Become a Tutor

Do you like helping others in a meaningful way? Can you communicate effectively? If your GPA is 3.0 or above and you have a B or better in the subject you wish to tutor, we invite you to pursue the process: see the "Become a Tutor" tab for more information.

Thank you for your interest in working with The Success Center at West Valley College (WVC). The college invests in Peer Tutors as valued members of the department(s) they serve, for many go on to become credentialed teachers at all levels of education. Additionally, we aim to “support students along their pathways to reach […] career goals,” and we believe strongly that tutoring skills are relevant to a variety of careers, not just teaching—by becoming a tutor, students strengthen on-the-job skills, build a resume, and gain early entry into a potential career path.

Please remember that successful completion of Interdisciplinary Studies 40 (ISTU 40): Tutor Training (and ISTU 40E: Writing Tutor Training) is required before someone can submit an application. However, there is no guarantee that you will be hired after passing ISTU 40/E. To apply for a Peer Tutor position, please submit the Peer Tutor Application, email your resume and unofficial transcript to Jen Wagner at jennifer.wagnerFREEWEST_VALLEY, and arrange for a WVC instructor to complete your Faculty Recommendation Form; if you wish to tutor in a variety of subjects, a separate referral will be needed for each separate discipline.

General Peer Tutors at West Valley currently earn $15.75/hour (Writing Tutors earn $16.75/hour) during their first semester of employment, and get regular pay increases each full semester with a $18.75/hour cap after 4-5 semesters of employment.

In order to apply to become a WC Peer Tutor, you must:

  1. Have earned a “B” or better in all subjects you wish to tutor:
  2. Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better
  3. Submit a Faculty Recommendation Form from a WVC instructor for every subject covered
  4. Pass ISTU 40: Tutor Training (0.5 unit) AND ISTU 40E: Writing Tutor Training (0.5 unit) for writing tutors
  5. Speak, write, and understand English fluently and clearly
  6. Limit WVC work hours to 18 hours/week or less, no matter the number of positions/departments
  7. Be eligible to work on campus
  8. Register for a minimum of 6 units at WVC in any Fall/Spring semester during which you wish to work as a Peer Tutor

If you meet all the requirements above and are passionate about helping others, please complete an online application form and separately email your resume and unofficial transcript as attachments to Jen Wagner at jennifer.wagnerFREEWEST_VALLEY. After submitting your application, you are welcome to inquire about your status, including why you weren’t asked to interview and/or offered a job as a peer tutor; I’ll happily strategize with you better application and/or interview techniques for future jobs!

  • Help others.
  • Earn money.
  • Enhance your knowledge of the subject. (The jury is still out on whether or not tutees learn more than tutors during a tutoring session.)
  • Develop and improve your communication skills.
  • Learn how to become a more organized student.
  • Increase your confidence by facing and working through challenges.
  • Gain experience in a leadership role.
  • Develop your resume and on–the–job skills, applicable in most modern work environments.
  • Work on campus (or remotely), close to classes.
  • Register for Interdisciplinary Studies (ISTU 40), the 1/2-unit, hybrid-format Tutor Training course and ISTU 40E for those interested in tutoring Writing/English--successful completion of ISTU 40 is a prerequisite for a general tutoring job, and ISTU 40E must also be completed for a writing tutoring job: students may only apply after this requirement has been met.
  • After successfully completing ISTU 40 (and 40E),complete a Peer Tutor Application. Request Faculty Recommendations to be submitted via the online form for any class you wish to tutor, but feel free to submit your application before they're done.
  • Submit a completed online application; this will go to Jen Wagner, the Success Center Coordinator.
  • After applying, you may be asked to interview; if not, you may follow–up with Jen Wagner, and ask why an interview was not granted.
  • If hired, you will need to complete an employment packet with the West Valley College Personnel office.
  • NOTE: the hiring process can take a while from start to finish, so please apply early, especially if you're hoping to work during the current semester.
  • Any other questions? email%20Jen%20Wagner.
Last Updated 10/12/21