Subject Tutors

What is a Subject Tutor?

ARC Subject Tutors hold tutoring sessions with fellow students who need support in a particular subject area. Tutors may work with students in one-on-one sessions, drop-in hours, study groups, conversation groups and workshops.  Subject Tutors should be comfortable working with students in all these possible settings. 

What We Look For In an Applicant

If you are a Tufts undergraduate who has done well in the required courses (listed below) and have excellent interpersonal skills, you are an ideal candidate.  We look for tutors who can build rapport and establish trust with their students and who can convey complex material effectively and articulately.  Great tutors have the qualities of a leader: a personal and approachable demeanor, the ability to collaborate effectively with others, a positive attitude, a willingness to help their peers, and integrity. Previous teaching or tutoring experience is helpful, but not required.

We hire subject-area specialists.  Preference will be given to applicants who have taken a majority of the courses listed in the box on the right of this page.  For example, if you are applying to tutor Chemistry but have not yet taken Biochemistry (171/172) you may still apply.  Tutors will only work on courses in their subject area (so Biology tutors will only tutor Biology).  

There is no GPA or letter-grade requirements.  We find that sometimes the best tutors are those taht struggled in the earlier phases of the course, but who learned how to to study the material and progressively improved as the course continued.

The subject tutoring program does not hire writing, English, humanities, or non-statistical social science tutors.


  • 8 hours/week (flexible) for the academic year.  Tutoring begins when classes begin, and goes through the final exam period each semester.

  • Participation in mandatory training and workshop development during orientation week.  This training may not conflict with other Orientation activities like being an RA or Orientation Leader.

  • Participation in Fall Semester Peer Pedagogy Seminar taught by ARC Staff.  This course may be taken for credit or for no-credit.  For the 2020-2021 Academic Year the course will be Thursdays from 4:00-6:30pm. The seminar is a hands-on, experiential course in education pedagogy, the theory and practice of peer education, and tutoring best practices.  


  • $3,360/academic year, paid twice monthly.

Application Process:

  • Applications are closed for the 2020-2021 Academic Year.  Please check back in Spring Semester 2021!