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What Separates a Teacher From a Tutor

In recent years the popularity of tutoring and working one on one with a tutor has grown immensely.  There has been a great rise in demand for quality tutors. This comes partially because classroom sizes have been growing and therefore quality learning time is lessened. It’s also been discovered that having a tutor as a middleman of sorts, between the teacher and parent and student has a great benefit.


The increase and awareness of the benefits of tutoring has caused an increase in the industry. Finding a tutor in Hong Kong, Zurich, Abidjan or any other city is now easy and convenient.  Being able to connect tutors with tutees so simply is a great asset to the educational industry.




In order to be a teacher you need to have a bachelor’s degree from a credible university. Along with a degree many schools looking to hire teachers will require an added teachers studies qualification. This typically adds another year to the amount of education needed to be a teacher. A tutor doesn’t need university credentials in order to be able coach students on a subject. This means that you can be deemed qualified to share your knowledge and get paid for it.




A teacher is capable of developing learning material, courses and tests. They know the subjects they teach to a high degree and are able to customize lessons for each of their students and classes. A tutor will have knowledge and a solid understanding of the subjects they are teaching, however they aren’t there to develop new material, more just to apply what the student has learned in the class and help them understand and study more effectively.



A teacher needs to be able to address a classroom, speak confidently and grab attention from the entire class. They also need to deliver their ideas and projections in a way that can be understood by the masses. When they are speaking to a class they are not looking for continuous questions or immediate feedback. Tutors need only to communicate with one person. They are direct and can have more of a conversation rather than a presentation. They are open to questions at any point and solve problems while they arise. They also act as a bridge between the student and parent and the student and teacher.