In Victoria any individual can call themselves a tutor. No registration is required and the tutor does not need be VIT qualified. Does this mean that tutors do a poorer job compared to teachers? Are tutors less experienced compared to teachers? Is it better to pay $70-$85 an hour to be taught by a current teacher, compared to $40-$60 an hour for a tutor? Are teachers better at communication? Do they have more efficient ways of teaching? What are the benefits of having a teacher vs tutor? In this article we will be exploring the differences between a teacher and a tutor so that you can understand exactly where they differ and whether it ultimately makes a difference.
How to find out if an individual is a qualified VCE teacher?
There are a vast amount of different tutors that you can find on tutorconnect.com.au, tutorfinder.com.au or on academyplus.com.au. An individual that has teaching qualifications will definitely mention it in their personal profiles. If it is not there, you can be sure that this person is not a qualified VCE teacher. Some individuals are university lecturers, this does not mean that they are registered teachers. At university standard, you can lecture usually after you complete a PhD. This is not the same as completing a Bachelor of Education (Secondary). There are also teachers that are registered but have retired or changed careers, although they have qualifications, they may not know about curriculum changes. Therefore just make sure that you know whether you are hiring an 1) tutor 2) teacher current 3) lecturer 4) retired teacher
Is it better to be taught by a VCE teacher (current) or a tutor specialized in VCE ?
Qualifications give people the reassurance that the individual is registered on the teaching board and they have devoted 3-4 years at university learning about education. However this should not be considered vital by any means. The Bachelor of Education is held at university, future teachers study how to teach from lecturers, textbooks and notes. A lot of education focuses on statistics, class/student management, teacher ethics and preparing class plans and syllabus. After the theory, the future teacher is put into a class setting and practices all the skills learned. After hours of training the student can apply to be a VIT registered. Although it’s more work to become VIT registered it does not guarantee teaching excellence. There are many excellent, devoted VCE teachers that have exceptional communication skills. These people are rare to find just like in any career. Remember that not all doctor, lawyers, engineers or plumbers are alike – even if they have gained the title of the profession, it is not an indication of how talented, dedicated or reliable they really are. On the other hand, usually to become successful in their area of expertise – tutors gain experience and develop depending on the amount of students they teach. Tutors usually teach because they enjoy interacting with students and are confident in their ability to help individuals. Although they may not be VIT registered teachers many of them are doctors, PhD graduates, engineers, doctors or lawyers. Apart from simply being VIT registered, there is no significant difference between a VCE teacher and a tutor specializing in the VCE. Both should have great communication skills, creative ideas, responsibility and up to date with the syllabus. If the tutor has on-going and systematic communication with VCE students they will have a detailed understanding of the syllabus requirements. From past experience it is more important for the student/teacher or student to develop rapport than being pedantic about registration.
What should I do to find the right VCE tutor/teacher?
Hire a few individuals at the start of the year, just so your son or daughter can have a sample lesson. After the week is done ask them to answer the following questions:
1) Which tutor was most efficient in terms of teaching the material?
2) Which tutor was better at coming up with a mix of creative ways of explaining a challenging question?
3) Did you learn how to do something yourself? Or did the tutor do all the work?
4) Did you feel open to ask a question without feeling intimidated or silly?
5) Which tutor was most confident in answering questions?
6) Which tutor was most reliable?
7) Did the tutor teach from a perspective of understanding – or did they miss steps and work too fast for your level?
8) Was any tutor observing the time non-stop or getting distracted by their phone? (not a good sign)
Finding a VCE tutor or teacher with high work ethics, reliability, great communication skills, creativity is not an easy task – however it is possible particularly when you begin your search at the very start of the year, before school commences. Good Luck!