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What Does it Take to Be a Tutor?

Occupation Description Provide non-classroom, academic instruction to students on an individual or small-group basis for proactive or remedial purposes.

What Do Tutors Do On a Daily Basis?

  • Assess students' progress throughout tutoring sessions.
  • Administer, proctor, or score academic or diagnostic assessments.
  • Communicate students' progress to students, parents or teachers in written progress reports, in person, by phone, or by email.
  • Collaborate with students, parents, teachers, school administrators, or counselors to determine student needs, develop tutoring plans, or assess student progress.
  • Identify, develop, or implement intervention strategies, tutoring plans, or individualized education plans (IEPs) for students.
  • Provide feedback to students using positive reinforcement techniques to encourage, motivate, or build confidence in students.

Qualities of a Tutor

Below is a list of the skills most Tutors say are important on the job.

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.

Other Tutor Job Titles

  • English Tutor
  • Learning Center Instructor
  • MCAT Instructor
  • Professional Tutor
  • Center Director

Is There Job Demand for Tutors?

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 993,900 jobs in the United States for Tutor. 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.

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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?

Individuals working as a Tutor have obtained the following education levels:

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How Long Does it Take to Become a Tutor?

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