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Both teachers and tutors have a significant role in the department of education. Many teachers are part-time tutors, so we can assume that teaching and tutoring propagate from the same niche. Teachers can be viewed as the primary source of learning and tutors are more of a secondary or supplementary source of leaning. All of us gain knowledge from teachers through schools, college, or university, but not every one of us has spent time with a tutor.

Tutoring is a more intimate experience of learning, and is utilized when teaching has partially failed us. A teacher communicates to a group or class, whereas a tutor provides one-on-one sessions. It is a popular belief that while teachers are qualified to teach a specific subject, tutors can teach everything. It is understandable when speaking of general subjects like English, Mathematics, and Science taught up to high school.

On the other hand, majors in higher education, such as Biochemistry, Computer Sciences, Criminal Law and Forensics cannot be taught by everyone. Imagine seeking tuition from a high school graduate for doctoral level studies. Moreover, how can someone having a degree in business studies, or taking classes in French literature possibly become a tutor to someone having problems in Veterinary medicine? 

Therefore, I insist that both teachers and tutors are qualified for their jobs. A tutor may not have completed a degree, but he/she must be well acquainted with the subject a student needs help with. 

While a tutor has to focus all their energy on the needs of a single student at a time, the teacher has to cater a group of students as a whole. The teacher is required to follow a strict curriculum supplied by the educational institute that has hired him/her. They must cover a syllabus within a given time period. The teacher’s duty is fulfilled as long as he/she has delivered all prescribed lessons and the majority of students have fathomed them. 

A teacher conveys information that is new for us and the tutor’s job is to elaborate what we have already been taught. Tutoring is more flexible than teaching because there are no hard and fast rules to it. It is impossible for the teacher to explain a theory differently to each and every student according to their acumen. A tutor has the time and space to devise the best strategies that shall assist the student in grasping a particular concept. 

Unlike a teacher, the tutor does not have to follow a book or schedule. A tutor can make use of unofficial resources and teach in correspondence to the student’s demand. The student cannot dictate what a teacher shall explain, but he/she retains this power with the tutor. A tutor is not necessarily hired to revise an entire course. Students may encounter issues with a small part of the course, which cannot be attended to at school. A tutor makes up for these gaps, and that is how the system works. 

Teachers are obliged to supply students with study material and assign homework/projects. They also design tests/exams to assess the aptitude of the class. The tutor’s responsibility is reversed; he/she helps the student finish these assignments and prepare for any tests or exams.