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Mentoring Vs Tutoring (How are they Different?)

Updated: Jan 11

Tutoring and mentoring are similar in many ways, but they also have some important differences.

In this article, we'll look at how tutors and mentors can help students learn new skills, how they differ from each other, and what you should know if you're considering either one.

What is mentoring?

Mentoring is a form of developmental coaching. It's a relationship between two people who share information and insight about their field to help each other grow as professionals.

There are several parts to mentoring:

  • Mentoring is a relationship-based activity that provides guidance, teaching, and leadership for other people who want to improve their lives.

  • It is all about encouraging self-growth and reflection.

  • Mentoring can be targeted at any age group, career stage, or type of person.

  • Mentors may be identified by their mentees, they may volunteer to become mentors, or they may be matched by an outside organization.

  • It takes place informally between the mentor and mentee over time to guide each person through their process of self-reflection.

If you choose to have a mentor, here's how to get the most out of your mentor.

What is tutoring?

Tutoring is one-on-one instruction in which an instructor helps students with their homework. Tutors can be teachers, parents, or other professionals.

There are several parts to tutoring:

  • Tutoring is a subject-based activity that involves one or more students working on an activity with the help of a tutor, who is an expert in the field.

  • It is about teaching students as many skills and as much information as possible.

  • Tutors are always recruited for the position.

  • It takes place in a formal method (such as lecture format or group discussions) to make sure that key concepts are covered and that the learning objectives are met.

If you're looking for some extra guidance on how best to use your time at school—whether it's about getting more out-of-class time or finding your way around tough assignments—speak with someone who has been there before.


In conclusion, mentoring and tutoring are different. Mentors are more likely to be older and wiser than their mentees, while tutors can often come from the same age group as their students.

Mentors have a more formal approach compared with tutors, who may take on a more informal role in their students' lives. This is because they guide them through learning processes and give advice on the right way to achieve academic goals.

At Good Hope Tutoring Services, we provide both mentoring and tutoring services that engage students on a holistic level. We aim to encourage personal and scholastic growth and develop independent, lifelong learners.

Want to see how we can help you achieve success? Click here to book a FREE consultation with us today.

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