Dan Edmonds, Long time test prep tutor in NYC
I have been tutoring for about 20 years, and I can tell you there are two circumstances under which I've been tipped in the past:
- At the end of a tutoring relationship if I've helped the student achieve exceptional results.
- At the holidays.
I don't expect tips under any circumstance, and many of my best and favorite clients have never tipped me. Tips, though not expected, are, of course, always appreciated.
Those clients who do give me holiday tips (I would guess that about a quarter of my clients give holiday tips, and the percent seems to be growing) tend either to give gifts (a nice bottle of wine, for example), gift certificates to a good restaurant, or cash tips that are somewhere in the neighborhood of my hourly rate.
Tips for exceptional results have included being taken out for a very nice meal or substantial cash gifts.