Office of Student Life

Peer Tutors

Peer tutor positions are available for in-person or virtual tutoring

Interested in being a virtual tutor with Knack? Go to to sign up now to help support other OSU students online. At this time F-1 international students from Ohio State are not eligible to work as a virtual tutor with Knack. Consult with an Immigration Coordinator at the Office of International Affairs if you have questions.

Peer Tutors, as part of the in-person Peer Tutoring program, assist students with drop-in and appointment-based tutoring in math, chemistry, physics and biology at several locations across campus during the academic year. Our peer tutors are upper-class students who have demonstrated aptitude and success in math and science and receive training through our nationally certified program. Learn more about peer tutoring at

Applications for in-person tutoring are open.

 How to Apply

1. Click this link to apply. Please attach your resume and your advising report to your application.

2. Submit two References: Reference Form

For at least one of your references, please utilize a faculty member at The Ohio State University that can speak to your academic performance in one of the subjects you would like to tutor in. For the second reference, please utilize any professional at The Ohio State University that can speak to your ability to be a tutor. Please contact Residence Life Specialist Shannon Mullally at if you have questions regarding your references. Please have your references completed no later than 2 weeks after your submitted application.

Tutoring Hours

Tutoring is offered on a drop-in basis with teams of two or more tutors working together. Peer tutors work 4–8 hours per week 7:00-9:00 p.m. Sunday-Thursday at various locations in Residence Halls, the Younkin Success Center, and the Smith Lab Veterans Lounge. Scheduling is based on availability and tutoring subjects. Tutors may also have appointment-based tutoring online based on the tutor's schedule.

Why become a Peer Tutor?

  • Our program is College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) certified. We offer extensive paid training to provide our tutors the best skills for their job
  • Our tutors say tutoring helps them know their subjects better
  • Get experience coaching and educating your peers
  • Compensation is $13.00 per hour

Consider applying if you have:

  • competency in any one or all of the subjects of math, chemistry, physics and biology
  • knowledge of the key concepts within the subject area(s)
  • excellent communication and listening skills
  • a positive attitude and a pleasant demeanor
  • patience and respect for the students you would be helping
  • a desire to act as a good academic role model
  • a commitment to acting ethically and to treating all students equally

Minimum Qualifications

  • Full time undergraduate or graduate student status at The Ohio State University at all times throughout the semester(s) of employment. Undergraduates - 12 credits, Graduate Students - 8 credits
  • 2.80 GPA or higher for undergraduates / 3.33 GPA or higher for graduate students (A grade of B or higher is required for individual classes that you wish to tutor in)
  • Completion of at least one year of undergraduate study (you may apply spring semester of your first year to begin working fall semester your second year)
  • Ability to verify one’s identity and authorization to work in the U.S.

Please also note:

  • Residence hall tutors cannot also hold Ohio State Graduate Associateships/Assistantships
  • Our program is College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) Certified and requires our tutors to complete 10 hours of paid training for the position and maintain a B or higher in any class they wish to tutor


Questions? Contact us at