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Our goal is to help Western students acquire and maintain skills necessary to become confident, successful college students.
Tutors provide academic assistance to other students. Appointments are usually one-on-one for 30 to 60 minute intervals. Although tutors do NOT do a student’s homework or assignments, they work to increase understanding and improve the skills of the students they work with.
Depending on your subject area, you may:
- work on problems and procedures that students have difficulty with
- practice language skills
- work on improving study skills like notetaking, textbook reading, studying for tests, time management, etc.
- work with one student or several, one time only or throughout the term
Tutors will encourage students to participate in class, utilize their professors outside of class, read their syllabus and assignments thoroughly, and to ask questions if they don’t understand. The goal of tutoring is to foster student independence, help students help themselves by stimulating active learning and building confidence in their own abilities.
- Tutors must have an overall 3.0 GPA with A’s and B’s in the courses they wish to tutor.
- They need to have good communication skills and be sensitive and flexible to work with a diverse student population.
- They must be a dependable, on-time employee.
Salary – the choices for tutor compensation are:
- Salary – It is not mandatory for tutors to qualify for work-study money. Hourly wages begin at $10.25.
- Academic credit – Tutors can earn 1 to 3 hours of credit per term. For each credit hour, the tutor must be available to tutor 2 hours per week. Interested students should contact a faculty advisor in the area tutored, fill out a “By Arrangement” form, and turn it in to the Registrar. The faculty advisor will decide whether there will be any special project or evaluation attached to the experience. Credit is usually a 400 level practicum.
- ICSP – Some international students have a scholarship that requires time doing community service. In our case, tutoring fits their requirement.
- Volunteer – Some students don’t need the money or the credit and choose to volunteer. It is a valuable experience to reinforce subject knowledge, practice communication and teaching skills, and looks great on a resume.
Tutors usually schedule 2-6 hours a week to be available for appointments. If they find there is a greater need from students and have more time available, they may expand their hours. Tutors are paid for the hours they actually work with students and hours are not guaranteed. Attendance will be required for some training sessions.
We are always looking for qualified tutors. If there isn’t an immediate opening, your application will be kept on file to fill needs as they come up.
Please contact the SSA office to find out what subjects applications are being accepted for.