How to Be a Tutor

Tutoring is one of the most rewarding and enjoyable jobs on campus. The satisfaction of having made a difference in someone's academic life is enormous. Tutoring also is a great way to hone your own knowledge of a subject. The hours are flexible since the tutor arranges the meeting times and days with the tutee. Undergraduate tutors earn $10/hour and Graduate students earn $13/hour.

Am I eligible to be a tutor?

The best tutors are Duke students (sophomore- to graduate-level) who have received a grade of "B+" or better in the course in which they wish to tutor. Graduate students are also eligible to tutor in subjects they have taken at other institutions. (For the subjects and courses we cover, see Available Courses.) A good tutor must be able to teach another student how to study and review the course material, and to help them develop a long-range plan for the tutoring sessions based on the tutees learning style needs. There are three attributes that are key to being a good tutor:

Knowledge: Tutors are required to have strong working knowledge of specific course content. They also need to be able to assist the tutee in learning how to think and problem solve in the context of a specific discipline.

Interpersonal Skills: Tutors must demonstrate effective skills in working collaboratively with peers and teaching with compassion. They must be good problem solvers who are able to think and explain content is more than one way.

Organizational Abilities: Tutors must demonstrate abilities to manage tasks, maintain schedules, manage time and guide the tutoring sessions so the tutee will learn to study efficiently.

How do I become a tutor?
If you are interested in becoming a tutor: 

  • Fill out completely and then print the be a tutor application.
  • Obtain a recommendation from a faculty member who knows your knowledge and ability to tutor the subject (use page two of the application).
  • Upon completion of your application, call or email Monique Harris at the PTP office, 919-684-8832, for an interview appointment (the interview takes about 30 minutes).
  • If hired by the Tutor Coordinator, you will receive tutor training for which you will be paid. This training is a prerequisite before tutoring begins.
  • Each student (tutee) is allowed one hour of tutoring a week per class. PTP will tutor for twelve weeks each semester, prorated depending on when the tutee begins.