Most teachers just teach a classroom in something like mathematics, geography or grammar. However, there are also teachers who give additional lessons to a single student or a small number of students.

An example situation could be a teenager who is working really hard to get nice grades for mathematics but he is failing all the time. He needs extra lessons to succeed which can be helpful in some situations.

Is there a nice word for such a teacher and a word for teaching such lessons? In Dutch, there is a word "bijlesleraar" where "bijles" means "additional lessons" and "leraar" means "teacher". An obvious translation could be "additional lessons teacher". However, when searching on linkedin, only Dutch people seem to have this profession.....

So it is likely to be an incorrect term, translated from Dutch to English literally.

So what is a good term for an "additional lessons teacher"? Is there also a nice term for teaching such additional lessons?

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    That person is called a "tutor". Commented Aug 18, 2015 at 15:52
  • dangit @KristinaLopez! Ten seconds. Just ten! :-( Commented Aug 18, 2015 at 15:53
  • Ha Ha @MattGutting! That's usually me being just a few seconds too late! Commented Aug 18, 2015 at 15:56
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    The additional lessons themselves are often called supplementary lessons. Lessons which cover the basics or prerequisites of the course (which a student should generally already know) are called remedial lessons.
    – VampDuc
    Commented Aug 18, 2015 at 16:06
  • According to Collins Dictionary the Dutch equivalent is privéleraar
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented Aug 18, 2015 at 16:17

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@Kristina and Matt: Thanks. "Tutor" is indeed the word: http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/tutor

It does not seem to be specific for one country: https://www.google.nl/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=site:linkedin.com+%22tutor+*+mathematics%22+germany

  • Could you include the dictionary's definition in your answer, please? The best answers are self contained etc..etc.. :)
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented Aug 18, 2015 at 16:51

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