Tutor Job Description: Top Duties and Qualifications

A Tutor, or Private Instructor, is responsible for providing students with individualized assistance to help them learn new concepts and complete assignments. Their duties include studying lesson plans and reviewing textbooks to prepare for a lesson, assigning additional projects and answering a student’s questions about a topic.

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Tutor duties and responsibilities

Tutors are responsible for leading one-on-one or small group lessons that cater to the needs and goals of their students. They often have the following other responsibilities: 

  • Reviewing classroom or curricula topics and assignments
  • Assisting students with homework, projects, test preparation, papers, research and other academic tasks
  • Working with students to help them understand key concepts, especially those learned in the classroom
  • Teaching skills to improve academic performance, including study strategies, note-taking skills and approaches to answering test questions
  • Demonstrating academic best practices for specific subjects and assignments, including research and writing tactics
  • Developing and distributing teaching materials to supplement classroom lessons, including study guides
  • Conducting practice tests to track progress, identify areas of improvement and help set goals for exam preparation
  • Providing students positive and constructive feedback
  • Offering feedback on progress to students’ parents and teachers where appropriate

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Tutor

Join our partner – one of the fastest growing language organizations. Speak English with kids aged 12 and under. No foreign language, commuting, grading, or lesson planning are required. Work as much as you want or as little as you want, and have fun while speaking English.

Requirements:

Before applying, please note that you must

  • have:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in any concentration

  • Paid or unpaid formal or informal experience (1+ years) with any kind of teaching, tutoring, or mentoring

  • Eligibility to work in the [website] or Canada

    While it is helpful, you are not

  • required
  • to have a teaching certificate, state certification, Tesol, Tefl, or ESL experience.

    Please note that compensation depends upon experience and execution during the interview process.

    Job Types: Part-time, Contract

    Salary: $18.00 to $34.00 /hour

    Experience:

  • teaching / tutoring: 1 year (Required)

    Education:

  • Bachelor's (Required)

    Work authorization:

  • United States (Required)

    Contract Renewal:

  • Likely

    Additional Compensation:

  • Commission

  • Bonuses

  • Store Discounts

    Work Location:

  • Fully Remote

    Benefits:

  • Work from home

  • Flexible schedule

    Hours per week:

  • 10-19

  • Yes
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    Tutor

    Position Details

    Position title: Online English Teacher

    Rate: $16-20 USD/hr

  • (2 lessons)

    Location: Remote, online

  • [website] and Canada)

    Start date: Immediately

    Contract type: Independent Contractor

    Contract term: Flexible

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    Your Work

  • Teach English to young learners between 5-12 years of age through our online platform

  • Our Class Coordination Team will handle scheduling and student assignment

  • Teachers will be teaching classrooms with up to 4 students

  • The curriculum is preset, no lesson planning required

  • Each in-lesson time is 30 minutes

  • Training and support provided

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    Requirements

  • Eligible to legally work in the [website] or Canada

  • BA Eligibility Required

  • Digital literacy and the ability to lead an engaging learning atmosphere

  • Prior teaching experience or equivalent in education, tutoring, mentoring, homeschooling preferred

  • English teaching certificates (Tesol, Tefl, Celta, ESL) preferred

  • Technical requirements: a computer with a stable internet connection and clear audio/video capacity

  • The minimum time commitment is 6 hours weekly

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    Regular class time slots: 19hrs

    7 days a week (AM - EST):

    6:40-7:10, 7:20-7:50, 8:00-8:30, 8:40-9:10

    Plus Friday and Saturday (PM - EST):

    8:40-9:10, 9:20-9:50, 10:00-10:30, 10:40-11:10, 11:20-11:50

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    Payment: the base rate for our teachers is $16 USD per hour, equivalent to 2 lessons. There are attendance and performance bonuses, $1USD each, calculated weekly. With full bonuses, the pay is $20 USD per hour.

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    About Qkids

    Qkids is an interactive online teaching platform that connects English teachers to young language learners in real time with fun, user-friendly software. Founded in 2015, we are now a national leader in cross-cultural E-learning with over 800,000 Chinese elementary and secondary students. Connected on our patented and effective game-based learning platform, English teachers from the United States and Canada guide students through a curriculum of fun, dynamic, and engaging narrative gaming adventures from the comfort of their own homes. We are ready to build lasting growth for both learners and teachers, and we pride ourselves on providing the authentic North American classroom experience for our students in China. [website]

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    This opportunity: Contract, Part-time, Work from home, remote, Online, Work online, Tutor, English Teacher, Students, stay at home,qkids, teach Types: Part-time, $16.00 to $20.00 /hour

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    Tutor

    Join our partner – one of the fastest growing language organizations. Speak English with kids aged 12 and under. No foreign language, commuting, grading, or lesson planning are required. Work as much as you want or as little as you want, and have fun while speaking English.

