Become a Tutor

Tutoring your peers is rewarding, both academically and emotionally. In addition to the satisfaction that comes from supporting others as they work to achieve their academic goals, you will have the opportunity to hone and reinforce the knowledge you have attained from your classroom experience.

Students willing and recommended to tutor will be placed on a list according to which subjects they wish to tutor. When a student comes to the Learning Resource Center to request a tutor for a specific subject, we will email the tutors on that particular list.

In order to become a peer tutor, students must meet the qualifications listed below:

Tutoring Duties

  • Assist students with problem sets, papers, and other subject-related coursework. Discuss difficult concepts and provide new approaches to understanding them.
  • Listen actively and provide clear explanations.
  • Create a comfortable, friendly atmosphere. Be approachable and willing to help students. Show enthusiasm for tutoring and the subject matter.
  • Introduce study strategies and skills which will assist students with their coursework.
  • Work with both individuals and small groups.
  • Serve as an example of organization, responsibility, punctuality, and success for tutees.
  • Exhibit patience and positive attitudes in establishing an encouraging learning environment.

 Training Requirements

  • Participate in mandatory spring and fall tutor training sessions. Topics include: introduction to the LRC, learning styles, confidentiality, working with students with disabilities, "soft" study skills, etc.

 Administrative Responsibilities

  • Keep accurate records of tutoring appointments and submit them weekly.
  • Check and respond to emails at least once a day.
  • Address any tutoring related concerns with Tutor Coordinator/Supervisor
  • Follow through on Tutor Coordinator/Supervisor requests in a timely manner. Submit timesheets, transcripts, etc. by set deadlines.
  • Complete an end-of-semester performance evaluation.
  • Complete and submit a tutoring session report at the conclusion of each tutoring session.

 Qualifications

  • Must be a currently enrolled student at Butler University.
  • Must have completed at least 1 academic year at Butler University.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • Minimum grade of B in courses for which student will be tutoring.
  • Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, maintain cooperative peer relationships, teamwork oriented, dependable, attentive to detail, friendliness and approachability.
  • Applicants must provide at least one Butler faculty member as a reference and have him or her complete the online Tutor Recommendation form.

 Terms of Employment

  • Tutors are expected to work during some evenings and weekends.
  • Tutor must be available for a minimum of 2 hours per week for each tutee they are assigned to work with.  Students may tutor anywhere from 0-20 hours per week, however, we cannot guarantee the number of hours you will be assigned. The number of hours you receive is contingent upon your available hours, the courses you can tutor, and the number of students requesting a tutor for those courses.
  • Tutors must maintain confidentiality and objectivity in all matters related to fellow students and tutoring responsibilities.
  • Continued employment is contingent upon a satisfactory job performance evaluation by the Tutor Coordinator/Supervisor. 

Tutor Application

If you are interested in becoming a tutor, please complete an online application. If you have any questions about becoming a peer tutor, please contact the Learning Resource Center by email, by phone (317) 940-9308, or stop by the office in Jordan Hall, room 136.