become a tutorSummer tutor applications are open April 6 - May 31

Please see Tutoring Services main page for information regarding tutoring during online instruction.

Tutor Qualifications

  • 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 
  • Earn a grade of B or higher in course(s) you want to tutor taken here at Iowa State

See the full tutor Job Description

    All tutors earn $11 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 require new tutors work at least 4 hours per week and returning tutors work at least 6 hours per week, have availability on at least 4 days per week, and we require tutors to have knowledge in the subject matter. Tutors are expected to help tutee(s) refine study skills and become independent learners. Our hope is that our tutors serve as a group facilitator, and help their tutees learn how to learn the material. 

    Hiring Process

    1. Review our list of current tutoring needs.  We cannot fill your hours unless your course(s) have been requested.
    2. Complete an application. In the summer, applications are limited to recently hired, returning tutors.
    3. You will be contacted for an interview after we review your application. We consider your application responses, courses, and schedule. 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.
    4. Read the Tutoring Services handbook.
    5. Complete a short online quiz over the handbook. Required every semester of employment.
    6. Complete required human resource forms. These forms must be returned prior to orientation.
      1. Please note that for summer, you must have a current, valid I-9 on file with HR.
    7. Log in and complete all Workday onboarding requirements.
    8. Attend new tutor orientation (2 hours). 

    This entire process should take no longer than 2 weeks. 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.

    Summer 2020 tutors must be capable and willing to tutor in an online environment.

    Please contact Rebecca Nation about the tutor hiring process if you have any questions.

    Why Become a Tutor?

    Tutoring is an excellent opportunity to build your communication and leadership skills, keep up your knowledge of completed coursework, and help others. Over 9 out of 10 tutors would recommend being a tutor!

    Here is what our tutors had to say about their experience: 

    “I really enjoy helping the students finally understand those difficult theories or topics. I enjoy being able to help them understand something that was once difficult for them.  Also, many of the people within my sessions have now become great friends outside of tutoring.”

    “Being a tutor as really helped me feel more confident as a person because I was able to really help other people. It also gives me a strong sense of responsibility for their learning.”

    “Tutoring has taught me how to be better work with other people and learn from their experiences.”

    “The sessions are interactive and I like engaging in conversation with them. By explaining the material to them, the content becomes clearer to me as well. I have certainly become more confident about myself through this process.”

    “I think tutoring really put me outside of my comfort zone which helped me grow as a person."