Office of Academic Success
Becoming a Volunteer Tutor
- Application: A completed application, including a faculty nomination, may be submitted online. Tutors are selected on a rolling basis and applicants will be informed when a decision regarding your application has been made. If we have reached capacity for the number of peer tutors that can be accepted, your application will be held for consideration in the next semester when open spots become available. You will be contacted post review regarding the status of your application.
- Interview: If there is a tutoring opportunity you might be suitable for, you will be scheduled for an interview. On the day of your interview, be prepared to discuss any prior tutoring or teaching experience. Dress in clean and neat casual clothes appropriate for a student interview. Please bring questions.
- Faculty Nomination: Please have a faculty member complete the online nomination form.
- Orientation & Training: Applicants will be required to attend an orientation and training session prior to serving as Tutors. A mandatory, 2 Hour training will be offered at convenient times at the beginning of each semester.
- Grades: Applicants must be currently enrolled students who have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher to serve as Peer Tutors. All tutors must have received a grade of “B” or higher in any course they wish to tutor.
- Class Standing: Prospective peer tutors must be advanced in their curriculum to have their application fully considered.
- Second Degree Candidates - completed at least one semester (12 credits) of your academic program.
- Four Year Candidates- completed at least two semesters (or 24 credits) of your academic program.
- Commitment: We ask that peer tutors to complete a minimum of 10 contribution hours per semester.
- Appointments: Tutoring takes place by appointment only. We expect peer tutors to work directly with tutees to schedule tutoring sessions at mutually convenient times. We strongly encourage peer tutors to tutor students in groups.
- Location: All tutoring sessions must be held on campus in designated study areas within the School of Nursing or in on-campus libraries. Tutoring sessions held off campus must be in a neutral location such as a public library or coffee shop.
- Attendance/ Absence: Peer tutors must communicate directly with their tutee if a cancellation is necessary. Peer tutors should also email the Academic Support Specialist to advise of any cancellations.
- Recordkeeping: Recording tutoring sessions helps to inform faculty of academic progress and helps the Center maintain its funding. Peer tutors are expected to regularly record their tutoring sessions in our online tutor log.
- Exams: Peer tutors are not expected to donate their time during the reading period or during the exam period.
- Conduct: Peer tutors must exhibit professional conduct on campus and off campus. Adhere to tutoring guidelines and policies.
- Academic Standing: Peer tutors must be currently enrolled in one of our undergraduate programs. They must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher to continue serving as a peer tutor.
- Stipend: At the end of each semester, OAS will issue a $200 stipend to all peer tutors in good standing who have contributed at least 10 hours of service to the program.
- Rewards: Invitations to special events, academic supplies, and other gifts are made available to all our peer tutors throughout the academic year.
- Professional Reference: Peer tutors who complete two full semesters in our program and remain in good standing may use OAS as a professional reference for graduate school or prospective employers. Level IV students enrolled in our Second-Degree program are eligible to receive a reference at the end of their final semester.
Peer Tutor Locations
- Newark: Ackerson Hall & the Stanley Bergen Building
- New Brunswick: 110 Paterson & 120 Albany Street
- Blackwood: Jefferson Hall
Why Peer Tutor
- Give to a Worthy Cause: Rutgers School of Nursing is one of the largest, most comprehensive nursing schools in the nation. As a peer tutor, you will be assisting the School of Nursing in preparing the next generation of nurse practitioners, educators, and researchers who will serve communities in need both locally, nationally, and internationally for many decades.
- Enhance Your Resume: A federally funded study, conducted by the Corporation for National & Community Service, found that people who peer tutored increased their chances of finding a job by 27%. Read the study here.
- Prepare for the NCLEX: Peer tutoring challenges tutors to retain information, understand its application within a clinical setting, and explain coursework in their own words. These skills are useful when preparing for the NCLEX.
- Prepare for Your Nursing Career: During your term of service, you will develop teaching, interpersonal, and critical thinking skills that will help you advance in your nursing career.
Peer Tutor FAQ’s
- What is Faculty Nominated Peer Tutoring?
Merit-based, peer tutoring provides a small stipend, a professional reference, and other rewards to encourage currently enrolled students to serve as peer tutors. The flexibility of this model allows tutors to work directly with tutees to schedule appointments at mutually convenient times.
- What will happen to the students that already serve as peer tutors?
Students already donating their time as peer tutors will have an opportunity to continue in the program. They will not be required to complete an interview or receive a new faculty nomination.
- What if I need to cancel my tutoring appointment?
If you need to cancel your tutoring appointment, you are required to communicate directly with your tutees. Additionally, you should email the Academic Support Specialist who will attempt to find a replacement. As a courtesy, please give 24 hours advance notice of any absences.
- What if I need to take a semester off?
Peer tutors in good standing may take off a semester with the permission of the appropriate coordinator.
- Who will I tutor?
Peer tutors may only tutor for nursing courses in which the peer tutor has received a grade of B or higher.
- When will I receive my reference?
Peer tutors who complete two semesters in good standing may use the Center as a professional reference at any time. Level IV students enrolled in our Second Degree program are eligible to receive a reference at the end of their final semester.
- When will I receive my stipend?
Stipends will be processed at the end of each semester.
- Who can peer tutor?
Peer tutors must be currently enrolled students who have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher to serve as Peer Tutors. All peer tutors must have received a grade of “B” or better in any course they wish to tutor.