Become 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. 

Required Minimum Qualifications

  • Must be a currently enrolled and matriculated student at Farmingdale State College
  • Must be at least a half part-time student (taking a minimum of 6 credits)
  • Must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or higher
    • Note: Students who do not possess a GPA of 3.00 or higher (including freshmen or new transfer students) are encouraged to re-apply once they meet this minimum requirement.
  • Must have completed and received a final course grade of A or A- in course(s) they wish to tutor 
  • Must receive faculty recommendation for each course they wish to tutor. This recommendation must come from a faculty member in the desired subject area. If an individual wishes to tutor multiple subjects (for example, Biology and Chemistry, a recommendation from both a Biology and Chemistry professor would be needed). 
    • Note: 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.
    • A link to the faculty recommendation form is available on the Tutoring Center website.
  • 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.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 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.

Tutor Responsibilities

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 and help enforce Tutoring Center and Farmingdale State College policies and procedures.
  • Respect the confidential nature of tutoring sessions.
  • Greet visitors 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.

Additional Positions Available

  • Peer tutors are currently paid $14.00 an hour.
  • Tutoring positions are available as Federal 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.
  • 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. 

The Tutoring Center does not employ tutors for Mathematics or Modern Languages courses. Tutoring for those subjects are handled by the Mathematics Learning Center and the Modern Language Tutoring Center. Please contact those areas directly for tutor employment inquiries. 

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