Tutoring Roles

How to hire a graduate for a Tutoring role

Candidate profile

An enthusiastic and patient individual who is able to display the leadership and communicative qualities necessary to ensure students maximise their potential and perform at their best in competitive examinations. Candidates must have an excellent academic record and demonstrate a passion for learning, with most companies requiring at least ‘A’ at A-level for subjects they wish to tutor in. Russell Group graduates with top degrees are highly desirable.

Candidates should have excellent time-management skills, with the ability to juggle multiple clients, potentially in different locations, and plan lessons in good time. This is particularly important for those that are working part-time or tutoring alongside their own academic studies.

Top skills

  1. Communication: the ability to translate ideas and knowledge to your students and respond appropriately to their needs
  2. Patience: tutors must be able to engage tired and unwilling students with exam material after school and make seemingly boring content come alive
  3. Time management: juggling multiple clients and planning lessons in good time is essential
  4. Knowledge around the subject area: students might be of different levels and studying different areas so you must be confident in them all. In addition, if working with school students it is vital that you keep up-to-date with changing exam syllabi

Non-office experience

  • Previous experience working with children is desirable, whether this is working as a babysitter or in a nursery/after-school club. This will show employers that you have the qualities to work well with children and to get the best out of them.
  • Participation in university sports and societies shows good time management skills.

Office experience

  • Previous experience as a teacher or sports coach is highly desirable. As a minimum, candidates should be able to identify instances when they have been able to teach someone a new skill and shown good leadership qualities.

Green flags

  • Someone who is able to articulate themselves clearly and explain complex material using simple language.
  • Someone who is passionate about their academic fields of interest.
  • Someone who has experience working with children and has the necessary qualities to engage them in challenging academic material.

Red flags

  • Someone who lacks confidence and is limited in their ability to communicate effectively.
  • Someone who becomes irate or impatient easily and is not suited to working with children.

At interview

  • It would be a good idea to ask candidates to explain a challenging topic that interests them and see how clearly they are able to explain it. 
  • You should ask candidates about their academic interests to see if their passion for learning is genuine.
  • Candidates could be asked about times when they have displayed strong leadership qualities or acted as a mentor.

Employee’s expectations

Since the majority of tutoring jobs do not fit the standard ‘nine-to-five’ working hours, instead offering candidates a degree of flexibility with their work, it can be hard to judge annual salaries. However, most professional tutoring companies offer upwards of  £18,000 per annum. Highly experienced tutors or graduates with degrees from prestigious universities can expect a lot more, with some exceptional tutors earning over £30,000 per annum.

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