What does a Tutor do?
A tutor works with students and enables them to perform at a higher level academically. They are generally found in schools and companies specializing in education and after school tutoring. A tutor will meet with students privately or in a group setting to oversee the completion of school assignments. Additionally, a tutor can work with students to improve test-taking skills, note taking process and further elaborate on concepts learned in the classroom. They aim to assist students and promote a deeper understanding of course materials.
Education can vary widely depending upon the subject to be taught and the age group associated. Generally, tutors are expected to have a college education and a detailed understanding of the topic to be taught to students. As with education, certification can also vary by state and location. A certification from the National Tutoring Association (NTA) is preferred for higher level tutoring positions. An excellent tutor will possess a positive approach to learning as well as interpersonal skills.
- Schedule tutoring appointments with parents and students and arrive on time and prepared for the day's lesson
- Create educational materials to further demonstrate subject matter to be covered in tutoring sessions
- Assess the progress of assigned students to ensure effective processes
- Plan creative lessons to engage and educate students
- Maintain a quiet and orderly workspace for students within the tutoring space
- Establish a friendly, encouraging and welcoming environment for students upon their entering of the establishment
- Connect with parents and keep them informed of student's progress and areas to be improved
- Promote high standards for academic success and behavior and continually encourage students to meet them
- Certification from accredited tutoring associations such as NTA or CRLA
- Experience assessing the progress of assigned students to ensure effective processes
- Passion and excitement for the subject being taught
- Professional experience preparing lesson plans and personalized instruction
- Experience working with children in a supervised setting
- Education in teaching methodology, theory and processes
- Theoretical and practical understanding of the subject to be taught
- Personal accountability and reliability when scheduling sessions with parents and students
- Ability to teach students of all ages at varying levels of understanding and proficiency
How much does a Tutor make?
Tutor Career Path
Learn how to become a Tutor, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.
Years of Experience Distribution
“It's fun and a good part time job to go along with full time studies.”
“The pay was decent but not the best especially because I would have to travel for some students”
“My TM was really nice and give me the opportunity to earn as much as I could”
“If you’re looking to be a teacher this is a great job to gain experience and decent pay”
“The college is good but they pay minimum wage for jobs that are not necessarily entry level.”
“It was awesome working for TPR through college and grad school because I could make money nights and weekends.”
“Pay isn't amazing and with the nature of the job there isn't opportunity to work loads of hours.”
“I love working with people that are respectful and have a bigger perspective towards our common goals.”
Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a Tutor
When working as a Tutor, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Teaching Experience, VERBAL Communication, Interpersonal and Communication, English, and Schedules.
- Substitute Teacher
- Teaching Assistant
The most common qualifications to become a Tutor include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.