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In schools, teachers responsible for supporting the work or welfare of a group of pupils may be designated a tutor, as in ‘form tutor’ and ‘year tutor’. In further and higher education a tutor is responsible for overseeing the workload of a student or group of students, and for providing support in matters relating to their studies. Trainee teachers on teaching practice, for example, have a tutor to advise them and to monitor their progress in their placement. A tutor may also be a subject specialist who guides or advises the student in a specific aspect of their academic discipline, such as supporting students through their master's degree or doctoral studies. Like the term ‘teacher’, ‘tutor’ cannot be defined by one specific role. Broadly, it could be said that tutoring involves providing support for learning, often for individuals or relatively small groups of learners, while teaching suggests a more actively didactic role. See also tutorial.

Subjects: Education.

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