It's not for nothing that Superprof ranks among the top educational and tutoring platforms. In the few years since our debut, we've established a presence in 36 countries and have helped millions of tutors launch themselves into business.

How did we do it? Why did we do it?

The answer to both of these questions is the same: there was a gap in the market that we were able to fill, thanks to technological advances that made online lesson delivery more effective.

When we got started, in 2013, tutoring (and Superprof) was mainly an academic pursuit. School students were struggling under their heavy academic loads and tutors were available to help them. Since then, Superprof has embraced all manner of subjects and disciplines and now welcomes tutors of all types to teach them.

So, how does Superprof work? What accounts for its success and how is it different from other tutoring platforms?

That's what we're unpacking today.

The best tutors available
Pretty
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Edah
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Firdous
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Schalk
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Jana
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Jana
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Marga
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Nimeshka
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Zein
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Zein
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Lusanda
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Lusanda
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Lee-mari
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Anja
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Anja
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Nozibusiso
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Abongile
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Abongile
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Shimei
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Shimei
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Patience
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Patience
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Joseph
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Joseph
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Pretty
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5 (5 review/s)
Pretty
R130
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Edah
5
5 (2 review/s)
Edah
R100
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1st lesson free!
Firdous
5
5 (2 review/s)
Firdous
R250
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Schalk
5
5 (6 review/s)
Schalk
R120
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Jana
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5 (6 review/s)
Jana
R300
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Marga
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5 (1 review/s)
Marga
R340
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Lorato mmama
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5 (6 review/s)
Lorato mmama
R200
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Nimeshka
5
5 (2 review/s)
Nimeshka
R150
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Zein
5
5 (2 review/s)
Zein
R200
/h
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1st lesson free!
Lusanda
5
5 (2 review/s)
Lusanda
R172
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Lee-mari
5
5 (6 review/s)
Lee-mari
R200
/h
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Anja
5
5 (5 review/s)
Anja
R150
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Nozibusiso
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5 (10 review/s)
Nozibusiso
R290
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Abongile
5
5 (7 review/s)
Abongile
R150
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Shimei
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5 (3 review/s)
Shimei
R170
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Patience
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5 (5 review/s)
Patience
R200
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Joseph
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5 (1 review/s)
Joseph
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The Subjects Available on Superprof

Private tutoring is by no means a novel concept; indeed, for millennia, that's how people were educated. Aside from schools catering to specific groups – the religious and the wealthy, anyone else seeking to know how to read, write and do arithmetic either learned from their parents or masters they were apprenticed to, or they hired a private tutor.

Education as we know it today, with schools, teachers loyal to the facility they work in and a set curriculum, is less than 200 years old, and the concept hasn't changed much. Tutoring, on the other hand, has evolved dramatically.

Today's tutors, including Superprof tutors, still work with students to master academic subjects, from the common core ones like maths and science to elective subjects such as languages and art. But then, Superprof tutors take things a few steps further.

students and teacher in school classroom
The standard educational model we're all so familiar with today is only about 170 years old. - Source: Pexels

With a Superprof tutor, you can learn:

  • Cookery, including specific aspects such as baking, cake decorating, stewing, preserving, and gourmet cooking
  • Athletics: your Superprof personal trainer can lead yoga sessions, Pilates routines and teach you all about nutrition and fitness
  • Ecology, water conservation and soil rehabilitation Superprofs can teach you all about organic gardening, composting and even recycling
  • Sewing and pattern-making, as well as other needle arts
  • Music: learn how to play a musical instrument or train your voice
  • Professional development: Superprofs specialise in mindfulness, time management and other skills that bring about professional advancement

From this abbreviated list, you can guess that, if a skill can be taught, there's a good bet you'll find a Superprof to teach it.

Prof is the shortened form of the French word "professeur", which means teacher, educator or professor. So, a Superprof is a super teacher!

Why not discover all the subjects available on Superprof? Who knows; maybe you'll find a completely new subject that piques your interest ...

Superprof for Tutors

Unlike most tutoring outlets, Superprof tutors are not employed by Superprof. The tutors who build profiles on our platform are in business for themselves.

We provide a way for tutors to advertise their services and reach prospective students.

Our business model allows tutors maximum flexibility; they can set their rates and determine for themselves how many hours they are comfortable working. They may also select their students; the Superprof platform does not meddle in how any Superprof tutor conducts their business.

You might wonder what, exactly, the Superprof company does for its tutors?

