How to Make a Contract for Tutorial Services

Protect yourself with a tutorial contract for services.
Protect yourself with a tutorial contract for services. (Image: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Tutoring students, just like any other service industry, often benefits from a written contractual agreement. The contract designates the responsibilities of both parties and the consequences correlating with specific actions, whether legal or financial concerns. A written contract, signed by both the student's parent or guardian and the tutor, binds the pair to achieve goals and can protect the tutor in the case of a false allegation. Verbal contracts are often changed with time and can lead to miscommunication.

Type and center the name of the tutoring business, if applicable, at the beginning of your contract. Begin writing the description and purpose of the contract, inserting the date the contract was devised, the names of the tutor and client, the frequency of tutoring services, and the importance of abiding by the contractual agreement to enhance independent academic ability.

List the goals and objectives of the sessions and the act of tutoring. The list may be numbered or bulleted for ease of use. For example, goals may be to identify subject area(s) of concern for the student, increase academic achievement by one letter grade over an 8-week time period and to provide support.

List student responsibilities during tutoring sessions, either numbered or bulleted. Examples of responsibilities include attending the sessions as scheduled, applying their every effort to enhance their academic ability, and bringing all of the necessary materials such as textbooks, assignments and other scholarly materials.

Include a section about payment, such as what the session fees are, how you plan to handle it if a student is a "no call, no show" to his appointment and how often payments are required. Add a fee for materials, if applicable, and for returned checks. It is imperative to include a refund policy in the contract that states the possible reasons that a refund would be appropriate.

Describe or notify clients of any insurance information provided by the company, or lack thereof for private tutors. Write a "held harmless" disclaimer stating that the tutor or the company cannot be held responsible for clients leaving their items behind and allowing them to be lost, negligent injury or acts of nature.

At the end of the document, include a disclaimer stating that each party will abide by the contract in its entirety and include two signature lines with the date of signatures. The student, parent and tutor sign the document as a promise to contribute to the student's learning process.

Tips & Warnings

  • Ask another tutor, teaching professional or lawyer to review the contract to ensure that nothing was missed and that it includes your personal tutoring methods.

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