A tutor works with students, typically in a one-on-one environment, outside of school to assist in their education and ensure that the students understand the subject matter being taught in the classroom. Usually specializing in particular subjects, the tutor will help to instruct the student in that area of study as well as assist in teaching the student proper study habits that will help the student later in his or her academic career. Tutors maintain documentation of the student's progress, the hours worked with the student, and other necessary paperwork for record-keeping and billing purposes. A tutor will communicate with any work supervisors, with the student's parents, and with faculty and staff at the student's school. In the interest of educating the student, a tutor might create handouts detailing educational information, problem sets for math lessons, and/or other instructional materials. A good tutor is not afraid to give criticism, but is able to do so in a helpful and constructive manner so that the student feels like he or she is actually learning and not simply being corrected. Tutors typically work after school hours or on the weekends, so it is a good part-time job for a college student. It is also a great way for future teachers to get experience working with school-age students, as well as make connections with faculty and staff at local public and private schools. A tutor may work individually or be contracted through an office that manages educational services or a university's student center.
- Communicate with supervisors, parents, and school personnel.
- Maintain documentation of progress, hours, and other paperwork.
- Instruct students in particular subjects as well as studying habits.
- Create handouts, problem sets, or other instructional materials.