Tutor Qualifications

Tutors Must:

  1. Have and maintain an overall GPA of 3.00 or higher
  2. Have completed the course and earned a grade of B or higher in the course you wish to tutor or a higher level course that includes substantial knowledge of course material of lower level course
  3. Provide an academic reference by a faculty member of the academic department for the subject area you wish to tutor.  The official tutor reference form must be returned before you are allowed to tutor.
  4. Have completed at least one semester at Missouri State University and be a current full-time student (fall and spring semesters)
  5. Have high standards of ethics and integrity
  6. Have a positive attitude and work ethic
  7. Have good communication and interpersonal skills
  8. Some tutoring experience helpful but not required 

Tutor online applications are reviewed once a month.
You will be contacted if we have needs at that time. 
You may also pick-up a paper application at the Bear CLAW.  

The University must complete the Employment Eligibility Process, this includes the Form I-9 and E-Verify for all new hires. If you are hired and do not currently work on campus, you must provide original identification materials, most commonly this includes a current passport, or your original social security card plus your driver’s license.  For an alternative listing of acceptable documents see http://www.missouristate.edu/assets/human/I-9_IFR_02-02-09.pdf

For the direct deposit forms you must provide a voided check. 

Graduate Assistantships are not available in the Bear CLAW. If you are a graduate assistant in another department you may not work additional hours in the Bear CLAW. We will gladly accept approved volunteer tutors or graduate assistants reassigned from an Academic Department for course specific tutoring. 

A few words about tutoring...

Tutoring is a professional job and should be treated as such by both the students making the appointments and by tutors. Respecting each other's time is of the utmost importance.

Most tutors are hired to work at drop-in tutoring tables with set hours, every week.

Students make appointments with tutors with a 24 hours notice and cannot be made more than 4 days in advance.

Students may only make one appointment at a time.

Students are limited to 2 one hour appointments per week per subject.

Tutors and tutees will be required to sign in and out of appointments and will be required to check off on an evaluation of each other at that time.

Tutors missing or canceling appointments will be asked to re-evaluate their desire to work. They will be referred to the Director of the Learning Commons and in most cases tutors missing more than three appointments will have their hours removed from the schedule.

Tutors are only paid when they are checked in using the TutorTrac system. Students are limited to working no more than 20 hours per week.

Tutors are required to participate in the Bear CLAW tutor training program.

The more courses a tutor can tutor the more appointments they will likely get. Tutors only want to tutor on the weekend will probably have fewer appointments.

Tutors may or may not see the same student to tutor. The student can select the tutor they want so if a particular tutor worked well with them one time the student may request the same tutor.

Some classes feature group tutoring, where there are up to 10 students who need help on the same subject.