Tutor or mentor? Tutors International founder discusses the complex role of full-time private tutoring

Adam Caller, who founded the leading global tutoring firm in 1999, spoke this week of the evolving nature of tutoring roles around the world, and explained how many of today’s home educators go above and beyond the traditional job description.

When many people think of a private tutor, the title evokes someone who works with a pupil after school to provide additional academic support in a specific subject, or subjects. However, in recent years, following a surge in the popularity of homeschooling and record demand for full-time private educators, the role of some tutors has become much more than coaching a child through an important exam – involving an increased level of personal mentorship and emotional and social support.

Mr Caller commented: “The private tutors we place with our clients around the world are not just hired by the hour to improve grades and support traditional classroom education. Families that come to us are looking for a highly-qualified, live-in educator who can also provide friendship and emotional support. They are, essentially, a mentor to the children they educate and take a much more active role in their lives. Often, these children come from UHNW families and need a tutor who will understand the unique challenges that come with this status, who can support their emotional wellbeing as well as their academic progress.”

Tutors International has gained a strong reputation worldwide for its commitment to due diligence and thorough matching process, and has received praise for the attention to detail that enables the firm to find the perfect tutor for the needs of each individual client. The needs and circumstances of each family can differ greatly, often involving time spent away travelling for the tutor, and Mr Caller recognises that it takes a certain type of person to fulfil this role.

Referring to a recent article in Hedition Magazine[1], Mr Caller added:

“What our clients are often looking for is a mentor educator – someone with the ability to nurture and support the child on a personal level as they live and grow in their position in an influential family. UHNW families want an international, holistic education for their children, and a tutor who can also provide guidance in etiquette, to appreciate the different cultures and lifestyles of people they will encounter, to value and be respectful of their privilege and wealth, and to thrive as children and young adults in a variety of unusual circumstances . These fall above and beyond the job description of a usual tutoring role. A mentor educator like this must be someone who is prepared to invest much more than academic coaching, by helping them grow, understand, and transition into their status.”

For more information about the services offered by Tutors International, and the benefits of private tutoring for UHNW families, visit www.tutors-international.com. Tutors can browse the latest international vacancies and submit an application by visiting www.tutors-international.net

[1] What do the ultra-wealthy look for in education? Hedition Magazine. January 1, 2017.

• Tutors International provides an unparalleled tutoring service that matches the right tutor with the right child, in order for the student to fully reach their personal potential and academic excellence. Providing a service for children of all ages at different points in their educational journeys, Tutors International is a reputable tutoring company founded on a commitment to finding the perfect tutor to realise the specific goals and aspirations of each student. Private Tutors are available for residential full-time positions, after-school assistance, and homeschooling.

• Founded in 1999 by Adam Caller, Tutors International is a private company based in Oxford, a city renowned for academic excellence. Our select clientele receives a personally tailored service, with discretion and confidentiality guaranteed.