FAQ for Tutors & Teachers

Subscribing as a Tutor/Teacher

Posting about Your Tutoring

Parents' Reviews

See also

Who can subscribe as a Tutor/Teacher?

If you teach or advise children (ages 0-18) one-on-one, you can subscribe as a tutor/teacher. Subjects may include academic, languages, academic advising, art, and music.  

  • You must live in the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • You must primarily target children, not adults.
  • You must tutor/teach one-on-one, not in a classroom setting. *
  • You must teach in person. You will not be able to post about tutoring that is online, or via Skype, or email, or phone.

Please note:

  • If you offer classes for multiple students at once in a classroom setting, you must instead subscribe in the Schools & Classes section, not as a tutor.

Subscription fees & benefits

Tutors and teachers have two subscription options:

  1. Individual tutors and teachers ($35/year) may submit a post to the Tutor & Teacher Listing where it will remain on the BPN website for one year. 

  2. Businesses and private practices  ($250/year) have a profile page on the BPN website, can post Announcements & Events as often as every 30 days, and can submit a post to the Tutor & Teacher Listing.  Parents can post reviews of you directly to your profile page, and your past reviews on BPN are archived there.

See "Should I subscribe as an individual or business?" for pros and cons of these two subscription types.


How do I subscribe?

Click 'subscribe' in the upper right corner of our website, and choose either the Business or the Individual subscription.  This will take you to a page where you can pay with Paypal. If you don't already have a Paypal account you'll have the opportunity to open one with a credit card or bank account.

Note: if you are already logged in as a parent or other type of subscription, you won't see the subscribe link. In that case, go directly to the subscribe page.


I'm a tutor or teacher and I also offer a camp or class

If you provide one-on-one tutoring or lessons and you also operate a camp or classes for multiple students, you can subscribe in one of two ways:

  1. Purchase two subscriptions: one for your tutor/teacher service ($35) and one for your camp or class (the fee is based on your maximum enrollment - see Community Subscriber fees.)
  2. Purchase a business subscription which lets you promote both activities on your profile page and post announcements and events about both. For more information see Businesses that also operate camps or classes.

About the Tutors & Teachers Listing

The Tutor & Teacher Listing lets parents browse tutors and teachers by the subject or instrument they teach, or search for a tutor or teacher by subject, age of student, or Bay Area region. When you post to the listing, you will be able to indicate all of the subjects that you tutor, the age groups you tutor, and the areas that you can travel to. Your post will remain published in the listing for the duration of your subscription (one year.)  The listing is available to the general public on the BPN website.

Individual posts are displayed in order by the date posted, with the oldest posts first. As older posts age off the list, your post moves up.  You can remove your post from the listing at any time by going to your account page (click "my account" in the upper right corner) and clicking your post to change the Status to "Unpublished."   If you need to edit or update your post, unpublish it first, and then submit a new post.


How do I post?

Once you have subscribed, login to your account and click Post a Message in the top menu.  Click the button for "Tutors & Teachers" to post to the Tutor Listing.  If you have subscribed as a tutoring business, you can also post an "Announcement" or an "Event."  


How long will my post stay active?

  • Tutor & Teacher Listing (both individuals and businesses): Your tutor post will remain on the BPN website for the duration of your subscription (one year).  You can unpublish your post at any time when you do not have current openings, or if you want to revise your original post.  However, BPN doesn't accept more than one active post from the same tutor in the listing.
  • Announcements (businesses only):  Post under "Other Services Offered for Families & Children." Your post remains active on the BPN website for 30 days unless you unpublish it sooner. Recent posts (received during the past week) are included in the weekly newsletter that is mailed to all subscribers.
  • Events (businesses only): Your post remains active on the BPN website until the event date has passed. Upcoming events are included in the weekly newsletter that is mailed to all subscribers.

See "Should I subscribe as an individual or business?" for pros and cons of these two subscription types.


How often can I post?

  • Tutor & Teacher Listing (both individuals and businesses):  You can have one active post in the Tutor & Teacher  listing, and it remains on the website for the duration of your subscription. However, you can remove it at any time by first unpublishing it. If you want to revise your listing, unpublish it first and then post a new listing.

  • Announcements & Events (businesses only): You can post every 30 days.  For details, see About Announcements & Events.

See "Should I subscribe as an individual or business?" for pros and cons of these two subscription types.


How can I edit or update my post in the Listing?

You'll need to unpublish your old post, and then post a new one. See How to Post a Message for details.


Will my post be included in the newsletter?

  • Tutor & Teacher Listing (both individuals and businesses):  Posts are not included in a newsletter, but there is a link to the Tutor & Teacher listing in the weekly Announcements newsletter. Therefore, unless you have subscribed as a tutoring business, your tutor post will not appear in a newsletter.

  • Announcements & Events (businesses only): The weekly Announcements newsletter includes recent announcements (received during the past week), as well as events for the upcoming week.

See "Should I subscribe as an individual or business?" for pros and cons of these two subscription types.


How can parents recommend me?

Parents can post a review of a tutor or teacher when another parent asks for recommendations in Parent Q&A.  These reviews will then be publicly available on the related page on our website such as "Math Tutors."

Tutors and teachers who subscribe to BPN as a business have a profile page on BPN where parents can post reviews of you directly. 

Tutors: see "Should I subscribe as an individual or business?" for pros and cons of these two subscription types.


A caution about posting to the BPN website

Please keep in mind that when your announcement goes on to our website, it will be available to anyone on the Internet, including scam artists who might contact you. Please read about the Tutor Scam before posting a tutor announcement to the BPN website.