There are myriad ways the media likes to rank our school and education systems — best, most stressful, highest performing, most competitive ...  Let's look at that last one for a moment.

Would you consider Australia's education system to be a competitive one? One where the single goal of teachers, students and parents is for students to get the highest marks possible so they can attend the best school — starting from primary school?

What about China?

It wasn't so long ago that the Chinese government banned private weekend classes, run by tutoring agencies, in a bid to have children spend more leisure time with their families. That's how competitive the Chinese education system is. In fact, it has been considered the most competitive school system in the world for many years. It's all about achieving the highest marks on the university entrance exam, the Gaokao, to attend the highest-ranking university and maximise career prospects. In other words, it's all about money.

Did the ban work?

Not really because there are multiple other ways to fill the non-school time of a child, including supplemental lessons, strict study routines and private learning centres.

Unfortunately, the goal of many tutoring service providers, not only in China but everywhere in the world, is merely to make money. They play on a parent's desire for their child to achieve success in their education.

When did China ban tutoring companies?
The pressure is on Chinese students to study and achieve from an early age | Source: Pixabay - salinger

Thankfully, not all companies that offer a group or private tutoring service think this way — some of us focus on the student with the sole aim of connecting students with the best tutors for them.

Welcome to Superprof.

Let's take a look at Superprof's business model, our philosophy and how we help students.

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Travel Back to 2013 ...

Let's go back a year or two (or nine) first; to France, which, like China, has quite the competitive education system. French parents often start looking to enrol their child in the best preschool when they're two. School starts formally at the age of six and the pressure is on to work hard and perform well.

Once a child is in their mid-teens, it is expected that they will know their future education path, that is, whether they are looking to enter the professional realm, technical or standard.

In order to maximise the academic progress of their child, French parents look to employ tutors very early on in their child's education.

Prior to 2013, the ability of students to find a tutor who was nearby, available and who could meet the subject needs of the student — all for an affordable fee — were limited.

Many students missed out.

The early 2000s saw more advanced technology, however, and this put the niche tutoring industry into disarray. Why? All of a sudden, local tutors had competition from tutors, not only in every French province but from all over the world. Private tutoring had found the online world.

Enter Superprof.

Established in 2013, the Superprof team's goal was connection. The founders wanted to have a user-friendly service that benefited tutors as well as students. This went down very well in the French tuition market and, less than a year later, Superprof was the largest private tutoring platform in France.

From that point, Superprof continued to grow, expanding our reach to multiple locations — the UK, the US, India, Argentina, Chile ... and Australia.

So, what subjects can you study with a Superprof tutor?

Tutoring Near Me: What Superprof Offers

The concept of a student being a vessel into which teachers pour knowledge is, thankfully, long gone.

Teachers these days know that students don't just 'soak lesson content up'; they need to learn how to make connections and how to use the knowledge they're presented with, in a variety of contexts. Yes, a student is still required to memorise and regurgitate chemistry, physics or maths facts for exams and essays but they are also required to show they know how to apply these facts to a variety of contexts.

The school curriculum is more crowded than it was fifty, even ten, years ago. While English, maths, history and science are still considered the core subjects, so many more subjects have been added — economics, business studies, legal studies, sustainability — and there are more layers to each subject.

This makes the role of teachers even more difficult as they try their best to cover everything for every student. Despite the best efforts of the teachers, some students fall behind or disengage because the teaching style does not match with their learning style. Other students need extension and teachers just don't have the time, or capability, for it.

This is where Superprof tutors can step in.

What subjects can you learn with Superprof?
Not all Superprof tutors help with academic subjects like maths, chemistry, physics or economics | Source: Pixabay - 5132824

Every school teacher, whether primary school, high school or university, has a lot to deal with — not only teaching students. Even if they did only have to worry about the actual business of teaching, every teacher is stretched trying to cater for every student individually — including their needs, learning style and subject interests.

