Key Differences

  1. Teacher is typically formal person to instruct on given subject while tutor is not.
  2. Unlike tutors, teacher has to go according to curriculum
  3. In many countries, tutor instructs at home and teacher educates in institutes like school, college etc.
  4. Teacher gives formal on-going educational instructions while tutor instructs the student privately. Shadow education is a term used for private supplementary tutoring that is offered outside the formal education system
  5. In many countries, tutor is often a graduate or a lecturer in the related subject
  6. In Irish and British educational institutes, tutor forms groups out of class and instructs them after the teacher
  7. In Asian countries, tutor is usually private who instructs student at home – unlike teacher who does his or her duty at formal educational institutes
  8. In many countries especially in Asia, persons can be tutor without any proper training unlike teachers who have to meet the special criteria of qualification or other credentials
  9. There is also such thing like ‘student-to-student tutoring’ but it cannot be the same for teacher
  10. If you learn something online from tutorials or online helper or assistant, she or he is a tutor – not a teacher, usually.