Study group in Hixson-Lied
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Become a Tutor

Summer 2017 applications open April 3. Please note we can only hire previously hired ASC tutors for the summer term.

  • Applications are reviewed daily throughout the week by tutoring staff. We will contact you for an interview if you are eligible. 
  • Interviews are held, on average, 4x throughout the week.
  • Orientations are held, on average, 3x throughout the week for tutors who are eligible to be hired after the interview process.

The above statements only apply during the fall and spring semesters. 

Tutoring is an excellent opportunity to build your communication and leadership skills, keep up your knowledge of completed coursework, and help others. It can also help build your resume for future jobs!

Each semester, we hire more than 300 tutors and provide training and professional development opportunities. Current undergraduate students interested in becoming a tutor should review our list of current tutoring needs.

Tutors provide academic support to students in a variety of undergraduate courses and help shape students' experience at Iowa State. A variety of workshops are held each semester to help you become a better tutor.

Job Description and Requirements

All tutors earn $9.50 an hour. Each tutoring group meets at a consistent day and time twice a week for 50 minutes during the academic year and three times per week during the summer.  We prefer tutors who can work at least 4-6 hours per week and who have availability on at least 4 days per week.

Job Description


  • Be enrolled as an Iowa State University undergraduate student
  • Complete at least one (1) semester at Iowa State University
  • Have an ISU cumulative GPA of 2.5 (2.75 or higher preferred)
  • Earn a grade of B or higher in course(s) you want to tutor

Skill Requirements

  • Knowledge of subject matter
  • Ability to effectively communicate subject matter
  • Respect toward others (tutees, tutors, ASC staff, etc.)
  • Application of different learning strategies including active learning and peer-to-peer techniques
  • Interest in helping others learn in groups of 2-5 students
  • Ability to listen and answer questions during tutoring sessions
  • Good time management and organization skills

Tutor Expectations

  • Serve as a group facilitator, not a second lecturer
  • Set goals and/or expectations during the first few sessions
  • Provide support for content and concept understanding, not direct answers to anything graded (homework, projects, quizzes, etc.)
  • Help tutee(s) learn how to learn the material
  • Help tutee(s) refine study skills and become independent learners


Hiring Process

If you are interested in being a tutor, the process consists of the following steps:

  1. Complete or test out of the course(s) you would like to tutor. Preference is given to tutors who have completed the coursework at Iowa State.
  2. Review our list of current tutoring needs.  We can only offer tutoring for a course that has been requested.
  3. Complete an application. In the summer, applications are limited to returning tutors.
  4. Schedule an interview. Interviews take place in groups. This is your chance to demonstrate the skills we look for in our tutors. If you require accommodations for your interview please let us know when you schedule your interview.
  5. Read the tutoring handbook and blackboard resources.
  6. Complete a short online quiz with 80% pass rate.
  7. Complete required human resource forms. These forms must be returned prior to orientation.
  8. Attend new tutor orientation (2 hours).

Please note: Hiring decisions are based on your application responses, interview, and successful completion of the online quiz and orientation. ASC reserves the right to limit hours and/or requests for courses submitted by tutors at any point in the semester.

Tutor Comments

I have loved being a tutor and it has enhanced my communication and leadership skills.

[Being a tutor] has been one of my most valuable experiences this semester.

I've really enjoyed being a tutor and hope I can for many semesters to come. It has helped me improve many aspects of my personal and academic life and I would recommend it to everyone

I am really glad that I became a tutor. I learned a lot of good skills like time and group management skills, as well as enhancing my ability to talk to groups.

I've enjoyed tutoring this semester. I learn a lot about how to communicate with students who have different levels of understanding about the subject. I have been forced to be more patient with others. I feel like I have an investment in how well the students do on their tests so I really want them to do well.

Contact Us

If you have a question regarding Tutoring Services look over our Frequently Asked Questions. For all other inquiries, please call our office (515-294-6624), e-mail, or contact our staff directly.