What Does a Russian Tutor Do?

Emily Daw
Emily Daw
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Simply put, a Russian tutor assists people who want to learn the Russian language. The exact duties of a tutor will vary depending on the setting, but in general he or she will teach or clarify grammatical concepts and vocabulary as well as provide opportunities for the student to practice and apply what is learned. A Russian tutor might work with students either online or in person.

An in-person Russian tutor might teach students in a variety of settings. A university, for instance, might hire native speakers or Russian majors to work with students taking Russian courses. These tutors might work either set hours in which students can come see them for help as needed, or they may set up times to work with students either one-on-one or in small groups. Russian tutors in a school setting will likely spend much of their time helping students with homework. In addition to speaking the language well, tutors should have a good understanding of grammatical concepts and the ability to communicate with students who have a wide range of fluency in Russian.

Tutors not connected to a school might also work with students on their homework, but will most likely work with individuals who are learning Russian on their own. A Russian tutor in this situation may need to spend much more time preparing lessons on grammar or vocabulary, since his or her students will probably not come with a specific task in mind. Students not taking courses from a school are likely to have less interest in grammar and in more interest in vocabulary and general fluency.

Some Russian tutors work online. They may correspond with students through email or chat, but may also use webcams for two-way, real-time communication. An online Russian tutor has an advantage in that he or she can work with students from anywhere in the world.

Russian tutors not working with a university will probably need to advertise in some way. They might post ads in the foreign language departments of local universities or online. Many of a tutor's students are likely to be gained by word of mouth, however, once his or her reputation is established.

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