Loyola University Chicago

Tutoring Center

Student Academic Services

Nominating & Recommending Peer Leaders

Do you have a student in mind 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.

If you have nominations of students, please contact Annie Kelly, Associate Director of the Tutoring Center, at akelly2@luc.edu.

Please see the following for more information on positions and qualifications. 

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: The difference between Supplemental Instruction and peer tutoring is that the student brings their questions to the peer tutor, and in contrast to SI, the peer tutor traditionally does not prepare various activities or problems on course content for attendees in their sessions. Additionally, the tutors do not attend class with the students. At this time, tutoring at Loyola is not a guaranteed position as group tutoring and one-on-one tutoring are at the request of students. Often times tutoring is for special populations, such as Student Accessibility Center students (formerly known as Services for Students with Disabilities), ACE, or Athletes.

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.  

To become a Tutoring Center Peer Leader, a student must have:

  • A cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • An A- or higher in the class they wish to serve taken at Loyola
  • Full-time (12 or more credits) undergraduate student
  • Excellent leadership, interpersonal, and communication skills
  • Ability to facilitate an active learning environment in groups of students ranging from 1 to 30
  • Recommendation Letter from a Faculty member 
  • Ability to attend the pre-semester training 
  • Ability to attend bi-weekly staff meetings Tuesdays at 6 pm