Peer Tutoring

Peer tutors are current students helping other students to learn.

Tutors are hired to work part-time through the Work Study Program. Tutees (students being tutored) can be enrolled in any program offered at the college. There is no charge to the tutees for this service.

Need Help in a Course?

For more information about getting a peer tutor, contact the learning skills coordinator on your campus. They oversee the Peer Tutor Program and are responsible for matching tutors and tutees. They are also available to help with any problems that arise from a scheduling or compatibility issue. 

Interested in Becoming a Peer Tutor?

If you are looking for part-time work, confident in a specific subject area and interested in helping others learn, apply to be a peer tutor. Tutoring others will improve your own academic achievement while building peer relationships and gaining skills. 

Job description

Peer tutors facilitate student learning by helping to clarify specific course content and promote the use of appropriate study strategies. Peer tutors work with students one-on-one to answer questions on course content in approved subjects. They facilitate learning as a guide and coach to assist the student to become a successful independent learner. 

Successful applicants will receive tutor training and support. Tutors work anywhere from one to 10 hours per week. Many tutors average 3–4 hours per week. They are required to document their hours and submit time sheets. 


Tutors are paid a minimum wage ($16.75/hour plus 4 per cent vacation, effective June 1, 2023).

We recommend students work a maximum of 10 hours a week. Tutor work hours may not exceed 150 hours for both fall and winter terms (from September 1 through April 30) or 75 hours for the spring term (April 1 through August 31).

For international students, these work-study hours do not count toward the maximum hours of off-campus work permitted on a study visa. 


Minimum Qualifications of Student Tutors

  1. Be a student with at least one course in any program at Selkirk College.

  2. Have a strong academic background in the subject as indicated on your transcript (at least a B+ in the subject being tutored) and a recommendation from an instructor.

  3. Possess good communication skills and interpersonal skills.

  4. Have a natural predisposition and appropriate personality traits to work with students (e.g., be sensitive, empathetic, and non-judgemental).

  5. Have a Canadian social insurance number.

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