Private Tutor

Private tutors provide one-on-one educational assistance to elementary and secondary school students or to adults.

NOC Code: N/A

Job Duties

Private tutors provide one-on-one educational assistance to elementary and secondary school students or to adults. As an elementary school tutor, you may help children (grades 1 – 8) improve their skills in reading, writing or math. As a secondary school tutor, you may help students (grades 9 – 12) with English, history, science, math, French or other subjects. Tutors for adults may teach literacy, English or other languages, or other subjects. Generally, you are self-employed and operate a tutoring business. You may also work for a company that specializes in tutoring services or a community literacy organization. You may work out of your own home, your students' home, or a local meeting place like a library or community centre.

Generally, private tutors:

  • Work with students to improve their skills in certain subjects.
  • Prepare lessons, and assign and correct homework.
  • Prepare and correct tests.
  • Evaluate students' progress and discuss the results with students and/or their parents.
  • Identify students' individual learning needs.
  • Prepare invoices and receipts for students or parents.

Job Requirements


This job requires: College or University

Comparison with other jobs in this profession
JobLevel of Education Required
College InstructorPost-Graduate
Early Childhood Educator AssistantCollege or University
Student AdvisorCollege or University
Private TutorCollege or University


This job requires 2 - 5 years of work experience.

Comparison with other jobs in this profession
JobYears of Work Experience Required
College Instructor2 - 5
Early Childhood Educator Assistant0 - 2
Student Advisor2 - 5
Private Tutor2 - 5

Essential Skills

As a private educational tutor, you need to:

  • Speak, read and write English.
  • Know the Ontario school curriculum and the expected outcomes for students at various grade levels.
  • Have up-to-date knowledge about learning theories, techniques and resources.
  • Use word processing, presentation, bookkeeping and email software.

Language Skills

You need to communicate in person, on the phone and in writing with students and their parents. You need to present lessons, explain rules and encourage discussion. You need to encourage and motivate students and communicate their progress to parents.

Labour Market Information


Educational software is often used to help children develop their mathematics, reading and writing skills. Therefore, you need to have good computer skills.


The work prospects for this job are: Not Available

Comparison with other jobs in this profession
JobWork Prospects
College InstructorFair
Early Childhood Educator AssistantGood
Student AdvisorFair
Private TutorNo Data


The average hourly wage for this job is: Not Available

Comparison with other jobs in this profession
JobAverage Wage/Hour
College Instructor$32.31
Early Childhood Educator Assistant$16.41
Student Advisor$30.00
Private Tutor$0.00


Educational Programs

These links will give you a list of related educational programs or where you can search for them. There may be other schools that have similar programs, such as private career colleges. You may be able to get advanced standing.

Bridging Programs

Here is a list of some bridging programs. These programs can help you assess your education and skills, get practical training or improve your language skills so that you can work in your field.

Language Training

Here is a list of some language training programs, such as Enhanced Language Training (ELT) and Occupation Specific Language Training (OSLT).

Work Experience Programs

Some college programs in this field include co-operative (co-op) work experience.

Voluntary Membership Opportunities

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