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?

Upon request, a free 15 minute meeting with a tutor can be arranged. You can then arrange a first lesson with no commitment to continuing with lessons. *Unavailable February-May*

How do I arrange a lesson?

You can phone on 07456626962, send an email to 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?
Aberdeen Grammar School, Annan Academy, Balerno High School, Bearsden Academy, Boroughmuir High School, Clifton Hall School, Craigroyston Community High School, Dollar Academy, Drummond Community High School, Dumfries Academy, Dumfries High School, Dunbar Grammar School, Edinburgh Academy, Falkirk High School, Fernhill School, Fettes College, Firrhill High School, George Heriot’s School, George Watson’s College, The Glasgow Academy, The High School of Glasgow, Hillhead High School, Hutchesons Grammar School, James Gillespie’s High School, Kelvinside Academy, Kinross High School, Kirkcaldy High School, Larbert High School, Leith Academy, Loretto School, The Mary Erskine School, Merchiston Castle School, North Berwick High School, Portobello High School, Preston Lodge High School, Queensferry High School, Robert Gordon’s College, Ross High School, St Aloysius’ College, St George’s School for Girls, St Joseph’s College, St Joseph’s High School, St Margaret’s School for Girls, St Thomas of Aquin’s R.C. High School, Stewart’s Melville College, Stirling High School and Tynecastle High School.
Do you offer lessons to addresses outside of Edinburgh and Glasgow?

Yes, we are now offering online lessons for students who live outside Edinburgh and Glasgow. 

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, and online across all of Scotland. This is dependent on travel times, as our tutors will often use public transport to reach you.

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.

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.

Customer Reviews

Caledonia Tutors

Customer Reviews

Di 8th October 2021

Great on-line tutoring from Rachel Janse van Rensburg and Caledonia tutors. Fast efficient experts in organising the whole process, top communication and effort from all. Thank you all for your help. Highly recommended

Fran Milne 3rd September 2021

Great Tutor
My daughter had lost motivation during the lockdown, so we decided to get a tutor to help with her National 5 English. Gracie helped give my daughter the confidence, motivation and knowledge to complete her Nat 5 and pass. Gracie has a great approach to tutoring her optimism and understanding was invaluable.

Tracey Baird 19th August 2021

Jack provided summer maths tuition to my son. It’s was extremely helpful. Jack was flexible re work schedule over the summer and I would highly recommend

Beth 13th August 2021

Rachel is a fantastic maths tutor. Her help has been invaluable for my daughter and it's been wonderful to see her grow in confidence over the past couple of months. Rachel is patient, friendly and very knowledgeable. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending Caledonia Tutors to anyone needing these services.

Deborah Brennan-McManus 22nd July 2021

Omar is wonderful! I approached Aidan and asked him for a tutor for maths and physics for my sons Nat 5 exams. Due to Covid, he was really struggling. Omar was great with him, patient and very knowledgeable and my son passed both exams so happy mum also! Thanks Omar and Aidan!

Ben Latimer 16h July 2021

Amazing help
Had a good year with a history tutor who ended up managing to help me get an A on my final grade

mikeandfi 5th July 2021

Gracie is a really good tutor
Gracie has helped my son very effectively in English. My son had been put in the wrong set at school ...the tutor helped us with understanding of his ability and school moved him up a set. Thank goodness for Gracie!! She patiently listens and explains concepts well on his level ... they have fun , learn effectively and get on really well in the Nat 5 online lessons. She has quite a fun dynamic style of teaching so her pupil feels more involved. Fingers crossed he keeps up the new level of interest... Thanks for helping us Gracie. You are a talented tutor.

Trish 1st July 2021

Fantastic Maths Tutor
Olive is a great Maths tutor. She is patience, helpful and very flexible with sessions dates/times. My daughter's confidence had grown. Thank-you

Georgie McCulloch 26th June 2021

Knowledgeable tutors who connect well with teens
My son had 3 great tutors, all young, fun, relatable and most importantly, very knowledgeable about their subjects. Pleased with the results too!

Ann Sanders 25th June 2021

Higher English
Caitlin worked with my son on areas of the syllabus that he had identified as needing further focus.
‘A’ grade achieved so we are very pleased!
Caitlin is friendly and helpful and I’m happy to recommend her to other Higher English students looking for tutoring support.
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