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How to Apply to Become a Peer Tutor

Peer Writing Tutors

The Hunter College RWC is a peer tutoring program that offers writing support to all students in the college.

Just as students from all majors and disciplines may find themselves in need of writing support, students from all majors and disciplines can offer writing support. Good peer writing tutors:

  • are not only strong academic writers, but are also comfortable talking about writing
  • have good verbal communication skills and work well with others
  • can take constructive feedback
  • are willing to learn new pedagogical strategies and methods.

If that sounds like you, then we invite you to apply to become a peer writing tutor.

Minimum Requirements

If you would like to become a peer writing tutor, you must:

  • be matriculated at Hunter, either as an undergraduate or graduate student
  • have at least two semesters before graduation, and be able to tutor for the next two semesters
  • have completed the following:
    • Composition 1 (ENGL 120 or equivalent)
    • Composition 2 (ENGL 220, AFPRL 238, ASIAN 221, MEDIA 211, or equivalent)
    • at least one upper-level class that required a signifcant amount of writing
  • be able to attend our weekly paid staff meeings on Tuesday from 3pm to 3:45pm

If you do not meet these requirements, we will not be able to consider your application.

We prefer to hire tutors who have at least a 3.0 GPA.

The Application Process

Tutors are hired on the basis of two interviews, an academic writing sample, and a piece of extemporaneous writing, which reflects on the part two interview. We do not require a resume or CV. References and/or recommendations from faculty are welcome, but are not required.

  • The first interview is a group interview that focuses on the RWC's pedagogical principles. Part one interviews typically run 90-120 minutes.
  • The second interview is an individual interview that focuses on the practical application of the RWC's pedagogical principles. Part two interviews typically run 60-90 minutes.
  • The academic writing sample should be a 5-10 page paper from a recent class. The paper should incorporate secondary research and should be documented in accordance with either MLA, APA, or Chicago citation styles.

All interviews for the Fall semester are conducted in July. All interviews for the Spring semester are conducted in January.

We accept applications on a rolling basis throughout the academic year. The deadline is June 25 for Fall applicants and December 25 for Spring applicants. 

If you apply after the deadline, we may have to defer your application to the next semester.

Workload and Compensation

Tutors are hired as College Assistants, and are represented by DC-37. Currently, the salary for tutors is $16.00 per hour.

First-semester tutors are expected to tutor 5-9 hours per week, plus attend a weekly staff meeting, which is an additional paid hour. After the first semester, you would be able to tutor more than 9 hours or fewer than 5.

The RWC is open for in-person tutoring Mon-Fri, and for video tutoring on weekends and some evenings. We expect all tutors to work at least some hours in person, which can be supplemented by virtual hours. If you choose to work virtual hours, you will need to supply your own device and have a reliable internet connection.

Click here to fill out our Tutor Application Form.

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