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 and matriculated student at Farmingdale State College
- Must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher*
- *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.
- Must have at least five hours of availability per week, for the entire semester.
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 group settings.
All tutors are required to:
- Conduct individual 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.
- Assist students when they arrive in the Center, directing them to the appropriate tutor or resource.
- Assist the professional staff with other duties, as assigned.
- Participate in periodic tutor training workshops.
- Peer tutors are currently paid $13.00 an hour.
- Tutoring positions are available as Work Study or Student Assistant.
- Tutors should be available to work a minimum of five hours per week, with availability of at least two consecutive hours on a given day. These hours will remain constant for the entire semester.
- Tutors keep the same schedule for the entire semester and are expected to work during 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/course demands, satisfactory job performance, punctuality/attendance, evaluations, as well as maintaining minimum job requirements.
Please be advised:
The Tutoring Center does not offer tutoring in Math or 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.