What are the Best Online Tutoring Sites?
Sherpa-Online, a new player into the game. Having only launched early 2020, Sherpa is well on its way to becoming a big name in the tutoring service industry. They are entirely online and it shows because the site is extremely user friendly and easy to navigate. With pages such as ‘find a tutor’, ‘help centre’ and ‘login/signup’, it is very self-explanatory and all the information you need is where it should be.
Being created much later than MyTutor and Tutorful, Sherpa has differentiated itself by offering private lessons from only qualified teachers. There is the odd exception of an undergraduate, however, this is calculated as often pupils prefer being taught by a similar age group. Recent school leavers and pupils have similar learning styles and having been through the exams themselves, they are very familiar with the topics.
The tutoring experience from Sherpa is as good if not better than its larger rivals. With over 200 qualified vetted tutors on the platform, each one personally interviewed and background checked, offering their services from Primary School and Key Stage 1 to GCSE and A-level. They operate on an interactive whiteboard that is highly recommended by ex-students.
When talking about online tuition it is impossible not to mention MyTutor. MyTutor is by far the largest company in the UK offering 1-1 private lessons. MyTutor was early onto the market and quickly became a household name for anybody looking to boost their grades online.
Starting in 2013 MyTutor began hiring only undergraduates to help other students and pupils achieve their target results. Pupils have their online lessons with a video chat enabled whiteboard and prices range from £18-40 per hour. Starting at £18 for the tutors with the least number of lessons completed and £40 for tutors who have taught the most lessons.
If you are looking for friendly tutors who are knowledgeable in their subject areas then MyTutor has got what you need. Their undergraduates have recently passed their A-levels and so are familiar with topics and more importantly exam techniques and styles to use in your answers.
However, there is a very student-y feel to the website with every profile listing what and where they are studying. There is an argument that being taught by students is not as beneficial as being taught by qualified teachers, who really know how to get information across and can help pupils with a deep understanding of a topic.
Tutorful is MyTutor’s main rival in terms of size and market share. What is immediately noticeable is that Tutorful is much more of a mix between undergraduate students and qualified teachers or experienced tutors.
What is different about Tutorful is its option for lessons to take place face to face in your local area. Tutors can be selected by area and distance. This makes it very easy to find local tutors and gives you that extra piece of mind that your child is in safe hands with a tutor.
*89% of mums who tested Tutorful said they would use it again or recommend it to family and friends. Mumsnet asked 44 mums to book a private tutoring lesson This was as much a test of the service – using the site to find a tutor, messaging, and arranging lessons – as it was of the lesson itself.
Maths Made Easy (MME)
Online Maths tuition is by far the most sought after form of online tutoring, followed closely by joint Maths and Physics tutoring. Maths Made Easy is a one stop shop for the most popular kind of online lessons. Specialising in Maths all the way through and Sciences for GCSEs and A-level.
The best part about MME is the abundance of online learning resources and useful revision tools. The revision tools come in all shapes and sizes, there are worksheets, revision notes, easy to understand explanations, not to mention Maths past papers for GCSE and A-level. The site is definitely worth inspecting before a big class test or exam.
Lets not forget that it is a tutoring company too. MME, unlike other tutoring websites, does not let you scroll through and choose a Maths tutor for yourself. It has an automated option where you just fill in your details and someone from the MME team will pair you up with a Maths teacher all by themselves. This is very easy and takes away all of the hassle and time of searching for the best online maths tutors yourself. There is no need to worry as all tutors are qualified and experienced, there are even some key examiners at all the major exam boards including AQA, Edexcel and OCR!
It is very easy to forget or overlook Gumtree whilst looking for online lessons. As Gumtree isn’t a specific tutoring site, rather a site for classified ads of all kinds. That being said, many tutors and tutoring agencies offer and list their services on Gumtree. Therefore it is a great way to see multiple options in one go, many people say it is just as easy to find a tutor on Gumtree as it is on a specific tutoring service.
A quick search on Gumtree for a ‘French tutor’ took me to hundreds of results of native french speakers and friendly tutors. Many of them were DELF verified and offered lessons with screen sharing capabilities and useful online resources.