Tutor (College/ University)

A tutor is an instructor who gives supplementary lessons, outside the mainstream education system.

Nature of the job

Being a tutor can be a very rewarding job. You will be interacting a lot with young adults and you have a chance to make a positive impact onto their lives. You get to help students who struggle with their studies or assignments. Some students may not feel comfortable asking questions in a large lecture hall, so a small classroom setting may appeal to them. They can seek for clarifications on topics that they find challenging with immediate attention from the tutors.

Similar to other teaching professions, a tutor needs to master practical classroom techniques to keep the class engaging. You may encounter students with relatively short attention span who always are easily distracted. A bit of creativity may be useful here. Try to share and demonstrate real life applications to keep them interested.

Usually you will be working with a small group of students, or even 1-1 upon special request. Most tutors work on a part time basis.

Job Description
  • Prepare materials on topics to cover and conduct tutorials
  • Review class material, worksheets or other assignments with students
  • Research or recommend textbooks, software, or other learning materials to complement learning
  • Monitor students’ performance or progress

Career Progress: Tutor > Teaching Assistant > Lecturer (With advanced studies)