Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience: Office of Student Life


Peer Tutors

Interested in becoming a Peer Tutor starting Autumn 2021? Applications will re-open in August.

Peer Tutors assist students with drop-in and appointment-based tutoring in math, chemistry, physics and biology online and at several locations across campus. 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

How to Apply

1. Link to the application will be posted in August.

2. Submit two References: Reference Form

Please have two references complete the reference form before April 11, 2021. 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.

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 during the following times:

  • Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 7- 9 p.m. in various residence hall locations
  • Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 7 – 9 p.m. in the Younkin Success Center
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday for Veteran tutoring between Noon – 3 p.m. in the Smith Lab Veterans Lounge and Younkin Success Center, depending on class schedule availability
  • Tutoring is also offered online via appointment through Oncourse based on tutor availability

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 $9.51 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:

  • Tutoring is also offered for subjects in the Mandarin Chinese language. Please note in your application if you are able to tutor in Mandarin Chinese
  • 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