Can I choose a student?
No. While preferences may be considered we are unable to guarantee these preferences will be met. Our funding body, Department of Immigration and Citizenship, has a list of priorities which we must adhere to.
How will tutoring benefit me?
Tutoring is fun as well as challenging. As a tutor you will meet interesting tutors and students from a variety of cultures and backgrounds. Many of our tutors comment on how much they have learnt from the students. Some tutors and students have become lifelong friends.
I don’t get on with my student
We ask you to meet with your student for 4 weeks initially after which time we contact you. If you or the student are unhappy with the match we can make alternative arrangements.
Is there a text book I can use?
During the training course you will join the ELS library which has a broad range of resources you can borrow. While we do not recommend a particular text book we will guide you in choosing the most appropriate resources for your student.
My student and I have different views on religion or lifestyle?
In the training course we stress that working with the students requires diplomacy. Try to steer away from discussions about controversial subjects. If you are concerned about any issues please contact us. If you or the student are unhappy with the match we can make alternative arrangements.
What are my responsibilities as a tutor?
You need to make a commitment to prepare a lesson and visit your student every week for 2 hours. We ask you to commit to the scheme for at least 6 months and to report to us regularly.
What do I have to do to become a tutor?
You need to complete an application form with two referees. If accepted you will need to complete a free 7 session training course, during which you are matched with a student.
What happens if I want to go on holiday?
If you need to miss an appointment with a student you need to let the student know either directly or through the home tutor office. If you will be away for several weeks please let the home tutor staff know.
Who are the students and where are most of them from?
Our students come from many different countries and walks of life. Some are refugees who have lived in camps for many years before arriving while others are highly educated in their first language. The student group varies depending on immigration trends.