Become a Peer Tutor
What is a peer tutor?
The role of a peer tutor is to provide additional assistance to students with their coursework. Tutors are not substitutes for attending class and they are not responsible for teaching course material or completing course assignments. Rather, tutors are available to help clarify course content and to help students develop effective ways to learn the material. Tutors also provide students with study strategies that they can utilize for exam preparation. It is strictly against the Tutoring Center's policy for tutors to assist students with any graded material (take home exams, homework, lab reports, projects, etc.).
Below are the required minimum qualifications, preferred qualifications, and responsibilities of peer tutors.
- Must be a currently enrolled student at Farmingdale State College with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA)
of 3.0 or higher.
- Please note: If you are a new student and do not yet have a GPA at Farmingdale, or if you are a current student and do not have a 3.0 GPA or higher, we encourage you to re-apply once you meet this minimum requirement.
- Must have completed and received a final course grade of A- or A in the course(s) you wish to tutor.
- Must receive faculty recommendation for each course you wish to tutor. This recommendation must come from a faculty member in the course/subject area you wish to tutor. If you wish to tutor multiple subjects (for example, Biology and Chemistry, you would need recommendation from both a Biology and Chemistry professor).
- Applications without an accompanying faculty recommendation form will not be reviewed until the recommendation is received. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that the recommendation form gets submitted to the Tutoring Center.
- Must possess strong interpersonal communication skills and a genuine desire to assist fellow students.
- Must be in good academic and judicial standing. Students are not permitted to tutor if they are on academic probation or if they have any violations of academic integrity or the Student Code of Conduct.
The ideal peer tutor:
- Is a responsible, mature, and approachable individual who is able to work with a diverse student body while maintaining a professional demeanor at all times.
- Should have an understanding of diverse learning styles and the ability to convey the material utilizing different approaches/methods.
- Should be flexible and comfortable with working in a very fast-paced environment (i.e., working with multiple students at once, tutoring students in different courses at once, sharing a workspace with other tutors, etc.).
- Must be sensitive to the student's needs and able to communicate and relate well with fellow students.
- Has prior tutoring experience in both individual and/or group settings.
All tutors are required to:
- Conduct individual and/or group tutoring sessions, depending on demand
- Maintain accurate and complete records of all tutoring sessions
- Adhere to all Tutoring Center and Farmingdale State College policies and procedures
- Participate in periodic tutor training workshops
- Peer tutors are paid hourly starting at $10.75/hour. Tutoring positions are not federal work-study and are not eligible for internship credit.
- Tutors are expected to work a minimum of four hours per week and keep the same schedule for the entire semester (including finals week).
- All tutoring positions are held for one semester only. An offer of continued employment will be contingent upon multiple factors, including: scheduling needs and/or course demands, satisfactory job performance, punctuality/attendance, evaluations, as well as maintaining minimum job requirements.
We are not accepting applications for students who would like to tutor in Mathematics or Modern Language courses. Students interested in tutoring Mathematics should contact the Math Center at (631) 420-2217 and students interested in tutoring Modern Languages should contact the Language Center at (631) 420-2192.
The Tutoring Center is fully staffed for the Fall 2016 semester. However, we receive applications on a rolling basis to be considered for any unexpected vacancies and future semesters.