Beautiful Melbourne is well-known for its high-ranked schools and universities, as well as boasting a thriving arts scene. It has also been consistently ranked number 1 for World's Most Liveable City in the past few years, only slipping to 2 or 3 a couple of times.
No wonder then, that many families wish to make a life there, students flock from other cities and towns to benefit from all Melbourne has to offer, and international students fly in to pursue higher education, learn English or simply to soak up the Melbourne coffee and culture.
Did you know? Melbourne is home to Australia's largest university: Monash University
On the other hand, sometimes Melbourne can feel a little too big - how do you choose a great tutor from the many options available? We're here to help you narrow down your options and find the right tutor for you or your children. So whether you're a parent looking for maths tuition or VCE tutoring for your child, an aspiring musician hoping to start playing an instrument you love, or an international visitor needing English conversation classes, we've got you covered.
Looking For Your Perfect Tutor
Tutoring goes beyond academic subjects - although you'll notice that tutors for core subjects such as Maths and English, as well as the science subjects (physics, chemistry, biology...) are the most common.
You'll also find tutoring for learning and instrument, personal yoga teachers, photography tutors, cooking classes, and individual craft tuition in anything from sewing to quilting to painting, pottery or sculpting. If you have a little bit of spare time and a desire to try something new, the options are practically endless!
Where can you find tutors?
- Colleges and universities offering weekend and evening classes
- Tutoring agencies
- Private tutors
- Online tutoring agencies
- Online tutoring platform such as Superprof, which make it easier than ever for pupils and tutors to connect
Whilst hiring a tutor through a professional agency can be more expensive, you'll have the peace of mind that your tutor's qualifications have already been verified, and they've already gone through a police check and/or Working With Children's check. However, you can see all this information through Superprof, where tutors are invited to send evidence of their diplomas and any relevant background checks.
Online tutoring can be a great option in a sprawling city like Melbourne, especially if you live far out or are looking for tuition in a particularly obscure subject. You don't have to limit yourself to Melbourne, either - you could, for example, search in France for a French conversation tutor and Skype or Zoom each other from across the world. What better way to learn French than from a real Parisian!
With private tutors, you can cut down on agency fees by paying them directly. You may also be able to find someone who lives very close to you.
Music Tutoring In Melbourne
Dream of performing at one of the many open mics around Melbourne or forming your own band? With the amazing Melbourne music scene at your fingertips, there's no better place to finally take up the guitar or piano, or learn to sing.
Nearly every suburb in Melbourne has its own private music school, many of them attached to music shops. If you're looking for a child who is still in school, there may also be a program already taking place on campus during school hours. If you live near to a music conservatorium or elite music schools, such as The Melbourne Conservatorium of Music or AIM, you can check out notice boards on campus to find a talented university student to teach you.
For the busy family or professional, nothing beats the convenience of having a tutor come to your home - we have more tips on where to find your perfect private tutor coming up!
Where To Look - Traditional vs Online Tutoring Adverts
Traditional methods of finding a tutor:
- Checking out your local noticeboard - you can find these at supermarkets, newsagents and libraries
- If you have a child still in school, reviewing the notices in your school newsletter
- Checking the classifieds of your local newspaper
- Word of mouth - speaking to friends and asking if they have hired a tutor for similar needs
- Asking those in the know: if your child is struggling with a specific subject at school - say, mathematics, you may like to ask their maths tutor to recommend a tutor
The benefits to traditional methods: many of these traditional methods (like finding a tutor through a local noticeboard) are hyper-local and you'll be able to find someone who is close to you. This can save on travel fees and help you stay motivated - if your tutor only a few blocks down the road, you're unlikely to ever miss a class! Asking for recommendations through your personal networks also has the added bonus of trust - the person you hire will come recommended by someone you already know.
Online methods of finding a tutor:
- Checking out the profiles on Superprof
- Putting up an ad on Gumtree or similar classified site, or browsing the ads there
- The new word of mouth: putting up a post on your personal Facebook page or tweeting
- Bonus: posting an ad in your local area's Facebook group will help you find someone local through a larger network
The benefits to online methods: when searching online for a tutor, you can be more specific about your needs and more easily find someone who is the perfect fit for you. On the downside, it's easy to feel overwhelmed trawling through the lists of tutors out there - page after page of people who sound great in theory, but who you don't know at all. That's where Superprof comes in. We've added a host of advanced search functions and verified reviews to our platform, so you can rest assured that the tutor you're hiring is right for you.
Good to know: When searching for language tutors through Superprof, you can limit your search only to native speakers, if you wish.
Accessing Tutoring For Free or Cheap In Melbourne
If you are on a tight budget for tuition, you may like to investigate the many free or cheap tuition options available.
Each council of Melbourne has a local library, and many of them have volunteer tutors to help with reading or ESL (English as a Second Language). Depending on your age and stage of education, they may also offer homework club for teenage students or meetups for mature age university students.
If you're a university student, you'll be surprised how many low-cost tutoring options are available to you on campus - peer tutoring, language exchange clubs, study clubs...
If you're looking to brush up on your language skills, you can head to a language cafe or look online for a language exchange partner. You'll teach them English while they teach you your language of choice!
Finding A Tutor Through Superprof
At Superprof, we make finding a tutor online a simple, fun experience. Once you've signed up, you can view detailed profiles of thousands of tutors - so you're bound to find an instructor near you.
When choosing a tutor, you may like to consider a few different factors, such as...
- What do you want to learn? We have a teacher for just about everything, from engineering to psychology to economics to Bollywood dancing!
- What level of teaching are you looking for? Some teachers specialise in primary students, while others are better for helping you bump your ATAR score or supporting you through your bachelor studies.
- How long should your course be? Just a few sessions in time for an exam, or ongoing help throughout the year? How long should the lessons be - most tutors currently teach per hour, but you may need a longer intensive session.
- Locations - do you really want to drive from Coburg to Narre Warren and back each week for tutoring, or potentially pay very high travel fees? Best to find someone who is already in your suburb!
- Experience of the tutor - you'll generally save money by hiring younger teachers who are just starting out in their tutoring careers. But if you need help with a specific exam or important project, best to hire someone with more teaching experience.
- Native speakers - when hiring a language tutor, you can choose to filter only for native speakers. This is great for conversation classes or brushing up on your slang. If you need to prepare for a specific language exam or learn grammar, often tutors who have had to learn the language from scratch like you will be a better fit.
Write up a little introduction message of who you are and what you need, and contact a few potential candidates. This is also the time to ask any lingering questions you might have!
So what are you waiting for? Get out and find your perfect tutor in Melbourne!