About WyzAnt

WyzAnt is an online community where parents and students can find and hire professional tutors across a wide range of subjects, including math, science, music, technology, test preparation, and much more. Headquartered in Chicago, IL and founded in 2005, WyzAnt also promotes itself as a place where independent tutors can promote their services and increase their visibility. The company is committed to giving back to the community, which is accomplished through more than $15,000 in annual scholarships.

WyzAnt claims to have facilitated more than 1 million lessons, holds an A+ rating through the Better Business Bureau, and appears to have a mostly positive online reputation. Unlike most other online tutoring sites, WyzAnt also offers a full refund for the first hour billed to any new tutor, known as their “Good Fit Guarantee.”

How WyzAnt Works

After entering your desired subject and zip code on WyzAnt’s home page, you’ll be redirected to an area where you can view the total number of nearby matched tutors, their full profiles, and pictures. After clicking on a tutor, you’ll be taken to their profile, where you can see how many hours they’ve logged, read a brief bio, browse feedback from past customers, and more.

If you locate a tutor who appears to be a good match, contacting them is completely free of charge, and you’re guaranteed a response within “a few hours.” All communication is completely secure, and you’ll even be able to run a background check on anyone you choose to hire.

However, if you don’t feel like browsing through hundreds of tutors, you can also use WyzAnt’s “Request a Tutor” service. Here, you’ll be required to fill out a short questionnaire detailing your specific needs. After submitting the form, up to five local tutors will then contact you about fulfilling your requirements.

In addition to facilitating tutoring sessions, WyzAnt also provides a detailed resources section on their site, filled with more than 16,000 interactive Q&As, lessons, blogs, and videos.

WyzAnt Pricing & “Good Fit Guarantee”

Signing up for a WyzAnt account is completely free, and you’ll only be required to enter your email address and choose a password in order to begin. According to their website, there are no “hidden fees, contracts, or minimum payments,” and you won’t be required to enter payment information at this point.

However, WyzAnt does require that you have a valid payment method on file prior to booking your first tutoring session, which includes all major credit and debit cards, PayPal, checks, and money orders. After entering your billing information, you can choose one of two payment options:

  1. Pay as You Go: Here, you’ll be automatically charged after each lesson.
  2. Pre-Purchase: Buy a tutoring package and save up to 15%.

Whether you’re planning to use WyzAnt as a customer (e.g. someone who needs to hire a tutor) or as a tutor looking for work, you should keep in mind that the company keeps as much as 40% of the total price, while only giving as little as 60% to the tutor. However, the company—as well as many previous customers—claim that the amount a tutor earns can increase over time.

Unlike most of their competition, WyzAnt offers all customers a “Good Fit Guarantee.” In other words, if you’re not completely satisfied, your first hour with any tutor is fully refundable. To initiate the refund process, simply use WyzAnt’s contact form, or call them directly at (877) 999-2681.

Bottom Line: Can You Benefit from WyzAnt?

Based on our research, WyzAnt appears to be a company that is intently focused on helping you find a tutor, and about maintaining a high level of customer satisfaction. The most common complaint is that they keep a large portion of your payment, and only give about 60% to the tutor.

With this said, if you or a loved one are in need of a local tutor who can help with a wide range of subjects, WyzAnt appears to be a solid, dependable resource.

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17 Customer Reviews for WyzAnt

Average Customer Rating: 1.8
Rating Snapshot:
5 stars: 2 4 stars: 2 3 stars: 0 2 stars: 0 1 stars: 13
Bottom Line: 24% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 4 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Terrible execution for a much needed service

    • California,
    • May 11, 2017

    This is a scam for all people involved except WyzAnt.

    I advertised here as a tutor and got a few replies, many of which wanted to know if I would lower my rate. This gets really annoying after a while. I was advertising at only $45 an hour. Of this, WyzAnt takes 40%. That's right, FORTY PERCENT! That is outrageous. That means I'm automatically down to $28. Then taxes take another quarter of this, dropping me down to about $20.