    Requirements:

    Before applying, please note that you must

  • have:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in any concentration

  • Paid or unpaid formal or informal experience (1+ years) with any kind of teaching, tutoring, or mentoring

  • Eligibility to work in the [website] or Canada

    While it is helpful, you are not

  • required
  • to have a teaching certificate, state certification, Tesol, Tefl, or ESL experience.

    Please note that compensation depends upon experience and execution during the interview process.

    Job Types: Part-time, Contract

    Salary: $17.00 to $25.00 /hour

    Experience:

  • teaching/ tutoring: 1 year (Required)

    Education:

  • Bachelor's (Required)

    Work authorization:

  • United States (Required)

    Contract Renewal:

  • Likely

    Work Location:

  • Fully Remote

    Benefits:

  • Flexible schedule

  • Professional development assistance

    Hours per 20-29

  • What does a Tutor do?

    Tutors generally work at schools and tutoring centers to help students reach learning benchmarks, pass their classes and prepare for tests. They get to know their students including their strengths and weaknesses related to a subject, their personal learning style, their academic goals and expectations from teachers and parents. Tutors often teach by walking a student through their homework, asking questions to guide the student toward the correct answer while also showing the logic behind their approach to solving problems. They may also provide progress reports to the student’s guardians and make recommendations for additional support

    Tutor skills and qualifications

    Tutors use a variety of soft skills and specialized academic knowledge to provide the most comprehensive help they can. These skills can include:

    • Thorough knowledge of a specific academic subject or expertise in test preparation
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills to clearly explain challenging concepts, provide instructions and deliver feedback
    • Ability to motivate and encourage students to improve their academic performance using effective goal-setting strategies
    • Creativity and flexibility in order to personalize their learning approach for individual students
    • Patience and compassion for students as they develop skills and improve their performance
    • Previous demonstrated excellence in the academic subject they plan to tutor in or on the test they’re helping students prepare for
    • Optional certification from the National Tutoring Association, American Tutoring Association, Association for the Coaching and Tutoring Profession or the College Reading and Learning Association

    Tutor salary expectations

    Tutors make an average of $21.43 per hour. Pay rate may depend on level of experience, education and the geographical location.

    Tutor education and training requirements

    Entry-level Tutors need at least a high school diploma or GED, which can be common for peer tutoring positions. Many Tutor roles require a bachelor’s degree, often in the subject the candidate specializes in, such as math, science, English or communication. Other candidates may have a degree in education. Tutors specializing in English as a second language (ESL) may be required to have completed an ESL training course and earned a certification.

    Tutor experience requirements

    Entry-level Tutors should have demonstrated expertise in the subject or testing format they plan to assist students with, such as in-progress or completed education. Some Tutors may have a valid teaching license and experience as a Teacher in the classroom. Others may have served as a Substitute Teacher, Teaching Assistant, Paraprofessional, Professor or Instructor. Some technical subjects, such as math, science and computer science, may see Tutor candidates with relevant work experience in the field.

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    Frequently asked questions about Tutors

     

    What are the traits of a good Tutor?

    Good Tutors are patient and understanding enough to work with students of all abilities and learning styles. They pay attention to each client’s work and thought process to determine the best way to help them internalize a new concept and put it into practice effectively. Tutors may have to work with frustrated students, so successful tutora are able to empathize and redirect their emotions into a positive form of motivation. Some Tutors take last-minute appointments on a range of subjects, so they should be fast learners, easily able to master new concepts then explain them to others.

     

    What is the difference between a Tutor and a Teacher?

    Tutors work in a one-on-one or small group environment to provide individualized attention, while Teachers usually guide an entire classroom and instruct them on an initial concept or lesson. Tutors go more in-depth on their content and may assign additional work with the purpose of providing an advanced understanding that they may not have developed in school. Teachers are also more involved with behavior management and overall academic performance while Tutors tend to focus on specific assignments or classes. Some Tutors may work with the same student as the progress through multiple grade levels.

     

    What are the daily duties of a Tutor?

    Tutors can work flexible hours to help students before and after school or on weekends. They begin planning for a Tutoring session by researching the topic and preparing study materials like worksheets, outlines and flashcards. Tutors might also skim the readings or textbooks assigned to their clients so they can better discuss the material. They meet with clients either in their homes, at school or at a tutoring center and discuss goals for the session. Tutors encourage and praise their clients on their successes and provide constructive criticism and a list of tasks their client can work on.

     

    What are the different types of Tutor?

    Tutors can specialize in a grade level, subject or even learning strategy. One of the most common types of Tutor is Test-prep Tutors who specialize in helping high school and college students prepare for the SAT, ACT, M-CAT, GRE and other tests commonly used for higher education admissions. Tutors can specialize in assisting students with a particular type of learning disability, emphasizing study habits and patterns instead of subject matter. Other types of Tutor include Language Tutors, Virtual Tutors, Math Tutors and History Tutors.

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