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The Top 5 Tutoring Companies in Johannesburg

The Top 5 Tutoring Companies in Johannesburg

What We Considered in Choosing the Top 5 Tutoring Companies in Johannesburg:

Value for Money – Whether they bill by the hour or ask to be paid per session or package, we handpicked agencies that offer bang for their clients’ buck.
Mode of Learning – With many educational organisations transitioning into online learning because of the pandemic, we assessed each company’s flexibility based on the different modes of learning available.
Subjects Offered – Some tutoring agencies focus on specialised curricula and teach limited subjects such as Math and English, while other agencies teach a wider selection, even foreign languages.
Student Level Covered – There are agencies that cater to a particular student group only, while some are open to anyone and everyone. We checked out how varied the offerings are in each of these agencies and how well they do in their area of specialisation.
Quality of Tutors – Some tutors are teachers and professors, while others are university students. Regardless, we made sure that these companies employ tutors that are  capable and have a great track record. 

1. BrightSparkz Tutors

Website: https://brightsparkz.co.za/ 

Address: Operates in Joburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban & PE

Contact Details: +27 87 049 0175 | [email protected]

Operating Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Google reviews score4.9/5
Facebook reviews score4.9/5
Total reviews5/5
Score consistency5/5
Value for Money4/5
Mode of Learning4/5
Subjects Offered5/5
Student Level Covered5/5
Quality of Tutors4.5/5

Pros

  • Established organisation with 14 years of experience
  • Matches their clients with tutors based on their needs and preferences

Cons

    BrightSparkz Tutors is one of the best tutoring companies in the area. They’re commended for their prompt responses, professionalism, and the great results their services produce. 

    Understanding that students have different learning needs, they assess each one’s strengths and weaknesses before he or she is partnered with a tutor that can best maximise their unique potential.

    We find this noteworthy as this seems to be one of the factors behind the positive buzz they’ve been getting as tutoring group.

    Tutors from BrightSparkz Tutors are a mix of professionals and exemplar university and post-graduate students, which we like. Having variety in their tutoring pool means that they can provide different ways to address learning needs.


    We also like that they offer face-to-face tutoring to students residing in the areas they cover, and online sessions for those who live further away. 

    Aside from subjects in the CAPS, IEB, and Cambridge curricula, BrightSparkz also provides AP, O-level, A-level, and Supplementary Exam tutoring. We think this is quite an extensive offering as it can cater to different types of students.

    True enough, they have tutors for pre-schoolers, university tutoring, and even corporate tutoring. Just be warned: they may not be the most affordable tutoring service and they don’t offer refunds, which means that you have to be absolutely certain in getting them.

    2. Prep2Perfection

    Prep2Perfection Homepage

    Website: https://prep2perfection.co.za/ 

    Address: 5th Street Atrium on 5th 9th Floor Sandton, 2196, South Africa

    Contact Details: +27 67 010 3293 | [email protected] 

    Google reviews score5/5
    Facebook reviews scoreN/A
    Total reviews3.8/5
    Score consistency5/5
    Value for Money4/5
    Mode of Learning4/5
    Subjects Offered3.5/5
    Student Level Covered3.5/5
    Quality of Tutors3/5

    Pros

    • Flexible payment terms
    • Affordable, fixed rates per hour

    Cons

    • Does not offer tutoring services to grade-schoolers

    Prep2Perfection is another established tutoring service in the country, having been around for the last 16 years. Their head office is in Sandton, but they offer tutoring services in Johannesburg and all over South Africa.

    They tutor high-schoolers, university students, and those preparing for exams such as the NBT or the LSAT. Regrettably, Prep2Perfection does not cater to younger students.

    We like that Prep2Perfection offers easy and predictable payment schemes via their fixed per-hour rates and their interest-free installment option. They also offer packages depending on the number of hours you’ll avail, with a minimum of five hours. 

    In fact, Prep2Perfection has one of the cheapest rates we’ve seen for tutoring services.

    Prep2Perfection provides tutoring in-person or online and their rates depend on which mode of learning you’ll avail. They’re commended for their patient and capable tutors who deliver positive results with their work. 

    There’s not much about the company online, though. While they do have an Instagram account and a Facebook page, both are not that active in posting or responding to messages – this may put off interested students who urgently need the tutoring.

    Another thing we noticed is that there are no tutor profiles on their website. It just says there that their tutors are “experts” in school subjects, university tutoring, and test preparations. 

    Nonetheless, past clients seem quite happy with the tutors that have been provided to them by Prep2Perfection. We would’ve preferred if they featured some of their best tutors though, just so we know what their backgrounds are. 

    We’re guessing the best way to reach out to them is through their website, but that’s honestly lacking information as well. We hope that the agency improves its online presence so that more students can try out their tutoring services.

    3. Apex Excellence Tutors

    Apex Excellence Tutors Homepage

    Website: https://apexexcellencetutors.co.za/ 

    Address: 24 Kruis St, Marshalltown, Johannesburg, 2107, South Africa

    Contact Details: +27 68 035 1845 | [email protected]

    Operating Hours: Monday 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM |  Tuesday – Friday, Saturday  7:30 AM – 9:00 PM | Sunday 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

    Google reviews score5/5
    Facebook reviews score5/5
    Total reviews2/5
    Score consistency5/5
    Value for Money4/5
    Mode of Learning5/5
    Subjects Offered4/5
    Student Level Covered4/5
    Quality of Tutors3/5

    Pros

    • Offers obligation-free evaluations 
    • Has over 15 partner schools and affiliates
    • Affordable rates
    • Open daily

    Cons

    • Does not have fixed per-hour/package rates 
    • Does not cater to younger kids

    What we liked about Apex Excellence Tutors is that they offer affordable, personalised learning programmes to their clients. 

