Tutor Qualifications

Tutors must be MSU degree seeking students:

  1. Enroll in IDS 310 Leadership Seminar (section determined at hiring).

  2. Have and maintain an overall GPA of 3.00 or higher.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Have completed at least one semester at Missouri State University and be a current full-time student (fall and spring semesters).

  6. Have high standards of ethics and integrity.

  7. Have a positive attitude and work ethic.

  8. Have good communication and interpersonal skills.

  9. Some tutoring experience helpful but not required.

  10. Tutors are required to complete tutor training requirements each semester and through the Leadership Seminar course.

  11. Tutors are required to wear BearWear or Bear CLAW wear and a Bear CLAW name tag while working in the Bear CLAW space, at least one Bear CLAW tee shirt will be provided.

  12. Online tutoring may be required. 

Tutor online applications are reviewed as needed.  Hiring for the Fall 2021 will conclude August 13. After that date applications may be reviewed once a month.
You will be contacted if we have needs at that time.

You may pick up a paper application at the Bear CLAW reception desk.

Graduate Assistantships are not available in the Bear CLAW at this time. 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.

Tutors are hired to work at drop-in tutoring tables with set hours, every week or by appointment only.

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

Students are limited to 2 hours of appointments per week per subject.

Online tutoring sessions may be recorded for training purposes. 

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, Friday August 20, 2021 and weekly meetings during your first semester (IDS 310).  

Tutors are required to wear BearWear or Bear CLAW wear and a Bear CLAW name tag while working in the Bear CLAW space. At least, one Bear CLAW tee shirt will be provided.

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.

Apply to be a Tutor