Definition of tutor in US English:



  • 1A private teacher, typically one who teaches a single student or a very small group.

    • ‘She has now got a private tutor to come to their home, but this is proving too costly.’
    • ‘Her inability to retain information frustrated her teachers and private tutors, who thought she was being deliberately recalcitrant.’
    • ‘From 1743 he was a private tutor and school teacher until in 1748 he found a position as librarian of the collection of Imperial Count Heinrich von Bünau near Dresden.’
    • ‘Hardy had just come onto the staff at Trinity and he acted as a private tutor to Mercer.’
    • ‘After his primary education was completed, Vico served as a private tutor to the nephews of the bishop of Ischia.’
    • ‘He did not attend school, but was educated by private tutors in his own home until he reached the age to enter university.’
    • ‘In 1893 he relinquished that post to devote himself to scientific research, earning a modest income as a private tutor to medical students.’
    • ‘After being educated at home with a private tutor, who also taught the sons of Edward Young's first marriage, Alfred went to Monkton Combe school near Bath.’
    • ‘He supported himself by working as a private tutor and as a teacher at the secondary and teacher-training levels.’
    • ‘She works as a private tutor to an American widow in Italy and as a secretary for a literary magazine in Brighton.’
    • ‘She was educated by tutors and at private school, and her first job was at a stock company in Baltimore.’
    • ‘Children expect and even ask the private tutor to do the homework for them.’
    • ‘And now, in the worst possible solution for everyone, the ten-year-old girl is being kept at home and educated by a private tutor, at a cost that Mrs Green cannot afford.’
    • ‘She was raised in what most people would consider a wealthy household, taught by private tutors.’
    • ‘‘I would like to return to Madeira to teach adults English as a private tutor,’ she said.’
    • ‘His family was so poor that he had to make money as a private tutor to enable him to support himself through university.’
    • ‘He was probably a private tutor who taught the sons of gentlemen the virtues proper to the ruling class.’
    • ‘My advice is to keep your son at his present school and employ a private tutor to improve his grades rather than drag him kicking and screaming to a new school that he does not want to attend.’
    • ‘After arriving in London he became a private tutor of mathematics, visiting the pupils whom he taught and also teaching in the coffee houses of London.’
    • ‘In his memoirs, he recalls the efforts of a Latin tutor to teach him the cases for the Latin for ‘table’.’
    teacher, instructor, educator, educationalist, educationist
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    1. 1.1British A university or college teacher responsible for the teaching and supervision of assigned students.
      • ‘She said: ‘The Ofsted report shows that the tutors and students have a lot to be proud about.’’
      • ‘Mature students are, as a rule, the kinds of students university tutors dream about: keen, committed and interested.’
      • ‘She has also worked as a tutor for the Open University and as a non-stipendiary minister.’
      • ‘She grew to love London, the Slade, its tutors, the students and the art community and felt it was where she belonged.’
      • ‘My tutors and fellow students also gave me something else.’
      • ‘RECORD A-level results mean delight for students and teachers - but misery for university admissions tutors.’
      • ‘College authorities have banned tutors from offering students a predinner drink and the timing of Hall has been brought forward to discourage excessive drinking before dinner.’
      • ‘Yesterday was my first official day at university, the first opportunity to meet my tutors and fellow students.’
      • ‘Creative-writing tutors encourage student authors to ‘write about what they know’ and to ‘keep it real’.’
      • ‘Other critics who thought the president's proposals do not go far enough have pressed for additional funds to provide tutors to help disadvantaged students meet the proposed standards in mathematics and reading.’
      • ‘Although students may not be formally assessed upon the quality of their contributions, conscientious, responsive individuals and analytically minded students are noticed by tutors.’
      • ‘Graduate Fashion Week is a nerve-wracking time for students and tutors staging 31 shows which attract over 40,000 visitors.’
      • ‘Students will be given feedback on their coursework by tutors and there will be seminars in the form of online exchanges between groups of students and a tutor.’
      • ‘History tutors also express dismay at their students' lack of language skills, which means that all foreign texts have to be translated.’
      • ‘The image would not have been possible to lay down without help from friends, fellow students and tutors, said Ruth.’
      • ‘And students and their tutors from schools, colleges and training companies from all across Wiltshire will be honoured.’
      • ‘I've had a lot of advice from fellow students and tutors.’
      • ‘He was destined for a bright future and will be sorely missed by the tutors and students on his course.’
      • ‘But Ramsay's four-letter tirades and uncompromising approach has not gone down so well with catering tutors hoping to attract students to courses at South Trafford College.’
      • ‘Teachers or college tutors take the courses, which are usually attended by around 10 parents two hours a week.’
    2. 1.2US An assistant lecturer in a college or university.
      • ‘Most participants in these two projects have been able to follow through on advice about getting help, namely by utilizing tutors or remedial assistance.’
      • ‘We met with his college tutors, who had not seen him for six months.’
      • ‘The researchers asked the tutors to mark both the beginning and the end of the clause containing errors.’
      • ‘They divided 100 students into groups of 25 and a tutor was assigned to each group.’
      • ‘We spent festive evenings at Riversdale enjoying fine Australian wine and cuisine, and taking in thought-provoking lectures by the tutors.’
      • ‘In nearby Chester, Pa., he led an education and mentoring program for underprivileged children where he helped link children and their parents with tutors from the college.’
      • ‘‘The tutors will tell [students] what professors won't,’ Brown says.’
      • ‘Two years later, President John Thornton Kirkland of Harvard appointed Emerson to be a tutor in the Department of Mathematics.’
      • ‘A University cannot function without its teaching staff - whether they be deans, professors, readers, lecturers or tutors.’
      • ‘Input was sought from experienced tutors in Health Sciences at McMaster University regarding process issues arising within tutored groups.’
      • ‘Based on the model of education in Oxford University, Torrey uses tutors who teach a Great Book program from a perspective of traditional Christianity.’
      • ‘He also tutors at Aurora University, Aurora, Illinois.’
      • ‘It is taught exclusively by Stanford faculty, and undergraduates serve as writing tutors and course assistants.’
      • ‘Peter Pesic is a tutor and musician-in-residence at St. John's College, Santa Fe, New Mexico.’
      • ‘The class was co-taught by two teachers, both graduate students in education at a local university; three undergraduate tutors also assisted with small group work.’
      • ‘Following a continental tour, Bancroft returned to America in 1822 to serve at Harvard as a Latin tutor and an occasional preacher.’
      • ‘In this system, prevalent today, college undergraduates are employed as writing center tutors.’
      • ‘Artem rested an elbow on the railing behind him, unconsciously taking the position one of my tutors frequently assumed when about to launch into a long lecture.’
      • ‘Usually by the end my tutor was up and lecturing, with animated gestures accompanying his words.’
      • ‘They have access to college counselors and tutors.’
      university teacher, college teacher, reader, instructor, scholar, don, professor, fellow, doctor, researcher
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[with object]
  • 1Act as a tutor to (a single student or a very small group)

