How To Write a Tutor Resume

A resume that shows your subject matter expertise and ability to work with students can help you get your next tutoring job, whether with a private family or an agency. Highlight your proven track record of improving academic performance and growth for your students. Use our tips and templates to craft a quality resume that showcases your experience and skills.

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1. Create a profile by summarizing your tutor qualifications

Think of the profile section as your first introduction to a prospective employer. It goes at the top of your resume and gives a quick overview of what subjects you tutor, how long you’ve been tutoring, and your specific credentials.

Include both your academic credentials and your tutoring approach in your profile. For example, you could say, “Experienced algebra tutor with BS in Mathematics and five years of experience. Breaks down complex problems into smaller pieces to engage students and establish confidence.”

Senior-Level Profile Example


Chemistry Tutor with 6+ years of experience. Friendly, professional, and skilled in diverse instructional methods that foster group and individual learning. Committed to continually gaining and applying new expertise.

Entry-Level Profile Example


Organized Math Tutor with four years of experience. Skilled at putting complex math topics in clear, accessible terms. Use engaging communication style to motivate students to work hard and realize their potential. Committed to upholding high educational standards.

2. Add a compelling section featuring your tutoring experience

Your professional experience section should include any relevant positions you’ve held, and this can include volunteer or work-study experience. If you worked as part of a tutoring company or in a school’s tutoring lab, you can list the job title, organization, dates, and duties. If your tutoring has been mostly one-on-one private sessions, you can use the job title “private tutor.”

Focus on your career achievements, which are the students’ achievements. Add metrics such as how many of your students passed their exams or their average score on a standardized test like the ACT or SAT. You might also mention how many students improved their GPAs.

Senior-Level Professional Experience Example


Chemistry Tutor, INZ High School, Redlands, CA | September 2016 to Present

  • Prepare fun, engaging educational activities based on each student’s talents and interests
  • Facilitate design and delivery of a rigorous and engaging high school curriculum
  • Develop detailed course material supplements to introduce and expand on chemistry topics

Highlights:

  • Created resources that helped students with auditory impairments better access the chemistry curriculum
  • Helped coach 85%+ of students to surpass their target exam grades in 2019, 2020, and 2021

Entry-Level Professional Experience Example


Math Tutor / Owner, Jane Harris Tutoring Services, Springfield, IL | May 2019 to Present

  • Established and run all aspects of this venture, providing math tutoring sessions to private students
  • Specialize in supporting homeschooled students with algebra, calculus, geometry, and trigonometry
  • Helped motivate 65% of students to exceed their predicted exam results by 2+ grades in 2021

3. List your tutoring education and certifications

As a tutor, your resume must show you have the educational background and credentials to be a subject matter expert in the areas you tutor. The education section of your resume should list any degrees you have, including majors and minors. Your resume also needs a list of subjects you tutor.

If you have specific certifications, such as being a Certified Math Tutor, list them in their own section.

Education

Template

  • [Degree Name]
  • [School Name], [City, State Abbreviation] – [Graduation Month and Year]

Example

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) – Applied Mathematics
  • The University of Illinois, Chicago, IL – May 2019

Certifications

Template

  • [Certification Name], [Awarding Organization], [Completion Year]

Example

  • Certified Math Tutor, National Tutoring Association (NTA), 2020

4. List tutor-related skills and proficiencies

Hiring managers and individuals hiring a personal tutor look for applicants with strong academic and applied knowledge of the subject. However, your interpersonal skills and ability to provide tailored instruction are just as important. Highlight your hard and soft skills by listing them in bullets on your resume.

While the academic skills required to be a successful tutor will change depending on the subject area, here are some common instructional skills someone may seek in a tutor:

Key Skills and Proficiencies
Coaching Communication
Curriculum design Curriculum planning
Differentiated instruction Group instruction
Knowledge assessment Lesson planning
Motivation skills One-on-one instruction
Online tutoring Progress tracking
Relationship building Student assessment
Student engagement Tailored instruction
Teaching Test preparation
Tutoring  

How To Pick the Best Tutor Resume Template

While a basic resume template can work, finding a tutor resume template with additional sections for your subject areas and references is best. Your template should be well-organized and present your skills and experience professionally.

