Private Teacher/Tutor Kaiako Whaiaro

Private teachers/tutors teach a specific skill or subject to individuals or small groups of children or adults.

Private teachers/tutors may do some or all of the following:

  • plan lessons according to their students' ability
  • teach students the subject knowledge and skills they need
  • assess and mark student work
  • keep up to date with education curriculum changes and assessment methods
  • prepare students for exams or assessments
  • organise student performances or exhibitions of their work
  • keep records and write reports on students
  • meet with parents, whānau/family or caregivers to discuss students' progress
  • keep accounts and collect payments.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for private teachers/tutors includes:

  • teaching or coaching adults or school students
  • work with children, such as youth leader work.

Useful experience for private teachers/tutors in the arts also includes:

  • playing, performing and composing – for music tutors
  • working in theatre, film and radio – for drama tutors
  • working as an artist – for art tutors
  • performing on stage – for dance tutors.

Personal Qualities

Private teachers/tutors need:

  • good communication skills and the ability to relate well to students and adults from a range of backgrounds
  • good organisational and time management skills
  • to be understanding, patient and tolerant
  • to be supportive and positive
  • to be enthusiastic and open-minded.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for private teachers/tutors includes:

  • teaching or coaching adults or school students
  • work with children, such as youth leader work.

Useful experience for private teachers/tutors in the arts also includes:

  • playing, performing and composing – for music tutors
  • working in theatre, film and radio – for drama tutors
  • working as an artist – for art tutors
  • performing on stage – for dance tutors.

Subject Recommendations

NCEA Level 3 is required to enter tertiary training. Useful subjects include English, languages, maths, music and visual arts.

Related Courses

Private Teacher/Tutors can earn around $25-$35 per hour per hour.

Private teachers/tutors may progress to a management position, or run their own business.

Private teachers/tutors may specialise in a particular subject including:

  • arts subjects, such as art, dance, drama or music
  • academic subjects, such as maths or English
  • a language, such as te reo Māori or French.
Private Teacher/Tutor