    ‘his children were privately tutored’
    • ‘‘Most of our trombone players are beginners and the rest don't have time to tutor freshmen,’ came his reply.’
    • ‘The subject for this case study consisted of a Chinese EFL learner who was tutored on-line by a pair of pre-service American teachers.’
    • ‘Another way faculty survive is by tutoring students who are preparing for entrance exams.’
    • ‘I replied, wondering why he wanted me to tutor a student in my grade.’
    • ‘Or more advanced students can start by tutoring the ones with less technical knowledge.’
    • ‘Students entering the Academy will be tutored by the very best in the industry.’
    • ‘He then showed his inclination to teach by tutoring the other pupils at the school for their final examinations although he was much younger than the pupils he helped.’
    • ‘I have to tutor some freshmen in Spanish after school.’
    • ‘I'm out of home ec now that the semester is ended, and I am commuting over to the elementary school to tutor fifth and sixth graders!’
    • ‘After this Boyle was tutored privately by one of his father's chaplains.’
    • ‘A number of Teagasc teaching staff have already been equipped with skills to tutor distance-learning students over the internet.’
    • ‘A tall boy with long brown hair was tutoring another student.’
    • ‘His father still could afford a good education for his son and Halley was tutored privately at home before being sent to St Paul's School.’
    • ‘Students tutoring other students also use the lounge.’
    • ‘She filled the time by tutoring groups of local and Korean students in English which she proved to be very good at.’
    • ‘She now terms herself unemployed, but is involved with tutoring schoolchildren in Harlem.’
    • ‘That was fine with him; he had been privately tutored all his life and didn't care about his education.’
    • ‘Upon their return, she was enrolled in the Phoebe Anne Thorne School, where she received a classical education and was tutored in French.’
    • ‘And before leaving New York three years ago, he tutored disadvantaged students in Washington Heights and served as a mentor in a Big Brother-like program.’
    • ‘In some secondary schools as many as 60% of pupils are being tutored at home as parents attempt to make up for shortcomings in the state education system.’
    teach, instruct, give lessons to, educate, school, coach, train, drill, upskill, direct, guide, groom
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    1. 1.1no object Work as a tutor.
      • ‘When Smith, a retired nurse, isn't tutoring at the local elementary school, she spends her days at the local senior center, where she met her second husband Emmett.’
      • ‘His relations with his aunt deteriorated, however, and Nielsen left her home when he was fourteen and he continued at school but earned his living by tutoring.’
      • ‘He paid his expenses by tutoring, working in the summer and, in his junior year, by obtaining a scholarship in physics and working as a laboratory assistant.’
      • ‘Mordell had to earn the money for his passage to England, and this he did, with some help from his parents, mainly by tutoring his fellow pupils for seven hours a day to earn enough to pay for his passage.’
      • ‘My primary activity in the UK will be Internet research, writing, tutoring (in the client's home) and supply/substitute teaching.’
      • ‘He also worked part time tutoring during the university term.’
      • ‘I know this because of my brain-snapping three-train and one bus two-hour trips from Harris Park to Bankstown when I was tutoring at the UWS campus there.’
      • ‘After the award of her doctorate she earned some money by tutoring but also continued to work hard on her mathematics, continuing to develop the ideas from her thesis.’
      • ‘He gained ‘colonial experience’ while tutoring at George Campbell's farm at Duntroon, NSW.’
      • ‘I study and I do part time work tutoring or gardening (mow lawns).’


Late Middle English: from Old French tutour or Latin tutor, from tueri ‘to watch, guard’.