Rutgers Learning Center

Employment at the Rutgers Learning Center

We employ students to fill several key areas. Preference is given to Rutgers University students in good academic standing.

OFFICE ASSISTANTS

Office Assistants provide clerical support to RLC staff. This is a key position that requires dependability, punctuality, detail orientation, courtesy and a friendly demeanor. Office assistants should be computer literate and familiar with typical office procedures. Preference is given to students who have work-study allotments. To apply, please contact Al Brown, Director of the Rutgers Learning Center, at abrown@andromeda.rutgers.edu.

PROJECT ASSISTANT

The Project Assistant assists the Learning Specialist with the execution of various research-based projects geared to improving the quality of services offered through the Rutgers Learning Center. The full job description and instructions on how to apply can be found here.

EVENING SUPERVISORS

Evening Supervisors provide administration and supervisory support during our evening and Saturday operating hours. The position is open to graduate students only and requires a successful work history, trustworthiness, and excellent decision-making skills. To apply, please contact Al Brown, Director of the Rutgers Learning Center, at abrown@andromeda.rutgers.edu.

TUTORS

Tutors meet with students in groups and individually. This is a key position that requires patience, empathy, excellent English language and writing skills and the willingness to learn relevant educational theory. If you are an undergraduate who has earned a minimum GPA of 3.0 and a minimum grade of 3.5 in course(s) that you wish to tutor you may apply to be a tutor. While we will consider outstanding undergraduate transfer students, we prefer to hire undergraduates who have taken the coursework that they wish to tutor at Rutgers University and who therefore and at least have a GPA history at Rutgers, who can tutor a variety of subjects, and who are available to tutor for at least 4.5 hours per week. For the most part, we prefer sophomores and juniors but will consider exceptional first years and seniors with particular skill sets.

Graduate and professional tutors must provide evidence of additional training or experience beyond the undergraduate level in the subject area that they wish to tutor. Having graduated is necessary but not sufficient condition to request graduate status.

Subjects Needed - FALL 2014

Basic Calculus
Calculus 1, 2, 3
College Algebra
Intermediate Algebra
Mathematics for Liberal Arts (106)
Precalculus
Probability and Statistics
Statistics I

Anatomy and Physiology
Foundations of Biology
General Biology 1, 2
General Chemistry 1, 2
Microbiology
Organic Chemistry 1, 2
Pathophysiology

Physics 1, 2
University Physics 1, 2

Auditing
Business Research Methods
Corporate Finance
Cost Accounting
Federal Tax 1
Finance
Financial Accounting
Financial Econometrics
Futures and Options
Intermediate Accounting 1, 2
Intro to Supply Chain
Managerial Accounting
Management Information Systems (MIS)
Production Operations Management

Macroeconomics
Microeconomics
Statistical Methods

Stat Methods Cog & Behavior
Social Research II

Computer Programming I & II
Data Structures

Must have taken Math 106 at Rutgers within one year to qualify to tutor this course.

HOW TO APPLY

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Fully complete these two documents and include the two others requested and mail to abrown@andromeda.rutgers.edu. Please only send documents in PDF or DOC format. Do not send multiple emails or other methods of delivery. Either send one email with all documents attached or deliver all documents in one visit. If you need to wait for a document please do so until you have gathered all of them. If you do not have a resume because you do not have a work history you must create one if only including your educational history and contact information. Your documents will be reviewed and you will receive a request for interview in late September once classes have resumed. Call (973) 353-5608 for more information. You will not be contacted if you do not follow these instructions.

Visit https://sis.rutgers.edu/tags/ to download a copy of your Rutgers unofficial transcripts.

We will be accepting applications until all positions are filled.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

Can I choose my own hours?

Yes you can. You may list your available hours and the minimum and maximum number of hours that you are requesting. This will be used to assign your hours.

Do you hire international students.

Yes, but you must request to have a social security card with work authorization. This should be done after the offer of employment is made. You should work closely with the international student organization to make sure all procedures are followed.

Do I need to be a work study student?

We would prefer to hire work study students. Most of our tutors do not apply for a work study allocation.

Will you change my hours during the semester?

We try not to. We'd rather you not change your hours either. If you have hours for which there are frequently no sign ups then we'd need to adjust them but with your knowledge and input.

How much do I get paid?

There is a sliding scale starting at $10.00 per hour and increases from there depending on your seniority. You will be paid every two weeks.

Is there a training?

There is an initial 4.5 hour training and self-directed online training afterwards that can be competed in about 1.5 hour, which you are given a week to complete. Several workshops are held throughout the semester for which there is a minimum number to be attended.

What is a typical day like?

You arrive for your scheduled hours and wait for your students. Appointments are pre-scheduled so you are aware of how many students will be meeting with you and what subjects they will be coming to discuss. You will not be aware of the topic so you will need to be fully versed in the subject. Tutoring is done in groups of three students for 1.5 hour sessions. You may see less students but you will not see more than three at once.

Do I get paid if no one shows up?

Yes.

Do I have to come if no one signs up?

Yes.

How smart do I need to be to be a tutor?

You should be able to explain concepts, link related topics, provide rationale, and explain intervening steps quickly and authoritatively, without substantial delay or hesitation. You need not know the subject with as much breadth and depth as a professor but you will need to provide students with an understanding that is broad, deep, substantial and helpful, consistent with that of an accomplished senior student. You should not be in need of a refresher and you should not require continuous use of teacher's manual, which in most cases is available.

Will my knowledge be tested?

You will be tested if students express dissatisfaction with your performance. You are being tested every day by students and in most cases, they are the final arbiter of whether or not you are helpful. It is unusual for their opinion to be overturned but we strive to be fair and objective in our appraisal.

Who comes for tutoring?

There are lots of different profiles. Struggling students who would like additional support, students who are stuck on a particular issue and need clarification, students who avail themselves of additional help because it's available. In most cases, student who come do so voluntarily so all are success oriented but at different places in their understanding. We tutor mostly first and second year courses and as a result see mostly first years and sophomores.

What advice would you give a new tutor?

We require that students partner with the learning center. They should go to class, read their textbooks, take and review notes and attempt their assignments before seeking tutoring assistance. We do not wish to foster dependency and so while remaining empathetic we do expect that our tutors will hold students to this standard. We have found that some tutors find this aspect of the job to be the most difficult as it requires them to say no to students who feel themselves to be in uncomfortable situations. My advice is that you only submit an application if you can fully commit to this requirement. Also, you need to have good communication skills in English and you need to be comfortable and engaging among others or strive to be. Finally, you must take your responsibilities seriously. Students depend on you and expect your best effort. So do we.

What are the benefits to me of being a tutor?

First off, the logistics are great. You get to earn a decent salary while working between your classes and on campus with an organization that respects your student status. You are constantly revisiting your first and second year course material which not only helps you remember it but also deepens your understanding. If you're planning on taking entrance exams to professional schools later on this may prove invaluable. It's an important campus leader, knowledge worker job that requires many of the skills that employers seek and which you can demonstrate by maintain good standing here. You meet a ton of people who look up to you and seek you out for your expertise which feels great plus its quite rewarding in any case.