    Then most of the people want to be tutored near their place. In the bay area, that often means crossing a bridge and paying the bridge toll ($5), and driving 10-20 miles each way (at the real value of mileage on your car, what the IRS calculates for gas, depreciation, maintenance, and repairs, that's about $0.50 per mile, so another $20). The driving time will be about 40-60 minutes round trip, so essentially, at $45 an hour means that you will lose money (LITERALLY) to take two hours out of your day to tutor someone. Now it should be more obvious why many people need to list their rates at $60-80 an hour because of WyzAnt's cut to make anything.

    So it's a bad deal for the tutors (who make next to nothing), it's a bad deal for the students (who pay for the nose) and WyzAnt sits back and rakes in the profits. If the company were more intelligent and took only 10%, they would easily bring in an order of magnitude of more tutors and students, and make far more money. I now understand why so many people would just send me their phone number and when I talked to them, they said they would pay me under the table so WyzAnt got nothing, and said "oh, we do this all the time." I balked at this at first, as I didn't want to screw the company, but after a while I just realized that this is the consequence of being too greedy. They probably lose far more business to deals like this than they actually get.

    My recommendation to WyzAnt: A 10% commission will get you WAY more business and way more profit in the long run, and go a long way to showing you aren't total jerks.

    My recommendation to tutors: lower your rates, book a few hours with people and after that, tutor them under the table.

    My recommendation to students: send us your phone number in your initial message.

    My recommendation to anyone out there that knows how to write an app: make a similar company that charges 10%, be swamped with business and get rich while you watch WyzAnt wither away and die.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 0 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Parent opinion

    I am a parent who went through WyzAnt to obtain a tutor local to my area. My son has been struggling with algebra due to some changes in methods of teaching common core math. In an attempt to help my child become prepared for high school, I reached out to WyzAnt for such help.

    I saw the information provided by the available tutors and picked the person that I felt most fit my child's needs. They claim background checks are done, and there is a protocol of communication between the tutor and myself that I felt more at ease with. The funds are handled through the company which eliminates any awkward situations in person, and the first lesson is refundable if it doesn't work out.

    I really like my child's tutor, and he enjoys his sessions. This tutor takes the time to explain what they went over and what to expect with the next session. Our tutor is an engineering student about to graduate, and our experience is a success. We will be using WyzAnt for my other child who is freshman in college.

    Thank you WyzAnt.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 2 out 8 people found this review helpful

    Great experience as a tutor

    So, to get this out of the way, as a tutor, yes, they do start you off by taking a huge cut (60%) of your rate. Yes, it kind of sucks. It also has some good side effects:

    1. It keeps the WyzAnt developers paid, which means the site keeps getting better.

    2. It incentivizes you to try and tier up to the next pay grade, which is good for you and for company growth. And which does not take that long to do in the first couple jumps, assuming you're an active tutor with a decent rating (the third+ tier is quite a long road though).

    3. It weeds out people who want to do it solely to make a quick buck. There's a reason students look on WyzAnt instead of Craigslist, and it's partially because WyzAnt tutors genuinely want to help people succeed.

    I've been tutoring there for nearly a year, and I get much more out of it than just income; plus, I have to learn new things all the time to keep my skills current. This has been hugely beneficial.

    The screening process makes sure you're qualified, which is totally reasonable, as you're literally playing a role in the rest of someone's education and the outlook they are forming on your area of expertise. It's really quite awesome, but also a big responsibility, especially if you're tutoring subject beginners or K-12 students.

    I love WyzAnt. Seriously. They're still a fledgling company, so it's not perfect, but they care about their users (both tutors and students), and I've never had a bad experience due to the product or business practices.

    Lastly, no, I'm not getting paid to write this review. I just appreciate things that are cool and good.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 7 out 12 people found this review helpful

    I refuse to keep jumping through their hoops.

    I thought this would be a good way to earn some side money after seeing an ad on Indeed. I started the long process of all the steps to activate my profile and I keep getting notices of other things that have to be completed. They didn't approve my introduction paragraph for several reasons. I don't like having to basically write a resume for just anyone to view. Now that I have seen the other reviews I will not be completing the application.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 11 out 12 people found this review helpful

    The First Tutoring Opportunity

    • Fond du Lac, WI,
    • Sep 4, 2016

    Fortunately, my first "tutoring" opportunity sent my way from Wyzant will be my last. I have a most varied educational and "life experience" background in economics, business, politics, and art. My educational level was a "nearly complete" PhD. I feel that my tutoring has a most practical life advantage to a student. That said, I have not expected much from the likes of a Wyzant match-up.

