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Written by Flor Ana Mireles • Last updated on Jun 02, 2021
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Perhaps, your goal is not to be a teacher, but you enjoy helping others learn. This is exactly what a tutor does. Another way of looking at it is that tutors are private teachers that teach a single student or a small group.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, tutoring and teaching positions are at a 1.7% rise, which may seem like a small number, but what it actually projects is that there are over 309,220 jobs in academia.

As a tutor, you can privately teach at the following:

  • Elementary and Secondary Schools
  • Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
  • Junior Colleges
  • Educational Support Services
  • Business Schools and Computer and Management Trainings
  • Technical and Trade Schools

If you're looking to get an A on your tutor resume, we're here to help.

In this article, we are going to cover 8 steps to help raise your resume and help you land that tutoring job:

  1. Format your resume like a professional
  2. Include an impressive and informative resume summary
  3. Describe your work experience
  4. List your key skills
  5. Add your education
  6. Add testimonials
  7. Include your test scores
  8. Include languages

1. Format your resume like a professional

The way you format and style your resume can say a lot about you. It shows hiring managers you're respectable and looking to advance yourself.

When creating a tutor resume, it's always important to include the following:

  • Contact information (name, address, email, relevant social media)
  • Resume summary or objective
  • Work experience
  • Skills
  • Education
  • Testimonials
Tip: You can also include other elements, such as languages and test scores on your tutor resume.

When it comes to the format of your resume, there are three ways you can do so:

  1. Reverse-chronological, which emphasizes your work experience
  2. Functional, which highlights your key skills
  3. Hybrid, which combines the previous formats

As a tutor, the format with the biggest appeal to hiring managers would be the hybrid format as it allows you to showcase both your experience and your skills, which are both highly important.

Tip: Since hiring managers may be receiving a lot of resumes and applications for their tutor listings, it's crucial to make yours stand out. Look over the posted job description and implement some of the keywords listed in your resume.

Take a look at our guide on how to format your resume if you want to learn more.

2. Write an impressive and informative resume summary

Summaries aren't always included in resumes, but they sure can help take your resume to the next level.

Think of a resume summary as a 1-2 sentence blurb that shows hiring managers what you can do before even going through your entire resume.

Sometimes, it's difficult to summarize yourself in 1-2 sentences, but here are some elements you should always include in your resume summary:

  • Years of experience
  • What subjects you have tutoring experience in or would like to tutor in
  • Your tutoring results
Tip: Feel free to include some personal characteristics in your resume summary.

If you're still stuck on how to write your resume summary, here's a good and simple example:

Friendly, NTA Certified Tutor with 6+ years of experience tutoring in English. Highly skilled in encouraging a love of learning and have maintained 95% positive feedback from students and their parents who have seen growth in academic environments and grades.

Tip: If you don't feel like you have the prior experience to write a resume summary, write a resume objective instead. This is another 1-2 sentence blurb that shows hiring managers what you're looking for in the position.

Want to write the perfect resume summary? Our guide on writing resume summaries has tons of examples.

3. Describe your work experience

A tutor position is no easy feat. You have to be able to teach and accommodate to a variety of students with different learning styles and abilities. Not to mention, you may be teaching multiple students at a time or multiple subjects.

If to you, this is easy work. Then, showcase that ease with your work experience.

Tip: When listing your work experience, it's important to highlight the specifics you did on the job, and do so using good verbs.

Here are some items you can include in the work experience section of your resume:

  • Private tutoring positions
  • In-school tutoring positions
  • Supplemental Instruction (SI)
  • Workshops
  • Subject tutoring
  • Writing help
  • and more

Here are some elements you must include when listing each individual job experience:

  • The company you worked for
  • Job title
  • Dates worked
  • Job location
  • At least 4 job description bullet points

Whenever writing a resume, what you include under the job description is always important.

As a tutor, here are some job description examples:

  • Delivered premium math/English tutoring for Common Core, SAT, and ACT.
  • Tutored 6 students a week, 4 days a week.
  • Received 95% positive feedback from clients for effectiveness and friendliness.
  • Raised SAT scores 40% on average for SAT re-test clients.
  • Raised school grades one whole grade level for most students.
  • Assisted Academic Coordinator with program activities.
  • Led teambuilding and reflection activities.
  • Led small groups with reading and project-based learning.
  • Engaged and built relationships with elementary school students.
  • Tutored elementary or middle/high school students during homework help time.
  • Collaborated with Academic Coordinator to develop activities for youth.
Tip: You're creating a tutor resume. Show the work experience that is relevant to the job. Do not include your work experience from working at a retail store or restaurant as it does not apply to this position.

