4 Ways to Save Money on a Tutor

By Kailey Walters on December 24, 2017

As college students, there are a few primary things we seek. One of them is getting good grades – after all, that’s the whole point of working hard in our classes. Another thing is saving money. With college tuition, books, and other expenses being what they are these days, saving as much money as possible is nearly always on our minds.

So what’s better than just getting good grades or just saving money? Well, doing both at the same time, of course. If you’re looking for ways to receive some homework help and boost your grades, you might want to invest in a tutor – without having to pay a hefty price. Check out some of the following tips on how to get the best bang for your buck while improving your grades.

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1. Take advantage of your school’s tutoring services.

Many colleges offer tutoring services to their students, and oftentimes they are free. Going to an on-campus tutor has many benefits for your learning experience as well. Tutoring sessions that are held on campus are convenient, as you don’t have to travel very far at all, which makes it that much easier to motivate yourself to go. These tutoring sessions could be held at a variety of spots around campus, perhaps in the library or in a designated tutoring center. What’s more, tutors employed by the college are often students themselves who have taken the same courses that you need help with, so they’ve been there, done that, and know what they’re talking about. If you decide to take advantage of these services, it’s a win-win for you and your tutor – they get paid by the school, but you usually won’t have to pay anything.

2. Ask someone you know for help.

This one sounds pretty simple, but it’s often effective, especially if you ask the right people. If you have friends or even friends of friends, make the most of your connections to get some tutoring help. It’s a particularly good idea to seek out people who have already taken the courses you need help with so that they’ll be familiar with the material you’re currently learning. (Of course, if you know someone else who hasn’t taken the same course as you but just happens to be a genius in [insert subject], then by all means, hit up that person too!) If they decide they want to charge you a certain amount, don’t fret – whatever price they ask for probably won’t be as steep as shelling out the big bucks for a professional tutor. And, if they agree to help you for free out of the kindness of their own hearts, that’s even better! You can thank them by showing your appreciation some other way, perhaps by doing something nice or assisting them with something they might need help with.

3. Form a study group.

If you’re not necessarily looking to be tutored but want help with homework and studying, or at least some sort of motivation to do your work, you might consider forming a study group. Get together a group of people from your classes – your friends, the people who sit near you in class, etc. – and establish a time and place where everyone can meet to work together. Two heads (or maybe three or four or seven) are often better than one, so chances are that you’ll be able to get something out of these self-made study groups. A great thing about this is that you have some control over how large or small the group is. Recruit people based on your preferences – whatever works best for you. And of course, the best thing about forming your own study group is that it’s absolutely free. Everyone will be there to learn from each other, so you won’t need to worry about paying up for an individual tutor.

4. Check online for tutoring websites.

In many cases, searching online for a tutor rather than going with someone we know can be a bit on the pricier side. However, it certainly doesn’t hurt to check as another option. If you dig deep enough, you might be able to find tutors out there who charge relatively cheap prices for their services. Just make sure that you do your research so you have a better chance of using a reputable tutor who knows what he or she is doing.

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