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Being a Subject Tutor for the StAAR Center is a highly selective academic leadership position at Tufts. These tutors conduct small group and drop-in tutoring sessions, run weekly study groups, lead exam review sessions, develop engaging academic workshops and programs, mentor new tutors, and work to further the ARC mission. We accept applications from students who would like to tutor Math, Chemistry, Economics, Biology, Computer Science, Engineering Science, Psychology, Physics, and all languages.

Compensation and Time Commitment:

  • Subject Tutors are paid $1680.00/semester, paid weekly, with an automatic pay increase after the first year.
  • Hours vary and are flexible, but tutors are expected to be available for 8 hours a week of work.
  • Participation in initial training and workshop development, August 31st-September 4th, 2020. This training time is mandatory, so applicants who wish to be both a Subject Tutor and an RA, Orientation Leader, New Writing Fellow, Eco Rep, or Culture Center Peer Leader must prioritize StAAR Center Training ahead of other activities during this period.
  • Participation in Fall 2021 Peer Pedagogy Seminar (Ex-College Course, 3 SHU’s, graded P/F): Thursdays, 4:30-7:00pm
  • Participation in Spring Semester Ongoing Training Meetings (monthly) led by StAAR Staff.

Eligibility: First-year, sophomore, and junior undergraduates from any major (and undeclared students) can apply to be a Subject Tutor. We strongly encourage applications from students who identify as Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, multiracial, or POC, as well as from students from other underrepresented groups and students who are bilingual/multilingual. 

Qualifications: If you are a Tufts Undergraduate who has taken and done well in the required courses (listed below) and have excellent interpersonal skills, you are an ideal candidate. We look for tutors who can build rapport and establish trust with their students, who can convey complex material effectively and articulately. Great tutors have the qualities of a leader: a personable and approachable demeanor, the ability to collaborate effectively with others, a positive attitude, a willingness to help their peers, and integrity. Previous teaching or tutoring experience is helpful, but not required.

We are hiring as subject-area specialists. Applicants should have taken a majority of the courses listed in order to be considered for the position.  While it is not imperative that applicants have taken all of the listed courses, preference will be given to more advanced students. For example, if you are applying to tutor Chemistry but have not yet taken Biochemistry (171/172) you may still apply. Tutors will mainly work on courses in their subject areas. On the interest form, students with qualifications across different subject areas will be asked to list their first and second-choice subjects. There is no GPA or letter-grade requirements. We find that sometimes the best tutors are those that struggled in the earlier phases of the course, but who learned how to study the material and progressively improved as the course continued. 

Below is the list of courses which are most commonly tutored:

  • Biology – 13, 14, 41, and 152
  • Chemistry – 1, 2, 51 and 171 (11 and 12 are acceptable alternatives to 1 and/or 2)
  • Math – 32, 34, 42, 51, 61, 70
  • Economics – 5, 11, 12, 13, 60
  • ALL Languages – 1, 2, 3, 4, 21, 22 (or equivalents)
  • Physics – 1, 2, 11, 12 (11 and 12 are acceptable alternatives to 1 and/or 2)
  • Computer Science 11, 15
  • Engineering – 2, 3, 5, 7, 9

To apply: You will need a resume and a recommendation from Tufts faculty or staff. For full details about the position and application process, links to the application and recommendation portals, and links to the info sessions, visit our website.

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