Becoming a tutor

Information for Prospective Tutors
Tutor Eligibility:
You must be an undergraduate enrolled in at least one course.
The Subject Tutoring Program hires tutors in 100 and 200 level Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Math, Music, Philosophy (Logic), Psychology, and most foreign languages.
Most courses will require a recommendation from the UMass Boston professor with whom invited applicants have taken the course.  
Time commitment:
The time commitment is flexible – you’ll tell us how many students you’d like to take on and commit to meeting for one hour per week with each student. This means that you can limit or increase your workload to fit your needs, although the number of students available will depend on the demand for tutoring in your specific course.
You will set your own schedule and we will match you with students who have the same availability. Tutoring takes place Monday through Friday, on campus.
Pay (as of January 2020):
Subject Tutors start out earning $13.75/hour, and are eligible for a raise to $14.75/hour after two semesters of tutoring and completion of professional development workshops.
Application Process: To apply for a position, you will need to  complete the online subject tutor application (see link at bottom of this page).   We will contact you if a position becomes available.
Hiring process:
Program staff will contact and invite prospective tutors to interview for available  positions.
After hire and acceptance of a position, you will complete  paperwork.
After completing this paperwork, you’ll be asked to attend a one-hour, paid orientation with program staff before you begin tutoring.
Note: Once a new tutor has accepted the position, the hiring process takes 1-2 weeks.  If you are an international student without a Social Security number, your hiring process may take a bit longer.
Tutee Requests:
We use an online system called OATS (Online Application for Tutor Scheduling) to match tutees with tutors based on their respective schedules. Tutees come to us on a strictly voluntary basis. This means you’ll work with a wide range of students, from a student who wants to raise their A- to an A to students who are having significant struggles in the course.
Scheduling information:
There are two different formats for tutor scheduling.  Which format a tutor will be required to follow is based on the subjects he or she will be tutoring:
Student Scheduling
100 – 200 level Courses (based on tutor availability)
Tutor Scheduling Procedures
Weekly Tutoring
Students may schedule 1 or 2 half hour sessions per week (scheduling can be done for the current and following week).
·         Biology*
·         Chemistry*
·         Computer Science
·         Economics
·         Math
*Bio 207 and Chem 130: drop-in group tutoring ONLY. Schedule will be set up with the Subject Tutoring Program staff.
At the beginning of the semester you’ll fill out an availability sheet giving us details about the time slots you are available to tutor throughout the semester. Based on each tutor’s availability we will create a permanent schedule. Tutoring takes place Monday through Friday, on the 8th floor of the Healey Library
Semester Tutoring- Students are assigned to a tutor* for the semester
*based on matching times and tutor availability
·         Foreign languages
·         Logic (Philosophy 120)
·         Music
·         Psychology
 You will set your own schedule and we will match you with students who have the same availability. Tutoring takes place Monday through Friday, on campus.
Benefits for Tutors:
In addition to the opportunity to work flexible hours on campus, working as a Subject Program Tutor will help you to gain valuable experience to enhance your resume for internships, graduate school, and full-time jobs after college. Tutoring students will also strengthen your own understanding of the material and help you prepare for graduate school entrance exams like the GRE & MCAT.
In tutors’ own words: When asked what aspect of tutoring they found most rewarding, tutors said:
  • “Helping students to understand and answer really complicated problems.”
  • “When a student says he has learned something new through tutoring.”
  • “Seeing the students bring in quizzes with higher grades.”

To complete the online application for a tutoring position, go to:
Subject Tutor Application



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