Private tutoring can help fill the gaps in your education by giving you extra practice, explaining new concepts in a different way and providing advanced knowledge and examples to extend your learning.

When you find a tutor who is a perfect fit for you, the experience can also help build your confidence and finetune your study skills. A great tutor can bring back your enthusiasm and joy for learning.

Furthermore, the Superprof experience and our business model attracts the best tutors — those who are passionate about teaching and want to build a career out of tutoring.

So, you can have confidence that when you find a tutor on the Superprof platform, whether they are a student themselves or a qualified teacher, you will be getting professional and passionate service.

Accessing Superprof as a Student

Of course, you will want to check out everything Superprof offers before signing up. There are a number of ways you can do this:

  • Browse through our blog articles (there's something for just about every education topic you can think of)
  • Talk to friends or colleagues who have used our service
  • Go straight to the Superprof homepage and browse our tutor listings.

If you decide to look at our tutor listings, given there are thousands of them, the best and most efficient way is to set search filters. Enter the subject you're interested in and your location (for example, 'chemistry — Sydney' or 'maths — Melbourne'). From there, you can scroll through tutor profiles to find a tutor who has the experience, qualifications or service you require.

Opening an account

You can browse through tutor listings without joining, however, it's important to know that once you do find a tutor and select the 'book a class' option, you will be prompted to set up an account. This will happen even if the tutor you're looking at offers their first lesson for free, which most Superprof tutors do.

Some people find this a bit off-putting but, when you think about it, the requirement to create an account is exactly the same if you are using any other app or social media platform.

Navigating the subscription service

Essentially, Superprof operates as a subscription-based service for students. Once you sign up, you will be able to find a tutor from all the tutors throughout the world whose profiles are listed with Superprof — that's over 18 million tutors in hundreds of subjects.

The difference between Superprof and a tutoring agency (which Superprof is not) is that the tutor you choose is employed by you, not by Superprof. Tutors with Superprof run their own tutoring business. They are going to work hard to provide you with the best service possible and to get a good rating for their service because it is their reputation as a business owner that is at risk if they don't.

We recommend that, once you find a tutor and have the confidence that they are the right tutor for your needs, you should cancel your subscription. Remember that Superprof is a connection service so, as such, our work is done once you have connected with your tutor. Each tutor is responsible for setting and collecting their fees and we fail to see why you should be paying subscription fees in addition to paying your tutor if you're no longer searching for new teachers.

How much does a Superprof subscription cost?
The Superprof platform is professional and easy to navigate, allowing students to find a tutor to best meet their needs in any subject from maths, English or science to yoga or cooking | Source: Superprof platform screenshot

So, how does the payment and charges system work with Superprof?

Best Ways to Get Your Money's Worth from Superprof Private Tutoring

No doubt you will also check other sources, such as Trustpilot, for reviews of Superprof.

As with any company, you will certainly find a mix of positive and negative reviews — we expect that. Most of the 'not happy' reviews seem to stem from a misunderstanding about Superprof's subscription service, with reviewers claiming that they were unaware of this.

Good practice for any business that receives a negative review is to act on the complaint or disappointment, and we have done that now through our blog posts.

For those of you reading this now, negative reviews of that nature should not deter you at all.

Once you have decided to set up an account, it's important to be aware that your subscription isn't activated up until the point a tutor has accepted your request. Your account will then be billed monthly until you cancel your subscription. You will still have an account, should you wish to activate the process again by engaging another tutor.

A few final tips to save money:

  • Check if tutors offer the first lesson for free.
  • Prioritise tutors who communicate with you within 24 hours of your contact.
  • Look for online tutoring options, they are often cheaper.
  • Ask tutors if they offer a discount for group lessons.

However, don't take everything we say for granted, try Superprof out for yourself.

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Kellie

Kellie is an editor, a children's writer, blogger and a teacher. Any remaining time she has is spent on a dragon boat.