Private tutoring can be very helpful if you’re struggling in a particular subject, or if you simply wish to brush up your skills. However, the rates can easily exceed what you or your parents are able to afford.
In fact, the average cost of private tutoring services ranges from $10 to $15 per hour, according to Care.com. If you wish to step it up a notch and receive help from a licensed educator with several years of experience, expect to pay up to $75 per hour.
Whew! That’s a ton of money for a teenager, and probably much more than you make on an hourly basis at your job. So I’m almost certain you don’t want to spend all your hard earned cash to cover the costs. Fortunately, there are tons of other options for you to get the help you need without breaking the bank.
- After-School Homework Help
Does your school offer after-school homework help? If so, it’s probably free to attend, so you should definitely look into signing up for the next few sessions to get the assistance you need.
- Homework Club
Have you considered your school’s homework club? Yes, I know it sounds really corny, but it beats paying out of pocket for services you could receive for free from your peers. Plus, there’s always a chance you’ll meet a few new friends along the way and finish the course you were once struggling in with flying colors.
- Online Programs
We all know how powerful Google is. Anytime I’m uncertain about something, I simply type it into Google, and tada! An answer magically appears. So why not do the same to find free assistance online for the subjects you’re struggling in? My personal favorite sites are the Khan Academy and The Math Page.
Beyond free online tutoring sites, YouTube is a another viable option, as it’s chock full of tutorials on practically every subject you can think of. You may have to do a little digging, but rest assured – you’ll eventually find what you need.
- Peer-to-Peer Tutoring
How about the genius you sit next to in English, math, or science class who always seems to blow every assignment and test out of the water? If the two of you happen to be acquainted with one another, why not ask for a little help, if time permits? Your grades will thank you!
- Relatives and Friends
Don’t be afraid to tap a parent’s or guardian’s personal and professional network. Here’s what I mean: if you mom’s best friend is a math teacher, ask for help. If they have a little room in their schedule, chances are that they’ll be more than willing to help.
And don’t forget about older siblings. While they may be a pain in your neck, they can also serve as the best free resource you could have.
A Final Thought
Now that you have more than enough alternatives to private tutoring, there’s no excuse to continue pulling your hair out about your most difficult classes. Happy studying, and here’s to a successful school year!