By becoming a TU tutor, you get to support Planet Earth’s coolest primary school pupils, strengthen your skill set and have fun while doing it!
Tutoring has been a wonderful and unique experience. I love organising fun English and Maths lessons for a motivated group of children. Watching them progress from being less confident to very confident in a subject area is the most rewarding feeling. Everyday has been a new learning experience. Ultimately, it is all about making a difference!Sanjidah, Whitmore Tutor
What we offer:
- A manageable, paid part-time role that works around your studies
- Work experience in the third sector at London Living wage
- Professional training delivered by experts
- An enhanced DBS check
- Opportunity to progress to a Tutor Leader role at an elevated wage
- References on completion of the programme
- Post-graduate fast-tracking opportunities
- Tailored individual support
Who are our tutors?
- Tutors United celebrates and actively promotes the benefits of diversity. Whilst we are proud of the range of backgrounds our tutors reflect, we continually monitor and seek ways of enhancing our diversity
- To further include individuals from underrepresented groups. In an effort to reflect the diversity of the families we work with, we especially encourage applications from black and male undergraduates
If you want to find out more about our 2019-20 cohort, read more here!
What’s in it for you?
Develop your abilities as a tutor and use them to stand out in a competitive job market. Hone a host of transferable skills, such as:
- Project management
- Stakeholder management
- Time management & organisation
- Presentation & public speaking
There are many transferable skills I developed that are attached to this role; for example developing different levels of communication, time management and problem-solving. Most importantly, this job allowed me to recognise my areas of weaknesses and find solutions and ways to better myself.Suleen, Unity Tutor & Tutor Leader
Darlene’s one bit of advice to a new tutor:
“Be patient with yourself. Understanding the way you learn is key, and so is challenging yourself to teach in ways you do not learn. Think about how awesome it is that you are affecting lives, even if in a small way. Do not let that scare you, let it motivate you.”
Darlene is a member of Tutor United’s Alumni and was a Tutor in the 2017-2018 cohort whilst studying Public Health at university.
Tutoring was something that Darlene had never done before, but lack of experience didn’t stop her! The prospect of a new experience was actually what encouraged her to apply for the Tutor role; she had always found joy in helping people understand concepts and wanted to apply this in a context where she could help young people specifically.
Darlene tutored Maths and English to 8 bright pupils, giving back to the local Lambeth community. She describes her time as a tutor as challenging at first but also inspiring and impactful!
After TU, Darlene started a new chapter by moving across the pond to Atlanta, Georgia! Continuing on from her degree in Public Health, she began studying on a Pre-Medicine Program.
Darlene notes that tutoring helped her effectively prepare for Med school, reassuring her that balancing work and school was possible, and developed skills in time management and organisation.
Darlene is a valued member of our Tutor Alumni and we are excited to see where her passion for helping people takes her in her medical career!
Are you like Darlene and wanting to get some work experience under your belt and all for a good cause? Apply right here!
Meet Michael! He is an international student in the first year of his Optometry degree and joined Tutors United as a Tutor in January 2019.
Michael signed up for the Tutor role because he has a passion for helping others and loves the idea that something he knows and can teach could really help someone else. Michael recalls that in his home country, education was not easily accessible, so he would like to do his part to help others access education more easily.
Since his first TU class, Michael notes that he has developed soft skills, such as patience and confidence. At the same time, he has also developed leadership skills by having to work independently and take on the responsibility of all pupils in his class. He also adds that he has become more adaptable through the Tutor role and is able to adjust lessons to make them fun and deliver them in other ways to make sure his pupils all understand.
When looking back on his proudest moment so far, Michael says it ‘was when my student, who usually struggles the most with Mathematics in the class, completed all his work without requesting help (he even managed the extension task!)’
Michael says that one of his favourite parts of the lesson is hearing the pupils’ stories from school.
One challenge that Michael has overcome is realising that not all children can understand something from one perspective and being able to adapt and deliver lessons from different angles.
Michael has been a fantastic Tutor to our Cambridge pupils, and we are excited to invite him back for next year’s cohort!
Has Michael’s story inspired you? Why not sign up as a Tutor yourself by clicking the link to our application form!Close
What one bit of advice would Priyanka give to a new tutor?
“Don’t let the fear of a challenge stop you. Tutoring children may seem daunting but, the reward of seeing your positive impact on your pupil’s lives is priceless.”
Say hello to Priyanka.
Priyanka joined the TU Tutor cohort in January 2019 whilst studying for a degree in Education Studies.
Priyanka chose to become a TU Tutor because she wanted to do something fulfilling in her free time and the opportunity to tutor children from disadvantaged backgrounds was the perfect way to do this! She also wanted to gain more experience working in an educational setting as she aspires to work in the same field after graduating.
This specific role really interested Priyanka as it gave her the chance to work with young people outside of a traditional educational setting such as a school classroom.
Since becoming a Tutor, Priyanka has developed several skills: she is much quicker at thinking on her feet and has become more creative in resolving problems that arise. The role has also allowed her to become more self-sufficient and organised with her time. This has been extremely helpful considering that Priyanka is studying full-time. In a social sense, she feels much more connected to her local community as she feels like she is giving something back.
Priyanka has described her proudest moment as a TU Tutor so far was when ‘one of my pupils lacked motivation and was refusing to write anything. We decided to have a little chat and it turned out that he lacked motivation due to some comments from school. After hearing this, I gave him a little pep talk and told him that he could do anything he put his mind to. Telling him that I believed in him completely changed his attitude and inspired him to get writing. I was so proud of his resilience and determination to prove his capability.’
Priyanka’s favourite lesson to teach was an English lesson on performance poetry; she really loved how interactive and hands-on it was. The kids did a fantastic job of grasping the literature and then making it their own through short performances.
Priyanka would describe her time as a Tutor as: “Exciting. Insightful. Rewarding.”
Priyanka has been a wonderful addition to our 2018-2019 Tutor Cohort and we hope she continues with us as she enters her third year of university. Thanks for all your hard work Priyanka!
If Priyanka has inspired you to become a TU Tutor, please click here to apply.Close
Who are we looking for?
We know how hard it is to get experience, with no experience. That’s why we only ask that you:
- Have a ‘B’ or above in Maths & English at GCSE
- Are currently studying at university and based in London during term time
- Share our vision and are committed to closing the education gap
- Are punctual
- Have a can-do attitude
Want to make a difference in this role? Then we’d love to hear from you. Apply here to join the cohort!