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# Preply Review – Tutors Should Be Paid For Trial Classes

## 3.8

#### Summary

Preply is an online educational platform that matches tutors with students. There are tutors on Preply offering instruction in a wide range of languages and other subjects. As a learner, you can find a tutor that works best for you by browsing their demo videos and filtering by price and rating. Each tutor’s teaching style is their own.

##### Quality

A little bit of everything. There are trained professionals with years of experience and tutors trying it out for the first time.

##### Thoroughness

The platform is easy to use, but offers little in the way of extra features in my opinion.

##### Value

There’s a huge range of prices and scheduling options, but you have to purchase packages with a single teacher.

Languages: Preply’s tutors teach 27 languages. These include popular languages such as Spanish, Chinese, French, and German, as well as some less common languages.

## Alternatives

There are a few competitors in the online tutoring field, and the biggest names for language learning are probably italki and Verbling.

Verbling is a bit pricier than Preply and has fewer teachers, while italki is similar in terms of price and number of tutors, but it might be a little bit cheaper and offer more than Preply.

If you’re learning Spanish, Baselang is a great option when it comes to online tutoring.

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## Final Thoughts

Finding a private tutor is one of the most effective ways to learn how to speak a language. It helps out where a lot of other language learning resources fall short — speaking practice with a real human.

The ability to ask questions to a native speaker in real-time and get immediate feedback is immensely valuable. That said, I still prefer to use this type of study in conjunction with a private study method where I can progress at my own pace.

For those seeking an online language tutor, Preply will deliver. Instruction is available in 27 languages, and there are enough tutors using the platform that you’ll almost definitely be able to find a teacher that fits your budget and learning style.

If you want a platform that is more comprehensive and offers additional features, you may want to look elsewhere, as Preply’s extras are pretty much non-existent.

You might also choose to support a platform that doesn’t take such high commissions from its teachers. Whatever you choose, Preply is worth considering.

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I have been a tutor with Preply for a few months. Their customer service is terrible. I have been trying for several weeks to get paid, but they still haven’t replied back. Most students do not confirm their lessons after. You have to wait 72 hours to contact customer service and send them a screenshot that the lesson took place. It’s been weeks since they have helped or even answered me with that issue. Don’t waste your time.

Yikes! Thanks for sharing your experience.

I have just started using Preply. I am impressed with my tutor, Julie, but the platform and scheduling process is a complete disaster. It does not track lessons accurately. I have had 2 lessons; the platform shows 1 so that means that Julie has not been paid. I scheduled a third lesson but it does not show on the site. The availability hours are not up to date. When you schedule a class there is no email confirmation so there is no way of knowing whether the system has actually noted your class. It all LOOKS very well organized but it is NOT.

You can pay tutors for trial classes in Preply. That option does exist, if you choose to pay.

I have been a German tutor on Preply for a year now and my experience has been really great so far. Of course there are some bugs and downsides, for both tutors and students, but overall it works like a charm. Most of the time, students do confirm the lessons. If they forgot, you can text them a reminder and ask them to enable auto-confirmation. And if there is a problem with something, the Preply support is really responsive easy-accessible via chat. They typically answer within an hour. I also had an issue once with getting paid, but it was resolved quickly by support.
Regarding the commission fee…. Yes, it is high, but you get used to it and can just increase your price. And thanks to Preply I get plenty of students ORGANICALLY to make up for the high fee.
And one thing that is a major upside in comparison to Italki is the full Google calender synchronization. Without it, you can’t teach on multiple platforms.
One downside are the trial lessons, that’s true. It’s somewhat ok, if you don’t get paid, you get used to it. However, students are able to book instantly. That’s a problem, because many students book me thinking that I can teach beginners, even though I clearly say in my profile that I do not. They just book and then I HAVE to waste my time on the trial lesson, because I get penalized if I cancel it.
So, that’s one annoying thing, but overall it’s just great and comfortable and much better than Italki.