Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT ARE THE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR TUTOR CORPS?

To be eligible for Tutor Corps, you must be a full-time CUNY student, have a minimum GPA of 3.0, and have completed (or in progress) at least 12 credits of math, computer science, technology, or education courses.

I DON’T MEET ALL OF THESE REQUIREMENTS. CAN I STILL APPLY?

Acceptance into Tutor Corps is highly competitive. We encourage interested students to strengthen their applications by taking additional coursework and/or improving their grades. We are always looking for qualified tutors every semester and welcome applications for each cycle!

DO I NEED TO BE A STEM OR EDUCATION MAJOR TO APPLY?

Not at all. We encourage any students who meet the above requirements to apply to the program.

I AM AT A COMMUNITY COLLEGE, AND WILL TRANSFER TO A SENIOR COLLEGE NEXT SEMESTER. CAN I STILL BE A TUTOR?

Yes. As long as you are a current full-time student at any CUNY school, you are eligible for Tutor Corps.

I AM A FIRST-SEMESTER FRESHMAN. CAN I STILL APPLY?

Maybe. While first-semester freshman often do not have enough credits to meet our requirements, we can make exceptions for students who have Advanced Placement (AP) credits from high school, or who are in the process of completing the necessary credits. If you do not have sufficient credits, we encourage you to consider Tutor Corps for a future semester.

WHAT SUBJECTS WILL I BE TUTORING?

Tutor Corps is focused on STEM, specifically math (algebra or pre-algebra) and computer science. You will work on one of these subjects. At the moment, we do not work with any other subjects in classrooms.

I’M NOT GREAT AT MATH. I HAVEN’T STUDIED IT IN A WHILE, BUT I WANT TO TRY BECOMING A TUTOR. SHOULD I STILL APPLY?

One key component to a great candidate is their willingness and ability to grow. If you are hesitant about your math skills, try prepping yourself with a few algebra questions beforehand to gauge whether you can work on this subject with another person. If yes, then go for it! We do give candidates a short assessment as part of the interview process as well.

WHEN DOES TUTORING TAKE PLACE?

Our tutors work closely with teachers during school hours, typically between 8 AM and 3 PM. Tutors have flexibility to create their own schedule with the host teachers within this time frame, as long as the number of hours does not exceed twelve.

WHERE ARE THE SCHOOLS LOCATED? WHICH SCHOOL WILL I WORK IN?

We work with middle and high schools in all five boroughs. On the application, you will indicate which boroughs you are not willing to work in. When placing tutors, we consider their college and home addresses, and do our best to select a school that is within reasonable travelling distance.

HOW MANY HOURS DO TUTORS WORK?

We ask that tutors commit at least 6 hours per week to work in schools. Tutors should plan to visit the school at least 2 days per week to build consistency. If you are unsure that you can accommodate this into your schedule, you may consider applying for a different semester, or rearranging your course schedule.

WHAT IS THE DURATION OF THIS JOB?

Once accepted, tutors may work throughout the academic year. They may also work with us for consecutive years without having to reapply.

DO I NEED TO ORDER A TRANSCRIPT FROM THE REGISTRAR FOR MY APPLICATION?

No. We accept unofficial transcripts. You may download a copy from your CUNY First account and upload a PDF.

THERE IS A HOLD ON MY ACCOUNT, AND I CAN’T OBTAIN A TRANSCRIPT. CAN I STILL SUBMIT AN APPLICATION?

Unfortunately, we do need a current copy of your transcript in order to review your application. You are unable to submit an application without having uploaded one.

WHO SHOULD I INCLUDE AS A REFERENCE ON MY APPLICATION?

You should include the name and contact information for a professional reference, such as a supervisor, professor, volunteer coordinator, or advisor. This person should be able to speak to your ability to work with students in an NYC public school classroom. You should not include personal references, such as a family member, friend, or significant other.

I ALREADY SUBMITTED BY APPLICATION, BUT I WANT TO CHANGE MY REFERENCE. HOW CAN I DO THAT?

Please send an email to Nicole Wells at nicole.wells@cuny.edu with the following details about your new reference: name, email, phone number, and relation to you. She will update your records and send a reference form via email.

I APPLIED TO TUTOR CORPS BEFORE AND WAS NOT ACCEPTED. CAN I APPLY AGAIN?

