Avoiding intentional or unintentional opportunism

For those of you who are new to WyzAnt and/or tutoring in general, I strongly suggest that you be prepared to exercise careful awareness of any intentional or unintentional opportunism by a student(s). Specifically, I am referring to attempts by any student(s) to "barter down" your rates or number of submitted lesson hours because of alleged personal financial issues and limitations, etc.

Some individuals--deliberately or not--will read only your credentials, and ignore your rates. The result can be that, for example, you complete your first lesson session with a student, and he/she subsequently asks you what you charge. (A highly unexpected question based on your natural assumption that the student has taken the time to read all pertinent information in your profile.) They may be unfamiliar with standard hourly tutoring rates and be shocked by what they think are excessive fees. He or she then may try to "barter" with you, once again, either to: 1) reduce your rates; or 2) reduce the number of lesson hours that you record in the WyzAnt system.

Do not allow yourself to demure to any deliberate plan or unintentional effort resulting from a student's failure to properly acquaint him or her with all of the necessary information required to establish a proper working relationship upfront.


While I haven't personally encountered this one, it's excellent advice.  Find what you are worth relative to similar tutors in your area (judging by expertise, quality of degrees, teaching credentials, experience, etc.) and price accordingly.  And be aware that you occasionally get crazy people posting want ads on for a skilled tutor at $10-$15 per hour and thinking anyone will answer.
This is a judgment call. Often if you agree to lower your rates people will think you are't really that good. I only agree to lower my rates for a good reason such as a fellow teacher (professional discount) or someone who has lost a job and is retraining. Both times that I agreed to lower my rates for financial reasons, the client didn't work out so, yes, be careful but flexibility is good too; 5 hours at $40 a hour is more than one hour at $70, unless you are booked to capacity. Also students in need that you treat kindly may give you referrals to students who can pay the full rate. 


Edward S.

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