Many college students choose to work as a peer tutor either to prepare for a career in education or to help their fellow classmates tackle a difficult subject they themselves happen to excel in. Whatever a student’s strengths may be, there are many reasons they should consider working as a peer tutor on their college campus this summer. In addition to helping out fellow students, peer tutors gain valuable experience in leadership, get to review their own academic skills, and build their resume to help them start a career upon graduation.
- Refine Academic Skills
Students who work at one of the learning centers on campus helping out as a peer tutor have the opportunity to actually refine their own academic skills. Peer tutors should only assist with subjects they excel in or that they’re planning to major in so they feel 100% confident they’re giving their fellow students the right information. However, even if a student is already well-versed in a particular topic, reviewing it or teaching it to someone else takes their knowledge to the next level. This will help peer tutors in their own classes and help them gain competency in their future career field.
- Boost a Resume
Working as a peer tutor on campus will also help smart students boost their resume so they can stand out from the crowd when they apply for jobs upon graduation. Working as a peer tutor, either as a paid employee or as part of a volunteer position, lets employers know that a candidate has great leadership skills and they can lead a team or work as part of a team successfully. Working as a peer tutor also demonstrates that an individual has a superior understanding of a particular topic or subject.
- Help Where it is Needed
Every college-level student has a subject they excel in and a subject they struggle with on a regular basis. By working as a peer tutor, students can help each other with those really challenging topics that keep them from enjoying their college experience and doing well in their other classes. Many peer tutors will help out with one subject and seek help in another. Students will ultimately play to their strengths when it comes to choosing a major and career field, but every student needs to get past those tough gen-ed classes so they can graduate.
- A Career in Education
Students considering a career in education should definitely consider working as a peer tutor at their college campus this summer. Helping out fellow students is one of the first steps to becoming a lead teacher and managing a classroom full of 20+ children. Teaching requires excellent leadership skills, patience, and a superior knowledge of any given subject, and so peer tutoring is a great way to get started as an educator. By the time students graduate and begin student teaching in the classroom, they’ll already have gained a lot of the skills they need in order to successfully teach and organize an entire class.
- Work-Study Programs
Many intelligent college students choose to go on to get a masters or even a PhD. At this level of learning students often work as a teaching assistant as part of a work-study program that helps them pay for their advanced degrees. Grad students with a history of peer tutoring will be better equipped to work as TA’s giving lectures or leading small group discussions, grading assignments and exams, and working with students one-on-one during office hours. Additionally, grad students who have multiple years experience as peer tutors are more likely to receive a position as a TA since they have already demonstrated a desire to share their subject with others and help explain difficult concepts and topics.
Robyn Scott is a private English tutor at TutorNerd. She attended the University of California, Irvine as an undergraduate and the University of Southampton in England as a graduate student. She has worked with students from the United States, Japan, South Korea, the European Union, and Africa.