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Peer tutoring is a rewarding experience that allows you to serve your fellow students and gain valuable experience while doing it. ARC tutors can make a big difference working with their tutees and also hone their own skills in the process. Our team consists of more than 60 tutors who help in high-demand subjects and courses. We also have academic coaches who work with students holistically, dealing with stress related to classes, time management and study strategies.
To become a tutor, you must be at least a sophomore and have earned an A- or higher in the course you wish to tutor. We hire tutors based on demand, so we will contact you if there is a demand for your subject matter.
If you would like to become a tutor and join our team, fill out our application. We review all applications we receive; qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview.
Whether you’ve been with ARC for a while or are just getting started, the following information will help you stay on top of your responsibilities as a tutor.
As part of the onboarding/orientation process, new tutors must:
As a tutor, you will be assigned a student with whom you will work one-on-one, or you will be assigned drop-in hours. Please note:
Your responsibilities will vary depending on the tutoring assignments you receive.
Appointment Tutors: You will be emailed a list of students assigned to you or will meet students in the ARC. Contact your tutee within 24 hours by email using the SSC to make an appointment.
Drop-in tutors: Shifts are usually two to three hours, Monday through Friday, between 12-6 p.m. Students will be encouraged to attend your scheduled hours. Drop-in tutors can also take appointments.
Academic Coaches: Provide skills support, structure, motivation, and connections to your students. You will help them build confidence, get organized, connect with campus resources and help overcome challenges.
Tutor/Academic Coaching Contract
Tutors and academic coaches may use the Tutor/Academic Coaching Contract for all weekly and biweekly appointments. Please review it in detail at your first tutoring session. The tutee will keep the top portion and the ARC will keep the bottom. Place the bottom portion in your mailbox once it is signed.
Becoming a certified tutor is a great addition to your resume or CV. The ARC offers a certification through the College Reading and Learning Association and has been awarded Level I Certified Tutor, Level II Advanced Certified Tutor, and Level III Master Certified Tutor. Each level consists of an additional 20 hours of training and an additional 25 hours of tutoring. For Level II and III certification, tutors will create and implement a tutor training workshop. Once a tutor has completed the Level requirements, they must complete a certification application that can be picked up from the ARC Director. For more information on the CRLA certification, please visit the CRLA website.
While all tutors have their own style of tutoring, there are still some commonalities in every tutoring session. Here are some tips for getting started.
Please review the Association for the Tutoring Profession's Code of Ethics:
Thank you for your interest in becoming a tutor for the Academic Resource Center (ARC) at the University at Buffalo. We are looking for tutors who are at least junior status or higher and have earned an A- or better in the course(s) they wish to tutor, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
Please complete and submit the online application that follows. We will only be contacting those individuals that are qualified for the position; there is no need to contact us. The position is based on student demand, therefore there is no guarantee of being hired after submitting your application.
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