Of course! We encourage candidates to strengthen their applications by taking relevant course work and engaging with the content more to make them a better fit for Tutor Corps. You will need to submit a new application for each hiring cycle.

I CURRENTLY WORK FOR TUTOR CORPS, AND I WANT TO WORK NEXT SEMESTER AS WELL. DO I NEED TO APPLY AGAIN?

No. Tutors who are accepted into our program do not need to reapply to continue their employment. You may contact your Instructional Services Manager if you have questions about continuing in the program.

DO YOU OFFER TRAINING FOR TUTORS?

Yes! Incoming tutors must complete an orientation before officially starting work. We offer a five-day orientation, which is the best way for tutors to learn the ins and outs of the program, and understand their role; in addition, we offer a one-day orientation for those who cannot attend the weeklong session. The five-day session is preferable for tutors, especially since you will be paid for it!

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO BEFORE I CAN START WORKING?

There is a series of documents that must be completed before tutors can work for Tutor Corps. Tutors are hired through individual campuses, and each campus requires its own specific set of new-hire documents. Upon receiving a welcome email, you will receive instructions on how to complete those documents.

In addition, you must be fingerprinted by the Department of Education at 65 Court Street; this is a requirement for all staff working in an NYC school. If you have been fingerprinted by the DOE in the past, please notify the administrative coordinator at Tutor Corps, and we will look up your records.

WHAT WILL I DO IN THE CLASSROOM?

Tutors work alongside the host teacher in the classroom, either one-on-one with a student or with a group of students that the teacher designates. Each classroom is set up differently, depending on the teacher and the needs of the students. The host teacher is expected to dedicate time to reviewing weekly/daily lesson plans with tutors as well so that the tutors are prepared.

DO I NEED TO DO ANYTHING ELSE BESIDES TUTOR?

Tutors are expected to keep records of the specific students they work with, and what they work together on. This information is collected by Tutor Corps so that we can track the impact that our tutors have in the classroom. Tutors are also expected to attend (paid) monthly professional development workshops held by Tutor Corps staff.

WHAT ARE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS? DO I NEED TO ATTEND THEM?

Tutor Corps offers monthly professional development (PD) workshops for tutors that cover topics of career development, pedagogy, and anti-racism dialogues. These are intended to help tutors build their skills and prepare them for success in school and in the future. Tutors only need to attend one session per month, and they are paid, taking place of the hours that they would otherwise be in the classroom. Failure to meet this expectation may jeopardize a tutor’s ability to participate in Tutor Corps.

CAN I APPLY TO BOTH SUMMER IN THE CITY AND EXTENDED SCHOOL YEAR?

Each program is very different, and we ask that applicants only select one to apply to. The application does not allow you to select both.

I’M NOT SURE THAT I CAN COMMIT TO 19 HOURS PER WEEK. CAN I STILL APPLY?

Since there is less flexibility with our summer scheduling, we prefer tutors who can commit to the 8 AM – 2 PM schedule. You can apply to our fall program, which allows for a more flexible schedule.

I’VE NEVER WORKED WITH SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS BEFORE. CAN I STILL APPLY?

Yes! Tutors who apply to the ESY program are encouraged to enroll in our free, 3-credit course at Lehman in order to get the most out of their experience. You will not be paid for the course, only for time worked in the classroom.

I LIVE IN QUEENS, BUT I WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE ESY PROGRAM. IS THERE A SCHOOL NEAR ME?

Unfortunately, ESY schools are only located in upper Manhattan and the Bronx. Tutors are expected to commute to those locations as a part of this program.

WHICH GRADES WILL I WORK WITH?

Our tutors will work with middle and high school students during the summer.

WILL I HAVE TO ATTEND TRAINING?

Yes. Tutor Corps will provide the training that you need to be a successful tutor in the classroom.

I WANT TO WORK WITH TUTOR CORPS IN THE SUMMER AND FALL. DO I NEED TO FILL OUT BOTH APPLICATIONS?

No. If you would like to join us during the summer, please submit the summer application. Tutors who are accepted into our program have the opportunity to extend their employment for future semesters without having to apply again.

I ALREADY WORK FOR TUTOR CORPS, AND WANT TO CONTINUE IN THE SUMMER. CAN I DO THAT?

Yes. Email Nicole at nicole.wells@cuny.edu, or your Instructional Services Manager, and indicate your interest in working with us for the summer.