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How much experience do you need to be a tutor?


Would you like to tutor but aren’t sure how much experience you need? We are frequently approached by a wide range of tutors and pride ourselves on spotting a tutor’s potential. We are often asked ‘how much experience do I need to be a tutor?’

The answer is it varies, depending upon the level of tuition you would like to offer. We look for spark, confidence and passion in your subject and an ability to inspire. However, there are some specific subjects which do require further experience so here are our guidelines for all age groups:

  • For primary school level tuition, we are looking for tutors who are inventive and creative above all else. Young children get easily distracted, so thinking up games and other ways to engage and teach students of this age is important.
  • If you’d like to tutor students for the 7+, 8+, 11+ or 13+ common entrance exams, we ask that you have had prior experience in helping to prepare students covering Maths, English (and Non-Verbal Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning where applicable). Some tutors do only teach the Maths or English elements of the exam and that is fine too. We are always looking for tutors who can specifically help with exam preparation and have good knowledge of entrance level requirements to London top schools as well as UK most sought after boarding schools. This is because clients are pickier and pickier at wanting a tutor with the ‘right background and experience’ for their child’s tuition.
  • If you would like to tutor students at KS4 (to GCSE), we ask that you have an A Level or above in the subject you’d like to tutor. This is so that both you and your student feel confident in the sessions. We are looking for tutors who are passionate and knowledgeable about the material they are tutoring.
  • As for A Level/IB/Pre-U tuition, it is better that you have a degree in the subjects you’d like to tutor so ensure you understand the material and can take distance from it, hopefully making it easier for you to explain concepts to a struggling student. opics and requirements become more complicated and targeted (we understand the Cambridge Pre-U syllabus is actually much closer to a first year undergraduate degree than an A Level) so a tutor with an in depth knowledge of a particular subject will be better placed to help students with specific concerns.

Increasingly we are getting more requests from adult learners who are preparing for specific qualifications such as SATs, GMAT, GRE and LNAT, for that those, you will need experience.

What can I do to gain more experience?

We frequently run tutor induction and training sessions at our office. Last year we held sessions on helping students with SEN, Dyslexia and preparing students for the 11+ and 13+. We are always at the end of the phone should you need any advice or help finding teaching materials.

How do I apply to tutor through Osborne Cawkwell?

If you think you’d be a great tutor, then please do apply through our website. We ask that you fill out our application form and attach a copy of your CV. The main recruitment period is during the summer holidays in time for the next academic year. However, we do still take tutors on at other times of the year on a needs basis. Should we wish to take your application further we will invite you for an interview and ask you to apply for a DBS check should you not already have a valid certificate.

Any other questions?

Please do call us on 020 7584 5355 or email us at enquiries@octuition.co.uk

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