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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Example 1

*Leith’s Tutor* *Average 4 sessions per week (16 hrs p/w) * *Mon/Tue/Thurs* *Zero Hours Contract – Term-time only* *Fixed Term – Sept 2021 to June 2022* *Salary: £25 per hour* We are looking to appoint a flexible and enthusiastic person, who has knowledge of ‘food room’ safety requirements, to deliver the Leith’s Introductory Certificate in Food and Wine to one or two Lower Sixth classes, each of up to 8 students. There may also be the opportunity to teach one or two Upper Sixth classes of the same maximum size. These classes will be taught within the school day and during the after-school programme. Training will be given in the requirement of Leith’s. The role includes the preparation of ingredients, materials and equipment for lessons, keeping records, and keeping your food preparation area clean, tidy and in good order. We are looking for candidates who have good organisational skills and attention to detail, and who are physically fit to undertake bending, lifting and carrying as part of their duties. Flexibility is required, as classes may vary, and there may be occasional weeks in the term where tutoring is not undertaken. Please visit our website Vacancies page for full details, including Job Description and Person Specification: [website] Please note we DO NOT accept application by CV - APPLY ON OUR Website For an informal discussion or to arrange a visit, please contact a member of our HR Team on 01722 430536. Godolphin School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young adults and expects all staff to share this commitment. An enhanced DBS and Barred Lists check (Adult and Children’s Workforce) plus registration with the DBS Update service will be required. Staff are prohibited from promoting religious or one-sided political views whilst working at Godolphin and /or whilst participating in activities associated with their employment within Godolphin. Contract length: 10 months Application deadline: 23/06/2021 Expected start date: 01/09/2021 Job Types: Part-time, Contract Salary: £25.00 per hour Benefits: * Company pension * Discounted or free food * Gym membership * On-site parking * Wellness programmes

Example 2

Job title: Ark Blake Academy Graduate Intervention Tutor - Inclusion Location: East Croydon – Ten-minute walk from East Croydon station Contract: Permanent; 36 hours per week, 40 weeks per year (FTE 0.878) Start date: September 2021 Salary: Ark Support SP2; £18,472 Closing date: 30 June 2021 Applications will be considered on a rolling basis Opportunity for an exceptional candidate to be an Inclusion Intervention Tutor, shaping a new Ark secondary school in East Croydon. Ark Blake Academy welcomed its first cohort of 180 Year 7 pupils in September 2020 and is already providing children in East Croydon with an excellent academic education, based on our strongly held values, for generations to come. Our Pastoral Team makes a significant contribution to the development of a highly aspirational culture at the Academy, enabling students with a variety of strengths and difficulties to reach their full potential. At Ark Blake, we seek to transform lives through education. We believe that each of our pupils is born with unique potential for greatness and can take responsibility to achieve this. We believe that by aiming high, working hard and living according to Ark Blake’s values, our pupils can seize greatness, lead lives that bring fulfilment and strengthen their communities. Exemplary behaviour and a spirit of ‘always learning’ have helped us to create a culture where greatness is the expectation. We now wish to add an exceptional Intervention Tutor as a member of our talented and committed founding team. The successful candidate will share our relentless drive to provide excellent learning experiences for every pupil, both in and out of the classroom. They will share our vision for a school where pupils take responsibility to ‘seize greatness,’ achieve academic excellence and flourish as knowledgeable, confident, articulate, responsible citizens, who live according to Ark Blake values. The role The successful candidate will support the SENDCo in continuing to shape the academy’s pastoral team by effectively supporting targeted pupils. The role will be adaptive to the needs of the pupils, but is likely to involve in-class support, running social skills groups, liaising with curriculum teachers, acting as a key worker for individuals and supporting extra-curricular activities and inspirational trips. This is an exciting post which will appeal to people with variety of backgrounds and specialisms. We feel this post would be particularly well suited to graduates who are interested in pursuing a career in education and/or SEND and want to gain experience and expertise. We welcome applications from all interested parties. The successful candidate will grow with our school: we will develop you, providing one-to-one support, coaching and access to extensive network training. You will demonstrate:
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and spoken
  • Empathy, patience, reliability and consistency
  • Genuine passion and a belief in the potential of every pupil and in particular SEND pupils
  • Flexibility, proactivity and a willingness to change approaches when necessary
  • Deep commitment to Ark’s mission of providing an excellent education to every pupil, regardless of background
  • Effective team membership
  • High level of self-awareness and self-management in stressful situations
  • Resilience, motivation and committed to achieving excellence
  • Ability to be reflective and proactive in seeking feedback to constantly improve practice
  • Commitment to regular and on-going professional development and training View the full job description and person specification For more information about our school, please visit: [website] To arrange a confidential conversation with the Principal about this role, please contact: Ark is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in our academies. In order to meet this responsibility, we follow a rigorous selection process which will include questions about safeguarding. This process is outlined here, but can be provided in more detail if requested. All successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check. This post is covered by Part 7 of the Immigration Act (2016) and therefore the ability to speak fluent English is an essential requirement for the role.
  • Example 3

    Education Pathways provides its customers with original written content produced by professional writers. Our company has a team of passionate tutors, writers, proofreaders and Customer Support executives. Our employees have many years of experience and proper education related not only to text production, but also to many different fields. Education Pathways assists students in developing their written communication skills. The tutor diagnoses student writing deficiencies, addresses deficiencies pointed out by the student’s instructor, and assists students in developing their out of class essay assignments. Our reviewers are language and writing experts who approach essay review as tutors rather than as editors or proofreaders, using the Socratic Method to engage with students at different grade and ability levels and help them develop their writing skills by providing comprehensive reviews that focus on content, structure, tone, citations, as well as sentence-level mechanical issues such as grammar, punctuation, etc. *Responsibilities: * - Provide essay review and tutoring services using a Socratic approach (willingness to adapt to our unique approach). - Personalise your reviews to the student's grade, abilities, and assignment and instructions. *Minimum Requirements: * - Essay Review and/or Tutoring (Essay Writing) 3+ year - Bachelor’s Degree in English, Journalism, Communication, ESL, or related field from an accredited institution - Knowledge and understanding of College organisation, goals and objectives, and policies and procedures - Ability to adapt to individual student needs and learning styles Job Type: Part-time Salary: £34.00-£45.00 per hour Additional pay: * Bonus scheme Benefits: * Flexible schedule * Work from home Education: * Bachelor's (preferred) Experience: * academic 3 years (preferred) Work remotely: * Yes

    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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    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.


    What hours do Tutors work?

    Tutors often set the number of hours they work per week. Tutors are expected to be flexible, however, and to work outside of school or university teaching times. They usually work in the evenings or on weekends when the students are most likely to be available.

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