will launch a sister company in early 2017, who will provide online tutoring via a bespoke online learining platform that incorporates a fully functional online classroom. For more information contact Alicja on 0131 450 7081 or check out the Reatime Tutors web site www.realtimetutors.co.uk
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