Cost/Fee

Hi there! You should already know that Mandarin schools charge 150-250rmb per hour (or indeed, per 45-50 minutes) for private 1-1 lesson, but what you probably don't know is that teachers take home just 30-40% on average! Why pay more to schools if you only need a tutor?

ShanghaiTutors.Com brings tremendous savings to you. We make it ridiculously easy to find perfect tutors at lower prices. You will save 50%-70% using our service compared with school teaching of comparable standard. (Find out Unbeatable Price)

Tuition fee based on total booking hours and a small one-time service fee make up overall cost. Your tuition fee is guaranteed refundable for any reason as long as you notify us. (Find out Money Back Guarantee)

1. TUITION FEE
Mandarin tutors fall into 3 categories, based on qualifications (marked as A, AA, AAA respectively). Difference in tutoring rates reflects their difference in experience, qualifications and popularity. Check and compare standard rates in tutors' profiles for reference, and discuss the exact tutoring rates and details with the tutor you request on meet.

While the final rate is a matter of negotiation between you and the tutor, below is the average rate range for your reference (on private 1-1 basis). They may vary according to tutor’s popularity, commuting distance, time and frequency of lessons. For 2 to 3 students taking lessons together, the rates may rise by around 30% to 60%. Note that almost all Mandarin schools charge at "hourly" rate for a 45 minute or 50 minute lesson, as comparsion, a lesson or an hour via ShanghaiTutors is always 60 full minutes. Find out more

Tutor Type Category A Category AA Category AAA
Hourly Rates 70-90rmb 100-120rmb 130-170rmb
Category A: novice teachers/part-time teachers (0-1 year experience)
Recommended for: leisure learning, culture & fun, daily conversation, spoken practice, supplement to formal school learning.
Category AA: certified teachers/professional teachers (minimum 1, average 2-5 years experience)
Recommended for: serious learning, academic/comprehensive learning, exam preps, alternative to formal school learning.
Category AAA: star teachers (top teachers with experience in universities, international schools, corporate trainings, etc.)
Recommended for: high demand learning, group learning, corporate training, business Chinese, Chinese on specific subjects.

Most tutors fall into Category AA (most popular choice): certified teachers/professional teachers, charging between 100-120rmb/hour (1-1; 60 full minutes). Note minimum 40 tutoring hours are required for us to process any booking.


2. ONE-TIME SERVICE FEE
400rmb for 1-1 private tuition regardless of tutoring length. This fee is only charged one-time on successful referral and is to be paid along with tuition fee upfront before tutoring.
The small service fee helps us maintain operation of this site, offline office work and guarantees you one year continuous support from us. If anything goes wrong during tutoring (e.g. conflict of schedule, decrease of teaching quality, or you simply want to change a tutor), we can provide another tutor (tutoring rates need to be discussed and confirmed with new tutor). There is no limit in changing tutor within 1 year. The service fee also validates Money Back Guarantee, ensuring your tuition fee is refundable for any reason. With this financial support from you, we are able to provide best possible experience to you and our clients.
If you study in a group, there will be 200rmb surcharge on service fee for each additional student studying in the group. For big group and corporate bookings, service fee varies; please consult to confirm.

Frequently Asked Questions

1- Is it free to make reservation/booking on ShanghaiTutors.Com? Is interview free?
It is absolutely free to make reservation/booking and to meet and interview requested or our recommended tutors (interview will be held in our office in Jing’an District, Shanghai. If you require interview to be held in your place instead of our office, we charge 50rmb if you are located within inner ring of Shanghai, or 100rmb outside inner ring).

2- When and how much should I pay?
400rmb one-time service fee and full tuition fee (based on your total booking hours) should be paid upfront, if you decide to take tutoring after meeting the tutor, before the first lesson. E.g. if you take 40 hours tuition at 100rmb/hour, the total fee is 4400rmb (400rmb service fee + 4000rmb tuition fee). If you study in a group, there will be 200rmb surcharge on service fee for each additional student studying in the group. Textbook, if used, is to be paid separately by actual price of the book.

3- Can I pay tutor directly, by week or month based on actual taught hours instead?
No. There could be many potential problems.
1 To the tutor
There is no guarantee of tutors getting properly/timely paid, in case learners breach contract or conflicts arise over calculating taught hours, e.g no show (learners stand tutors up and refuse to compensate).
2 To the learner
There is no guarantee of you getting what you pay for and continuity of lessons, in case tutor suddenly vanishes with your advance payment, or tutor quits right after getting your payment for the first week; tutor delays, cancels, terminates tutoring at will…etc.
3 To us
As a tutor referral agency, we cannot bear responsibility if learners and tutors have conflict over money issues, but it still takes time and efforts for us to help you if such situation happens. To avoid such potential problems, full tuition fee should be paid to us upfront and we will transfer your payment to tutor based on actual taught hours each month on your behalf, so that you can focus on learning. If you decide to shorten the instruction hours, it’s guaranteed that previously paid tuition fee will be refunded proportionately. (Read Money Back Guarantee)

4- What payment methods are accepted?
Payments should be made in CASH in RMB, Alipay or bank transfer (only RMB transfer within China). Credit cards are NOT accepted.

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