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Purpose of Job

The primary role of the peer tutor is to assist the students to become successful, independent learners. Peer tutors integrate effective study and learning strategies with course content to maximize the student's potential for academic progress and enhance mastery of concepts or applications of a specific course of study. All UMC Student Success Center tutoring services at UMC are provided at no additional charge to UMC students.

Benefits of Being a Peer Tutor

  • Tutors start out at a compensation of $11.00 per hour. Pay may increase with completion of UMN Crookston Peer Tutor Certification, Level and years of experience
  • Tutors develop skills in leadership, interpersonal communication, professionalism, time management, and critical thinking
  • Tutors generally experience further mastery of foundational course content, improved personal study skills, and enhanced self-confidence
  • Tutors develop improved connections with UMC students, faculty, and staff members
  • Tutors have the opportunity to help fellow students succeed academically


  • Recommendation from a faculty member in the specific subject area
  • Demonstrated success in the course to be tutored (received A or B in a course)
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational and communication skills
  • Demonstrate an excellent level of responsibility, reliability, punctuality, friendliness, patience, and sensitivity to a diversity of students
  • Good academic standing (3.0 GPA is preferred)
  • Enrolled in one of UMC's programs (minimum 6 credits)
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision

Responsibilities & Expectations

  • Treat all students, staff, faculty, visitors, etc. with respect
  • Support and encourage independent learning by applying training and following expected procedures
  • Coordinate meetings and schedules with tutees as appropriate
    • Check your UMN email account daily
    • Communicate scheduling conflicts with UMN Crookston Tutor Programming Coordinator
    • Respond to tutor assignments within 48 hours of notice
  • Tutor specific academic subjects to individuals or small groups
  • Communicate students' attendance and progress
  • Refer students to tutor coordinator:
    • When they are continually absent
    • When unsatisfactory progress is noted in sessions
    • If additional difficulties are encountered in the tutoring sessions
    • If tutor suspects student requires additional University resources
  • Serve as a resource for other tutors in same academic subject
  • Perform miscellaneous duties as directed