What is a Peer Tutor?
Peer Tutors provide course-specific support for students seeking guidance with their academic work. For instance, a Math student can meet with a Peer Tutor to work through difficult concepts or problem sets. Similarly, a Psychology student struggling with readings can meet with a tutor to discuss theories. Tutoring may occur in a one-to-one setting or as a group tutorial, depending on need.
Tutors work collaboratively with faculty and staff to ensure each student receives holistic support. They aim to personalize instruction for their students, promote independent learning and help students express their ideas and concepts. Peer Tutors never do the work for the student; rather they offer support and guidance. At all times Tutors maintain confidentiality, and are respectful and sensitive to individual differences. To ensure personal development and support all tutors attend regular training sessions.
How many hours must tutors commit to?
Each Peer Tutor is funded for 10 hours of tutoring a week, but they are not required to work all of those hours. For example, some weeks you may find yourself fully booked with tutorials, and other times you will not meet with any students; it depends on student demand.
Peer Tutoring hours are flexible. By scheduling with the students directly, you can schedule appointments when it is convenient for you. Remember grades come first, so it is important to manage your time accordingly.
When and where do tutorials take place?
The Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) is open from 9:00–5:00 pm Monday through Friday; however, tutorials can occur outside of these times. Peer Tutors may meet with students in public spaces on the Mills Campus, such as the CAE, Tea Shoppe, Mills Hall, etc.
The center recognizes all Mills College holidays. Tutoring ends on the last day of the semester.
What are the course requirements?
Tutors are students with at least a 3.0 GPA in the subject they are tutoring, with an overall cumulative GPA of 2.8 and above. Selection of tutors is based on their academic record and faculty recommendations. Tutors must have strong interpersonal skills, be able to maintain confidentiality at all times, and be sensitive to the needs of students seeking peer tutoring.
How many subjects can I tutor for?
We recommend that you tutor for one to three subjects per semester. If you receive more requests from faculty, consider which subjects you can most effectively tutor for and your schedule. Speak with the CAE Coordinator, if necessary. Exemptions may be given for up to five subjects.
How do I get recommendations from my Professor?
If you think you’d make a good Peer Tutor for a particular course please directly contact the Professor and have them send a recommendation for you to firstname.lastname@example.org. We cannot employ you without the recommendation.
If a professor has already nominated you, and you are comfortable with tutoring for the course, please email email@example.com for an application.
What Happens After Turning in the Application?
After your application is submitted, we need to see if you qualify for Work Study. If you qualify for Work Study, you will receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org with instructions on how to process your Work Study Agreement. If you do not qualify for Work Study, you may volunteer as a Peer Tutor.
All paperwork must be complete BEFORE the mandatory New Peer Tutor Orientation. Once you have completed all paperwork and attended orientation, you are an employee of the CAE and can begin tutoring!
What is payment for this position?
Peer Tutors are paid $12.25 an hour. Peer Tutors work no more than 10 hours a week. Going over the allotted 10 hour per week limit can disrupt financial aid.Peer Tutors are paid for the hours they tutor. Tutors submit time sheets twice a month to the Coordinator of the CAE.
What are the training requirements?
All new Peer Tutors must attend the mandatory Saturday orientation. This session is typically held on the second Saturday of the semester, unless that Saturday is a holiday, and then it will be held on the third Saturday of the month. Breakfast is provided and tutors will be paid for this training time. Training occurs between 8:30 am and 12:30 pm on the Mills campus.
After the initial orientation, CAE staff will provide ongoing training and support. All new tutors will attend two academic workshops provided by the CAE staff and tutors within the first semester after being hired.
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