Educational Resource Center

Peer Tutor

“There are so many benefits to working as a tutor, such as reinforcing your personal knowledge of the topic and improving communication and public speaking skills, as well as interpersonal skills. This job is quite applicable to many post-undergraduate careers.”—former ERC Peer Tutor

Peer Tutoring Mission

The Peer Tutoring Program offered through the ERC at Boston University assists students in developing strong study skills and an awareness of their own learning processes, thereby promoting independent learning. Peer Tutors offer guidance and support to students in their pursuit of academic achievement.

Position Requirements

In order to apply to be a Peer Tutor, you must be an undergraduate student in good academic, disciplinary, and financial standing at Boston University, as verified by the ERC. You need to have a cumulative GPA at BU of 3.0 or higher, as well as achieving a grade of B or better in whichever course(s) you wish to tutor.

Candidates must also:

  • Be available to tutor at least four hours every week
  • Commit at least two consecutive semesters to the position.

Frequently Asked Questions

Applications are being accepted for a range of courses, including but not limited to the following: CH101/102, CH109/110, CH171/172/174, CH203/204, MA116, MA213/214, MA123, PY105/106, QM221/222, AC221/222

If you haven’t taken a language course at BU, either because you’re a native speaker or you excelled in the language prior to BU, we will still require a faculty recommendation.  Recommendations are only requested of those students who have been invited to interview.  You may contact Mary Beth Guzman, Assistant Director of Language Instruction and Language Advising, to arrange a meeting with a faculty member in the language of your choice. The faculty member will help to determine your skill level in the language and provide the appropriate evaluation.

We are looking for students who can commit at least two consecutive semesters to the position. If you think that there is a good chance you can’t make this commitment, we would prefer it if you did not apply until you are able to meet this preference.

We’re sorry, but you must have a 3.0 or higher to apply, even if you’re at a 2.9. Keep improving and think about applying as soon as you reach the 3.0. If you need some help making those adjustments, we welcome you to use the resources at the ERC!

A score of 5, while commendable, does not meet the requirements of the Peer Tutoring Program. We cannot accept this as an equivalent to taking the course at BU.

If it’s your first semester at BU, you aren’t eligible for a position. We require that you complete at least one semester at BU before we can consider your application. Take this first semester to build a strong foundation at BU and then consider applying next semester.

If you have only 1 semester left at BU, you would not be able to commit to our 2 consecutive semester requirement and therefore aren’t eligible to apply.

Unfortunately, we do we do not typically hire graduate students for this position. The Peer Tutoring Program at the ERC is a peer-based program; therefore, we prefer to hire undergraduates who have not only recently completed the courses they wish to tutor in, but have also taken these courses at BU. We review graduate student applications on a case-by-case basis.

We require that you complete at least one semester at BU before we can consider your application. If it’s your first semester at BU, you aren’t eligible for a position. Additionally, we expect our tutors to work for two consecutive semesters. An exchange student attending BU for one semester or one year would not meet our requirements.

If you have any additional questions regarding the application process, please contact Michael Lantvet at mlantvet@bu.edu.

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