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What is the difference between a teacher and a Tutor?

10\04\2019 Tutoring

There are differences between teachers and tutors; fundamental differences in skills and approaches to learning.

Teachers providing services in schools must have specified professional qualifications beginning with university and then work experience. Private tutors are not required by law to have qualifications in the subjects they teach. Indeed, private tutors can come from all walks of life and generally aim to supplement their incomes with part-time tuition, which is why Albion trains its tutors to deliver a standard of tuition above and beyond your average private tutor.

Indeed, we only work with academic graduates and undergraduates achieving 2:1 levels or more as we believe any tutors passion is reflected in their own results and personal drive.

What are the main differences between teachers and tutors?


  • Teachers are required to follow a standardised national curriculum focused on specific academic standards. Their classroom should reach targets and this is done within a time limit prescribed by the school and district.
  • A teacher must deliver courses via a method of teaching that fits the majority of students, who have been levelled at some point in age and ability.
  • Teachers design learning material that helps children with many different types of learning styles to process the given information.
  • Teachers will adjust the speed to the classroom as a whole if the majority of students have understood the information the teacher can go forward. Very often teachers' overlook individuals need as in a class of 35 it is almost impossible to accurately care for each student's learning style.


  • Tutors provide individual one to one tuition. The lessons are designed to meet the individual learning styles and needs of the student, which accounts for kinesthetic, logical, visual learning styles for example.
  • A trained tutor understands what to look for during an assessment, especially signs of autism and Dyslexia, or ADD deficits.
  • Tutors have the creative freedom to adapt to a child's learning style.
  • Tutors work to students needs, a student or parent may request help with specific tasks, homework, or assignments or exam preparation. Tutors help fill in the gaps.
  • Tutors aim to develop what has been taught at school and promote understanding and support achievement.
  • Teachers teach their school subject but tutors pay attention to the student's individual study needs and learning styles
  • Tutors are adaptive, flexible, and focus on the learner as much as the subject. If one teaching method does not work they will find another.

A qualified teacher or professor is not necessarily a good tutor. A teacher is used to working in a classroom environment, often in a lecturing style, and rarely works one to one with students. A tutor is one to one friendly, adaptable, open to new learning styles and designs materials to help individuals to reflect their learning styles. In this respect, Albion believes that a private tutor should complement school work and teacher assignments, but we thoroughly believe that teacher and tutor require very different skills sets and approaches to learning.

A professional tutor brings personal tuition which is why we see such remarkable academic improvement in students with personal tutors.

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