Become a Peer Tutor

The Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences is looking for academically successful (GPA 3.0 or better) students to serve as peer tutors in Physics, Biology and Chemistry. Applications will continue to be accepted until all positions are filled. Applicants are assessed for interpersonal skills, trainability, course content knowledge, and ability to commit to the training program. Interested applications must have received a grade of A- or better in the course(s) in which they would like to tutor.

Application Process

An application and two letters of reference must be submitted to the tutor coordinator (Mary Napoli: napoli@as.pitt.edu). After applications are received and reviewed, interviews will be scheduled. The interview will assess interpersonal skills, discuss academic and personal goals, and determine the compatibility of these goals with the objectives of the undergraduate tutoring program. Our application can be found here:

Peer Tutor Job Posting and Application

Position Description

Peer tutors provide individual and small group tutoring sessions in subjects the tutor has attained a grade of A- or better. Peer tutors work with a wide spectrum of the student population. The Undergraduate Studies tutor functions as a guide and coach to assist students in becoming successful, independent learners. The tutor supports students in developing appropriate learning attitudes, behaviors, and understanding of content material. Tutors integrate effective study and learning strategies to maximize the tutee’s potential for academic progress and success. As a member of the tutor team, tutors maintain ongoing communication with the coordinator of the tutor program.

Tutor Responsibilities

  1. Participate in the 1-credit required tutor preparation class held once a week. The Spring 2018 course will be held Thursdays from 12:00-12:50.
  2. Tutor students in specific course material and integrate study and learning strategies to promote independent learning.
  3. Applicant must also provide two letters of recommendation: One from a Faculty member and the other from another reference. Please have the Faculty member and other reference email the recommendation to Mary Napoli at napoli@as.pitt.edu. If you have questions regarding the recommendations please send an email to the above address.

Position Requirements

An Undergraduate Studies tutor must demonstrate an ability to quickly establish rapport and communicate well with students. Also, training is an essential component of becoming a tutor. The training program allows tutors to explore their own teaching and learning styles through a combination of group discussions, interactive instruction, case studies, and individual research on subject specific tutoring strategies.

Tutor Program Schedule

The tutor program is available during the fall, spring, and summer terms. Individual and group tutoring begins within the first two weeks of the fall and spring terms and at the beginning of the summer term. Tutoring during the summer session will be optional for all trained tutors and will be based upon demand and student availability.

Hours and Compensation

Tutors work between 5 and 10 hours per week. Tutors are permitted to work a maximum of 20 hours per week with the approval of the program coordinator. The current starting wage is $10.00 per hour.