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What Does it Take to Be a Tutor?

Example of Tutor Job Provide non-classroom, academic instruction to students on an individual or small-group basis for proactive or remedial purposes.

Tutor Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with students, parents, teachers, school administrators, or counselors to determine student needs, develop tutoring plans, or assess student progress.
  • Research or recommend textbooks, software, equipment, or other learning materials to complement tutoring.
  • Prepare and facilitate tutoring workshops, collaborative projects, or academic support sessions for small groups of students.
  • Schedule tutoring appointments with students or their parents.
  • Provide feedback to students using positive reinforcement techniques to encourage, motivate, or build confidence in students.
  • Assess students’ progress throughout tutoring sessions.

What Every Tutor Should Know

When polled, Tutors say the following skills are most frequently used in their jobs:

Instructing: Teaching others how to do something.

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Learning Strategies: Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Types of Tutor Jobs

  • SAT Tutor
  • In-classroom Tutor
  • Elementary School Tutor
  • Elementary Education Tutor
  • Tutoring Clinician

What Kind of Tutor Job Opportunities Are There?

There were about 993,900 jobs for Tutor in 2016 (in the United States). New jobs are being produced at a rate of 9.9% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 97,900 new jobs for Tutor by 2026. There will be an estimated 122,200 positions for Tutor per year.

Forecasted Number of Jobs for Tutors in U.S.

The states with the most job growth for Tutor are Utah, Nevada, and Texas. Watch out if you plan on working in Maine, Vermont, or Connecticut. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

What Tools do Tutors Use?

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Tutors may use on a daily basis:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Web browser software
  • Email software
  • Database software
  • Facebook
  • Blackboard
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Fireworks
  • Appointment scheduling software

How do I Become a Tutor?

What kind of Tutor requirements are there?

Tutor Degree Level

How Long Does it Take to Become a Tutor?

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