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WE ARE HIRING: Apply to Peer Tutor!

ASAC Peer Tutors provide academic support in over 30 disciplines and coaching on skills for thriving in the classroom and beyond. They are trained in helping students to master challenging course content and hone strategies for academic success, and in meeting the diverse needs of AU students.


Position options: 

  1. In-house tutoring in the Tutoring Lab: for high-demand undergraduate classes, typically 100- to 300-level (see the list of classes offered for more info). The Tutoring Lab is currently in need of ACCT and BIO tutors. Full position description here. Tutoring Lab tutors with one or more semester of experience in the Lab may consider applying for the position of Lead Lab Tutor. Full position here.

  2. Also in-house for the Tutoring Lab: new Fall 2018, the Academic Skills Peer Tutor, or "Skills Tutor." This peer educator demonstrates expertise in and works with students to hone skills around goal-setting and monitoring, time management, task prioritization, note-taking, reading comprehension/critical reading, exam preparation, post-exam review, memory strategies/recall, and critical thinking. Full position description here.

  3. Tutoring via the referral system: In this case, the ASAC provides peer tutors' names and email addresses to students seeking tutors in their subject(s). Students pay the tutor directly, unless they belong to a program that provides free tutoring. Students and peer tutors set their tutoring schedules. Tutors can choose to work with as many or as few students as their schedule allows. Referral list tutors can choose to go 'inactive' at any time after communicating their changes status to

  4. Student-Athlete Support Program (SASP) tutors are recruited by the ASAC and placed on the referral list, and then hired by SASP. Student-athletes schedule with SASP tutors based on the tutor's availability. SASP is currently seeking tutors for the Fall 2018 courses listed here.

Please note: Peer Tutors can serve in one or more of the above-described roles at once, if their schedules allow.

Pay rate for PEER Tutors:

  • Undergraduate students earn $14/hour

  • Graduate students earn $15/hour

Basic requirements for becoming a peer tutor: Peer tutors must...

  • be current AU students,

  • have received an A or A- in the course(s) they tutor (content tutors),

  • demonstrate mastery of several of the academic skills outlined above (especially skills tutors), and

  • be in good academic and conduct standing.

Tutoring Lab and Student-Athlete Support Program (SASP) Peer Tutors must also attend trainings before the start of and over the course of the semester.

The Application Process

Students interested in tutoring should apply to the Academic Support and Access Center's Tutoring Services. Please note: the application process for the Skills Tutor is separate and is outlined in the job description above.

There are two steps to apply to become a Peer Tutor:

  1. Complete and submit the application.

  2. Provide one faculty recommendation from the academic discipline in which you are applying to provide the most tutoring support, from the highest level course completed in the discipline. Directions: Download this Electronic Recommendation Form, complete the top section, save the document, and then send it to the faculty member. Instruct them to email it to or to deliver paper copies to: Tutoring, Academic Support and Access Center, American University, Mary Graydon Center 243, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016-8027.

Students selected for an interview will be contacted by a staff member.