    For parents who are unsure what kind of learning assistance their children need, we like that Apex Excellence Tutors offer a free assessment conducted by qualified teachers, which allows them to tailor a learning program for the student.

    Although still a relatively new business with just 5 years of experience, Apex Excellence Tutors has already tutored almost four thousand students in Johannesburg and Pretoria. 

    They’re also partnered up with more than 15 schools and corporate partners, ensuring that the service they provide is of great quality. To us, this reflects how much they value strongly-rooted relationships and collaborations, which will ultimately benefit those they are tutoring.

    Also, we noticed that among those on this list, Apex Excellence Tutors is the only tutoring service that showcased their partners and how many customers they have served over the years.

    We think this is a wise move to boost customers’ confidence in their service quality. 

    Apex Excellence Tutors offer home tutoring (in-person), online lessons, and homeschooling.

    Their tutoring services are available for grade school, high school, and university students, and adults who want to achieve their National Senior Certificate.

    They also teach all the subjects that are included in the primary and secondary curricula. However, they did not provide a list of tertiary education courses that they cover. 

    Due to the nature of their personalised programmes, they cannot provide fixed rates, which we can understand. However, this means you’ll have to reach out to them to ask for a quote based on your specific needs.

    4. Tutors @ Your Service

    Tutors @ Your Service Homepage

    Website: https://www.tutorsatyourservice.com

    Address: 55 W Rd S, Morningside, Sandton, 2057, South Africa

    Contact Details: +27 82 217 2077

    Operating Hours: Monday – Sunday, 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM

    Google reviews score5/5
    Facebook reviews scoreN/A
    Total reviews4/5
    Score consistency5/5
    Value for Money3.8/5
    Mode of Learning3/5
    Subjects Offered4/5
    Student Level Covered3.5/5
    Quality of Tutors3.8/5

    Pros

    • Offers group tutoring rates
    • Provides language support courses
    • Open daily

    Cons

    • No stated price difference for in-person and online lessons

    Tutors @ Your Service caters to primary, secondary, and tertiary learners in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town & Durban. They’re also one of the area’s most recognised tutoring services, having 15 years of experience. 

    Their rates vary depending on the educational level of the student and the number of lessons you want to take. While they also offer group rates, there’s no available information as to the minimum or maximum number of individuals allowed in a group. 

    The minimum rate for five lessons at the primary level is R 310 per hour, R 350 per hour for high school students, and R 400 per hour for tertiary level lessons. 

    Their rates are a little higher than other tutoring services in Johannesburg, but they’re still within industry standards. In terms of affordability, we do think there are better choices for those who are looking for cheaper services. 

    Tutors @ Your Service also offers language support and translation, which is great. With rates unavailable online, you would have to connect with them to get a quote on how much this will cost per session. 

    While it’s great that they offer online sessions, it’s unclear if they charge lower rates for this type of delivery, which is what tutoring companies usually do.

    5. SETMind Tutoring

    SETMind Tutoring Homepage

    Website: https://www.facebook.com/SETMindTutoting

    Address: 19 Junction Ave, Johannesburg, 2193, South Africa

    Contact Details: +27 65 727 6868 | [email protected]

    Operating Hours: Contactable 24 hours

    Google reviews score5/5
    Hellopeter reviews score5/5
    Total reviews3.5/5
    Score consistency5/5
    Value for Money5/5
    Mode of Learning5/5
    Subjects Offered3.5/5
    Student Level Covered3/5
    Quality of Tutors4/5

    Pros

    • Offers specialised learning programs for university students
    • Affordable rates
    • Some notes from previous sessions are posted on their Facebook page
    • Video recordings of some sessions are available for purchase

    Cons

    • Website is inaccessible
    • Only teaches select subjects, mostly Engineering courses

    SETMind Tutoring is currently based in Wits University and the University of Johannesburg. They offer personalised learning sessions exclusively for university students.

    Unlike the other tutoring companies that we’ve introduced in this article, SETMind Tutoring is more focused on specialised courses. They’re known for providing tutoring sessions in preparation for exams for Engineering Mathematics and Engineering Physics subjects.

    The tutors from SETMind Tutoring are university instructors and exemplary university students in the same fields. Based on customer feedback, the tutors are patient, very effective educators, and really help students learn.

    What we appreciate about SETMind Tutoring is its very affordable rates, which start at just R 150 per hour for an in-person one-on-one session and R 125 for one-on-one tutoring online. They also offer group sessions in both face-to-face and online formats.

    Another thing we found unique about SETMind Tutoring is they share some of the notes from previous tutoring sessions on their Facebook page – for free! They also record some, if not all learning sessions, which interested students may obtain, for a small price. 

    On some occasions, they even open test week preparation sessions on selected subjects for free. This is a great way for interested students to find out if SETMind is the best fit for their learning needs.

    Unfortunately, SETMind Tutoring does not offer services for primary and secondary schoolers. Moreover, the list of subjects they do teach is limited and doesn’t really cater to a wide range of university students, which is a shame.

    Nonetheless, if you’re an Engineering student from Wits University or the University of Johannesburg looking for affordable learning assistance, we think this could be the best option for you.

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