    Nevertheless, after six months or so, one came yesterday to my e-mail. The opportunity was explained and sounded interesting. I attempted to log in through their solicitation and was barred -- even on just receiving the offer. I immediately contacted their customer service by e-mail. Also the student's mother gave her phone number in the solicitation -- which I called twice and left messages. In less than a day, my question as to why I could not log in directly to my tutor account at Wyzant came. It merely said the opportunity passed, the party has found another tutor, be more observant and quick in the future. There was no reply as why I could not log in to make an affirmative response to their one and only offer in more than half a year.

    It is a scam based the other responses posted here, and fortunately my experience cost me only a few hours of my time and being upset. If you have any integrity and feeling of self-worth in your tutoring -- by all means avoid Wyzant.

    P.S. And if they are selling online connection software and the personal tutoring contact is lost, as a student or parent think TWICE.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 24 out 25 people found this review helpful

    Account deleted for no reason

    • Harrison, NJ,
    • Jul 10, 2016

    I was a tutor on WyzAnt for about two and a half years, and during this time it was my main source of income. Recently they deleted my account without warning and without cause. I thought it was a mistake, so I contacted customer service and received notification that their decision was final. The only reason provided to me was that "According to our records, you were unable to successfully use the WyzAnt platform to secure and maintain lasting relationships with students through our website."

    This explanation could not be further from the truth. I had tutored over 1,000 hours through WyzAnt and had a perfect 5.0 star rating from my students. I had many testimonials and was consistently ranked at the top of their search results. Not to mention that I had generated tens of thousands of dollars worth of commission for them.

    A follow up call to customer service proved to be a waste of my time. The agent I spoke with was completely unhelpful. I told him that I would share my experience on social media to make other tutors aware of the possibility of being deleted for no reason, to which he just responded "ok" followed by silence.

    Sadly it appears that WyzAnt has eschewed good quality service in favor of automating their website by means of faulty algorithms that flag and terminate the accounts of their most valuable assets.

    WyzAnt, please learn a lesson from Google's core values. You can make money without being evil.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 18 out 20 people found this review helpful

    WyzAnt Highly Suspect and Unprofessional

    I can take "no" for an answer, even if it's a surprising "no," if a logical reason is given along with the rejection. I am already a successful ESL teacher in Dallas with experience teaching students of all ages, both at home and overseas. I have many certifications and did quite well on all of WyzAnt's tests. My required writings were professional, compassionately-worded and relevant to current educational trends. My submitted picture was both friendly and professional. My availability is high, my required pay, lower than some others. I was just looking for some work since my current students are going back to their native homes for the summer (not that I was looking exclusively for summer work).

    Yet, I received an email today with some very vague wording about why I wasn't accepted. I have no clue as to why, and I have to believe most sites would first try to contact a tutor and say, "Would you consider changing (this or that) so that we can move forward?" But, there was no such attempt to rectify whatever thing makes me unqualified.

    I called, and a message was taken to pass on to the tutor profile team. I also responded to the email I'd received, but after what I've read here, I don't expect a response.

    I don't see how WyzAnt can get by with all the secretive behavior and the shameful way it treats the very people working hard to put money in WyzAnt's pockets! Teachers are by and large giving, nurturing, self-sacrificing, hard-working and good people. How DARE they act in such an abusive way toward their tutors.

    I am so glad I found these reviews because I really was taking it personally. Now I see that it's not personal; it's just very, very bad business. I intend to spread the word. That's not very hard because I spent the first 12 years of my career working as a TV Producer and I have many friends in media. You want to see a Texas Teacher go crazy with some bad press? Insult the skills she holds closest to her heart one more time.

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    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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    • Dec 9, 2016

      Mark Lehman

      I just got turned down by a tutor as well. I thought it'd be a good opportunity, but they make you jump through too many hoops to get some extra work.

