Unbeatable Price

Mandarin schools typically charge 150-250rmb "hourly" rate for a 45-50 minute 1-1 lesson, but teachers take home less than half of it! A significant amount of your money goes to pay their advertisements, sales staff, rent, utilities...

Why pay more to schools if you only need a tutor?

Now save up to 70% on tutoring rate with ShanghaiTutors! We have made it ridiculously easy for you to find great tutors at lower prices, and we'll connect you with them directly. Most of our tutors charge between 100-120rmb/hour - yes, that's 60 full minutes!

How does this happen?

1. With an effective online booking platform, we keep offline in-office work at minimum level. We don't have heavy cost on school rent, utilities and staff, like any schools do. We pass the savings on to you.

2. Our business is built on word of mouth. We've helped thousands of students find the support they need and they are more than happy to spread the word. We don't advertise on Google, Facebook, magazines...again we pass the savings on to you.

3. We are a marketplace for tutors. Tutors set the rate themselves. There's no mark-up price.

Below is the average rate range for your reference (on private 1-1 basis). Different tutoring rates reflect tutors' difference in experience, qualifications and popularity.

Tutor Type A AA AAA
Hourly Rates 70-90rmb 100-120rmb 130-170rmb

Category A: novice/part-time teachers (0-1 year experience)
Category AA: certified/professional teachers (minimim 1, average 2-5 years experience)
Category AAA: star teachers (top trainers with experience in universities, international schools, corporate trainings, etc)

Comparison with Mandarin Schools

Tutors in AA category are at least comparable to their counterparts in Mandarin schools. Tutors in AAA category, on the other hand, far exceed average teacher from any Mandarin school. They are truly top trainers with considerable experience and proven track record.

Many tutors at ShanghaiTutors also work part-time or full-time in Mandarin schools, and they are here to acquire more students like you to supplement income. You might bump into the same tutor if you go for a private course at Mandarin schools, but you will end up paying 60%-200% more for the same thing.

Check below chart to compare tutoring rates at ShanghaiTutors and Mandarin schools (1-1 basis). Note that while almost all schools charge an "hourly" rate for a 45-50 minute lesson, an hour is always an hour with us.

ShanghaiTutors 100-120rmb* 60 min
Mandarin House 239rmb 50 min
iMandarin 200rmb 45 min
MandarinRocks 180rmb 50 min
Miracle Mandarin 170rmb 45 min
That's Mandarin 250rmb 50 min
Easy Mandarin 195rmb 50 min
Collabo Learning 150rmb 60 min
Mandarin Garden 180rmb 45 min
Mandarin City 145rmb 45 min
Mandarin Inn 160rmb 45 min
* average rates for AA tutors (comparable quality to school teaching)
Frequently Asked Questions

1- Any other benefits?
If you want to have lessons taught in your home or office, Mandarin schools often charge an additional transportation fee on top of tuition, ranging from 10-50rmb per time. However, quotes from our tutors usually include commuting cost already so there won’t be extra (unless the place is not easily accessible by public transportation or out of town).

2- Is it possible to have tutoring at even lower rates? Like 60rmb/hour?
Err…no. Maybe you’ve forgotten the fact that even a house cleaner gets paid 40-60rmb/hour nowadays (who might be…illiterate), and you are now talking about the people who are sharing their lifelong knowledge that might lead you to a better career… So, take it more seriously.

With us, the lowest range is 70-90rmb/hour for novice tutor category. For those tutors who teach professionally, 100-120rmb/hour is considered norm. Star tutor is also a great choice for their efficiency: you pay a bit more but learn faster.

That said, occasionally you might find cheaper “tutors” from free classified ads (among “massage”, “escort service” and other spam), but we really hope you don’t use them. The chances are that they are not qualified at all or have a different, even weird purpose (practice English; show off they have a foreign friend; sell you other products; find a foreign spouse to immigrate…). Word of advice: don’t chance your money, time and future.

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