Job description

Tutors teach, guide and advise students in lessons after school, during weekends or throughout holiday seasons. They work with individuals or small groups and promote productivity and academic learning by teaching one or more subjects.

Tutors may help students with homework, prepare them for tests and assignments, and provide academic support for certain subjects.


    • Teach, guide and advise students specialised subjects
    • Promote productivity and academic learning
    • Help students with homework and class materials
    • Prepare students for tests and assignments
    • Assess and review students’ performance throughout tutoring classes
    • Teach study skills and note-taking skills
    • Provide feedback and motivation to students
    • Schedule tutor classes with parents
    • Develop tutoring materials such as assignments, handouts or quizzes

Skills and qualities


Job outlook

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Career progression

Tutors may work for tutoring institutions or schools, and progress to larger, more prestigious organisations in the future. They might also choose to delve into a new subject area, after gaining the right qualifications to do so. Some tutors even go on to open their own private tutoring establishments, or work on a freelance/self-employed basis.

Working conditions

Average hours

20h/ week

Typical schedule

Part Time

Nights, weekends, holidays occasionally

Tutors work in a wide range of environments including schools, libraries and coffee shops. They generally, however, work in the homes of their students, or provide tutoring classes in their own places of residence. Some tutors may even work virtually, providing lessons online through video classes. These professionals work with a wide range of students of all ages.


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Annual salary estimates are based on percentile wage data collected through the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey of US workers.

Qualifications and training

Education level


Associate’s or bachelor’s degree in relevant field

Study time

2–4 years

While a high school diploma might be sufficient for some tutors, others are required to have at least an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in the subject they teach. A teaching certificate is also sometimes needed and at least three or more years’ experience tutoring children or teenagers. Some tutors might be required to pass a background or drug screening test, as well as be licensed to drive a vehicle.


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Last Updated: Wednesday, November 2, 2022

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