If you're lacking work experience, don't worry. You can become an in-school tutor or a Supplemental Instruction Tutor at your school. It may not pay, but don't worry. Gaining this experience will help you earn the tutoring big bucks later.

Tip: A Supplemental Instruction Tutor, or SI, is a regularly scheduled, tutor-led study and review session that is conducted outside of and in addition to normal classroom/lecture time. To become one, you must showcase to your teachers and professors that you are comfortable with the material being taught and can teach it to others.

Want more tips and tricks on how to write your work experience description? Check out our guide on describing your work experience.

4. List your key skills

In any type of resume, key skills are important, but as a tutor, they are even more crucial. Key skills are ways to highlight your abilities beyond the subjects you teach.

Here are some examples of key skills you can include in your resume as a tutor:

  • English
  • Math
  • Science
  • History
  • SAT Tutoring
  • ACT Tutoring
  • Assessment
  • Communication
  • Organization
  • Time Management
  • Multitasking
  • Organization
  • Adaptability
  • Planning
Tip: You can even include skills such as multilingual and CPR certified, too.

Having trouble identifying your skills? We have a guide with 100+ key skills you can include in your resume.

5. Add your education

If you're going into academia, which, as a tutor, you are, it's important to add your education to your resume.

Adding your education shows hiring managers your academic background, which is necessary to include if you're looking to highlight your academic success and how you can use it to help others.

When adding an education section to your resume be sure to include:

  • School
  • Program
  • School location
  • Dates attended
  • GPA (grade point average)

At a minimum, to become a tutor, you do need a high school diploma or equivalent. Although completing tutoring training and becoming certified helps, too.

Here's what adding your education to your resume can look like:

Seattle University

Seattle, WA

2012 — 2016

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts

GPA: 3.9/4.0

Tip: Only include your GPA if it was above the average. Especially as a tutor, you don't want to showcase that you yourself weren't doing so great while in school.

If you're unsure what else to include in the education section of your resume, take a look at our guide on how to list your education, which includes examples.

6. Add testimonials

Testimonials are reviews people have left you with regard to your tutoring service. Including these on your resume highlight to hiring managers that people have liked the way you tutor and feel it has helped them.

To get testimonials, reach out to people you have tutored or parents of students you have tutored and ask if they can write you a short review so you can include it on your resume.

Tip: If you've tutored through tutoring service websites, sometimes, there are already reviews from people you have tutored without you necessarily needing to reach out. If you decide to use these, be sure to reach out to the person, if possible, to get their permission to use them.

Here are some examples of testimonials:

"Lucy was the best tutor for my daughter, Emily. She was patient and helped her get her grades up in her reading and writing classes. Lucy definitely has a teacher's spirit and kindness."

"I was really struggling with school prior to meeting Lucy. Thanks to her, I scored a 1400 on my SAT."

Need more help writing the perfect resume? We have a guide that can help you do just that.

7. Include your test scores

As a tutor, your own education and testing are important. How can you help someone else learn if you haven't learned yourself? Therefore, including your test scores, if they're good, of course, is a great addition to your resume.

Here are some test scores you can include:

  • SAT
  • ACT
  • GMAT
  • EOC
Tip: If you offer tutoring in any standardized testing, it is especially important to list your test scores on your resume, especially if they're good as they can sort of speak for themselves and land you the job.

8. Include languages in your resume

If you speak multiple languages and can teach and tutor in multiple languages, this may be what makes you the perfect candidate and differentiates you from other applicants.

Sometimes, students are struggling in a class or subject simply because of a language barrier, but if you can highlight that you speak their language on your resume, you may be viewed as the perfect tutor for this student.

Here are some languages you can include on your resume if you know them:

  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Italian
  • German
  • Russian
  • Chinese
  • Japanese
  • Romanian
  • Portuguese
Tip: Next to the languages you know on your resume, add if you're fluent, intermediate or a beginner in the language to show hiring managers just how well you know the specific language.

Key Takeaways

We know how much that A+ in tutoring would mean to you, so make sure your resume is an A+, too. If you follow our guide and let us tutor you in resume building, you're sure to land the job.

Here's a summary of everything we've covered:

  1. Format your resume like a professional
  2. Include an impressive and informative resume summary
  3. Describe your work experience
  4. List your key skills
  5. Add your education
  6. Add testimonials
  7. Include your test scores
  8. Include language

With our help, you'll be helping others in no time. Good luck!

Flor Ana Mireles
Flor Ana Mireles is a writer and editor with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Journalism) and a background in English literature, music, marketing, and business. She is also the self-published author of two poetry collections and the lead singer of South Florida rock band Leather and Lace. Flor has experience in social media and getting crafty and artsy. When she is not writing, she's spending time in nature, reading, or listening to music.
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