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Become a Tutor

A tutor helps students complete assignments, develop relevant skills and better understand the curriculum outside the classroom. Some of our Tutors work one-on-one with students while others teach a small group of children during a tutoring session. Our Tutors can assist students of all ages in a variety of subjects. They specialize in a particular subject or range of topics. Our professionals can work in schools, homes, universities or other community or educational institutions, providing valuable help that complements in-classroom instruction and promotes ongoing learning and self-confidence. This is where Mentor Academy comes in!

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Tutor duties and responsibilities

Tutors are responsible for leading one-on-one or small group lessons that cater to the needs and goals of their students. They often have the following other responsibilities:

  • Reviewing classroom or curricula topics and assignments
  • Assisting students with homework, projects, test preparation, papers, research and other academic tasks
  • Working with students to help them understand key concepts, especially those learned in the classroom
  • Teaching skills to improve academic performance, including study strategies, note-taking skills and approaches to answering test questions
  • Demonstrating academic best practices for specific subjects and assignments, including research and writing tactics
  • Developing and distributing teaching materials to supplement classroom lessons, including study guides
  • Conducting practice tests to track progress, identify areas of improvement and help set goals for exam preparation
  • Providing students positive and constructive feedback
  • Offering feedback on progress to students’ parents and teachers where appropriate

Tutor skills and qualifications

Tutors use a variety of soft skills and specialized academic knowledge to provide the most comprehensive help they can. These skills can include:

  • Thorough knowledge of a specific academic subject or expertise in test preparation
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills to clearly explain challenging concepts, provide instructions and deliver feedback
  • Ability to motivate and encourage students to improve their academic performance using effective goal-setting strategies
  • Creativity and flexibility in order to personalize their learning approach for individual students
  • Patience and compassion for students as they develop skills and improve their performance
  • Previous demonstrated excellence in the academic subject they plan to tutor in or on the test they’re helping students prepare for.

Tutor’s experience

Entry-level Tutors should have demonstrated expertise in the subject or testing format they plan to assist students with, such as in-progress or completed education. Some Tutors may have a valid teaching license and experience as a Teacher in the classroom. Others may have served as a Substitute Teacher, Teaching Assistant, Paraprofessional, Professor or Instructor. Some technical subjects, such as math, science and computer science, may see Tutor candidates with relevant work experience in the field.

Tutor salary expectations

Tutors make an average of DOP$500-1500 per hour. Pay rate may depend on level of experience, profession, education level and the geographical location.


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Defining Success

Mentor Academy has found several consistent factors that continuously make for successful tutors, who routinely improve student academic performance and increase students’ self-efficacy.

1) Successful tutors build strong, personal relationships with their students.

Tutors fill a different role than teachers and parents, and that puts them in a unique position to support students. Personal relationships are foundational to student success — the more connected a student feels to his or her tutor, the more the tutor creates trust and respect, essential ingredients for students to learn well. When a tutor listens and spends time building a relationship with his or her student, that tutor can:

  • Truly personalize the learning
  • Incorporate connections to the student’s interests
  • Teach to the student’s strengths
  • Minimize the student’s weaknesses

We’ve found that 98 percent of our students were more likely to increase their homework completion and accuracy with a tutor who builds a strong, personal relationship with them. Also, our students were 90 percent more likely to set goals, use their weekly agenda, and improve their general study skills and organizational strategies.

2) Successful tutors listen and communicate early and often with parents and teachers.

Communication and collaboration with all stakeholders are key factors to student success. When tutors focus on goal setting, creating benchmarks and planning backwards, this sets students up for academic progress. Successful tutors co-create individualized learning plans with their students, in collaboration with parents and teachers, to leverage insight from key adults in students’ lives and map a better plan for success and accountability. When tutors communicated with teachers, we found that students were 83 percent more likely to participate in class, and 72 percent more likely to engage with school.

3) Successful tutors have specific content expertise.

A truly successful tutor can make learning real, relevant and rigorous. Such tutors are experts in their academic content — they know the subject’s concepts, ideas and problems inside out.

The Ideal Partnership

Tutoring is ubiquitous. Good tutors recognize the importance of aligning their instruction with what’s going on in the classroom. Teachers see their students every day, as do parents, so a tutor who works 1:1 with a student even once per week for an hour needs to respect how much learning is being done when he or she is not around.

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