How to become a Tutor

Tutors provide academic instruction to students on both an individual and a group basis in a non-classroom environment.

Personal requirements of a Tutor

  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Enthusiasm for teaching
  • Ability to communicate effectively and explain instructions clearly
  • Patient when dealing with students of differing abilities

Education & Training for a Tutor

To become a tutor you usually have to complete a degree in education and to get into these courses you normally need your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English and mathematics are normally required. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements. Contact the institutions you are interested in for more information.

Additional Information

To teach students under the age of 18, a tutor will usually need to obtain a Working with Children Check. A National Police Certificate may also be required.

Duties & Tasks of a Tutor

A tutor:

  • offer feedback to students using positive reinforcement techniques
  • teach students skills to improve studying, note-taking and test-taking
  • review student material, including marking worksheets, discussing texts and finding solutions to problems
  • track and assess student progress
  • provide instruction to students in order to improve academic performance and prepare for tests.

Working conditions for a Tutor

Tutors normally work in classrooms or their own homes, catering to individual and group environments.

Employment Opportunities for a Tutor

Tutors can work privately or for a tertiary institution. Private tutors may work out of a home office, a school or visit students at their homes. In a tertiary setting they are often current students assisting lecturers with marking, student questions and lesson planning.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:


Employment by state:

ACT ACT 2.4%

NSW NSW 36.9%

NT NT 3.2%


SA SA 5.2%

TAS TAS 2.3%

VIC VIC 19.2%

WA WA 10.8%

Hours worked:



Average unemployment

Gender split:

Male 14.3%

Female 85.7%

Education level:

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 5.7%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 49.8%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 44.5%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 0.6%

20-24 - 2.1%

25-34 - 16.7%

35-44 - 26.4%

45-54 - 25.9%

55-59 - 9.8%

60-64 - 14.3%

65 and Over - 4.2%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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