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Tutor Job Description: Top Duties and Qualifications

A Tutor, or Online Tutor, provides extra education and support to help a student progress academically and earn qualifications. Their duties include providing private one-on-one teaching in a given subject, assessing a student’s level of education in that subject and supporting a student through exams.

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Tutor duties and responsibilities

Tutors have a range of duties aimed at furthering the knowledge and learning skills of their students in order to help them progress with their education or pass a specific exam. Tutors can be employed to teach a wide range of subjects and specific duties and responsibilities vary depending on the subject being taught. A history Tutor might be responsible for teaching a student evaluative techniques, while a chemistry Tutor can teach practical skills for use in a laboratory.

A Tutor’s primary duties and responsibilities include the following:

  • Creating lesson plans for the students
  • Assessing students on their existing ability in a subject area
  • Creating a schedule for further education and development in subject areas
  • Assessing a student’s level of progress within a subject and identifying areas for improvement
  • Providing mock examinations or tests to prepare students for real exams
  • Reviewing student’s homework assignments and test scores and working through problem questions that the student did not answer correctly
  • Providing support for students during their examinations
  • Communicating with parents/guardians about trouble areas or any issues that requite attention
  • Keeping up-to-date on the current curriculum and latest teaching trends
  • Maintaining an excellent knowledge of the subject being taught
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What does a Tutor do?

Tutors prepare students for exams, passing tests and gaining qualifications. Tutors achieve this by developing the skills of their students, teaching them more about a subject and helping them to complete coursework. Tutors often help students progress from one stage of their education to the next, for example from secondary school through to university. Tutors do this either one-to-one or in a wider group setting with multiple students in a private classroom. Tutors are being increasingly employed online to teach in virtual classrooms.

Tutor skills and qualifications

Successful tutors have excellent teaching and communication skills along with an excellent knowledge of the subject and curriculum they are teaching. Tutors should have relevant qualifications in their chosen subjects to prove that knowledge. A successful Tutor candidate will have various prerequisite skills and qualifications required to be a successful, they typically include:

  • Verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to plan and schedule
  • Knowledge relating to the subject area being taught
  • Ability to motivate students to study
  • Patience and understanding
  • Ability to adapt to different learning styles
  • Ability to supervise students and be a role model

Tutor experience requirements

Tutors require strong knowledge and experience of their given subject, be it English literature, history or physics, for example. Successful Tutors will have experience creating lesson plans and providing assessments. Tutors ideally have experience teaching either on a one-on-one basis or within a wider classroom setting. Tutors may have previously taught in primary or secondary schools or worked as University Lecturers. If they do not have direct classroom or tutoring experience, then a proven ability to communicate and provide support in other settings is necessary.

Tutor education and training requirements

A Tutor requires a university degree, ideally in the subject that they plan to teach or in a subject with transferable knowledge and skills. For example, if a Tutor teaches Geography A levels, they need a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography or in a related subject such as natural sciences or geology. Entry-level Tutors, however do not normally require this. Many Tutors have also taken a post-graduate degree in teaching or in their subject matter.

To reach degree and postgraduate level, Tutors need 5 GCSEs, including a GCSE in the subject they will be teaching. Tutors then need 2 or 3 A levels, including an A level in the subject they will be teaching. Candidates should also have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Tutor salary expectations

According to Indeed Salaries, the average salary for a Tutor is £18.42 per hour. Salary is dependent on experience, location and company.

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Tutor job description FAQs

Is a Tutor different from a School Teacher?

Tutors primarily help students in an extracurricular manner, generally through a private company or on a freelance basis, to provide extra support to help students, often in a one-to-one setting. School Teachers, on the other hand, provide teaching in a classroom setting for a state school or private school.

What are the day-to-day duties of a Tutor?

A Tutor is required to plan a lesson in advance before delivering the lesson to their students. To deliver the lesson, they may be required to travel to the student’s home or deliver the lesson online. They need to create assignments, mark student work and provide feedback and reports.

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