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ASU Tutoring: Student Employment

Purpose of Tutors

Tutors provide help with time management skills, critical thinking, and study skills strategies specific to the subject (such as note-taking, understanding lectures, and test-taking skills). The goal of ASU Tutoring is to help students become independent learners. Tutors see students on a walk-in basis – no appointment is necessary—and individual tutoring sessions last about 30 minutes. To ensure each tutoring session is beneficial and productive, students should do their class assignments before visiting a tutor. Students should come prepared with all necessary materials (textbooks, syllabus, class notes, etc.) and have specific questions prepared for their tutors. Here are a few things students should know about ASU Tutoring:

  • Tutors will not do homework.
  • Tutors will not give the answers.
  • Tutors will help review course work.
  • Tutors will explain concepts, rules and methods that students do not understand.

ASU Tutoring Provides Support in These Subjects/Disciplines:*

  • Accounting
  • Animal Science
  • Astronomy
  • General Business
  • Biology for non-science majors
  • Biology (all courses)
  • Communications
  • General Chemistry I and II
  • Organic Chemistry I and II
  • Federal & State Government I and II
  • History (all courses)
  • Kinesiology
  • Nursing
  • Physics
  • Psychology

Benefits to Tutors

As a Tutor, you will receive valuable training in addition to teaching and tutoring experience that can help solidify your subject knowledge and understanding of key course concepts. If you are interested in graduate school or are studying to become a teacher, being a Tutor offers you an excellent introduction to these fields. As a Tutor, you can also expect to develop and improve the following skills:

  • Public speaking and interpersonal communications
  • Organization
  • Time management
  • Session planning (lesson plans)
  • Leadership
  • Problem-solving
  • Critical thinking

Additionally, all Tutors have the opportunity to work toward CRLA professional tutor certification (Level I/Regular Tutor, Level II/Advanced Tutor and Level III/Master Tutor). Each level offers an introspective look at the learning process, learning styles and learning assistance as a way to help Tutors improve their tutoring skills. Each level also includes a raise in pay.


  • Offer 30-minutes tutoring sessions (work hours are flexible)
  • Combine study skill strategies with course content.
  • Maintain a weekly tutoring schedule.
  • Keep accurate records and use required forms.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with instructors, students and tutoring staff.


  • Maintain at least a 3.0 GPA.
  • Be a sophomore, junior, senior or graduate student.
  • Have attended ASU for at least one year.
  • Have support from the faculty and department (2 letters of reference).
  • Possess good interpersonal communication skills.
  • Show evidence of excellence in responsibility, reliability and punctuality.
  • Possess strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Exhibit appropriate and professional behavior at all times.
  • Attend pre-term tutor training (or mid-semester tutor training).

Hourly Wage: $9 per hour
Required Hours: 5 hours minimum/17.5 hours maximum per week, extremely flexible

*Students seeking help with writing, or mathematics will be referred to the Writing Center or Math Lab.

ASU Tutoring

Apply Now

Interested in becoming an SI Leader or Tutor? Complete this online application and submit electronically; then provide the SMART Learning Office (3rd floor of Library, Room A 312) with your transcripts and two letters of recommendation from ASU faculty.


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Read these frequently asked questions about becoming an Tutor/SI leader.

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Benefits of Becoming a tutor/
SI Leader

The Supplemental Instruction Office at ASU was awarded certification by the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA). By achieving this status, the SI Office is authorized to certify student tutors at these levels:

  • Level I/Regular Tutor
  • Level II/Advanced Tutor
  • Level III/Master Tutor

For more information, contact the SI Office.