1.6 What do you need for the role?

To be a tutor you should have a degree or equivalent, or a professional or vocational qualification in the subject area you wish to teach. You should also be able to use information and communication technology in supporting students and have good communication skills.

You need to be:

  • Approachable
  • Non-judgemental
  • Organised
  • Able to work independently and as a member of a tutor team
  • Able to work with students from different backgrounds including those with disabilities
  • Able to understand how students from different backgrounds might feel about being a learner
  • Able to appreciate how students learn and the importance of study skills
  • Able to listen constructively and offer reflection and open-ended questions
  • Honest about what you can or can’t do while being sufficiently prepared so that students can have confidence in you
  • Committed to equal opportunities policies and practices
  • Open and accepting of other people’s values and ways of thinking. You will meet a wide variety of students and colleagues from diverse educational, cultural and work backgrounds and we welcome diversity in our tutors.

Activity 2

Think about your own motivation for studying this course.

What aspect of the tutor role interests you? Reflect on the qualities you can bring to the role and why those qualities are important.

Make some notes in the text box below.

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1.5 Who are our tutors?

1.7 What are the rewards of the role?