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Provide additional instruction to students struggling with lessons.

What does a Tutor do?

A Tutor helps a student out when they’re having trouble understanding a lesson in school. Whether it’s math, English, science, or basic study skills, a Tutor takes a difficult subject and breaks it down until it’s easy to understand.

You work with students of all ages, from elementary to college, as well as all levels of ability. For example, you might be tutoring a college student on advanced calculus, or working with a five-year-old kid on the fundamentals of spelling. Kids with developmental disabilities often need Tutors, and each case comes with its own special requirements. As a Tutor for a child with special needs, it’s important to understand the best way to reach them.

Whoever you work with though, the first thing you should do is to make sure you understand the subject you’re tutoring. Say, you’re assisting someone on trigonometry, it doesn’t really help if you don’t know the difference between a sine and a cosine. The best way to get a good grasp of your subject is to take some classes in it. If you’re tutoring younger kids, this is easy since you’ve probably already passed all your elementary school classes. If you’re tutoring older students, it helps to stick to your college major, and branch out only if you feel really comfortable with the subject matter.

As a Tutor, it’s important to make the student feel relaxed and ready to learn. Getting to know them on a personal level, or using incentives like games and rewards can help. Also, relating complex questions to things they know well can help a student see a subject as more relevant to their life.