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Become a Tutor
Interesting in Becoming a Tutor?
Interested in becoming a tutor? We are now accepting applications for the FALL 2023 semester!
We want to make sure that all students who are selected are successful during our interview process. Please refer to the Douglas College Career Centre for proper interviewing etiquette to prepare and enrich your interview experience.
Get paid for work, up to 20 hours per week.
Help your peers become better students and simultaneously improve your study skills.
Develop your communication and leadership skills.
Get internationally recognized tutor accreditation from the College Reading and Learning Association.
Required Qualifications for all Tutors
All candidates must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher (a "B" average or better) in 9 credits of work completed at Douglas College (or equivalent courses elsewhere). In addition, tutor candidates must meet the criteria listed below describing the subject area they wish to tutor.
As part of the interview process, you must provide contact information for two (2) instructors as references; at least one instructor should be from the course or subject area that you’d like to tutor. We recommend that you contact these instructors to ask them if they will be a reference for you when you apply for the position.
We will also ask you to provide a work or volunteer reference as part of the interview process.
Writing tutors are strong writers themselves; they want to continue to improve their own writing while learning how to help other students with writing assignments at all levels and in all courses. We highly encourage multilingual students to apply to share their strategies with others.
To be successful in this role you will need:
- Strong writing skills (defined as a B or better in ENGL 1130 and other writing courses)
- Basic understanding of integrating sources into writing using APA, MLA and/or Chicago style
- Ability to interpret assignment instructions and criteria for writing assignments
Plus these skills for asynchronous Writing Tutors:
- Proficiency using the internet and Microsoft Word (experience using Outlook and OneNote is a bonus)
- Demonstrated ability to be reliable, punctual, self-directed, and able to follow procedures
Please note that at your interview, you will also be asked to submit two writing samples from different departments or types of courses. These should be assignments you have written for a course that demonstrate your writing style and ability in two different types of academic writing assignments.
Content or Subject Area Tutor
Course content tutors in the Learning Centre help students learn core course concepts with an emphasis on study skills and self-reliant learning. These tutors work with students to help them learn the skills to succeed in the classes they are in, as well as skills they can take with them throughout their college career.
Anatomy and Physiology Tutor
"B" or better in BIOL 1103 and BIOL 1203 (or equivalent) and recommendation of BIOL instructor
Science and Math Tutor
"B" or better in first-year science courses (eg BIOL 1110, PHYS 1104 or CHEM 1110) and recommendation of science instructor
"B" or better in ACCT 1110 and ACCT1210, a "B" average or better in Accounting, Business, and/or Economics courses, and recommendation of ACCT instructor
"B" or better in BUSN 1320, a "B" average or better in Accounting, Business, and/or Economics courses, and recommendation of BUSN instructor
"B" or better in ECON 1150 and 1250, a "B" average or better in Accounting, Business, and/or Economics courses, and recommendation of ACCT instructor Marketing Tutor
"B" or better in FINC 1231, a "B" average or better in Accounting, Business, and/or Economics courses, and recommendation of FINC instructor
"B" or better in MARK 1120, a "B" average or better in Accounting, Business, and/or Economics courses, and recommendation of MARK instructor
Computer Skills Tutor
"B" or better in CSIS 1175, a "B" average or better in CSIS courses, and recommendation of CSIS instructor
Psychology and Stats Tutor
"B" or better in PSYC 1100, 1200 and 2300, a "B" average or better in Psychology courses, and recommendation of PSYC instructor
"B" or better in PHIL 1101, a "B" average or better in Philosophy courses, and recommendation of PHIL instructor
Sport Science Tutor
"B" or better in Sports Science and other required science courses, and recommendation of Sport Science faculty
Recommendation of language faculty chair.
Nursing or Psych Nursing Tutor
"B" average or better in Biology, Psychology, Psych Nursing, or Nursing courses OR meets criteria for writing tutor above. Recommendation of instructor.
"B" average or better in MUSC courses and a recommendation from the MUSC faculty chair.
Other qualifications may apply. Peer Tutors must meet criteria determined by the college to be hired as Student Assistants.
Before meeting with your first student, you will complete two weeks of training, which includes an orientation to the Learning Centre, readings in our tutoring manual, videos, activities and observations of more experienced tutors. Tutor training always takes place in the Learning Centre. All tutors do both pre-service and in-service training.
As a new tutor, you will be observed by faculty in one of your tutoring sessions near the end of the term and given feedback to improve your tutoring strategies.
Tutors complete between 30-60 hours of training per semester and can earn up to three levels of CRLA International Tutor Training Certification. Benefits to these high-achieving students include a deeper learning of basic skills in their courses, improved awareness of their own study skills, and increased professional and personal communication skills.
New tutors usually complete Level 1 CRLA training in your first term and returning tutors continue their training to achieve CRLA levels 2 and 3.