Specialist Study Skills Tutor – SpLD – Ref: STP006


Specialist Study Skills Tutor – Specific Learning Difference (SpLD)

Job reference: STP006

Location: Nationwide

Optimum Student Support delivers highly specialised, individually tailored academic and mental health support services to students who are in receipt of Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA). We are passionate in supporting our students to address any barriers they may face towards their learning which are created by a particular impairment, e.g. mental-health conditions, Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD) or Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC).

At Optimum Student Support, we pride ourselves on employing only the best tutors to contribute to making a difference to our students. Due to the expansion of our specialist service, we are looking to expand our team of dedicated and experienced Specialist 1:1 Study Skills Tutor.

About the role

Specialist Study Skills Tutor SpLD work with students on a one-to-one basis developing academic competences such as organisation, exam preparation, research techniques and memory skills. Our tutors deliver literacy support in the areas of spelling, punctuation, grammar, and accuracy of thought presentation. To promote independent learning as well as empowering the student to manage their workload. Study skills is not subject specific tuition; however, tutors will work with a student using course materials as a framework.

For some students, this support will need to be ongoing while for others it might be gradually phased out or only be required at certain points of their course.

Our highly specialist tutors will deliver individual study skills tuition to facilitate independent learning and support students to identify their own learning styles and strengths.

Main duties and responsibilities:

Tutors will work with students on a one-to-one basis developing study skills competences such as:

  • time management and organisational skills
  • efficient strategies for reading academic texts
  • note taking from texts, hand-outs and in lectures
  • research skills
  • mind mapping and planning techniques
  • proof reading strategies
  • approaching written assignments
  • memory techniques and strategies
  • revision methods
  • analysing exam/essay questions.

Furthermore, you will be required to:

  • deliver tutoring sessions according to Optimum Student Support guidelines and Code of Conduct
  • manage paperwork effectively, i.e. completing time sheets and Individual Learning Plans (ILPs)
  • represent Optimum Student Support in a professional manner, this includes adhering to our policies regarding confidentiality and safeguarding.
  • engage in compulsory monthly supervision provided by Optimum

Qualifications, Skills & Experience required for SpLD Tutor:

  • You will be educated to degree level (2:1 or above) and hold a teaching qualification.
  • A recognised SpLD qualification is required with evidence that you also hold a full or associate professional membership with PATOSS,


  • Full professional membership with BDA, ADSHE or Dyslexia Guild.
  • You must be able to assess learner’s needs and devise an appropriate Individual Learning Plan (ILP).
  • It is imperative to understand the needs, objectives and constraints of others.

What we can offer you:

  • £30 per hour
  • Holiday Pay
  • Flexible hours
  • A dedicated team who you can contact at any time to provide you with support
  • Ongoing training and professional development
  • Supervision

Additional Information:

The working hours vary according to the needs of the student and the number of students you will be allocated. All support workers are required to have internet access. All Optimum Student Support employees must be able to receive emails and phone calls when on location.

Optimum Student Support Ltd is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce. Optimum Student Support Ltd is a Disability Committed employer and promotes diversity in employment and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.


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