Become a Peer Tutor

Why Be A Peer Tutor?

Tutoring is one of the most rewarding and enjoyable jobs on campus.  Some benefits of becoming a Peer Tutor are:

  • Earn your CRLA Tutor Certification which is nationally recognized by all colleges
  • Professional development trainings
  • Connect with other students and make a difference in their academic life
  • Hone your own knowledge of a subject
  • Create your own flexible schedule
  • Undergraduate tutors earn $12/hour and Graduate students earn $14/hour

Eligibility/Tutor Requirements

The Peer Tutor Application cycle for the Summer 2021/Fall 2021 semester is now open!

  1. Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply as long as you are currently enrolled at Duke University. You must also meet the following criteria for the course(s) you wish to tutor for: 
    1. Duke undergraduate students must have taken the course at Duke and received a grade of B+ or higher. 
    2. Duke graduate students can have taken the course at Duke or another institution but must have received a grade of B+ or higher. 
  2. New hires must commit to attending an orientation for the peer tutor program. Our tentative orientation date for the Summer 2021 semester is Wednesday, May 12th from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Our tentative orientation date for the Fall 2021 semester is Monday, August 30th from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  3. All new and returning tutors must attend at least 2 of the three available professional development opportunities offered during the semester (only applicable in the Spring and Fall semesters). Tentative dates and times can be found by clicking here. All professional development will be held virtually in the Summer.
  4. Tutors must commit to hosting a minimum of 2 group tutorials per week. All group tutorials are one hour in length. Tutors will not be approved to host more than 3 group tutorials per week unless otherwise authorized.
    1. Tutors are allotted 30 minutes of paid preparation for every course they have a group tutorial for. For example, A tutor who has one group tutorial for CHEM 201 and one group tutorial for CHEM 202 would be allotted one hour of paid preparation per week. A tutor who has two group tutorials for CHEM 201 would only be allotted 30 minutes of paid preparation per week. Since tutors are assigned a maximum of two courses per semester, the maximum amount of time for session preparation is 1 hour per week.
  5. Before starting the application, be sure you have reviewed the courses we are actively recruiting for. The list can be found on our website at the bottom of this page (click here). We will only consider applications that meet our current course needs. We will not be hiring new tutors for drop-in tutoring this semester.  To review the courses we generally cover, see Available Courses

Steps to Become a Tutor

New Tutors

  1. Review the following prior to starting the application:
    1. We require that peer tutors attend a mandatory orientation and at least two professional development training each semester. Please check the dates here for the upcoming tutor orientation and training. 
    2. Review the list of courses we are actively recruiting for by clicking here and scrolling to the bottom of the page.
  2. Click here to begin the peer tutor application.
  3. Request that a Duke faculty member complete this recommendation form (linked here). Recommendation forms must be submitted before you are considered for an interview. 
    1. While we prefer that your recommendation come from a faculty member in a course you would like to tutor for, we understand that it is not always possible. If you cannot get a recommendation from a faculty member in a course you would like to tutor for, you can request one from another Duke faculty member whose course you've taken.
  4. If you are selected to continue as a finalist, you will receive an email from with the link to select an interview time. 

Returning Tutors

  • The deadline for returning tutors to indicate their interest in continuing in the Summer/Fall 2021 semesters has now closed. If you have questions about your status, please contact us at