8 Things to Consider When Choosing a Tutor Agency
Updated: Mar 16
Your goal should always be to get the maximum value for the lowest possible cost. To be assured that you are getting the best deal, you need to ask for more than one teacher or tutor.
Be wary of tutor academies who share estimates far lower than others. You may receive less than acceptable academic learning and may end up paying more than the estimated cost in in non-monetary terms such as lack of discipline, lack of ownership, or academic shortcoming of the teacher.
Communicate to the tutor recruitment agencies the full extent of your needs so you receive the right teacher or tutor. Communication of exact requirements is key to saving money and finding the right teacher. Female tutors always cost more. Face to face and one-to-one tuitions will always cost you more than online or group tuitions.
Always read the fine print. You can find any good standard tutor agency’s terms and conditions on their website. That is where you may find some hidden charges or fees. You can find KEEP TUTORS terms here.
2. Quality of Coaching
Price doesn’t matter if the coaching is poor quality.
Where applicable, ask to see samples of the teacher’s or the tutor agency’s previous work. Evaluate the agency’s seriousness and professionalism via a face-to-face meeting. Office location, investment, employee base shows the level of commitment of the agency. On the other hand, past experience, number of years in teaching, experience with foreign tuitions and settled, married age gives you subtle clues on the commitment and professionalism of the teacher. You can check if a tutor academy is serious about teaching quality by skimming through their customer policy. You check our criteria and data selection by checking our tutor registration process here.
3. Check References
In many ways, hiring a tutor agency is like hiring an employee.
Most people would not employ a worker without checking references, and you should not make that mistake when selecting a tutor agency.
Require each tutor agency to share any references. If a tutor agency hesitates, that should raise a red flag.
If you feel the need, call those references and ask questions such as:
· Were their tutors professional?
· Were you comfortable with the employees who came to your home?
· How would you rate the quality of their academic learning?
· If something went wrong, did they make it right?
· Would you use them again?
If you get an answer to a question that does not quite seem right, ask a follow-up question. Most people will be honest if probed.
4. Customer Service
Tutor agencies with a reputation for exemplary customer service will more than likely take care of you. As mentioned above, references are invaluable. Request tutor agency referrals from people whose opinion you trust. Then ask those customers about their experience with the customer service particularly – service after the sale.
Don’t forget to take advantage of the digital age in which we live. People who have poor customer experiences may vent their frustrations online. An Internet search can uncover this kind of feedback. You can evaluate KEEP TUTORS customer reviews for Karachi Main Branch, Karachi DHA Branch as well as Lahore Branch.
Do a Google search “[tutor agency name] reviews”. You may be surprised at what you find – both good or bad! You can try the same for KEEP TUTORS here.
5. Ethics and Integrity of The Tutor agency
Your child’s integrity depends on the integrity of the tutor and the tutor academies you choose.
Try to learn a little bit about your teacher as well as the relevant tutor academies and how much importance they put on operating with high ethical standards.
There are several ways to find out information about a company. However, the easiest is to search online. An Internet search “[tutor agency name] news’ can also yield a lot of company information. As with most things, it is always best to be aware of issues before you approve of a teacher.
6. Professional Teachers/Tutors
When a tutor agency sends a teacher, that teacher represents the agency. Image if someone used a tutor agency that sends a teacher who makes inappropriate advances towards students, housemaids and others; or who uses inappropriate language, or has habits such as eating pan or excessive smoking; imagine that. A teacher needs to be formal, professional, and concerned about persona reputation. Every academic qualification and criteria is secondary to this fundamental prerequisite.
This is the most difficult factor to check. One suggestion is to read the company’s employment ads. You can check our best tutors at our dedicated page here.
Best teacher postings contain the important qualities a client looks for in a prospective teacher and can provide brief introduction of the teacher so you can have a fair idea on the level of professionalism.
7. Recommendations from Others
Word of mouth is always a great way to find a tutor agency if everything else is equal. Leverage professional networking groups to which you belong.
Ask your LinkedIn connections, the members of your professional organizations and the people you socially interact with who they used in similar situations. People will share honest opinions and often have the answer to your need based on a similar experience.
8. Existing Relationships
Leverage the experience and relationships you already have. If you have a current tutor agency that you like, I still recommend soliciting other academies to ensure that the tutor agency is still providing the best value for your money.
Sometimes tutor academies raise their price after being with a business for a few years because they feel like they have the business and its safe. Do not allow yourself to fall into this trap. Keep the relationship professional and repost the job every couple of years to ensure you are getting the best value for the money.
Based on the above criteria you should make the right choice. Still indecisive? Call KEEP TUTORS now and evaluate the difference by booking a free demo class today!