Getting started

Welcome to the Tutorfair community. Below is a simple guide to how to get started learning through Tutorfair.

Find great tutors

Find great tutors

Find tutors by entering the subject you're interested in and your postcode. After clicking search you'll get a list of tutors who teach that subject and are available to travel to your postcode. Verified tutors feature a blue “tick” badge on their profile. While all our tutors have had their identity checked, the Verified tutors have undergone further checks, including an Enhanced DBS (formerly CRB) check.

At a minimum, we check the identity of every tutor who registers with Tutorfair. This includes checking: either the passport, drivers licence or identity card of each prospective tutor; and verifying their email address and mobile number.

Tutors who are listed as Verified undergo an extra layer of verification including:

  • an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check (Enhanced DBS) (formerly CRB):

  • a minimum of two references from previous clients or relevant referees;

  • education & qualification checks (e.g. degree certificate, Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) etc)

  • meeting the Tutorfair team in person or online through video call

You may still book a tutor is not Verified – we recommend that you carry out your own checks by asking them to bring the appropriate paperwork satisfying the above requirements to the first lesson.

Click on the tutor's profile to see more - they'll have a photo, their educational background, their own description and rating and reviews from other people who endorse them. Double check they cater to the level you require e.g. GCSE or Degree. When you've put in your postcode, all the tutors in the search results will travel to your home.

Tutorfair offers a variety of choice that is not available anywhere else, and our tutors set their own price. For top end tutors you can expect evidence of consistently delivering outstanding results with thousands of hours of teaching experience over several years and insights into the problems and issues that come with exams and study. At a lower cost, expect a tutor who has recently learnt what they are tutoring and currently building up their experience. We hope to provide something for everyone.

You can shortlist the tutors you want to find quickly next time, or contact them straight away through messages on the website.

There are some fascinating and fun tutors that are a part of Tutorfair. Watch their videos and read the reviews. Parents why not get your children involved in the selection process to help them engage in the tutoring process.

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Choose and Contact

Choosing the right tutor for you is important. We're doing our best to give you that choice. Contact as many tutors as you like. Be picky. If you'd like more information just call us – 020 3322 4748. When you feel comfortable you have found a great tutor, request a lesson with your tutor through your messages, or ask your tutor to schedule in the lesson for you to book and pay for.

Everyone can remember one incredible teacher that made a real difference to their life. Tutorfair offers a community of fun, friendly and passionate educators to choose from. There are a variety of tutors available within a range of disciplines. Where else would you find a concert pianist to come to your house?

Look for someone who can inspire, you or your child, beyond the immediate learning objective. It's not just teaching, tutoring includes elements of mentoring and coaching. Find someone you like and who you'll enjoy working with.

Reviews from other students will highlight what the tutor has taught before - maybe a particular exam, level or skill. If the student is involved in the selection process they're likely to be more engaged with the learning experience.

We recommend contacting at least 3 tutors. Most tutors respond quickly, usually the same day and often within minutes. We keep your contact details safe until after you've booked and paid for your lessons - to protect the privacy of both parties.

If you want a hand choosing give us a call: 020 3322 4748. We’d be delighted to recommend someone that best suits your needs. Hopefully between the website and the conversations with us, you will feel comfortable making the right choice. Ultimately it's your decision.

Not happy with your first lesson? Call or email us to let us know within 48 hours of the lesson date, and we will refund your first hour, and gladly help you find another tutor.

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Book the lesson

Book by contacting the tutor and sending them a message through the website. Be sure to describe in as much detail as possible what you need help with. Your tutor will suggest lesson times for you to then book and pay for securely through the website. If you’re not happy with your first lesson, let us know within 48 hours of the lesson date and we will refund your first hour.

If you'd like to see how the booking process works, click our guide on how to book. Give us a call if you'd like any more information.

Lessons are usually an hour long, however tutors can create different length lessons upon request. You can book as many lessons as you'd like, from as many different tutors as you'd like. If the tutor is available to come again and/or stay longer they can create extra lessons for you to book more.

Tutorfair takes a small commission and a charity donation for our Foundation, which means that every lesson supports our mission to make tutoring fair.

All payments are made through the website by credit card, debit card or Paypal and are processed securely. You will receive a confirmation email with the information about your payment and the lesson. You can view all your bookings and receipts when signed into your Tutorfair account.

We will hold the payment until after the lesson to make sure everyone is 100% happy. If for some reason you have to cancel a lesson you have up to 24 hours before the lesson to receive a full refund. Cancellations within 24 hours will be charged.

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Learn and help others

Enjoy learning with your tutor. Make the most of them, they've all got access to Tutorfair's learning resources, hints and tips, lesson plans and support from other educators in the Tutorfair community. They're at your disposal – ask your tutor to recommend you other people they feel could help. Tutorfair’s mission is to make tutoring fair, which is why every lesson includes a donation that supports our charity. That’s the fair part of Tutorfair.

Tutorfair partners with inner-city schools that have a high proportion of students on free school meals. We select the schools and charity partnerships, they select the students, and in the end it all makes a huge difference. We think that no child's educational success should be limited by their socio-economic background. We're trying to provide tutoring services in a socially responsible way, read more on our Foundation Page.

Another great thing about Tutorfair is that you have access to a community of educators! You are not alone - there is a whole support network of people to teach you more. We believe that everyone is born with an innate love of learning. Part of a tutor's job is to ignite that love of learning and one-on-one tutoring is proven to be the most effective form of learning.

Our tutors are always learning more as well. Through the Tutorfair community, experienced professional educators can help train new tutors who are just starting up.

All lessons with your tutor must be booked and paid for through the site. Booking through the site enables us to help you out if there are any bumps in the road and ensures there are no mix ups with tutors schedules. We've done our best to keep our commissions low and give as much back to the tutors as possible. Most importantly without your continued support we won't be able to deliver on our charity promise.