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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.

 

  ASTC RTCs
Location SB Union, Suite L08

Various centers located within the residential communities

Fall 2021 Mode of Delivery

In-person and online 

 In-person

Fall 2021 Hours

Mondays - Thursdays 10am -8pm
Fridays 10am - 4pm
Sundays 4pm - 8pm

Mondays - Wednesdays 8pm - 10:45pm

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)

- Drop-in tutoring for select MAT, PHY, and CHE courses

 

Employment Details

Tutors provide their weekly availability. Tutors are typically asked to start with 5 hours of availability and may have the option to add more availability at a later time.

Students use an online scheduling system to book appointments in advance. Tutors are paid for the appointments they hold each week and for weekly training.

Tutors must be residential students. Tutors are scheduled to hold drop-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.

Website www.stonybrook.edu/tutoring http://studentaffairs.stonybrook.edu/res_programs/rtc/
CURRENTLY HIRING?

We have completed our hiring process for the fall 2021 semester.

If you would like to be considered for a spring 2022 position, it is in your best interested to apply as soon as possible. Your application will not be considered until you have a faculty recommendation on file. (Exception: BIO-203 applicants DO NOT need a recommendation on file. Instead, you must meet the requirements listed in the " special recommendation requirements" section below.)

We will begin reviewing applications and offering interviews near the middle of November. 

We have completed our hiring process for the fall 2021 semester.

If you would like to be considered for a spring 2022 position, it is in your best interested to apply as soon as possible. Your application will not be considered until you have a faculty recommendation on file.

We will begin reviewing applications and offering interviews near the middle of November. 

 

Application Process:

 

STEP 

1

Read the qualifications and responsibilities listed below.

STEP 

2

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.

STEP 

3

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.

Qualifications:

  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 here.)
  7. You cannot be a current TA for the course that you wish to tutor

Responsibilities:

  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 must be available to attend one WEEKLY training. Spring training times TBD. 

Pay Rate: Starting pay rate for ASTC and RTC tutors starting in FALL 2021 is $14/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 paid weekly training sessions, allowing them to work towards earning tutor certification through the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA). For more information,   visit 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, your recommendation should come from him. 
If you did not work for Bradford Tooker, 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)