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How to Become a Tutor

The Tutor Program hires 70-80 tutors each year.

Applicants must:

  • be currently enrolled in a degree or certificate program at UMaine and taking at least six credit hours.
  • have earned an A or B in the course(s) they are willing to tutor.
  • have an overall GPA of at least 2.75 (3.0 or higher preferred).
  • be available to work a MINIMUM of 6 hours per week.
  • have good communication skills AND be willing to work with small groups.
  • have a high level of patience and a sincere desire to help others.

Tutors are most needed in the following subjects areas:

  • Accounting
  • Math
  • Biochemistry
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Social Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science

Tutor responsibilities:

  • Work with 2-3 groups of students for two hours (per group) each week.
  • Prepare for tutoring sessions.
  • Be aware of student progress and the various study skills and learning strategies applicable to the material covered.
  • Complete progress reports for each group in each payroll period.
  • Attend tutor training sessions provided by the Tutor Program.
  • Detailed responsibilities are more clearly outlined at the time of the interview.

Tutor benefits:

  • Tutoring is a great way to prepare for upper level courses, junior proficiencies, GREs, and other professional exams.
  • Develop and improve inter- and intrapersonal communication skills.
  • Upon completion of training and 25 hours of tutoring, tutors earn Level I certification from the College Reading and Learning Association.
  • Tutors who are hired may elect to earn 1, 2, or 3 academic credits (EDG298, a Field Experience course through the College of Education and Human Development).

To apply:

  • Students must complete an application and schedule of available hours.
  • Interviews are given to applicants who best meet the above qualifications and who can tutor the courses for which there is a demand.
  • Work-study eligible students are given first priority; but several non-work-study students are hired each year.
  • If you are interested in becoming a tutor, please stop by the office, 104 Dunn Hall.