How to Become a Tutor

Tutors for the next academic year are hired during the winter term. All tutors selected to apply for a position at the Learning Center need to have completed an online application and be recommended by at least two Hanover faculty members. If you would like to pursue a position as a tutor, please complete the online application available here.

Then talk to two of your professors and ask if they would each be willing to submit the following recommendation form on your behalf.

Recommendation Form

If you are hired as tutor, you will be required to attend 10 hours of training over 3 days during the week prior to the start of classes in late August/early September.

Tutoring positions at the Learning Center:

1. Job TitlePeer Tutor/Mentor – Generalist

Department:  Learning Center

Job Summary: Peer Tutor/Mentors help their fellow students with assignments from a wide range of humanities classes. They help with papers and presentations, research projects and reflective assignments, and even independent studies and personal statements for jobs and grad school. They also mentor students to help them improve their overall time management and study skills, working with first-year students and students on probation to assist in their adjustment to college-level academic expectations.

Essential Functions:

  • Help students with writing, speaking, and other assignments during walk-in hours and/or weekly one-on-one assignments
  • Help students with time management, study skills, and college-adjustment issues

Other Responsibilities:

  • Document tutoring sessions using electronic reporting system
  • Consult with professors in tutoring area
  • Attend 8 hours of tutor training each August
  • Attend regular staff meetings
  • Respond promptly to all communication from senior tutors and full-time staff
  • Notify professor and/or Learning Center permanent staff of any concerns or problems
  • Other duties as needed

Work Hours: 6 hours per week

Rate of Pay:  $7.95/hr

Job Qualifications of ideal candidates:

  • Recommendation by a subject-area professor
  • Excellent GPA
  • Successful interview with Learning Center director

2. Job Title:  Guided Study Group Leader 

Department:  Learning Center

Job Summary: Guided Study Group Leaders help students master a specific class by holding regular study group sessions for students in that class. They focus on understanding major concepts, developing effective problem-solving techniques, understanding professors’ expectations, and mastering the language of the discipline. They do not lecture or re-teach the material, but focus on asking questions to harness the power of the group and help direct students toward finding their own answers.

Essential Functions:

  • Hold two one-hour study group sessions per week
  • Attend class and lab as-needed basis
  • Prepare for sessions in advance (review chapter, homeworks, etc.)
  • Help students with time management, study skills, and college-adjustment issues

Other Responsibilities:

  • Document study group and tutoring sessions using electronic reporting system
  • Meet regularly with course professor and other study group leaders
  • Promote study group sessions through class and lab visits, email, etc.
  • Work any assigned open hours
  • Attend eight hours of tutor training each August
  • Attend regular staff meetings
  • Respond promptly to all communication from senior tutors and full-time staff
  • Notify professor and/or Learning Center permanent staff of any concerns or problems
  • Other duties as needed

Work Hours: 6 hours per week

Rate of Pay:  $7.95/hr

Job Qualifications of ideal candidates:

  • Recommendation by a subject-area professor
  • Excellent GPA
  • Successful interview with Learning Center director

3. Job TitlePeer Tutor/Mentor – Subject-Area Tutor 

Department:  Learning Center

Job Summary: Subject Area Tutor/Mentors help their fellow students with content knowledge, assignments, professor expectations, and study skills for a specific class or discipline. They assist students during open hours and/or through ongoing one-on-one assignments. Subject-area tutoring assignments include but are not limited to calculus, statistics, economics, biology, chemistry, geology, physics, and kinesiology and integrated physiology.

Essential Functions:

  • Help students in a particular course or discipline with content knowledge, problem-solving skills, homework assignments, professor expectations, study skills and other academic success strategies.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Document tutoring sessions using electronic reporting system
  • Consult with professors in tutoring area
  • Attend 8 hours of tutor training each August
  • Attend regular staff meetings
  • Respond promptly to all communication from senior tutors and full-time staff
  • Notify professor and/or Learning Center permanent staff of any concerns or problems
  • Other duties as needed

Work Hours: 6 hours per week

Rate of Pay:  $7.95/hr

Job Qualifications of ideal candidates:

  • Recommendation by a subject-area professor
  • Excellent GPA
  • Successful interview with Learning Center director

4. Job Title Peer Tutor/Mentor – World Languages Tutor 

Department:  Learning Center

Job Summary: World Languages tutors assist students with all aspects of their language class. They explain grammatical structures, teach learning strategies for memorizing vocabulary, review grammar vocabulary and content to help students prepare for exams.  They assist students in developing their reading comprehension skills and help them prepare for presentations and oral exams. They work during walk-in hours and/or in one-on-one assignments.

Essential Functions:

  • Help students with homework.
  • Teach learning strategies to memorize vocabulary
  • Explain grammatical structures.
  • Review grammar, vocabulary and content for presentations and oral exams
  • Assist students in developing their reading comprehension skills.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Document tutoring sessions using electronic reporting system
  • Consult with professors in tutoring area
  • Attend 8 hours of tutor training each August
  • Attend regular staff meetings
  • Respond promptly to all communication from senior tutors and full-time staff
  • Notify professor and/or Learning Center permanent staff of any concerns or problems
  • Other duties as needed

Job Qualifications:

  • Recommendation by a World Languages professor
  • Excellent GPA
  • Successful interview with Learning Center director

Work Hours: 6 hours per week

Rate of Pay:  $7.95/hr

5. Job Title:  Lead Tutor/Mentor 

Department:  Learning Center

Job Summary: Lead Tutor/Mentors serve as greeters and shift supervisors for open-hours shifts and as mentors for the tutors in their subject area. They manage traffic flow, assigning incoming students to tutors in the required subject area, call in additional tutors when needed, and make referrals when a tutor in a specific subject area is unavailable. They also perform the same basic functions as regular Learning Center tutor/mentors, helping students with assignments and time management and study skills in their designated disciplines.

Essential Functions:

  • Oversee day-to-day operation of open hours shifts
  • Greet walk-ins as they arrive at center and assign them to an appropriate tutor
  • If the appropriate tutor is not in the center, call or make contact with one who can come in or who can make an appointment with the student to meet as soon as possible.
  • Assign walk-ins in an equitable and efficient manner. (No tutor should be doing all of the work, or no work at all.)
  • Call in additional tutors as needed.
  • Troubleshoot issues, problems, questions as they arise
  • Report issues, problems, questions and concerns to full-time staff
  • Assist with development and delivery of training for tutors
  • Mentor new and returning tutors in subject area
  • Help promote the Learning Center and increase center visibility
  • Act as liaison between subject-area tutors and the center’s full-time staff
  • Organize team building events
  • Help students with work in their designated disciplines
  • Help students with time management, study skills, and college-adjustment issues

Other Responsibilities:

  • Document tutoring sessions using electronic reporting system
  • Consult with professors in tutoring area
  • Attend 10 hours of tutor training each August
  • Attend regular staff meetings
  • Respond promptly to all communication from tutors and full-time staff
  • Notify Learning Center permanent staff of concerns or problems
  • Other duties as needed

Job Qualifications:

  • Must be current Learning Center tutor
  • Recommendation by a subject-area professor
  • Excellent GPA
  • Successful interview with Learning Center full-time staff

Work Hours: 4 hours per week

Rate of Pay:  $7.95/hr