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How Do I Become a High School Tutor?

Seeking a flexible side hustle as a high school tutor in Australia? Dive into this guide for tips on qualifications, client acquisition, and navigating various tutoring platforms in the booming academic support industry.

Isabella Martinez
Learning Advisor
April 5, 2024
min read

Are you a high-achieving student looking for a flexible side gig? Becoming a high school tutor in Australia can be a rewarding and lucrative opportunity. With the increasing demand for academic support, tutoring has become a thriving industry. In this comprehensive guide, we'll explore what it takes to become a successful high school tutor, covering essential qualifications, finding clients, and the pros and cons of different tutoring platforms.

1. What Makes a Good High School Tutor in Australia?

To excel as a high school tutor in Australia, you'll need a combination of academic prowess, strong communication skills, and a deep understanding of the local education system. Here are the key qualities that make a great high school tutor:

Strong Academic Performance

Tutors should have a solid grasp of the subjects they plan to teach. Ideally, you should have achieved excellent grades and a thorough comprehension of the material. Being a high-achieving student demonstrates your ability to master complex concepts and effectively communicate them to others.

Often parents in Australia care a lot about your scores in school. However, this is not everything. As long as you believe you have a mastery of a subject, you can definitely be a tutor!

Specialised Subject Knowledge

While some tutors offer assistance across multiple subjects, specialising in one or two areas can make you a more valuable asset. Consider focusing on subjects that are common and students find difficult, such as:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)

Familiarity with Australian Curriculum and Exams

In Australia, especially in the later years, the curriculum is very specific. It is very important to intimately familiar with the curriculum. In most instances, families are looking for tutors who have completed the curriculum. The most common curriculum for tutoring are:

Having a deep understanding of these curricula and exams will enable you to provide tailored support and prepare your students effectively.

Strong Communication and Interpersonal Skills

Effective communication is crucial when tutoring high school students. You should be able to explain complex concepts clearly, actively listen to your students' concerns, and adapt your teaching style to their learning needs. Additionally, patience, empathy, and the ability to build rapport are essential interpersonal skills for a successful tutor.

As a tutor, you will deal with a variety of students. Often these students may be very different to you. It is important you have the interpersonal skills to be able to connect to many different types of people.

2. How to Find High School Tutoring Clients in Australia

As a high school tutor, securing a steady stream of clients is essential for a successful tutoring business. There are several platforms and methods available to find tutoring opportunities in Australia. Let's explore the pros and cons of each option:

A. Friends and Family

One of the most common ways to start tutoring is by leveraging your personal network of friends and family.


  • Convenient and comfortable environment
  • Potential for referrals and word-of-mouth marketing
  • Familiarity with the student's background and learning style


  • Limited client pool
  • Potential for conflicts or strained relationships
  • Difficulty maintaining a professional boundary
friends and family

B. Online Marketplaces and Classifieds

Platforms like Gumtree, Tutor Finder, and local community forums allow you to advertise your tutoring services to a broader audience.


  • Access to a larger pool of potential clients
  • Ability to showcase your qualifications and expertise
  • Flexibility in setting your own rates and schedule


  • Competition with other tutors
  • Need for effective marketing and self-promotion
  • Potential for unreliable or low-paying clients

C. Joining a Reputable Tutoring Company

Affiliating with an established tutoring company can provide numerous benefits for both aspiring and experienced tutors.


  • Access to a steady stream of pre-screened clients
  • Comprehensive training and support
  • Credibility and reputation of the company
  • Potential for higher earnings and career growth


  • Reduced control over rates and scheduling
  • Commission fees or deductions from earnings
  • Adherence to company policies and procedures

To illustrate the advantages of joining a reputable tutoring company, consider the following table:

Advantages of Joining a Reputable Tutoring Company

While each option has its merits, joining a reputable tutoring company like Apex Tuition Australia offers a compelling combination of:

  • Consistent client flow
  • Comprehensive training and support
  • Credibility and reputation
  • Potential for higher earnings and career growth

By partnering with an established tutoring company, you can focus on delivering exceptional tutoring services while benefiting from the resources and expertise of a professional organisation.


If you're passionate about education, possess a strong academic background, and are looking for a rewarding and flexible career opportunity, consider joining Apex Tuition Australia. Our team of experienced professionals will guide you through the process, providing the support you need to become a successful high school tutor.

Apply today!

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