Tutor Qualifications

We have built up an unrivaled network of independent Chinese/Mandarin tutors that spans Shanghai and major cities in China. Every week we receive new applications from tutors to join our team, and only the best are included (about 30% of the applicants). We don't make exceptions or compromises. Each tutor in the ShanghaiTutors community goes through credentials verification (ID, diploma, certificates), resume evaluation, past students’ reference and finally an interview screening process and meets our criteria. All of them meet the following requirements,
1 Have or pursuing a university degree
2 Fluent in standard Mandarin without regional accent
3 Good mastery of at least one foreign language
4 Have knowledge in the Chinese language
5 Clear minded, good at communication & comprehension
6 Have enthusiasm and skills in teaching

The Mandarin tutors are further categorized into
Category A: novice teachers/part-time teachers (0-1 year experience)
Recommended for: leisure learning, culture & fun, daily conversation, spoken practice, supplement to formal school learning.
Category AA: certified teachers/professional teachers (minimum 1, average 2-5 years experience)
Recommended for: serious learning, academic/comprehensive learning, exam preps, alternative to formal school learning.
Category AAA: star teachers (top teachers with experience in universities, international schools, corporate trainings, etc.)
Recommended for: high demand learning, group learning, corporate training, business Chinese, Chinese on specific subjects.

The type is marked as A, AA, AAA respectively in each tutor’s profile. Difference in experience, qualifications and popularity is reflected in difference in tutoring rates. You can check and compare rates in tutor profiles for reference and choose tutor based on your needs and budget. Most tutors fall into Category AA (most popular choice): certified teachers/professional teachers.

Frequently Asked Questions

1- Who are the tutors?
We have a large network of Mandarin tutors with all kinds of backgrounds. They work as independent contractors. They can be professional Mandarin teachers from universities, international schools, Mandarin schools, freelancers, part-time tutors with regular jobs, college students, etc. Some of them offer private tutoring off work to supplement income, and some have shifted completely to freelancer tutors.

2- Do all tutors have certificates and experience?
Most of the tutors have either relevant certificates, education degree or experience but this is not a must. We apply our own criteria and judgment. For example, if you learn Business Chinese, a smart part-time teacher with degree or experience in finance could be more suitable than a full time Mandarin teacher specializing in classic Chinese or literature.

3- How is the teaching quality compared with private course in Mandarin schools?
It’s safe to say, only better, if not the same. There are many good Mandarin teachers working as freelancers to supplement income. As a matter of fact, many teachers work for more than one Mandarin school at the same time to keep enough students. You might end up with the same teacher eventually via ShanghaiTutors.Com and Mandarin schools, but you will most likely pay 60%-200% more if you choose schools, for schools need to charge a lot more to cover high expenses spent on ads, sales, staff, rent, utilities, etc.

4- Can I change tutor if I want?
We encourage every learner to meet and interview tutor before taking lessons to ensure some sort of chemistry in lesson. Nevertheless, you are entitled to change tutor if you wish, with no time limits in one year. 

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