Online tutoring UK: new entrants

Before I launch into my latest research into UK based online tutoring businesses, I should declare that I am a co-founder of the UK based start-up Tutorhub.

I blogged eight months ago, back in December 2010 about UK based online tutoring websites and the embryonic nature of the online tutoring marketplace. Since then we have seen three new businesses enter the market:

  1. MyTutor, which is interesting as it is owned by AQA exam board
  2. Itutormaths, owned by the educational publisher Nelson Thornes
  3. Tutorme, of which I must admit to knowing very little
It is interesting that two of these businesses are part of publishing businesses. I can see the logic in branching out into online tutoring, as an additional line of business cross-sold from their existing educational content.
I suspect that many more corporates will enter the market in the next year. The more businesses the better, as much more needs to be done to explain the concept of online tutoring to UK parents.The good thing about growing markets is that there is room for new entrants. The key to success will be getting the offer and business model right.
I hope that you found this post interesting, and I am happy to open up this blog to anyone interested in this subject.
Addendum: By December 2013,  both mytutor and itutormaths had ceased trading.
About Tutorhub:

For those of you that don’t know, Tutorhub is a new online tutoring service that makes it quicker and easier to find and access UK based, CRB / DBS checked tutors, whatever the subject. Tutoring takes place online, only as and when it’s needed and is backed by best practice child safety features. Designed for the Facebook generation, Tutorhub includes an open Q&A feature and archive of previously asked questions.