Qualifications as a tutor tend to be a bit of a misnomer. This is because tutoring not a regulated educational system. Tutors are free to teach in the way they find best, which is often why we have such great success.

However, it can cause some concern for parents on occasion.

Here’s what you need to know about getting qualifications as a tutor.

Working as tutor requires no educational qualifications

A Working with Children Check is required. There is no requirement that a tutor is studying to become a teacher. In fact, they don’t have to be studying at all!

Legally speaking, anyone who possesses a Working with Children Check can be a tutor.

However, our tutors are strigently interviewed, and we check everything from communication skills to educational background to ensure they can provide the best for our students.

Ok, fair enough. So what do you look for?

One of the most important things about a tutor is their communication skills. Even more so than their understanding.

Tutors need to be able to build strong relationships with their students. They also need to be able to communicate their meaning and explanations easily and simply. This is often far more important than understanding.

Tutors are easily able to review and study Maths content for themselves to improve.

Attitude is everything; skills we can teach

A tutor who is an excellent communicator and a natural teacher is an asset. They are more valuable than a PhD candidate who can’t explain concepts simply to students.

Which is why every tutor is interviewed in person and over the phone.

Obviously, the Maths DOES still matter

We also check into appropriate educational backgrounds and grades. Our goal is to make sure they excel at working with the necessary content, and that they can teach it effectively.

Private tutors working for themselves may not have the same level of accountability when it comes to their skills and education. Most people who decide to tutor are very up to speed, but there are also tutors out there who decide to “give it a go” without any real understanding.

The msot dangerous of these can be students who excelled in school, but are poor communicators.

Company XXX tells me that all their tutors are qualified

There is no legal qualification in Australia. The only certification that comes close is a membership to the Australian Tutoring Association. While this is a good initiative towards raising the standard of tutoring in Australia, at present membership is merely an annual fee in exchange for a certificate and advertising on the website.

No legal benefits or training is provided as part of these memberships.

Otherwise, tutoring companies may be referring to internal certification. Once again, while this is a fantatic movement designed to improve tutoring quality, it provides no official qualification or endorsement.

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