A match made in Science

The relationship between tutor and student is crucial to the learning process...

Our Smart Match engine identifies how you learn and think from specially designed questions that pinpoint your learning and personality profile. This unique ‘fingerprint’ is used by our matching engine and is compared to all of our previous tutors and students so that it can recommend the ideal tutor for you.

How it works


You can take our scientific questionnaire at any time. It consists of a set of simple yet interesting multiple choice questions that takes a few minutes to complete.

All we ask is that students answer each question as honestly as possible and of course, parents can help!


Your results will show the ways in which you learn best and what type of personality you have. You may be surprised!

Each attribute comes with a description and your results will be saved so you can look back at them any time, as long as you’re registered with Tutorean.


We take your results and cross-reference them with similar students across our entire database. Based on the experience of these students, we can then predict which types of tutor will fit your learning and personality needs.

Finally, we show you the top 3 tutors who we believe are the best match for you.

“It’s a match made in science”

- Pedro da Cunha, Founder and CEO


The blue Smart Match star around the tutors’ profile picture tells you which tutors have been chosen as the best match for you, based on an optimal match between your learning styles and personalities.

All you have to do next is choose which ones are your favourites and send them a message!

Learning Preferences What do they mean?

Scientists have been trying to identify the differences in how people learn for a very long time. One leading theory suggests that we all have preferences for how well new information is received by our brains. These learning preferences are often split into 4 types:



Representing ideas in two dimensions such as with diagrams, charts and doodles



Communicating ideas through speaking and listening



Absorbing information through reading and structuring thoughts in writing



Communication of ideas through motion, touch and three dimensional objects

So what’s the ideal learning preference?

All learning preferences can be equally useful and most students will actually have a mixture.

We’ve found that a really good strategy is to identify your top two or three and switch between them while you study and revise. This allows you to learn more effectively and should also keep you more interested and less likely to get distracted!

Researchers advise teachers to use all styles in their lessons, so that no child is disadvantaged. However, there is strong evidence to suggest that ‘mismatching’ a student’s learning preference has significant negative impact!

We can avoid this by matching you with a tutor that specialises in only your preferences.

Finding a way to create this enhanced learning-style match is one of the founding principles of Tutorean: our Smart Match engine suggests tutors to students based on an optimised match between their learning preferences.

Personality Preferences What do they mean?

Our personalities can have a pretty big impact on how well we can get along and work with others. Research on personality differences is always evolving but there are widely accepted concepts that we have discovered are useful for learning.

There are five widely accepted ‘scales’ of personality related to learning:

So, what’s the ideal personality for learning best?

Again, there is no ‘best’ personality for learning, but different types of people will react to new information and concepts in different ways, while a shared point of view between tutors and students can greatly improve the flow and success of a lesson.

The tutor - student relationship is incredibly important for learning and can make the difference between a fun and exciting lesson or a dull and unproductive one.

That’s why we strongly believe in matching students with tutors whose personalities complement each other.