The Ultimate Guide to Finding the Right Tutor in Australia (2024)

January 24, 2024Learnmate

Finding and Engaging the Right Tutor in Australia

Finding and engaging a tutor is simply the best and most effective way to ensure you achieve your learning goals. Whether your goal is to find a tutor to help catch up or excel at school, to learn a language or instrument, a new skill like coding or to work with a private business or life coach, there are different ways to find them.

The best place to start is to have a clear idea and what it is that you want to achieve - whether that's a specific outcome or an overall goal. The most effective way to then achieve it is to work with a tutor who offers personalised support and guidance to get you there.

How to find a tutor in Australia 🇦🇺 🔎

There are many ways to find a tutor in Australia, each offering its own advantages and disadvantages. These include through:

  • Businesses with high fixed pricing, which may be outside of your price range
  • Agencies and companies that provide a ‘one size fits all approach’ to students
  • Platforms that provide programmatic tutoring not personalised to students (ie. sitting your kid in front of a gamified computer program
  • Agencies that connect you to a tutor, which typically charge high margins on top of what they pay tutors (hint: poorly)
  • Websites that require you to pay a monthly subscription regardless of usage
  • Directories that do not maintain any level of quality or safety control or support

We built Learnmate to eliminate the need for families and students to accept any of these trade-offs and with the ambitious goal of making it easy for everyone to find and access affordable quality tutoring in Australia.

Whether you’re looking for an in-person or online tutor, for school support (such as English, Maths, Science or any other subject), to learn a language, instrument or skill like coding, here's how to use Learnmate and why it should be your go-to to find a tutor.

How and why to use Learnmate 🙌

Learnmate is one of the fastest growing tutoring communities in Australia. To help individuals tap into that community, we’ve built a robust platform that empowers you to search thourhg hundreds of in-person and online tutors all across Australia.

Screenshot of Learnmate homepage featuring a prominent search bar for finding tutors.

Easily find your ideal tutor using the Learnmate search bar on our homepage.

Our tutors are a combination of high achieving former students (think high study scores, 90+ ATARs & award winners), qualified teachers and professionals. We assess every application to list on Learnmate on the basis of its merits and whether we think they could make a valuable contribution to students.

Most importantly, you can see every tutor's profile to decide who is best suited for you and to have the comfort you're in good hands. So let's start finding potential tutors.

Using our simple search bar, you can:

  • Research and find. Search our amazing tutor profiles and identify tutors who suit your criteria, such as subject and year level, hourly rates, experience and qualifications, location, reviews and star ratings. Alternatively, our team are here to help you find someone – just reach out!
  • Contact. Once identified, sign-up to Learnmate (it’s free!) to reach out to your preferred tutors. Tutors will receive your message and write back to you in a few hours.
  • Ready for lessons. Organise a day and time with your tutor for your first lesson. They’ll book you in and Learnmate will take care of payments when the lesson comes around.

If you have searched for tutors by subject and want to filter the results based on advanced criteria, try our advanced filtering tools 👇

Learnmate search results displaying a list of available maths tutors with their profiles.

Explore a variety of qualified maths tutors with detailed profiles to find your perfect match.

Using our filters, you can filter by:

  • Level. Search by year level and curriculum (ie. VCE, HSC, IB etc. for school level subjects or beginner, intermediate and advanced for languages, instruments and other skills).
  • Format. Find tutors who tutor online or in-person in an area near you.
  • Budget. Find tutors who suit your budget by adjusting the minimum and maximum you are willing to pay per hour.
  • Qualification. Refine results to tutors who hold a specific teaching qualification.
  • Experience. See who has experience tutoring students with a particular special need or learning difficulty.

Once you have your search results, it’s time to decide on a tutor to contact and engage. We recommend reaching out to 2-3 tutors to ensure you find the right tutor for you. Try changing or removing your filters to increase your options.

Comparing tutors 👨‍💻

With your learning objectives and criteria in mind, it’s time to consider available tutors and decide who to engage. Every tutor has a full profile that you can revieiw to make your choice, which includes:

  1. About Me. A short overview written by the tutor of who they are, what experience and qualifications they have and what they offer.
  2. Badges. Consider what badges the tutor has. These include Working with Children Check, Qualified Teacher, Verified and ATA Trained badges. You can read what they mean by hovering your mouse over the badge.
  3. Tutor Tier. There are 4 tutor tiers on Learnmate; Bronze, Silver, Gold and Pro. These tiers are awarded to tutors based on their experience with Learnmate and indicate how many hours the tutor has completed with us. The higher the tier, the longer they’ve been with us and the more hours they’ve put in.
  4. Hourly rate. It’s important to consider who suits your household budget. With tutors starting at $30/hr, there’s a tutor for virtually every household budget on Learnmate. Hourly rates typically vary based on a tutor’s experience, qualifications, expertise and what they offer ‘out of lessons’. A tutor may be more expensive, but if they have years of experience behind them and are happy to provide support for free during the week, they may present better value for money.

Conclusion 👇

Finding a tutor isn't always easy, but it shouldn't be difficult or cost an arm and a leg. Finding the right tutor can be even harder and more expensive but Learnmate is here to help take the stress, difficulty and financial pain out of the process.

Remember, it is free to join Learnmate and you can always reach out to new tutors on Learnmate at any time.

Ready to Achieve Your Learning Goals? Whether you're seeking to excel in VCE, HSC, IB, master a new language, or advance your skills in maths, Learnmate brings experienced tutors a click away from guiding you on your path. Dive into our rich pool of resources and expert advice, and start making strides towards your potential.
Share this guide with friends and embark on your journey to academic success together. Join Learnmate today and transform your educational experience!

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How does the tutor-student matching process work on platforms like Learnmate?

Different platforms have different approaches to matching students and tutors. While some platforms have an automated matching system or select tutors for you, Learnmate deliberately gives the freedom of choice to student. Students and their families know the student best. We encourage users to consider their own academic needs, learning style, and preferences, then search and reach out to tutors who have the relevant expertise and teaching approach to suit.

2. Can students switch tutors if the initial match is not a good fit?

Yes, students usually have the flexibility to change tutors if they feel the match isn't suitable. Typically, this will involve providing feedback to the platform and requesting a different tutor from them.

In contrast, users are completely free on Learnmate to engage tutors for as long or as little as they like, reach out to other tutors if they want to make a change or request recommendations from Learnmate.

3. Are trial sessions available to assess tutor compatibility?

Many tutoring platforms offer trial sessions or initial meetings to ensure compatibility and satisfaction before making a long-term commitment. Most of Learnmate's tutors offer a free trial lesson (which can be identified by a 'Free First Lesson' note on a tutor's profile), which can range from 15 minutes to an hour.

We encourage users to ask tutors for a free first lesson to get to know one another and ensure the match is suitable.

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