Rock Valley College

Become a Tutor

Preliminary Information on Becoming a Peer Tutor

A peer tutor is a student employee position. Be sure to familiarize yourself with our student employment policies and procedures.

Eligibility Requirements for Student Employment

  • To tutor during the fall or spring semester, you must be registered for at least six credit hours that semester.
  • You may not audit these hours or take them pass/fail.
  • If you drop below six credit hours, your employment will be immediately terminated.
  • You do not need to be registered to tutor during the summer semester as long as you are registered for at least six credit hours in the fall semester or can provide evidence of transferring to another institution.
  • You do not need to qualify for financial aid to work as a tutor, but you must have a complete financial aid file which begins with submitting the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).  For information regarding the status of your financial aid file, please contact Financial Aid at (815) 921-4150 or visit them on the second floor of the Student Center.

Please refer to the current Student Employment Handbook for further information regarding eligibility requirements for on campus student employment.

In addition, peer tutors must:

  • have and maintain an overall GPA of at least 3.00;
  • be referred by a faculty member or instructor;
  • complete a standard interview with the Tutor Supervisor

You must participate in a training program prior to tutoring.  This training program, which is nationally certified, is held prior to the beginning of the fall and spring semesters.

You will be required to attend monthly tutor meetings scheduled throughout the semester. These meetings are designed as a part of on-going training for certification requirements. The meetings are held on a Fridays, 2-3 p.m. Since absences from tutor meetings may result in denial of semester raises or the ability to meet certification requirements, you will be given an opportunity to make up the meeting if you are unable to attend.

Schedule and Wages

Your work hours will be scheduled around your classes.  The Tutor Supervisor will try but may not be able to honor requests about the number of work hours and/or your preferred work schedule.

Tutors are paid minimum wage, which is currently $8.25/hour.