Frequently asked questions

For Tutors

Are there any charges for tutors?

There are absolutely NO charges for tutors. Unlike most other tutor websites, holatutor.com is completely free at every stage.

How much should I charge students per hour?

What you charge for tuition is for you to decide and rates may vary depending on the subject, the location and whether you are working face to face or online. Your tutor profile will clearly show how much you charge for one hour of tuition and the students will pay you directly. How you organise payment is up to you and the student to decide. Many tutors agree to offer the first hour of tuition for free - if this is the case students can see this on the tutor’s profile. Tutors are free to change their hourly rate at any time and offer students ‘deals’ if they commit to several classes.

What’s the best way to find students ?

Set up your profile providing as much information on your experience and qualifications as possible.
Include a profile photo (effective) or icon (less effective).
If available, declare that you have a ‘background check’ document.
Make yourself available online (using skype, facetime etc) to students to reach a larger audience.
Keep your information precise and professional, but allow a little of your personality to come through when describing yourself to prospective students in your headline and profile.
Offer your first lesson for free and consider offering a discount for students who are willing to commit to several classes over a semester or year.

Do I need a Tutor’s qualification to join holatutor.com?

No. We don’t require any level of qualifications for tutors - this is up to the parents of the students to check and decide.

What is the ‘Criminal Record Certificate/Police Check’ and why do you ask for it?

We take the safety of students very seriously at holatutor.com. For this reason we allow tutors the option of declaring that they have a criminal record certificate or a similar. Many schools around the world now require this as standard procedure when working with students under the age of eighteen. If you declare that you have this type of document it will show up on your profile to inform parents that it is available. It is then up to the tutor to show this document to parents/guardians during the first meeting or if asked for. The presence of this document gives parents more confidence when selecting new tutors.

Do I have to have a Criminal Record Certificate/Police Check’ to use holatutor.com?

It is not compulsory to have a Criminal Record Certificate/Police Check’ document to make a profile. However some parents and guardians report that they have more confidence when selecting a new tutor if the tutor can supply this document. To get a Criminal Record Certificate/Police Check you should contact your local police force/town hall.

My subject isn’t included - can you include it please?

Please send an email to info@holatutor.com with the details of the subject and we will consider adding it to our listing - thanks.

Can students leave reviews for me?

Yes students are encouraged to leave an honest, constructive review that reflects their experiences with you. Tutors that build up a bank of mainly positive reviews are able to attract a lot more students. Comments are moderated by holatutor. Please be respectful at all times- any abusive or excessively negative reviews/messages will be deleted and your user account may be deleted. Email holatutor at info@holatutor.com if you have any concerns about any comments anywhere on the holatutor website.

For Parents and Students

Are there any charges for students?

There are absolutely NO charges for students. Unlike most other tutor websites, holatutor.com is completely free at every stage.

How much do tutors charge?

Tutor’s profiles clearly show how much they charge for one hour of tuition and you should pay the tutor directly. How you organise payment is up to you and the tutor to decide. Many tutors agree to offer the first hour of tuition for free - you can see this on the tutor’s profile.

How much information does a student need to supply?

We take confidentiality very seriously at holatutor.com. Student’s profiles should be filled out by a parent/guardian and we only ask for the minimum amount of information to allow a tutor to contact you. Email addresses are never shared by us. It is up to the parents to share an email address with the tutor through holatutor.com and only swapping email addresses when they feel comfortable doing so.

Does holatutor.com check a tutor’s qualifications/experience/background check certificates?

It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to check that tutor has the relevant experience and qualifications - this can be done by contacting the tutor and discussing their work history/references and, if necessary, contacting the workplaces for confirmation. Tutors are able to declare that they have a ‘background check certificate’ from the local/national police- these are becoming required by many schools. Some tutors may be able to supply these and as a parent/guardian, you should ask to see a copy if available. Please take note that background checks are only valid up to the date issued. The rigour of these checks varies depending on the country where the document is issued.

Should I be worried if a tutor doesn't have a background check?

No - many countries do not have an organised background check scheme. In some countries it can be complex/expensive to obtain a background check.

How should I ensure that my son/daughter is safe?

Whether a background check exists or not, parents/guardians should take great care when working with new tutors - never leave a tutor alone in a location with a student and always meet with a new tutor before starting classes to learn about their experiences and qualifications. Parents should monitor how classes progress and check regularly with the student that everything is going as expected.

Can I leave a review for my tutor?

Yes, please reward your tutor with a constructive and, hopefully, positive review on their profile page. Remember that this review will be visible to everyone using the site - the review should be fair and honest. If you want to provide strongly negative feedback for your tutor consider giving this to them in person or sending them this to them privately though their holatutor message system or, if you have it, through their private email. Please be respectful at all times- any abusive or excessively negative reviews/messages will be deleted and your user account may be deleted. Email holatutor at info@holatutor.com if you have any concerns about any comments anywhere on the holatutor website.