The Commons

male student tutors female student Helping a person will not necessarily change the world, but it can change the world for that person.

If changing the world isn't enough, being a tutor also has these benefits:
  • Earn money
  • Improve your marks
  • Enhance your resume

To be a tutor you need to:
  • Apply - forms are available at the Commons on your campus.
  • Train - do the online peer tutor training on D2L
  • Tutor - you'll be matched with someone who needs your help

Check the drop downs for FAQs about becoming a peer tutor.

How do I know if I qualify to become a peer tutor? arrow View
To be a peer tutor you must:
  • be a current registered Lakeland College student.
  • have passed the course you intend to tutor in with a minimum grade of B, of if currently enrolled in the course, have instructor permission based on current marks.
  • have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5.
  • have instructor approval.
How do I sign up to become a peer tutor? arrow View
These are the steps
  1. Come to the Commons office to pick and fill out an application form.
  2. Select the  eligible course(s) you are willing to tutor.
  3. Get the instructor(s) to sign the form confirming your status to become a peer tutor.
  4. Return the completed form to the Commons with a copy of your course timetable.
  5. If applicable, provide your most recent Lakeland College transcript available from My Lakeland,
  6. Complete HR/Payroll forms--you will need to provide your social insurance number and a void check or a bank issued account information. Your pay will be direct deposited to your account.
  7. Complete the online Peer Tutor training.
What are the benefits? arrow View
The benefits to peer tutoring are:
  • Getting paid a minimum of $13 per hour plus vacation pay.  If you already have a diploma or certificate this could change the rate of pay. Each case will be looked at individually.
  • Potentially improving your marks - the best way to learn is to teach.
  • Enhancing your resume - tutoring demonstrates responsibility, organization, and effective people skills.

Will I get training? arrow View
Yes, there is an online training program for peer tutoring.

Where and when does the tutoring happen? arrow View
You and your fellow student will set up where and when the tutoring will take place.  Here are the essentials to be aware of:
  • you must tutor on college property in public areas.
  • it's up to you and your student to find mutually convenient times to meet.
  • tutoring sessions may last no more than 1.5 hours per session.
How many hours per week will I be tutoring? arrow View
The length of your tutoring sessions will depend:
  • it's up to you.  You decide how much tutoring you take on.
  • We cannot guarantee you tutor hours or matches.  It depends on student demand for the tutoring.
How many students will I be tutoring? arrow View
This is:
  • up to you.  You decide the number of students you take on.  Let staff know if you want to limit the number of student matches.
  • 1:1 or group tutorials (two or more students) are possible.
What if I change my mind (i.e. get too busy, don't like doing it)? arrow View
As a student if you change your mind:
  • your studies come first.  You can tutor as much or as little as you want.
  • you can stop tutoring by informing the Commons staff but we ask you to consider the decision to withdraw carefully.
Is there support if I have questions or problems with tutoring? arrow View
If you have problems contact staff who are there to support you.  You can contact them by phone, text, e-mail, or by dropping into the office.