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

We are now accepting applications for Fall 2014 through September 23rd.

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.

*Please note: If you are invited for an interview, you will be required to provide faculty recommendations for your chosen course(s). More information about this requirement can be found on the first page of the Peer Tutor Application.

Click here to download the Peer Tutor Application

*For the fill-able form, please download the PDF in Adobe.

Please bring your completed application along with your resume to the ERC 6th Floor reception desk located at 100 Bay State Road. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Are you looking for any particular courses?

We are accepting applicants for a variety of courses, but of particular interest are students who have the ability and interest in tutoring any of the following: BI206/216, CH171/172/174, CH203/204, EC101/102, EC201/202, MA113, MA115/116, MA121/122 PY105/106, PY211/212.

I didn’t take a language course at BU; how can I get a faculty recommendation to tutor?

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. You may contact Joe Breines, resource coordinator for the departments of Romance Languages and Modern Languages & Comparative Literature, 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.

I’m only going to be able to tutor this semester; should I still apply?

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.

I am just a little below the 3.0 GPA requirement; can I still apply?

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!

I received a 5 on my AP ___ exam. Does that qualify me to tutor the course at BU?

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.

I am a first-semester first-year student; am I eligible to be a tutor?

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.

I am a graduating senior (this is my last semester at BU); am I eligible to be a tutor?

Ideally we want a candidate who can grow into the position of Peer Tutor throughout their career at Boston University, therefore we do not typically hire graduating seniors.

I’m a grad student; can I still 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.

I’m an international exchange student; can I still apply?

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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