Work for us
Tutors and Supplemental Instruction leaders are an important part of the Campus Learning Center team. These student employees work within their area of academic expertise to assist students with study skills and other learning strategies.
Candidates for this position must meet the following minimum requirements to be considered:
- 3.2 cumulative GPA or higher
- Earned 40 credit hours at VCU
- Enrolled in at least 6 undergraduate or 4.5 graduate credits at VCU
- Commitment to working a full semester
- Attendance at orientation
- Available to work a minimum of 10 hours per week
How to submit
If you are interesting in becoming a tutor or SI Leader, please click the link below to complete the application. Before beginning the application please make sure you are logged out of any non-VCU gmail accounts.
*In order to submit this application, you must be logged into your VCU gmail account and no other gmail account (such as a personal gmail account). Alternatively, open an incognito window or tab and log-in to your VCU gmail account only to access the application.
Recruitment, interviews and orientation
Tutors and SI Leaders are recruited in several ways, including through the following:
- Interest meetings each semester, typically held in October and April
- Targeted email blasts to students who meet the minimum requirements
- Contact directly through on-campus constituencies, including academic advisors and teaching faculty
- On-campus career fairs
Tutors and SI Leaders are hired before the start of each semester (fall and spring); we do not hire for winter intersession or summer. Hiring is based on specific course needs for the upcoming semester. Interested students may apply at any time, but applications submitted at least two months prior to the start of each semester will be given priority. Complete applications are kept on file for two to three hiring cycles, after which they are removed from consideration.
Applicants will be contacted if they are selected for an interview. Interviews for each fall hiring cycle take place in May, June and July. Interview for each spring semester take place in November and December. In order to comply with VCU Human Resources hiring policies and practices, and to ensure that new hire paperwork is completed on time, all new hire offers must be accepted by the end of July for the fall semester and by the end of December for the spring semester. Prospective tutors and SI Leaders who cannot attend orientation are not eligible to be hired.
Opportunities and benefits
Some opportunities and benefits of working as a tutor or SI Leader include:
- Reviewing informaiton for graduate-level and other exams (MCAT, DAT, GRE, CPA, for example)
- Networking with faculty and staff
- Building teaching, interpersonal, communication and leadership skills
- Convenience of an on-campus job
- Competitive pay
- Working with peers
- Federal Work Study funds are accepted (but not required)
Required training for tutors and SI Leaders
Tutors are trained in accordance with College Reading and Learning Association guidelines. CRLA is an international organization that certifies tutoring programs around the world.
SI Leaders are trained in accordance with best practices from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, which created the Supplemental Instruction model.
Level I tutor training focuses on educating new tutors about policies and procedures, ways to effectively communicate and plan sessions, and the best methods for different types of tutoring.
Level I training includes these sessions:
- Communication skills
- Ethics of tutoring
- Goal setting and session planning
- Introduction to tutoring
- Policies and procedures
- The tutoring cycle
- Tutoring for finals
- Tutoring strategies
- VCU campus resources
Level II tutor training is a more detailed program, focusing on visual aids, developing and using probing questions, what to expect with the students and how to address learning disabilities.
Level II training includes these sessions:
- Characteristics of adult learners
- Content area tutoring (two parts)
- Cultural awareness
- Group tutoring strategies
- Identifying learning styles
- Learning disabilities
- Review of Level I
- Use of probing questions
- Using visual aids