Why a high ATAR does not mean you’re an excellent tutor

As 2015 begins to draw to a close, new graduates will begin to look for part-time jobs to make extra cash. One of these viable casual job options is tutoring, as it’s not only lucrative for new graduates but also provides a chance to ‘give back’, while also being incredibly satisfying. As these graduates receive their results, one might ask, does a high ATAR automatically translate into an amazing tutor? As LearnMate begins to approach 100 active tutors on the site, it’s time to reflect on this key idea that many students/parents bring up.

But what exactly does an amazing tutor look like? Oftentimes this can be very subjective depending on the student, but there are certain qualities that I look for in tutors when I interview them.

  • Does the tutor have a friendly and positive personality? Nobody wants a tutor who is a negative nancy.
  • Does the tutor have a desire to go ‘above and beyond’? What I mean here is will the tutor go out of their way to answer emails outside of the lesson and provide out-of-lesson support.
  • Does the tutor care about the student? Part of being a great tutor is actually caring about your student and taking time to get to know them as a person. A great tutor should take time out of the first five minutes of a lesson and ask how they’re going and whether they’re enjoying year 12 etc.
  • Can the tutor communicate? This is massive for me. If you can’t communicate your ideas into comprehensible meaning, then forget about becoming a tutor. You may be the smartest guy in the room, but if you can’t convey this meaning to the least intelligent person in the room, then tutoring will be useless for both you and the student.
  • Is the tutor knowledgeable? This is a given. If you’re not an expert in the subject, then how do you expect your student to learn?
  • Does the tutor have resources? This ties in closely with knowledgeability – if you’re an expert you’re more than likely to have accumulated a good amount of resources for your students.

LearnMate is Australia’s leading tutoring agency offering private lessons in all primary & high school subjects including English, maths, science, humanities, foreign languages, and so much more. Our mission is simple: to provide professional, engaging and enthusiastic tutors to students, while also ensuring the student feels empowered and confident during their assessments! Ultimately, our goal is to empower students all over Australia to achieve amazing results and make their dreams come true!

LearnMate provides you with tailored, one-on-one lessons for tutoring in a variety of suburbs in Melbourne, Sydney, Geelong, Brisbane, Hobart, Canberra, Perth & Adelaide! With hundreds of tutors on the LearnMate platform, you’re bound to and someone local for any primary or high school year level! You can choose to have lessons in-person or online – whatever is easiest for you!


This post was written by Dmitri Dalla-Riva, owner of LearnMate.com.au and current VCE English Language tutor. You can read more about Dmitri here.


LearnMate is Australia’s leading tutoring agency offering private lessons in all primary & high school subjects including English, maths, science, humanities, foreign languages, and so much more. Our mission is simple: to provide professional, engaging and enthusiastic tutors to students, while also ensuring the student feels empowered and confident during their assessments! Ultimately, our goal is to empower students all over Australia to achieve amazing results and make their dreams come true!

LearnMate provides you with tailored, one-on-one lessons for tutoring in a variety of suburbs in MelbourneSydneyGeelongBrisbaneHobartCanberraPerth & Adelaide! With hundreds of tutors on the LearnMate platform, you’re bound to find someone local for any primary or high school year level! You can choose to have lessons in-person or online – whatever is easiest for you!

Why a high ATAR does not mean you’re an excellent tutor