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Academic Support & Access Center

Peer Tutor Information

Currently enrolled American University students in good standing may apply to tutor. Tutors must have earned an A or A- in the course(s) or equivalent they wish to tutor and must agree to follow the guidelines and procedures set by Tutoring Services. Tutor's fee is $14/hour.

How to Apply

There are three steps to apply to become a peer tutor:

1. Fill in and submit the application form below. 

2. Provide a faculty recommendation: only one letter of recommendation is required, for the field in which the candidate feel he/she would be a stronger tutor. Please use this Electronic Recommendation Form: download the form, fill out the top section, then save the document and send it to the faculty member. Ask them to email it back to Should you and/or the faculty member prefer to provide a paper copy instead, please make sure it gets delivered to:

Tutoring, Academic Support and Access Center
American University
Mary Graydon Center 243
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016-8027

3. Send an unofficial copy of your college transcript(s) to

We will then contact you if you are selected for an interview.

Tutor Application Form 

List all courses you would like to tutor. If you took a course at another college, write in the equivalent AU course abbreviation and number and under “professor” write the college name. Please indicate the exact code of the class(es) for which you would like to tutor (e.g., ECON 100; STAT 202). Please make sure you separate the codes with a semi-colon.

At this time, would you be interested in applying for a Supplemental Instruction Leader position as well?
The Supplemental Instruction (SI) Leader facilitates group study-tutoring sessions for students enrolled in a particular course. The position rate of pay is $14 per hour for approximately 5-7.5 hours of work per week: hours include re-attending class, holding sessions, and participating in training. In addition, SI leaders are compensated for preparation time and any additional tasks. Competitive applicants should have earned an A or A- in the class for which they want to be an SI Leader and have an interest in working and helping others.