Become a Peer Tutor

Applications for peer tutors for the spring 2019 term are now being accepted!

The Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences is looking for academically successful (GPA 3.0 or better) students to serve as peer tutors in Physics, Biology and Chemistry. Applications will continue to be accepted until all positions are filled. Applicants are assessed for interpersonal skills, trainability, course content knowledge, and ability to commit to the training program. Interested applications must have received a grade of A- or better in the course(s) in which they would like to tutor.

Application Process

An application and two letters of reference must be submitted to the Director of Academic Success (Mary Napoli: napoli@as.pitt.edu). After applications are received and reviewed, interviews will be scheduled with qualified candidates. The interview will assess interpersonal skills, discuss academic and personal goals, and determine the compatibility of these goals with the objectives of the undergraduate tutoring program.

Applicants must also provide two letters of reference: One from a faculty member from one of the courses they wish to tutor for, and the other from another professional reference. Please have the faculty member and other reference email the recommendation to Mary Napoli at napoli@as.pitt.edu. If you have questions regarding the recommendations please send an email to the above address.The online application can be found here:

Online Application

Position Description

Peer tutors provide individual and small group tutoring sessions in subjects the tutor has attained a grade of A- or better. Peer tutors work with a wide spectrum of the student population. The Academic Success tutor functions as a guide and coach to assist students in becoming successful, independent learners. The tutor supports students in developing appropriate learning attitudes, behaviors, and understanding of content material. Tutors integrate effective study and learning strategies to maximize the tutee’s potential for academic progress and success. As a member of the tutor team, tutors maintain ongoing communication with the coordinator of the tutor program. Preference is given for tutors who can tutor at least 2 of the courses in which we offer tutoring. A list of courses we offer can be found here

Tutor Responsibilities

  1. Participate in the 1-credit required tutor preparation class held once a week. The Spring 2019 course will be held Thursdays from 12:00-12:50. 
  2. Tutor students in specific course material and integrate study and learning strategies to promote independent learning during one-on-one or drop-in settings for at least 5 but up to 10 hours per week. 

Position Requirements

An Academic Success tutor must demonstrate an ability to quickly establish rapport and communicate well with students. Also, training is an essential component of becoming a tutor. The training program allows tutors to explore their own teaching and learning styles through a combination of group discussions, interactive instruction, case studies, and individual research on subject specific tutoring strategies.Tutors are required to complete training as a CRLA Level 1 tutor. 

Tutor Program Schedule

The tutor program is available during the fall, spring, and summer terms. Individual and group tutoring begins within the first two weeks of the fall and spring terms and at the beginning of the summer term. Tutoring during the summer session will be optional for all trained tutors and will be based upon demand and student availability. Each term tutors are required to attend a full staff tutor meeting the Sunday tutoring begins (the third week of the academic term).

Hours and Compensation

Tutors work between 5 and 10 hours per week. The current starting wage is $10.00 per hour.