Last updated on September 22, 2021
By Victoria Long
Volunteer State Community College’s Learning Commons is seeking to hire student English and math tutors. The student-tutor positions are available every semester that a student is enrolled.
Diana Hardin, the Learning Commons writing specialist, said they are always seeking to hire students so that they may join the staff in tutoring their peers.
“We’re looking for students who don’t mind taking the time to explain things, maybe over and over again. And also explain things in different ways so that everybody can understand because students learn in different ways,” said Hardin.
According to the Learning Commons webpage, they offer Vol State students tutoring and testing in the subjects of math, science, English and reading. The Learning Commons director, Delois Reagan, said English and math are the subjects they need tutors for now.
“Basically, it’s by student demand. So we don’t accept tutors for all subjects simply because there is not a demand there… . Math and English are the main areas that we are asking for tutors,” Reagan said.
In order to tutor, the student needs to have passed the class that they want to tutor with an A or B. The student also needs to provide references, preferably of the faculty who taught them the class material.
“A student would come to me and say, ‘hey I am interested in tutoring this subject.’ And then what I do is I reach out to the two faculty recommendations,” said Reagan.
When asked about hours, Hardin said, “It’s flexible … we have tutors that work all different hours based on what their schedule is. We are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday – Thursday. And we’re open from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Saturdays. So, we even have some time on Saturday if they could only fit it in on the weekend.”
Student tutors are required to work their hours within the Learning Commons. The Gallatin Campus Learning Commons is located on the first floor of the Thigpen Library.
“It’s a great way to make some extra money and it looks good on [the student’s] resume. But the most important reason [to apply] is because it feels really good to help other people. And if you have the ability to understand a particular course well and you do well in it… What better thing than to help your classmates, and your schoolmates, also do well and feel good about themselves?” said Hardin.
The next step for interested students is to contact Reagan to determine the demand for the specific class they want to tutor. Once they have done that, they may submit a resume and two references using the employment link.
“I guess the important thing for students to know is that they can approach me and ask about the tutoring positions or they can go to the employment link and apply,” said Reagan.
Interested students may visit Reagan in room 125 of the Thigpen Library, or contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.