Education & Training

Online Education Tutor

Online education tutors, or e-tutors, support students over the internet to understand what they have been taught at school or university.

  • Entry-level education

    Bachelor’s degree

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does an Online Education Tutor do?

Online education tutors, or e-tutors, support students over the internet. They don't teach content, but give students methods and processes to help understand what they have been taught at school or university.


Work activities

As an online tutor, you would:

  • help to build students' confidence in a course or subject
  • explain the content students need to cover at school or university
  • assist with solving problems related to course content
  • help students to develop their study skills
  • give feedback on assignments or essay drafts
  • act as a point of contact for students' or parents’ queries
  • give support by email, social media and telephone
  • manage online discussion forums and chat rooms
  • set clear ground rules for online behaviour and interaction.

Key skills and interests

To become an online education tutor, you would need:

  • good IT skills and the ability to use new technologies
  • familiarity with online teaching tools
  • a keen interest in your subject with wide experience
  • knowledge of the curriculum in your chosen subject(s)
  • enthusiasm and the ability to motivate students
  • a commitment to working with students from diverse backgrounds
  • the ability to work with students with disabilities
  • clear and tactful communication skills
  • the ability to communicate via email, social media and telephone.

Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

You would usually work from home and arrange your hours to suit course requirements and the needs of your students. This may sometimes involve working in the evenings and at weekends. Part-time work is common, and you could work as a tutor alongside another job.


You could work for an agency that provides online tutors, or be self-employed. You would work from home. You would need a fast and reliable internet connection and a computer that meets the specifications for your course.


How to become an Online Education Tutor?

Entry Level Education

To become an online education tutor you would usually need at least a bachelor's degree, or a relevant qualification at least one level above the level of the course you tutor, in your chosen subject area.

You would also need teaching, training or tutoring experience, although you may not need to have a formal tertiary teaching qualification.


Job outlook

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Employment prospects for online education tutors are positive and likely to grow above the average for most occupations.

The increasing place that online education is taking in most areas of the education sector, together with growing global demand for tutoring services, especially for younger students, will support positive growth for online tutors.

The flexibility offered for online tutors to work from home and either be self-employed or work for a tutoring agency will likely appeal to many people. This could lead to there being a ready supply of people for this occupation, and therefore relatively strong competition for available roles.


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