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Additional Information for Becoming a Science Tutor

Responsibilities and expectations of new tutors:

All new field study tutors (whether receiving credit or not) must attend one of the two sections of the weekly SLC Science tutor training seminar and do all assignments.

The two weekly sections of this seminar are at the following times: Thursday 12:30-2:00, and Friday 12:00-1:30.

  • Training seminars are mandatory for all field study tutors, whether receiving credit for tutoring or not. (New paid tutors with substantial tutoring experience which included a significant training component may have this seminar waived rather than participate in this field study.) Tutors will learn techniques for and discuss issues involved in teaching science subjects. This seminar will emphasize both individual tutoring and group teaching. Tutors will receive feedback from both their peers and the program coordinators. All seminars are same each week, and it does not matter which one you attend.
  • New tutors will tutor weekly for at least 5 hours/week and will typically tutor in the SLC Science Drop-in Tutoring Area for this time.  Occasionally upon request, a tutor may be assigned an individual student to tutor 1-on-1 for an hour/week in exchange for reducing the equivalent number of hours of Drop-in tutoring.
  • New tutors will keep up with the classes that they are tutoring for by reading SLC provided course notes, or by attending course lectures. Tutors will have access to written materials, and experienced tutors and staff.

Specific information about the tutor field study program (credit or auditing)

New tutors participating in the tutor field study have the choice of receiving academic credit for tutoring or auditing (receive no credit).

  • For students wanting to receive credit for tutoring, there are three possible courses to enroll in: Ed 97, Ed 197, and Chem 301B.
    • Chem 301B must be taken for 2 units. It can be only be taken by students who are planning to tutor in chemistry, and want exactly 2 units credit.
    • Ed 97 and 197 can be taken for between 1-3 units. Ed 97 can only be taken by students who have fewer than 60 units credit. Ed 197 can only be taken by those who have more than 60 units. For receiving 2 units credit, tutors must tutor at least 5 hours/week, and for 3 units must tutor at least 8 hours/week. Receiving 1 unit credit is an option, but students must still meet the minimum tutoring requirement of 5 hours/week in their first semester of tutoring. 
  • Students choosing to audit this tutor field study must attend all seminars and fulfill all of the requirements that those taking it for credit do.

Specific information for applicants of paid tutoring positions

Drop-in Tutor: Pay: $14.11/hr (3-12 hours/wk depending on scheduling and need)

  • Work as a tutor for a specific subject (rather than just one class) in the Drop-in Tutoring Area.
  • Paid tutors are expected to assist and mentor the more inexperienced tutors both in the Tutoring Area and in their training.

Study Group Leader: Pay: $16.73/hr* for 4 hrs/week & $14.11/hr for 6 hrs/week

  • SLC science study group leaders coach students through some of Cal's lower division science courses by a combination of lecturing, quizzes, worksheets, handouts, exam review sessions, and directed group work.
  • Group leaders are required to attend meetings during the semester. Two meetings will be introductory training sessions, and at least 7 will be hour-long meetings with the science coordinator and the other group leaders. First time group leaders must also attend a separate introductory training.

* For those with a college degree, the pay rates are $17.50/hr.