Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Shown below are some common questions we are asked with responses. If you need further clarification please get in contact.

General Questions

Is there a way to trial a tutor before committing to weekly lessons?

Yes, we offer a free 60 minute lesson to all new students. *Unavailable February-May*

How do I arrange a lesson?

You can phone on 07456626962, send an email to aidan@caledoniatutors.co.uk or complete the form shown on the Contact Us page to arrange a trial lesson.

What is the minimum lesson duration you offer?

Currently we offer lessons by the hour. However, students studying Highers and Advanced Highers have in the past benefited from 1.5/2 hour lessons due to the more demanding and time-consuming content. This is especially true nearer to exams for all levels, when lessons become more focused around past paper work.

Do you only employ university students?

The majority of our tutors are undergraduates or recent graduates of The University of Edinburgh. We believe this has many advantages over traditional tutoring.

What advantages do you offer over traditional tutoring?

All Caledonia Tutors are intelligent, enthusiastic young people with a passion for the subject they are teaching in. Belonging to the same generation allows a great rapport to be built between our tutors and their student that is not always common in private tuition. Tutors, having recently sat the same or similar exams as their students, are acutely aware of their student’s needs. We ensure all tutors make effective use of technology, such as: instant messaging, cloud software and online resources.

Do you tutor subjects in the English curriculum? (GCSE/A Levels)

Yes, we have tutors who are able to tutor Maths, English and the Sciences at GCSE and A Level. Many of our tutors were at school in England so have experience of sitting GCSEs and A Levels.

How do I pay for lessons?

You will be sent an invoice at the end of each calendar month from Caledonia Tutors that can be paid via BACS or cheque.

How does 24/7 Help work?

We aim to be contactable at all times, with tutors under most circumstances able to provide assistance to their student within 24 hours. More information on this can be found here.

What schools have Caledonia Tutors taught students from?
Balerno High School, Boroughmuir High School, Clifton Hall School, Edinburgh Academy, Fettes College, George Watson’s College, George Heriot’s School, James Gillespie’s High School, Kirkcaldy High School, Leith Academy, Loretto School, The Mary Erskine School, Merchiston Castle School, Portobello High School, Queensferry High School, St George’s School for Girls, St Thomas of Aquin’s R.C. High School, Stewart’s Melville College and Tynecastle High School.

 

Our service is most popular with students from Boroughmuir High School, George Watson’s College, George Heriot’s School and James Gillespie’s High School.
Do you offer lessons to addresses outside of Edinburgh?

Yes, we are now offering online lessons for students who live outside Edinburgh. We will also be providing tutors for students living in Glasgow from September 2020.

Caledonia Tutors

Average Grade Improvement

Students who receive tution from a Caledonia Tutor for at least 12 weeks improve by an average of 1.6 grades. This is calculated by comparing students scores in previous tests to the final exam. Charts of our results can be found here.

Tutor Recruitment Process

Our tutors are tested rigorously before they are assgined their first student. The application process consists of the following:

  • Submission of a CV and Cover Letter.
  • 1 hour interview (Tested on teaching abilities as well as academic rigour).
  • Submission of all School and University exam results.

Full details of the application process can be found here.

Teaching Radius

We are available for in person tutoring across Edinburgh and Glasgow. This is subject to transport availability to your preferred location, as our tutors will often use public transport to reach you.

Red indicates the availability of online tutoring exclusively, across all of Scotland.

Blue inidicates the approximate availability of in-person and online tutoring.

 

Group Lessons

We are now offering lessons for small groups (2-3) in English and Maths. Prices for these lessons vary depending on the age group of the students, and hence the demand on the tutors time. If you are interested in group lessons let us know when you get in touch and we will do our best to accomodate.

Pricing
Our prices for the 2020-2021 academic year are as follows:
Access 3, Nat 4 and Nat 5 – £26 per hour
Higher – £30 per hour
Advanced Higher – £32 per hour
Online tutoring is £2 less for any given level stated above.
*If tutors require bus transport to lessons a £5 surcharge may be requested.
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