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Dictionary Definition

tutor n : a person who gives private instruction (as in singing or acting) [syn: coach, private instructor]


1 be a tutor to someone; give individual instruction; "She tutored me in Spanish"
2 act as a guardian to someone

User Contributed Dictionary



From tutour (modern: tuteur), from tutorem.



  1. One who teaches another (usually called a student, learner, or tutee) in a one-on-one or small-group interaction.
    He passed the difficult class with help from his tutor.


  1. (transitive) To instruct or teach, especially to an individual or small group.
    To help pay her tuition, the college student began to tutor high school students in calculus and physics.


to instruct or teach, especially to an individual or small group

Extensive Definition

In British, Australian, New Zealand, and some Canadian universities, a tutor is often but not always a postgraduate student or a lecturer assigned to conduct a seminar for undergraduate students, often known as a tutorial. The equivalent of this kind of "tutor" in the United States of America (U.S.) and the rest of Canada is known as a teaching assistant.
In the United States, the term tutor is generally associated with one who gives professional instruction in a given topic or field.

Tutors in British and Irish secondary schools

In English and Irish secondary schools, form tutors are given the responsibilities of a form or class of students in a particular year group (up to 30 students). They usually work in Year Teams headed by a Year Leader, Year Head, or Guidance Teacher.
Form tutors take on these responsibilities in addition to teaching, planning, and monitoring their academic (subject) classes.
Form tutors will provide parents with most of the information about their child’s progress and any problems they might be experiencing. Ordinarily, the form tutor is the person who contacts a parent if there is a problem at school; however, the Year Leader or Guidance Teacher may contact the parents, since the form tutor has full-time responsibility as a specialist subject teacher.

Private tutors

A private tutor is a private instructor who teaches a specific educational subject or skill to an individual student or small group of students. Such attention allows the tutor to improve knowledge or skills far more rapidly than in a classroom setting. Tutors are often privately hired and paid by the student, the student's family or an agency. Many are used for remedial students or others needing special attention; many provide more advanced material for exceptionally capable and highly motivated students, or in the context of homeschooling. Tutelage is the process of being under the guidance of a tutor. Tutoring also occurs when one adult helps another adult student to study a specific course or subject that he/she is taking to get a better result. The adult can also let the student work on his own, and can be there if the student has any questions.

Academic coaching

Academic coaching is an evolution of mentoring applied to academics. Mentoring implies the student is an empty vessel into which knowledge is poured. Coaching involves a more collaborative approach, assuming the student is already in the "game" of learning. Coaches help students learn how they best learn and how to operate in an academic environment. Coaches help students learn the material in individual courses while coaches help students learn how to be successful in school. In college, that includes such topics as: study skills, time management, stress management, effective reading, note-taking, test-taking, and understanding how to use a syllabus. Academic coaches meet with the student regularly throughout the semester, usually once a week. Coaches work with students in all kinds of situations, not just those who are struggling academically. Some highly motivated, high-achieving students will have a coach to improve their learning efficiency. Academic coaching also occurs to help students prepare for entrance exams to gain entry to schools or universities. Academic coaching is a huge industry in Asia. For example, in India, a majority of students be it of any class or stream, visit a coaching centre or a 'study circle'.

Peer tutoring

Students tutoring other students at the same or within close proximity of age or grade level is known as peer tutoring. When peer tutors are

Online tutoring

Online tutoring is a recent evolving field. Tutors use whiteboards much like classroom blackboards to communicate (draw, write etc.) with their students. The sessions are often interactive, with both student and tutor able to participate freely via video and audio connectivity. The software includes an interactive whiteboard, VOIP and text based chat.

Solution assistance

Solution assistance is a growing trend in the field of mathematics tutoring. This method of checking the accuracy of answers is particularly helpful for students without a computer or those students that live in remote areas.

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tutor in Danish: Tutor
tutor in German: Tutor
tutor in Spanish: Tutor
tutor in French: Tutorat
tutor in Italian: Tutore
tutor in Japanese: 家庭教師
tutor in Norwegian: Privatlærer
tutor in Slovak: Vychovávateľ
tutor in Finnish: Tuutori
tutor in Swedish: Privatlärare
tutor in Chinese: 家庭教師

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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