To attract private clients, you can include more personal details on your resume, such as a short personal statement explaining your background. Using a color or flourish on your resume is fine, but keep it simple so it doesn’t distract from your credentials.

Tutor Text-Only Resume Templates and Examples

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Jade Smalley
(863) 357-3717 | [email protected] | 4521 NE 2nd Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34974

Profile

Patient and dedicated Tutor with nine years of experience teaching language arts to students in grades 6-12. Adapt readily to new work challenges and conditions, having tutored diverse groups and individuals. Consistent success helping ESL students make rapid progress and achieve high pass rates (85%). Bilingual: Fluent in English and Spanish.

Key Skills

  • Academic goal setting
  • Complex problem-solving
  • Course material development
  • Creative curriculum design & delivery
  • Education activity development
  • Formal & informal student assessment
  • Group & individual instruction
  • Homeschool student support
  • Lesson planning & delivery
  • Parent & guardian relations
  • Practice test review
  • Student engagement & motivation
  • Student progress monitoring & documentation
  • Test preparation

Professional Experience

English Tutor, PZW School District, Okeechobee, FL | December 2013 to Present

  • Help students set and achieve education goals for reading, writing, and speaking English
  • Closely monitor and document student progress and modify instructional methods as needed
  • Focus on helping students find creative mnemonics for complex and nuanced English language topics
  • Collaborate with various teachers and departments to create practice tests for students
  • Plan and deliver high-quality online lessons
  • Build positive, productive relationships with diverse students, parents, and guardians

Education

Bachelor’s Degree – Education, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 

Technical Skills

Google Meet | Microsoft Office (advanced Word, Excel) | Skype | Zoom

Language

Fluency in Spanish

Frequently Asked Questions: Tutor Resume Examples and Advice

What are common action verbs for tutor resumes?-

Having strong language on your resume helps it be more engaging and effective, but if you’re not an English tutor — and sometimes even if you are — it can be difficult to think of a unique verb for every bullet and sentence.

Be as specific as possible when you’re choosing your verbs. For example, “developed,” “facilitated,” and “coached” are generally stronger than more basic verbs like “showed” or “assisted.” Here are some action verbs relevant to tutoring resumes:

Action Verbs
Adapted Analyzed
Assessed Coached
Coordinated Cultivated
Customized Designed
Developed Educated
Empowered Engaged
Facilitated Guided
Instructed Mentored
Motivated Scaffolded
Taught Tutored
How do you align your resume with a job description?-

Jobs in educational instruction are expected to continue to experience average growth, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. If you’re a tutor, there should continue to be many jobs. However, there are also likely to be many applicants as people seek more flexible employment.

Targeting your resume for each job can help you succeed against other candidates. Look through the job description for keywords or phrases, such as the Socratic tutoring method or linear inequalities. Put as many of these as are relevant in your skills list, profile, and professional experience section.

What is the best tutor resume format?-

The combination resume format is a good choice because it focuses equally on your educational background and professional experience as it does your functional skills. This style can also help you make the most of a one-page resume, especially if you use a template that has a two-column format.

Potential employers and clients will likely be most interested in your academic background and tutoring skills, so choose a format that emphasizes these aspects most.

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Expert Advice
Include a cover letter with your resume

While a cover letter may not be necessary if you’re giving a resume to a potential private client, it’s a good idea to include one if you’re applying to an agency or other organization. A cover letter should start with a few key achievements and provide any background that wouldn’t fit into your resume. You can find examples and tips in our tutor cover letter guide.

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Jacob Meade

Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW, ACRW)

Jacob Meade is a resume writer and editor with nearly a decade of experience. His writing method centers on understanding and then expressing each person’s unique work history and strengths toward their career goal. Jacob has enjoyed working with jobseekers of all ages and career levels, finding that a clear and focused resume can help people from any walk of life. He is an Academy Certified Resume Writer (ACRW) with the Resume Writing Academy, and a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) with the Professional Association of Resume Writers & Career Coaches.

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