Tutor, Coach or Mentor?

The job of a tutor is a varied one, with so many styles, subjects, students and settings the variety of the job is what makes it so rewarding and enjoyable. While the variety is in the every day with the unpredictability of children, in recent years there has been a shift in the role. Rather than a variety of situations and children to tutor, many parents are now looking for tutors to be home educators.

Why Is There A Rise Of Home Educators?

The lack of belief in the education system and the lack of personalisation to cater for all children has led to a rise in homeschooling in recent years. Tutors typically provide support to students in specific subjects after school. However, the increase in homeschooling has resulted in demand for tutors to become full-time educators: as soon as this happens, is the term of tutor still applicable?

Tutor To Full Time Educator?

Not dismissing tutors as full-time educators already, but having a full-time role with a family or specific child dramatically changes the role, going above and beyond the tutor job specification and taking on a much wider responsibility.

Tutors taking on a home educator role not only coach children through exams and teach them subject specific information, but they also assume a critical role in the child’s development; mentoring in personal challenges as well as academic and providing a level of emotional support that may not have been necessary for an afterschool setting.

Becoming a full-time educator means that tutors need to consider the social support the child receives and how to carefully balance the positives of the school environment with the ample advantages of tutoring.

Rethinking The Tutor Role?

Many tutors may argue that they already offer a level of mentoring and emotional support in their job already but is it time the role of tutor was more robustly designed? When parents are looking for a tutor, are they looking for specialist knowledge that will help a child in a specific subject? Or are parents looking for a more holistic mentor that will help to nurture and support the child to understand life skills, culture and respect?

Is the level of responsibility in the role of a home educator too much for tutors to stray from the typical variety of the job?

We’d love to hear your thoughts on whether you’ve experienced your role changing and whether you believe there are other skills demand and job niche that needs to be met. Do you consider yourself a tutor or a mentor? A guide or a coach? A teacher, instructor or helper? Let us know in the comment below.

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