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 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?
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. 

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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.

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.

Customer Reviews

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Customer Reviews

Tracey Baird 24th May 2022

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Caitlin (English) and Cara (business) were an excellent help for my son’s highers. Online tutoring was easy to organise and tutors responsive to contacts.

Cristian Nasri 19th May

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David & Eleftherios
The tutoring I’ve had in the past months has really helped me with exams

Richard Carmichael 11th May 2022

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My daughter (S2) had a great experience of maths tutoring with Caledonia Tutors. Anisha was exactly what we'd hope for in a tutor. My daughter definitely felt it helped her exam performance. Taking a break but would use again.

Tayyib Shahzad 11th May 2022

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Was very helpful and found the set up ok point.

Jaggyjon 10th May 202

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Excellent tutoring service which was tailored to my son’s individual requirements. Communication was excellent and everything about the service was very slick from start to finish including the clear payment process. The improvement in my son’s grades was remarkable. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.

Carole Kelly 4th May 2022

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Tutoring was very good
I found the tutoring to be of high quality and my son really engaged well with Allen which is unusual! My son was undertaking maths NAT 5 and I will give better placed to give a review when he gets his grade. If he passes I will be very impressed!

N.M. 4th May 2022

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I am so happy I discovered Caledonia Tutors. I live in a rural area in the Highlands and was finding it hard to find a tutor for my son locally. After searching online I came across Caledonia Tutors - and I haven't looked back! I answered a few thorough questions to help them find the best tutor to suit my son's needs. Jessie has been tutoring my son in Higher Physics for the past few months and I can't speak highly enough of her. Jessie's knowledge, enthusiasm and love of her subject shines through, and she has not only helped my son with his learning of the subject but has infected him with her passion for it too - just when his was starting to wane under the pressure of looming exams! Jessie is friendly and approachable yet professional and focussed, and I would not hesitate to recommend her. Jessie: thank you - we will miss you when this is all over!
For anybody unsure about the online aspect of tutoring I would say that our young people are very familiar with using digital technology for their lessons already - many, like my son, are issued tablets in high school, and most have had experience of online learning during the Covid lockdowns. Taking the travelling aspect out of the tutoring equation also helps, not to mention that online we have access to a larger pool of appropriate and suitable tutors rather than just settling for whoever is available locally.
Thanks to Caledonia Tutors and Jessie, my son is now much happier with his understanding of Physics and is feeling much more confident about his upcoming Higher exam.

Rhona Gill 3rd May 2022

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Tutor support
We had Ben tutor my son. Ben really helped him gain the confidence and understanding of Maths and Physics in a friendly and helpful manner.

Charlotte Parkins 27th April 2022

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Great, patient maths tutor
Anna was a great support for my daughter who was studying for Maths Higher exam. She was very patient and worked well with my daugther. It was a bonus that she was also available to answer those small silly questions every once in awhile, when not in a session.

Adian of Caledonia Tutors was very easy and professional to work with. Nice to see a young company, full of young students and professionals working with the next generation. Thank you.

Ruth Moir 26th April 2022

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Eve is excellent
Eve started tutoring my son in Chemistry recently and I cannot believe how quickly he has grown in confidence. Covid and lockfowns had taken a toll but with Eve's excellent teaching he is now really well prepared and feeling confident about his exam this week. She is calm, encouraging and engaging and i would have no hesitation in recommending Eve
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