Private Tutors vs Grinds Schools: An Honest Review

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 “Should I even bother reading an article on ‘private tutoring vs. grinds schools’ that’s written by Ireland’s first and only free tutor finding platform? Surely it’ll be biased…”

Yes, yes, we understand your concerns. That’s why we’ve really tried extra hard to outline the advantages of both. At the end of the day our mission is to positively impact 100,000 students by 2030. And if that means directing students away from private tutoring and to grinds schools, so be it!

We truly want to see every student achieving their goals. So, hopefully this article will settle the ‘private tutoring vs grinds schools’ debate once and for all. And of course, help you make your final decision…

#1 Reason Private Tutors > Grinds Schools

Personalized Lessons

Private tutoring is one-to-one, not one-to-many. This change in dynamic can really be invaluable. Often in school the student may be afraid to ask questions in case they’re viewed as ‘dumb’ or ‘slow’. With their own private tutor, the student can ask questions, judgement free…

As well as this, tutors get to know their students on a more personal level. They are able to set realistic goals, and tailor classes to their students’ personal needs. The students will feel like they have a winning team (with their teachers, parents, and tutor) behind them, and as a result, their grades skyrocket!

#2 Reason Private Tutors > Grinds Schools

Cost Effective

Believe it or not, private tutors often work out to be cheaper per lesson. (Especially now that we are leading the way by not charging a commission per lesson.) Private tutors and grinds schools have a similar rate of around €30 per lesson. However, some private tutors undercharge and you could strike gold!

Putting the hourly rate aside, private tutors are a better bang for your buck. Here’s something parents tend to overlook. The student will get the tutor’s undivided attention, and you’ll save on travel time and travel costs!

#3 Reason Private Tutors > Grinds Schools

Choose the Location

With private tutors, you get to choose the location – your home, their home, or online. You won’t be limited to travelling to the grinds school. This means you can save on time and travel costs…

Another benefit is that you can sit in on lessons and learn some things yourself. This way you can actually work with the tutor towards the common goal of helping your child achieve success!

#1 Reason Private Tutors < Grinds Schools


Finding and interviewing private tutors takes time. Grinds schools are like a one-stop shop. Grinds schools have some of the best teachers around – real experts in what they do. There’s no denying that…

Don’t forget though. Because we don’t charge any commission fees, and are basically a free tutor advertising website, you’ll be able to find some awesome experienced teaching professional here as well!

#2 Reason Private Tutors < Grinds Schools

Learning Environment

Students rarely get to see other students outside their own school. Yes, they’ve probably seen other students at parties and gatherings, but they’ve probably never seen them actually working and studying. A lot of students will be shocked when they go to a grinds school and see literally hundreds of other equally determined, hard-working students like them…

We won’t lie. This competitive atmosphere is not something you can get in one-to-one tutoring lessons. (Though it can be found in libraries during exam time.) Please note that this competitive atmosphere typically suits high achievers best. Students that are already behind may see this and lose hope…

#3 Reason Private Tutors < Grinds Schools


Now, we’re not saying private tutors don’t have their own outstanding notes, but grinds schools have huge supplies of premade notes. It’s what they’re known for!

If you’re looking for excellent notes compiled by experienced teachers and H1 students, check out our notes. Most of them are free, but you’ll have to pay for the crème de la crème!

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Private tutoring vs grinds schools, which one is better for you?

Hopefully this article has helped you in some way shape or form. If you have any suggestions or anything we missed, please let us know in the comments area below….

We stand by our goal to positively impact 100,000 students by 2030. But again, we can’t do it without your support!

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