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Become a Tutor

The Science Learning Center (SLC) offers peer tutoring for students enrolled in Astronomy 101, 102, Biology 171, 172, 225, 305, MCDB 310, 322, Chemistry 130, 210, 215, 230, 260/261, 351, and Physics 140, 150, 240, 250. SLC Peer Tutors provide assistance on a drop-in basis, by-appointment, or both. Peer Tutors may work with small groups of up to three students per session in either drop-in or by appointment tutoring. All peer tutoring sessions are held in the main branch of the SLC, located in 1720 Chemistry Building.

Tutors have the opportunity to use their skills and knowledge to help other students. Tutors help students build confidence as they enhance their understanding of course material and become more independent learners. Peer Tutors make a real difference in the lives of other students.

Peer Tutors also:

  • Develop an understanding of how students learn
  • Enhance interpersonal and communication skills
  • Learn skills and techniques useful for future careers
  • Retain and deepen course content knowledge for graduate and professional school entrance exams (i.e. GRE, MCAT, PCAT, DAT, etc.)
  • Are paid $16/hour to work part-time assisting other students with academic challenges

Required Qualifications

  • Earned a grade of B+ or higher in the course(s) to be tutored and have completed the course at UM
  • Exceptional understanding and enthusiasm for the course content
  • Responsible, dependable, honest, and mature
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills
  • Friendly, patient, and sensitive to a diverse range of students

I want to apply. Now what?

If you have the course knowledge and strong communication skills necessary to become a Tutor, click here to apply for a Fall 2024 position. Applicants will be contacted in late February/early March 2024 if they are selected for an interview.

The SLC receives a large quantity of applications, so we always expect the process to be extremely competitive. Applicants will be contacted only if we have available positions for the courses they list AND they are selected for an interview. 

Please note that we do not maintain applications from term to term, so anyone who has previously applied for a position and was not offered an interview will need to reapply during future application cycles to be considered.

If you have questions about becoming a peer tutor please email us at


If you have questions about the SLC Tutoring Program, please email