Library & Learning Crossroads Building
Room 5130 (1st Floor)
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
Who are the tutors? Our tutors are current college students. We have undergraduate and graduate level students from different colleges, such as Pierce and CSUN. We have a variety of paid and volunteer tutors. Our volunteer tutors are willing to dedicate their own time to help students succeed in any subject or area they need help. Additionally, many Pierce instructors do their office hours at the CAS which allows them to meet with students on a walk-in basis.
How do I meet with a tutor? Depending on the subject, there are two ways to see a tutor: by appointment or walk-in. Call the Center for Academic Success to find out if the subject you want tutoring in is appointment or walk-in based.
What should I bring to a tutoring session? You should bring what you would bring to class such as course syllabus, class notes, textbook, calculator, pencils, pens, etc.
Do I need to be a Pierce student to meet with a tutor? You can meet with a tutor for ANY subject, as long as you are taking at least 1 Pierce College class. The class you are in does not have to be the subject in which you need help.
How often can I meet with a tutor? For general tutoring, you can have one 30-minute appointment per day. For math tutoring, the tutors walk around so when a math tutor is available, you may ask them questions.
How much does tutoring cost? Tutoring is absolutely FREE of charge.
How do I become a tutor?
In order to be a tutor, you would need to first meet the minimum qualifications:
- Earn an "A" in the course you would like to tutor (e.g. French 1 or Psychology 66)
- Get a letter of recommendation from an instructor (have this emailed to the CAS Director at firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Maintain 12 units at Pierce College.
- Attend ongoing trainings during the first semester (see times and dates below).
If you meet these requirements, then you may apply! There are four steps in the application process:
- APPLY - Fill out an application in the Center for Academic Success. You can pick up an application at the front desk from between 9:00am and 5:30pm Monday through Thursday and Friday from 10:00am – 2:00pm. Make sure you get your letter of recommendation sent over right away!
- INTERVIEW - Once you have an application and a letter of recommendation on file, we will set up an interview with a faculty member in the discipline that you’d like to tutor in.
- PAPERWORK - If you are selected, you will then need to fill out a personnel paperwork packet in Human Resources. You will need to be fingerprinted to complete the paperwork process.
- TRAIN - Once you are hired and your paperwork is completed, you can start training! There are 14 hours of mandatory training for new tutors. You may start after the first training session. Continued employment is contingent on continued attendance at subsequent trainings.
- The first training takes place on the first Friday of the semester.
- All other trainings will be held on the first Friday of each month.
- Trainings begin at 12:00pm and end at 3:30.
- If you are unable to attend training because of another job or a class, you can ask the Director for alternate training dates.
If there are no paid positions available, you may volunteer for up to 4 hours per week if you would like to. Ask us about volunteer opportunities!