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Residential Tutoring Centers

The Residential Tutoring Centers’ (RTC) services ⁠— which are provided by the Division of Campus Residences and the  Academic Success & Tutoring Center (ASTC)⁠— offer tutoring opportunities to students who have specific questions pertaining to some of the University's most challenging and demanding courses.

The Residential Tutoring Centers’ services begin during the third week of the Fall and Spring semesters. The last day of tutoring services for each semester is the day before finals, also known as “reading day.” The Residential Tutoring Centers are closed when classes are not in session (i.e. during breaks or in cases of weather emergencies).

History and Mission 

The RTC launched in the Fall of 2005, under the direction of the Division of Campus Residences. Today, it is under the direction of the Department of Residential Programs. In Spring 2016, a partnership was formed with the ASTC to help ensure consistency in both student tutoring experiences and the engagement RTC tutors in the College Reading & Learning Association (CRLA) tutor certification process. The main goals of the Residential Tutoring Centers are to:

  • Provide tutoring to undergraduate students in a location that is uniquely convenient, by being located right in residence hall spaces.
  • Assist students as they adjust to course structures and pedagogy at a comprehensive Research 1 AAU University.
  • Allow students to learn that asking for help is a part of the learning process.
  • Retain students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) courses and encourage diversity in these areas.

Become a Tutor

Tutors help peers 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 their ability to communicate well with others.

The Residential Tutoring Centers (RTCs) and Academic Success and Tutoring Center (ASTC) work together to provide seamless and standardized tutoring services.   Students interested in becoming a tutor for the RTCs, ASTC, 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.


  • Must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student at Stony Brook University 
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.20
  • Must have attained a B+ or higher in the course(s) at Stony Brook that they want to tutor
  • Must be in good standing: No judicial or academic dishonesty charges
  • Must possess strong interpersonal communication skills and a desire to assist fellow students
  • Must provide a brief recommendation from the course instructor for each course that the student wishes to tutor

Approximate # of Hours : Varies

Application Deadline: Rolling basis. Applications received at this time will be held and considered for Fall 2019 positions.

How to Apply: See our " Become a Tutor " page for application details

Contact Us

Eric Coffey Jr.
Assistant Coordinator for Residential Tutoring Centers and Academic Initiatives