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Become a Tutor

The Academic Success and Tutoring Center (ASTC) and the Residential Tutoring Centers (RTCs) work together to provide seamless and standardized tutoring services. Students interested in becoming a tutor for the ASTC, RTCs, or both locations should apply using this single application. 

The qualifications, training requirements, and employee expectations are the same for both positions. However, the type of tutoring available at each location is different. Please see the chart below for more information.

Location 120 Psychology B

Center for SSO at Roth Cafe,
Center for GLS/HDV,
Center for ITS
(Varies each night of the week)

Hours Mondays - Thursdays 10am - 8pm,
Fridays 10am - 5pm,
Sundays 4pm - 8pm
Mondays - Thursdays 8pm - 11pm

Tutoring Services

- Pre-scheduled appointments

- Mostly one-on-one tutoring

- Some small group (2-3 students) tutoring
for high-demand courses

- Wide range of undergraduate courses
(between 65 - 80 courses per semester)

- Walk-in tutoring only

- Only for select MAT, PHY, and CHE courses

Employment Details Tutors provide their weekly availability.
Students use an online scheduling system to book appointments in advance. Tutors are only expected to be at the center during pre-scheduled appointment times. Tutors are paid for the appointments they hold each week and for weekly training.
Tutors must be residential students. Tutors are scheduled to hold walk-in tutoring hours based on tutor availability and course demand. Tutors may need to work with several students at the same time. The number of students a tutor will see during a shift varies.
Tutors get paid for the shifts they work and for weekly training.

Yes. We're specifically looking for students who can tutor one (or more) of the following courses: 
CHE 131, 132, 322, 331
PHY 121, 122, 125, 126, 127, 131, 132, 142
ANP 300
CSE 214
ECO 108

Yes. The RTCs are currently hiring peer tutors for CHE 131 & 132 who are available to work Monday & Tuesday nights.


 Application Process:


Read the qualifications and responsibilities listed below.


Ask the professor(s) of the course(s) you wish to tutor to complete the Faculty Recommendation Form.
Be sure to read the "special recommendation requirements" for MATH, CHEMISTRY, and BIO 203 at the
bottom of the page.


Complete the ASTC/RTC Tutor Application.


Qualifications and Responsibilities:

Tutors help peers to succeed academically. They conduct tutoring sessions to clarify course content and provide study strategies. They are selected on the basis of academic skill, character, and the ability to communicate well with others.


  1. Must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate Stony Brook University student
    OR a graduate student who completed the undergraduate course at SBU
  2. Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.20
  3. Must have attained a B+ or better in the course at Stony Brook
  4. Must be in good standing: No judicial or academic dishonesty charges
  5. Must possess strong interpersonal communication skills and a desire to assist fellow students
  6. Must provide a brief recommendation from the course instructor for each course that the student wishes to tutor (a short recommendation form can be found on our Recommend a Tutor webpage). 
  7. You cannot be a current TA for the course that you wish to tutor


  1. Be willing to commit for the entire semester
  2. Attend and participate in tutor training sessions and scheduled one-on-one meetings
  3. Maintain accurate, current, and complete records
  4. Actively participate in the ASTC/RTC evaluation process
  5. Adhere to ASTC and RTC policies and procedures
  6. Communicate in a timely fashion with students and ASTC/RTC staff

Training: Students applying for a position for the spring 2018 semester must be available to attend ONE of the WEEKLY training times. (Times to be determined.)  * Training days & times change every semester. *

Pay Rate: The fall 2017/spring 2018 starting pay rate for ASTC and RTC tutors is $12.50/hr.

SPECIAL NOTE: Peer tutors can choose to be paid, volunteer, or earn EXP+ credit. 

All peer tutors for the ASTC and RTCs participate in weekly training sessions, allowing them to work towards earning tutor certification through the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA). For more information, click here

Details about the Application Process:

Students must submit an application to be a tutor. An application will not be considered if (a) the student does not meet minimum qualifications or (b) the ASTC does not receive a brief recommendation from the course instructor.

*Please note that tutors must have taken the course (or its equivalent) at Stony Brook University in order to qualify to tutor the course, with the exception of introductory MAT courses (see special note below).  Transfer and AP credit will not be accepted as equivalent experience. The ASTC will review the student’s record and transcript to verify the applicant’s information. 

If you are interested in applying, complete the ASTC/RTC Tutor Application and have your course instructor complete the required Faculty Recommendation Form.

*Special Recommendation Requirements for CHEMISTRY:  If you would like to tutor Chemistry, your recommendation needs to come from one of the following individuals:

General Chemistry:
If you worked for Bradford Tooker or Troy Wolfskill, your recommendation should come from one of them. 
If you did not work for Bradford Tooker or Troy Wolfskill, then you should request your recommendation from your course instructor. 

Organic Chemistry: All recommendations should come from Zachary Katsamanis.

Molecular Science Sequence (CHE 152, CHE 331, CHE 332): Students who took the molecular science sequence can submit recommendations from their specific course instructors.

*Special Recommendation Requirements for MATH:  If you would like to tutor an introductory MAT course but were placed in a higher-level course, your recommendation needs to come from one of your math professors and must include a list of the introductory MAT courses the instructor feels you are qualified to tutor.

*Special Recommendation Requirements for BIO 203:  Do not request a recommendation from your instructor. Instead, you need to meet the following requirements:

Minimum academic criteria for BIO 203 tutors:

  • B+ or higher in BIO 203 and
  • B+ or higher in at least one of the 300-level BIO courses in the Neuroscience track (e.g., BIO 334, BIO 317, BIO 339, BIO 328)
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