Top 5 Tutoring Resume Skills

By Allie Caton on November 19, 2017

Being a tutor is the perfect job for college students. You are learning already, so might as well use it to make some money as well! Being a tutor not only fills your pockets but also helps you cultivate valuable transferable skills that look great on a resume.

No matter what subject you are tutoring in, you will come out of it with new experiences and tools that will impress any hiring manager. Here are a few of the skills that tutors cultivate that you should highlight on your resume.

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1. Problem Solving

As a tutor, you have to have great problem-solving skills — and not just math ones. English, math, and science tutors alike need to have a keen ability to see a problem and solve it creatively. Most of the people seeking a tutor are ones who are not learning like they should with the standard curriculum.

Because of this, it’s up to the tutor to come up with new ways of teaching that will reach students in ways that standard ways of teaching don’t. This is an extremely relevant tool for almost any industry. Being able to see a problem that isn’t being fixed by normal procedures, and thinking outside of the box to find new avenues to address it is an extremely sought after skill in the job market.

2. Organization

Being a tutor can get messy, especially if you have multiple students and even multiple subjects that you are teaching. It’s imperative to stay organized and on the ball when you are a tutor so that you can teach each of your students to the best of your ability.

As a tutor, you have to coordinate schedules, keep homework worksheets in line, and systematically organize each of your students’ needs. As a consequence, you develop stellar organizational skills by balancing all of these areas. Organizational skills are a must in any job. No business wants to hire someone who doesn’t know how to manage their own schedule, much less other people’s, so highlighting your organizational skills on your resume is a must.

3. Learner

Tutors are not just teachers, but they are learners as well. In order to be a tutor, you need to know the information inside-out and upside down. In order to become an expert on something, you need to spend time learning and mastering it. Sometimes this means you are crunching right before tutoring sessions so that you know the information well enough to convey it to your student.

Teaching someone is the best way to learn something, so it’s unavoidable to learn on the job. This is a perk in any position as well. A willingness to learn is something that employers love in their employees. Highlight your familiarity with on the job learning and your eagerness to do so.

4. Creativity

Similar to problem-solving, being a tutor involves a lot of creativity no matter what subject you are teaching. It might not seem like being an algebra tutor would involve much creativity, but you’d be surprised. In order to teach students in new and engaging ways, you need to be creative in your methods. You use creativity to put together practice worksheets for students and when you use different metaphors or reasoning to explain problems to them.

Creativity is a necessary skill in the job world. There is room for creativity in almost anything, and being able to see avenues where creative approaches can flourish will give you that edge in your job search. Being creative doesn’t mean that you can paint a mural or play the guitar; it could mean something as simple as rearranging an Excel doc to make it more accessible or to suggest new ways of approaching a project.

5. Communication Skills

To be a tutor you need to have excellent communication skills. In order to teach your students, you need to be able to clearly explain concepts in a way that is logical and understandable. It’s important that you are able to explain information without backtracking, sidetracking, and fumbling around a lot as that can confuse your students.

Clear and concise communication is imperative for being a tutor, and a skill that will help you in your career as well. Being able to communicate with coworkers, bosses, and clients is a necessary skill in the workforce. It’s one that all employers look for in their employees, and highlighting this skill on your resume will be a great help.

By Allie Caton

Uloop Writer
Allie is a creative at heart. She loves to draw and fawns over comic book illustrations and animation. She hopes to be able to use the skills she has cultivated as a Communications major to bring value to the creative industry. Her goal is to one day work somewhere where she can be around creatives while utilizing her writing and illustration skills.

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