Nominating & Recommending Peer Leaders
Do you have a student who would be a stellar SI leader or peer tutor? We would value your recommendation. Your nomination of students for these positions is critical to the success of our programs.
We begin the process of reaching out to faculty typically in September for spring semester requests and February for fall semester requests. A form will be provided to faculty or faculty may also email their recommendations to Jessie LaChance, Associate Director of the Tutoring Center, at email@example.com. Even if faculty are not teaching within a SI sponsored course, they are encouraged to submit nominations of students who could serve as a SI or peer tutor.
Decisions to sponsor courses for Supplemental Instruction or peer tutoring are based off of course DFW rates, past student attendance in sessions, and faculty collaborations.
What are SI Leader and Peer Tutor qualifications?
- 3.2 Minimum Cumulative GPA
- At least an A- earned in course(s) wishing to serve as an SI Leader or Peer Tutor
- Full time (12 or more credits) undergraduate student
- Recommendation from a faculty member in the subject area they wish to tutor/SI
- Attend a mandatory in-person training before the semester
- Attend bi-weekly staff meetings Tuesdays at 6 pm
- Excellent leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills
- Ability to facilitate a learning environment from groups of 1 to 30 students
What Tutoring Center peer leader positions are typically available?
Supplemental Instruction (SI) Leader: Supplemental Instruction targets historically difficult courses and places an SI leader, an upperclass student leader who previously earned an A- or above and went through a rigorous application and training program, in the class. The SI leader attends all class sessions and holds scheduled weekly SI sessions (typically 3 times per week for an hour each) to assist students with understanding what to learn and how to learn it based off of the professor’s lectures. A typical SI session might have an SI Leader facilitating peer-to-peer collaborative learning activities to deepen understanding and application of course concepts, as well as giving students an opportunity to ask the SI leader and their peers questions about the material all while strengthening study strategies.
Group Peer Tutoring and One-on-One Peer Tutoring (hiring for various courses): Peer Tutors facilitate collaborative learning environments in either a group setting (3-8 students) or a one-on-one setting. Peer tutors are paid for the tutoring appointments they hold with students and do not attend class with their students. The ideal candidate is knowledgeable in the course they are tutoring, with proficiency in multiple courses within a subject area being highly desirable. Ideal candidates have experience assisting students in finding solutions to problems without providing direct answers. Tutoring opportunities exist for special populations, such as Student Accessibility Center students, ACE scholars, or Athletes. This position is typically 5-8 hours per week.
Language Tutoring: In collaboration with the Language Learning Resource Center (LLRC), there are opportunities for students to apply for a Language Tutoring position. Tutoring sessions are held at the LLRC for various languages including Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, and Spanish. It is expected that the tutor’s language courses (at least one) have been taken at Loyola and are at the 250 or above level. Language Tutors must have a recommendation from a full-time professor or a section head in the language they wish to tutor.