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Become a Tutor

Become a Tutor

Peer Tutors

New peer tutors will receive at least 21 hours of tutor training in August before classes begin. Our program has been certified through the College Reading and Learning Association's (CRLA) international tutor certification program.

Requirements of Tutors

  • Has completed freshman year and earned at least a 3.0 GPA
  • A or A- in the course to be tutored; completion of a more in- depth course in the same subject may be substituted for the actual course
  • Interview with and approval of The Learning Center coordinator
  • Faculty recommendation from the instructor of the course to be tutored

Responsibilities of Tutors

  • To meet scheduled appointments on time and to be prepared for each session
  • To exhibit the behaviors of a model student (e.g. attend classes; complete assignments) and campus citizen
  • To accept tutees and faculty members in a positive, non-judgmental way
  • To maintain confidentiality about the tutoring relationship and to ensure that any information about the tutee is given only to appropriate Penn State faculty or staff
  • To adhere to the schedule s/he sets up at the beginning of the semester and not drop or re-arrange appointment times excessively to suit new circumstances
  • To refer the tutee to an appropriate resource person when the tutee's needs are beyond the tutor's capability and/or scope to provide effective help

Office Aides

Office Aides use a data entry system to log student use in the Learning Center. In addition, office aides will perform typical clerical duties, such as filing, typing, scanning, copying, scheduling appointments, answering phones, and taking messages. Hours may vary weekly, depending on need. Office aides must have an overall GPA of at least 2.0. Be aware that only students having work-study status are eligible. If you are unsure of your work-study status, contact the Student Aid Office.