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  • 19 out 21 people found this review helpful

    This company is inept, incompetant and very unprofessional

    I stumbled across this site and after moving to Florida I was trying to get some part time work as a mathematics tutor. I sat down one morning and pounded through 5 of there subject test, which were not college level, put together a profile, and after a while I had some clients.

    All my reviews from my students were 5 star (highest possible). One day I received an email telling me they could not mail to my email address. The funny thing was this email came to the address they said they could not mail to. I contacted my email provider who requested that Wyzant contact their postmaster so this problem could be resolved, and they would not contact my email provider at all. I was then notified that because of my communication problems I was being dropped as a tutor, and they would not discuss the issue further.

    This is truly a third rate operation, they take 40% or more of your earnings and basically do nothing for you if there is a problem. Clients of mine had the same type of experience trying to make payments. Rather than attempting to rectify a problem, they just drop you either as a tutor or a client! Beware.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 8 out 15 people found this review helpful

    So far no issues

    • Dec 19, 2015

    I am using Wyzant as a tutor, so far I have no issues with the company. Yes, they are charging you 40% at the beginning, but now I have passed the 20 hours and started taking 65% instead of 60%.

    A deal is a deal, 40% is high, of course, but if you agree with that you shouldn't complain. It is a kind of supply and demand, if you can find students elsewhere and take the 100%, then do it. The website however is not friendly, the UI needs a lot of work. I get lost navigating a lot of times. Having application templates is useless because when you pick a template it is scrambled.

    Overall, it is a decent way to earn some extra money if you are talented in teaching something.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 17 out 22 people found this review helpful

    Discriminatory recruitment process

    Don't waste your time applying to WyzAnt as I just experienced their abusive clause and potentially discriminatory practices.

    I applied online and exceeded all the conditions and expectations listed in their job offer. I also scored 100% on WyzAnt skills tests. Nevertheless, my application was denied. I can understand that, but I required some explanation from WyzAnt. I contacted the company by phone and email. A "ticket" and "case number" was opened and I expected a reply from a representative.

    I copy/pasted here the reply I got, for your own appreciation:

    "The decision to deactivate your WyzAnt tutor account was made in accordance with our terms and conditions, which are available for review on WyzAnt.com.

    WyzAnt considers this decision to be final and a representative will not be made available to further discuss this matter.

    Sincerely,

    The WyzAnt Profile Review Team"

    I reviewed the terms and conditions WyzAnt refers to in what I consider being a bold and shameful reply, and it includes the following:

    "WyzAnt may provide notice to Users via email, regular mail, or posting notices or links to notices on the Site. WyzAnt reserves the right at any time to modify, suspend or terminate the services (or any part thereof), and/or use of or access to them, with or without notice. WyzAnt may also delete, or bar access to or use of, all related information and files. WyzAnt will not be liable to Users or any third-party for any modification, suspension, or termination of service, or loss of related information. WyzAnt may amend these Terms at any time by posting the amended terms on this Site." (art. 21 of WyzAnt Terms)."

    For your full understanding of the situation, let me also underline that I did not infringe any of WyzAnt terms, and I did not post any inappropriate content on my profile and application. Yet, it was denied.

    Once again, I can totally accept a NO to a job application, I just ask for an explanation when I meet all criteria, when I usually get a YES from similar job offers, when my skills have been proven through 15+ years of experience and satisfied clients/students.

    I took 5 minutes of my time to share with you how WyzAnt actually operates. I hope this helps you make your own judgment on this company and service.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 16 out 18 people found this review helpful

    Jerked-around

    • Norman, OK,
    • Oct 29, 2015

    It is amazing how consistent my experiences with this company are with the other reviews. Yesterday I reached the 20/hr mark, and had a nice little (20hr) indicator next to my name on my profile. This meant that I would start to receive 65% of what I'd earn during tutoring as opposed to 60% (after the company took 40%). Today, I got an inexplicable email stating that my account had been "deactivated". What I'm wondering at this point is whether I'll even see the $40 I earned last night. My overall rating was 4.6 (based on 10 reviews), and I had some really nice feedback left by some of my students. After doing a pretty great job with my students and receiving nothing but positive feedback, I feel completely jerked around by this company. What's worse is that they've been able to do this after "stealing" 40% of everything I've earned to this point.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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