Information For Tutors
Over the years, many of our competitors have been shut down by the old DTi and the current Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) as it is illegal to charge someone a fee for finding them work (this is why agencies charge the employer a fee).
This site is not an agency. It knows the law, follows the law and has always been legal.
It is important to note that many of our current competitors have very poorly designed and maintained websites (not that this one is perfect... but it is constantly being improved). Who ever you decide to go with, it is important that you feel that students will use their site to find you and that you will get your money's worth!
Below are our main competitors. Before you advertise with anyone, try to find them with Google using search terms that a student would use to find you. If you find another site in the process then please let us know! If you cannot find A+ Tutors when you do the searches (rare but does happen) then, again, please let us know and we will do something about it.
Other things to consider when choosing a site: is it above board and honest? Who runs the site? Is it a company or sole trader? Does it give it's postal address (required by law). Which country is it based in? Does it present good value to your students as well as to you? Does it back this up in anyway? Is it easy for a student to use?
- Tutors 4 Me - Started in 2005 but took a long time to hit the Google high spots. It continues to be free and returns some pretty good Google results. If you are eligible then it is definitely worth considering. [September 2012]
- The Tutor Pages - Has come a long way since it first appeared in 2008. They have addressed most of my issues with the site although it could still be easier to find tutors. Their Google performance will work well for most tutors (please check for yourself) but I would still like to see them charge less than £30+VAT per year. Worth considering. [September 2012]
- Tutors Directory Now free (was £35 per year). I like these guys because they have been around almost as long as A+ Tutors (since 2002). They provide some good information and other useful services. However, they can be difficult to find with Google and the site is difficult to use. While the site is free it is worth checking out but don't expect much great results. [September 2012]
- Tutor Hunt - Created in 2005 and to started return good Google results in September 2008. I do not find it easy to use but it remains free so it is worth considering. [September 2012]
- Local Tutor - First hit the Google high spots in March 2008. It is free but no longer returns good Google results. The user interface and site design has never improved. In particular, the home page is far to busy and difficult to follow. Ownership information is difficult to find and incomplete (one of my pet peeves). [September 2012]
- Tutors 4 You - Online since 2011. Only covers Scotland. Google results are almost non existant. Heavily influenced by this site and, I believe, the now dead Tutors Online. Site useability is not bad but it isn't good either. My main issue is that it charges £18 per year when it should still be in it's free phase as it does not have solid Google results yet. Also, who are they anyway? Not recommended. [September 2012]
- Home Tutors Directory - Online since the beginning of 2005. Google results go up and down (currently down). Was based on this site but I find the adverts difficult to browse. Charges increase regularily. At my last look it was £30 per year for your first advert plus £10 for each additional advert. I think there are better alternatives. However they do offer a good Guide for New tutors. I would really like to see this site do better as it has potential but it has remained stagnant and unloved for a very long time. [September 2012]
- Home Tutors - Google performance is generally on the poor side and is not currently good. The site looks nice. It is well thought out and has good services. There is a free option but I doubt that it will work well. Their paid for membership is very expensive (at least £72 per year) and with it's overly complicated charging structure this site can be the most expensive site there has ever been to advertise on. Their prices are simply too high and not justified by their google performance. Additionally they have never had a good grasp of employment law. They currently present themselves as both an agency and a directory (which is impossible) and even I am confused as to what they actually are. Not recommended. [September 2012]
- First Tutors - Entered the Google high spots in March 2008. They present themselves as not being an agency, and have contacted me to re-iterate this, but I simply do not understand how they can say this as, to me, the law is quite clear. I would not use them simply because they are an agency which tries to avoid agency laws and regulations and the law is there for a reason (to protect people!). Also, don't get me started on their terms and conditions! However, on a per student basis they are also expensive (they charge students from £4.99 upwards for your contact details). As for the site, I do not like the user interface but the site design is quite nice. Not recommended. [September 2012]
- UK Tutors.com - First appeared in March 2007 as a knockoff of First Tutors (see above). It is no longer free, is very expensive and their charging structure is probably illegal. There has never been any way to tell who runs or owns the site. The information isn't on the website and the domain name is cloaked (ownership information is hidden). Not Recommended [September 2012]
- Personal Tutors - A tutor agency that has been around for a long time. Advertises a lot with Google. Tutor listings are finally on the website but the site is basic and has a very poor interface. It is an agency so it receives a commission for each tutorial (about £5.10). [September 2012]
- Anysubject Ltd - A tutor agency which also allows tutors to advertise on it (don't believe that this is legal but never mind). A very confusing site. Very poor agency rates for all concerned (high cost for student, low income for tutor).
- Home School Tutoring - an agency. Fees are 20%. Also offers "associate" opportunities (i.e. franchises) which just sounds silly to me but you never know... I don't like agencies but this one seems OK and the site ticks the minimum requirements. [September 2008]
- Tutors 4 Kids - an agency. Fees are under 20% at £3 to £4/h. Well presented site. Just missing ownership information. *sigh* [September 2008]
- Fleet Tutors (now Fleet Education Services Ltd.) - an agency. From a tutor's perspective the site isn't very informative. Clients must phone for more information.
- Tutor Groups (Examstutor.com) - an agency.
- Alpha Tutors - an agency.
- Tutor.Ac - a foreign agency. I really despise these people but they might be worth using. To know more please see my review of Tutor.Ac.
- Top Tutors - an agency for London and the South East.
- Tutors Online - Used to be our main competitor and was a good site at reasonable rates (£12pa). I used to recommend it but it disappeared for quite a while in 2008 and has been replaced by Tutors Directory (see above). [September 2012]
- Black Board Jungle - Our first big competitor. I miss them. *sniff* They were good. Closed down by the DTi around 2003. [September 2012]
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