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Tutors Career Video

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

Video Transcript

If you enjoy explaining algebra problems or helping others improve their essay writing, you may want to consider working as a tutor. These professionals enjoy using their knowledge to help others, providing learning support outside of the classroom. Though tutors often specialize in one subject area such as math, English, science, or a foreign language, they may need to brush up on the specific material covered by their students’ classes. They don’t just teach subject matter, they also teach how to learn through study skills and test-taking strategies for college entrance exams and other major tests. In small groups or, more commonly, one-on-one, tutors use communication skills, encouragement, and creativity to help students understand and work through their questions. Tutors may work independently and advertise their own services, meeting at homes or the library; or work for tutoring companies, schools and colleges meeting students in academic support centers. They have very flexible hours and work primarily during the academic school year. A bachelor’s degree in their area of expertise is a major plus, but it’s also possible to find tutoring jobs while still in high school or college. For tutors, helping students excel and prepping them for college entrance exams brings its own reward.