How much should you pay a language tutor?


How much should you pay a language tutor for you or your child?

Let’s have a look of the average market rate of a tutor in USA, Australian and China (Beijing).

In USA, the hour rate of a tutor ranging from US$30 – US$40 per hour for a high school student tutor and up to US$85 for a certified teacher with top experience. Even online tutor charges about US$20 per hour. In today’s rate, the tutor’s charge ranges from A$25 to A$110 per hour. You can find the details here.

We know American people like buying cheap products, but it seems they are paying more on education than their Australian peers.

In Australia, the tutor’s rate ranges from about A$20 – A$35 per hour for student tutor according to PayScale. We know some Universities charge A$99 per private language tutoring and there are many even cheaper student tutors around as well.

In Beijing, based on our investigation, a good tutor charges about RMB 500 to RMB 1000 (A$100 to A$200) per hour, an average tutor charges RMB 300 per hour (A$60).

So how much are you willing to pay for a tutor?

This should be based on the value of yourself and the extra value the tutor can bring to you.

The purpose to find a tutor is to help you or your child reach a goal – learning Mandarin or Japanese – if you are looking at our website.

Your value is your time and the potential extra value bringing by the new language skills, either it is a better job, pay rise or an improved score.

If you find a cheap tutor, you may spend more time understanding the new language and learnt something incorrect. For children, they may lose their interest in the language and do not want to learn any languages in the future. This is a big loss comparing the cheap rate you paid. The cheap tutor wasted your time and money. We know a businessman learnt Mandarin from a Chinese student for six month. When he went to Beijing, his business partner told him what he learnt are improper for business situation.

A good tutor can help you study the language in your style and enable you reach your goal in a most cost effective way. One of our student is a school teacher. She was given a new role teaching year 7 Japanese this year, but she never learnt Japanese before. She emailed us for help and we tailored an intensive Japanese teaching course for her during the summer holiday. She not only learnt the basic of Japanese language skills and also learnt how to teach Japanese. She is now teaching Japanese very confidently. For more details, please read her testimony.

How to find a good tutor, please read our tips here.

So let us know how much you are willing to pay so we can have a plan for you.

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