How to Become a Tutor

female tutoring male studentApplicants must:

  • be enrolled in a degree/certificate program at UMaine and be taking at least six credits.
  • have earned an A or B in the course(s) they are willing to tutor.
  • have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 (3.0 or higher preferred).
  • be available to work a minimum of 6 hours per week.
  • have strong 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:

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

Tutor responsibilities:

  • Work with groups of students for two hours (per group) each week.
  • Prepare for tutoring sessions.
  • Be aware of student progress and the various study skills/learning strategies applicable to the material covered.
  • Complete progress report(s) each payroll period.
  • Attend tutor training sessions to fulfill CRLA certification requirements.
  • Detailed responsibilities are more clearly outlined at the time of the interview.

Tutor benefits:

  • Tutoring is a beneficial way to prepare for upper level courses, 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 and a Level I Engaged Black Bear Digital Badge.
  • Tutors who are hired may elect to earn 1, 2, or 3 academic credits (EHD298, a Field Experience course through the College of Education and Human Development).

To apply:

  • Students must complete an application and schedule of availability.
  • Interviews are given to applicants who best meet the above qualifications and who can tutor courses for which there is a demand.
  • The Tutor Program hires both work-study and non work-study students.
  • If you are interested in becoming a tutor, please stop by the office, 104 Dunn Hall.