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1. Is there a significant difference between teachers and tutors?

Yes, there is a significant difference between teachers and tutors. Teachers typically work in formal educational settings, such as schools, and follow a structured curriculum to educate a group of students. Tutors, on the other hand, provide one-on-one or small group instruction, often outside of traditional classrooms, and focus on individualized support and assistance with specific subjects or skills. Click here to meet some of the tutors at Greene’s.

Konstantin, A level student

At Greene’s, I have one-to-one tutorials. It’s really cool because all of the attention from tutors goes straight to you. That’s amazing because any any question that you have, you can get the answer to. In one tutorial you can study a new topic and in another you can say “I’m not really clear about this topic” and you can take another look at it.

2. What is the role of a tutor?

A tutor’s role is to provide personalized academic support and guidance to students. They assist with understanding and mastering specific subjects or skills, clarify doubts, offer additional practice, and adapt their teaching methods to meet individual learning needs. At Greene’s, tutors also aim to enhance a student’s comprehension and confidence in their studies.

3. How does a tutorial work?

A tutorial is typically a small group or one-on-one session focused on specific topics or skills, often providing individualized guidance and practice. Whilst it covers the same base of topics as a lesson (as you might find in a school), it also allows for deeper expansion into the material, or more allocated time for specific parts that students might be struggling with. Whereas a lesson sees more top-down learning, a tutorial allows for more back and forth between tutor and student.


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4. What skills does a tutor have?

At Greene’s, our tutors have a wide range of skills. They have 2.5 degrees & qualifications on average and 20% even have doctorates. This means that they are bona fide experts, with a deep interest in their topic of research and study. Nearly 60% hail from the universities of Oxford and Cambridge. With an initial rigorous recruitment process, we continue our tutor methodology throughout a tutor’s time at Greene’s, with regular and bespoke training opportunities to ensure the highest quality in our tuition. At Greene’s, there’s a tutor just for you.

5. What are the benefits of tutoring?

Tutoring offers several benefits, including personalized instruction tailored to individual learning needs, improved understanding and retention of subjects, increased confidence and motivation, enhanced problem-solving skills, and the opportunity to address specific weaknesses. It can also help students excel academically, catch up on missed concepts, and prepare for exams more effectively.

About Greene’s

Greene’s College Oxford is an independent sixth form college with campuses located in the heart of Oxford, U.K. and in Estoril, Portugal. Our educational philosophy is based on one simple assumption: if students’ education is tailored to suit their unique qualities and needs, they are more likely to be successful. Study at Greene’s College Oxford blends small group or individual tutorials, dynamic feedback on learning, and one-to-one weekly Personal Tutoring sessions to ensure all students have personalised guidance.


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