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Learning Resource Center

Becoming a Tutor

Tutoring your peers is rewarding, both academically and personally. 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 request is received in the Learning Resource Center, a match is made based on availability and expertise. Apply here.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I become a tutor?

In order to become a peer tutor, students must complete the Become a Tutor application. You will be asked to provide the name of at least one professor whom we can contact for a recommendation and also a copy of your unofficial transcript. If you have any questions about becoming a peer tutor, please contact the Learning Resource Center by email or by phone at (317) 940-9308, or stop by the office in Jordan Hall, room 136.

What are the requirements/qualifications to be a tutor?

In order to be a Learning Resource Center peer tutor, a student must:

  • Be a currently enrolled student at Butler University
  • Have completed at least one academic year at Butler University
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Have a minimum grade of B in courses for which student will be tutoring
  • Possess the ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Be able to communicate effectively, maintain cooperative peer relationships, and be teamwork-oriented, dependable, attentive to detail, friendly, and approachable
  • Provide at least one Butler faculty member as a reference

Is there any training required?

Once hired, peer tutors must complete an online tutor training program offered through Tutor Matching Service.  It is interactive, self-paced, and offers all the tools, tactics, and training you will need to be a great tutor.

What are the duties of a peer tutor?

Primary tutoring duties include:

  • Assisting students with problem sets, papers, and other subject-related coursework
  • Discussing difficult concepts and providing new approaches to understanding them
  • Listening actively and providing clear explanations.
  • Creating a comfortable, friendly atmosphere; being approachable and willing to help students; showing enthusiasm for tutoring and the subject matter
  • Introducing study strategies and skills that will assist students with their coursework
  • Working with both individuals and small groups
  • Serving as an example of organization, responsibility, punctuality, and success for tutees
  • Exhibiting patience and positive attitudes in establishing an encouraging learning environment

Tutors are also expected to:

  • 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 and submit a tutoring session report at the conclusion of each tutoring session

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 or by phone at (317) 940-9308, or stop by the office in Jordan Hall, room 136.