Karen Berlin Ishii, One-to-One Test Prep for the SAT and ACT - in NYC and via Skype
Someone once said that everything in life is negotiable, so why not tutoring? Depending on whether your prospective tutor is an individual working for him or herself or an employee or independent contractor for a tutoring company, you'll need to do your negotiating with a different person or entity. Sometimes, companies are more negotiable because they can adjust fees without affecting what your tutor gets paid. The difference between what you pay for tutoring and what their tutor receives can be so large that the tutor's pay is only a small fraction of the cost. In the case of individual tutors, however, any discount will be coming out of your tutor's pocket directly, so it will depend entirely on that tutor's need for your business versus his or her need to earn a particular amount per student or teaching hour. Some may be amenable to offering a discount for a package of 10 hours or more, or a discount for a semi-private or small group lesson, for example. Just ask respectfully and directly, with a specific discount in mind, knowing ahead of time what your choice will be if the discount is not offered.