We provide an Internet platform where tutors can advertise their tutoring businesses for free and reach students around the world.

Superprof provides a safe space for tutors to arrange lessons with qualified students.  By "qualified" we mean students who register on the site and are intent on learning, not those who simply want to take advantage of your 'first lesson free' offer and then never contact you again.

Furthermore, Superprof has a member support team ready to help you with anything from setting up your profile and improving your adverts to attract more students, to giving advice on how to set up your business and teaching schedule.

Superprof also publishes a blog with articles covering a multitude of themes, including current interest topics that may tie in with tutors' area of speciality.

Some tutoring institutions direct their tutors' every effort; instructing them on what to do, how many hours to work and even collecting a portion of each tutor's earnings as a commission fee for referring students to them.

With Superprof, your money is your own, as is your time.

We do not take commission from your tutoring fees, and you get to pick the students you feel you could best serve. So, not only are you in control of your earnings, but you also get the reward of providing needed support to great students.

In short, what Superprof does for tutors is vastly different from the standard tutoring outfit.

Superprof for Students

It's difficult for any business to offer equal benefits to all parties they serve, but Superprof tries its utmost to strike that balance. Besides all that we offer to Superprof tutors, students enjoy substantial advantages, too.

Historically speaking, tutoring was a home-grown affair. Tutors would wander across the land, offering their services - often for room and board and maybe a few coins, to any homestead they came across. As civilisations coalesced into population centres, tutors had a slightly easier time of things; they could set up shop in their rooms and let students come to them.

Eventually, that concept morphed into the commercial tutoring centres we're all familiar with today. Still, regardless of the tutoring concept, for the student, it was all the same: their choice of tutors was limited to what was available in their immediate area.

But then, technological advancements brought about an expansion of tutor availability.

As webcams delivered sharper images, microphones and headphones transmitted and received crisper, clearer messages and video chat platforms became ubiquitous and, most importantly, free of charge learning with a tutor from another part of the world was not only possible, it became mainstream.

That's one of the main benefits Superprof offers students. They can learn Spanish from a Superprof living in Madrid, study capoeira with a teacher in Rio de Janeiro, or take haute cuisine lessons from a Superprof chef in Paris ... all without leaving their home study area.

Superprof provides students with access to millions of Superprof tutors from around the world. And these aren't just random people who say they can teach you something, either. Superprof tutors must upload verifiable credentials before the platform lets them make any claims about their qualifications, so you can rest assured that the tutor you choose is equipped to teach their subject matter.

woman learning to play guitar
Superprof tutors offer lessons in over 1 000 disciplines. - Source: Pexels

Perhaps one of the greatest features of the platform is that you choose your tutor.

Superprof does not assign you the tutor they think is best for you.

You may choose a local Superprof who can deliver in-person lessons or opt for online lessons. You can select a Superprof with high-level credentials and years of experience in their field or someone who's just a year or two ahead of you a great option for students preparing to sit exams.

Superprof aims to provide tutors and students with maximum flexibility in their choices, in order to ensure that all parties are comfortable and satisfied with their outcomes.

Interested to learn more?  Here, you can find out all that Superprof has to offer students.

Payments and Charges

We are passionate about the service we provide and the level of commitment we bring to serving both tutors and students.

However, we are aware that students sometimes do not understand the nature of Superprof's business model.

We charge students a fee to gain access to tutors' contact information and arrange lessons.

While it costs nothing for tutors to publish their profiles and for students to review them, should a student wish to connect with a Superprof, they have to set up an account. When they set up their account, they are notified of Superprof's terms of service, which require the purchase of a Student Pass to gain direct access to millions of tutors around the world. The Student Pass is valid for one month, and, at present, does not automatically renew. This means that a student using the Superprof South Africa website will make one upfront payment, and that they will not automatically be charged again when their Student Pass expires.

The most effective way to use your Superprof Student Pass is to take your time, carefully combing through Superprof tutor profiles until you have around three to five profiles that come close to what you're looking for.

As most tutors offer a free upfront session, you'll have the opportunity to get to know them a bit and to establish whether they can offer they type of lessons you're really looking for. If the tutor is not right for you, you can continue to contact other tutors, for as long as your Student Pass is active.

Once you connect with the right Superprof tutor for your needs, you will need to pay their hourly lesson fee, but you won't be charged anything else by Superprof.

To learn exactly how all of that works, check out our full description of payments and charges on Superprof.

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Shana

A South African in France who loves to travel and discover new cultures, is passionate about photography, and who is happiest near the ocean.