Loyola University Chicago

Tutoring Center

Student Academic Services

Tutoring Center Peer Leaders

Tutoring Center Peer Leaders are selected for their demonstrated academic abilities in the classroom, interpersonal and communication skills, and drive to assist their peers in being successful. Peer leaders have achieved grades "A-" or higher in their course they serve. Upon being selected for the position, peer leaders undergo a rigorous training process on how to best facilitate a positive and productive learning environment for students, best practices for serving as a peer mentor, and how to collaborate with faculty and staff to support student success.

Applications for spring 2019 are currently closed. Please check back in March for fall 2019 applications. Please read below for more information on positions.

Tutoring Center Peer Leader Positions 

Supplemental Instruction (SI) Leader (hiring for various courses): Supplemental Instruction targets historically difficult courses and places an SI leader, an upperclass student leader who previously earned an A- or above and went through a rigorous application and training program, in the class. The SI leader attends all class sessions and holds scheduled weekly SI sessions (3 50-minute sessions per week) to assist students with understanding what to learn and how to learn it based off of the professor’s lectures. A typical SI session might have an SI Leader facilitating peer-to-peer collaborative learning activities to deepen understanding and application of course concepts, as well as giving students an opportunity to ask the SI leader and their peers questions about the material all while strengthening study strategies. This position is typically 8-9 hours per week.

Group Peer Tutoring and One-on-One Peer Tutoring (hiring for various courses): The difference between Supplemental Instruction and peer tutoring is that the student brings their questions to the peer tutor, and in contrast to SI, the peer tutor traditionally does not prepare various activities or problems on course content for attendees in their sessions. Peer tutors also do not attend class with the students. The ideal candidate for serving as a peer tutor is a student who is very knowledgeable about the subject they are tutoring, can tutor multiple courses in a given subject, and can assist students in leading them to the right answer without directly giving them the answer. Often times tutoring is for special populations, such as Student Accessibility Center students (formerly known as Services for Students with Disabilities), ACE, or Athletes. This position is typically 5-8 hours per week.

Language Tutoring: In collaboration with the Language Learning Resource Center (LLRC), there are opportunities for students to apply for a Language Tutoring position. Tutoring sessions are held at the LLRC for various languages including Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, and Spanish. It is expected that the tutor’s language courses (at least one) have been taken at Loyola and are at the 250 or above level plus a 300 level course. Language Tutors must have a recommendation from a full-time professor or a section head in the language they wish to tutor. This position is typically 4-8 hours per week.

Position Qualifications:

  • 3.2 Minimum Cumulative GPA
  • At least an A- earned in course(s) wishing to serve as a Tutoring Center peer leader
  • Full time (12 or more credits) undergraduate student 
  • Attend a mandatory in-person training Thursday, January 10 and Friday, January 11, 2019 (if a student is living on campus arrangements will be made to move in early)
  • Attend bi-weekly staff meetings Tuesdays at 6 pm in spring 2019
  • Excellent leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to facilitate a learning environment from groups of 1 to 30 students 

Position Benefits:

  • Competitive pay benefits ($12 per hour) 
  • Helping your peers achieve their student success goals
  • Getting to know a faculty member
  • Gain leadership experience and competency development through continuous trainings
  • Meet fellow peer leaders who are passionate about helping other Ramblers and your area of study
  • Stay current on your own knowledge of the subject area
  • On-campus flexibility (location, schedule is according to your availability)

Sample Interview Timeline for Spring 2019

  • New Tutoring Center Peer Leader Applications Due Thursday, October 18 at 11:59 pm. The application can be found here
  • Group interview offers extended via email by November 1 
  • Group interviews will take place the weeks of November 5 and November 12
  • Offers out the week of December 3