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Working as a Tutor

What does a tutor do?


A tutor takes care of subject-specific education, most commonly on a part-time or hourly basis but also sometimes in a full-time capacity. A tutor’s work can supplement school education or may be based around an extra-curricular subject or language. The most common types of tutor roles advertised on Jobs in Childcare are language tutor jobs.


A good tutor will be highly trained and specialised in one or more subjects. A tutor can work to help a child (or sometimes adult) prepare for optimum results in exams and school entrance tests. Through one-to-one classes tutors generally aim to assist children who are picking up and learning a new skill, or who are struggling in particular subjects such as English, French, Maths, Science or Economics.​

A tutor should also be comfortable coordinating with school teachers if required. The tutor can help a child with his or her homework to make sure that the child is happy with what he is doing at school, and ensure the child makes strong progress in his or her studies. Language tutors can help children in their study of languages including English, French, Italian, German, Chinese and Spanish.


The schedule a tutor accepts depends on the students’ availability, the amount of time and money the family wishes to dedicate to learning a specific subject, and the age and capability of each student. Younger learners, for example, may have study-focused lessons with a tutor after school, but probably for a maximum of 1 or 2 hours. Older students or adults may be able to study for several hours at a time, or may request a tutor to travel with them to provide tutoring ‘on the go’.

What working conditions are typical for a tutor?


A tutor generally works in accordance with the specific needs of the client. A schedule is discussed based upon availability of both parties, and salary is discussed according to the tutor’s rates for language or specialist subject tuition. Sometimes an employer may require intensive daily tuition to accelerate learning. However as a general rule, tutors, due to the part-time nature of their work, tend to live in the same city as the client (if they are not working online) and work on a part time basis - visas are not therefore typically required.

How do families choose the tutor that is right for them?

Families often choose to employ a tutor if their children already have busy schedules, but still need tuition to supplement their studying at school, help with homework or even prepare for entrance to a particular school. They aim to choose a tutor who gels well with the child and ensures discipline and learning but also maintains a good working relationship with the family. A tutor should always be well prepared and well presented. Most tutors are hired based on their previous work experience, qualifications and recommendations from previous employers.


Most tutors either work online or visit a family home to conduct their lessons. Sometimes adult learners may wish to meet in a cafe or study in a company office. Very occasionally an employer may ask a tutor to travel with them on a holiday or business trip.