‘Teachers have three loves: love of learning, love of learners, and the love of bringing the first two loves together.’–Scott Hayden
Your love for teaching is probably the reason you have decided to become a German teacher in Nigeria and teach the language privately, right? Learning to speak a new language is something that excites a lot of Nigerians and this is the reason why language teachers are striving toward private tutoring.
You may have decided to become a German tutor in Nigeria because you possibly have a passion for language learning, know how to speak German and want to pass on everything you know about German and help students improve their reading, writing, listening, and speaking in German as well as teaching them interesting new German phrases.
Whatever is the reason behind your interest in teaching the language, you will have to determine how much you will charge your students for private tutorials. While teaching is a noble profession, it’s not free! You can’t live on a passion for teaching German in Nigeria without being paid.
The first thing you should decide before looking for students is to do your research to have an idea of how much you will charge for the classes and how much your targeted students are willing to pay for your services.
It may feel like a lot of work in the beginning but the outcome will make you comfortable with whatever price you eventually settle for.
It is when your rates are competitive that you will get the number of students you have imagined to teach the German language.
Once you have an idea of how much you will charge for your classes, then you can put yourself out there for the interested Nigerians who are looking for a good private German tutor to learn the language.
Everything you need to know on how to determine your rates will be discussed in this article. So stay glued.
Find Out About German Tutoring Jobs In Nigeria
One of the first things you need to note is that many private tutors are paid by the hour or monthly in Nigeria. This means that when you finally decide on the rates you will be charging for your tutoring, you’ll need to work them out in terms of ₦/hour.
You will also need to research what other German tutors are charging in Nigeria and what students are also willing to pay for the classes. Look for German tutorials online and find German tutorial forums on platforms dedicated to academic support.
The average price for a German tutorial in Nigeria is ₦1,000 per hour on Superprof.
To make the most of your research, we will advise that you act as if you were a student wanting to learn German!
Check out the various German tutorials available in the Nigerian market and make sure to make a note of the prices and information about the tutors giving them, so you can see what you get for your money.
It is also advisable to take a look at what foreign language schools in Nigeria are charging for their German classes.
You may be wondering why researching language schools is important for your private tutoring jobs?
Don't forget that these language schools are also a form of competition for you and having an idea of what they charge will help in your decision making. Since your typical client wanting to learn German will probably be looking at both private tutorials and German classes, you need to know what everyone's charging.
This information will allow you to set a fair price and it will help you justify your prices when the need arises. For example, If a customer claims your rates are too high you can clearly explain to them the reasoning behind your rates.
The average rates for tutorials in Nigeria range between ₦1,000 and ₦5,000 per hour.
The Level Of Tutors In The Nigerian Market
By getting formation about the tutors giving tutorials in German in Nigeria, you will understand the difference in rates in terms of the tutor’s level.
No two German tutors you come in contact with are alike.
Don't believe us? Check out the various German tutors in Nigeria on Superprof by typing “German” into the search bar. You’ll quickly see how different they all are.
The rate each tutor charges per hour vary depending on the level of these tutors. The level could be in terms of qualification, educational background, travel history, experience, exposure, what their curriculum covers and so much more.
What a native German speaker will charge is different from what a student who understands how to speak German will charge.
To work out how much you're going to charge, you’ll also have to gauge your level.
For example, are you a teacher working in a school? Is it a primary school or a secondary school? Do you qualify as the German language? Are you a full-time or part-time German tutor? Do you prepare students who want to write professional language examinations? Your level of experience in tutoring?
Once you start answering these questions you’ll see the steps to take to decide what you will charge and how to find your target students.
It is important to always note that a tutor’s experience and education play an important role in how much they charge. You cannot compare a tutor with a year of experience with a tutor who has over 10 years of experience.
Working out your level is very important. You need to strongly know if you are fluent, advanced, or conversational in speaking the German language?
Once you can work some of these out, you are another step closer to determining your prices.
Why are there so many different rates?
Because the rates you see don't only depend on the tutor’s level of German! There are still other factors you will need to consider that you discussed.
The Student’s Level
The rate tutors charge a primary school student is different from what they will charge a secondary school student or a student who is preparing to write a professional examination in German.
This makes a whole lot of sense since the work required at each level can vary wildly.
Teaching jobs for basic German grammar, new words, and the German alphabet to a primary school student are very different to teaching a student writing a German professional examination. The latter can require more of your time and all your German language knowledge.
You have to choose your target students in terms of your preferences and your abilities. Be logical and truthful to yourself. Knowing your desired students will help. However, if you are well rounded with the experience in tutoring German to all students then you should mention that you teach all levels in your advert.
In this situation where you teach all, you should have a rates table detailing how much you charge for each type of student.
Have A Breakdown Of Your Running Costs
If you think as a private tutor, you will not incur some expenses, then you were wrong! You will need more than just your German language skills for each lesson!
All your running costs must be taken into consideration before fixing a rate. Don’t forget that you’re aiming to earn money, not lose it!
Get a biro and notepad and begin to make a list of everything you will need to successfully teach private German lessons in Nigeria. You will need materials like biros, notebooks, German textbooks, vocabulary books and grammar books.
If your private tutorials are online, you will need to work out your internet (data expenses) and if you send progress reports by mail or deliver them by hand, you’re probably often going to need to make photocopies which means you will have to also work out how much your ink cartridges cost or how.
Finally, how can we not talk about transport?
You’ve probably decided on how far you are willing to go or travel for a private tutorial. If you use public transport, consider your transport fare and if you have your car, work out how much your journey costs in terms of petrol.
Choosing The Right Platform
The platform you choose to work with to find your future German students will also affect the cost of your tutorials. There are some platforms or organizations that will take some percentage from your hourly rates.
However, some platforms take barely anything and you go home with almost all your pay: Superprof, for example, doesn’t charge a signup fee.
With Superprof, you can sign up for free and whatever you earn from the students who request your services is 100% yours. All communications after accepting a student are solely between you and them.
Location is not a barrier to getting students on the platform especially if online tutoring is one of the ways you give private tutorials.
In a nutshell, just make a list of the advantages and disadvantages of each platform you come across: there’ll be one that stands out!
Superprof Nigeria, without a doubt, will stand out.
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