A tutor is a wide-ranging teaching position in which an instructor usually works one-on-one or in a small group setting with a pupil, in order to learn an academic subject or a specific skill. The study or training sessions are usually conducted in person, although tutors can also work remotely via video, live chat, or email. A large portion of tutors are academic and work for high schools, colleges, or universities. Tutors are usually very well-versed in the subject they are teaching and are able to effectively convey that knowledge to their students. Good tutors provide a friendly and productive learning environment for their clients.
Most tutors have very good verbal and written communication skills and are able to work cooperatively with their students. They are often required to distill complex processes until simpler steps are achieved. They discuss topics in "layman's" terms that a person who is learning a subject can grasp. The ability to problem-solve and adjust to a student’s specific learning style is also a huge bonus for being a good tutor. Good tutors are also patient and good listeners.
The working hours of a tutor also vary greatly, and sessions usually last for at least an hour. Learning sessions can occur during any normal working hours, but they are usually scheduled during afterschool or weekend hours. Tutors frequently have a bachelor’s degree in education or in the subject they are teaching. However, some tutors are simply older or more educated students. For instance, an advanced high school student may tutor elementary school students.
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.