Academic Support Office of the Provost

Study Partners Employment

The peer tutoring service provided by Study Partners is valuable and well utilized at Auburn University. Our tutors have previously earned an A or high B in each class they tutor, and readily enjoy assisting students in improving their ability to become independent learners and retain/utilize curriculum specific information.  If this describes you, we look forward to receiving your completed application and two letters of recommendation.

If you are interested in working in Study Partners, please email your completed application to Tamara Bowden, Study Partners Coordinator, bowdetm@auburn.edu .  Applications are actively accepted throughout the year, but are regularly reviewed the 10th day of each month.

Please note, we are not currently accepting desk applications at this time.

Submit completed applications to Tamara Bowden, Study Partners Coordinator, at bowdetm@auburn.edu.

Study Partners’ Hiring Procedures

 

For quick reference please refer to the steps below designed to clarify the hiring process. Potential employees will not be considered for a job in Study Partners (SP) until a completed application and two letters of recommendation have been emailed to the SP Coordinator.

STEP 1: APPLICATION

Complete an application and submit it via email to the Study Partners Coordinator – Ms. Tamara Bowden, bowdetm@auburn.edu.  Potential tutors please list all courses you are willing to tutor by including the full class code (i.e. BIOL 1020, BUAL 2600, CHEM 2080, MATH 1610, etc.).

STEP 2: RECOMMENDATIONS

TWO recommendation letters are required. Recommendations are to be requested by the potential employee (that’s YOU!). Letters may be submitted via email to: Ms. Tamara Miller Bowden (bowdetm@auburn.edu) OR hard copy to: Ms. Bowden (0176 RBD Library, Auburn University, AL, 36849).

STEP 3: INTERVIEW MEETING

As a tutoring position becomes available, selected candidates will be contacted via email by the Study Partners Coordinator. These potential employees are asked to meet online (using Zoom) or in-person (when possible) for 45-60 minutes with one or more members of the supervisory team. Attire is student casual unless the potential employee prefers to wear something more formal. Please note: Study Partners is not currently accepting applications for desk worker positions.

STEP 4: MOCK INTERVIEW REQUEST (this step is not always requested)

Study Partners may request a potential tutor to participate in a 30-50 minute “mock tutoring session,” used to assess the peer tutor’s ability to communicate necessary curriculum material.  When a mock tutoring session is requested, a Study Partners representative will contact the potential tutor to finalize the course material, date, time, and format of the tutoring session (on-line using Zoom, or in-person).

STEP 5: AU PAYROLL REQUIREMENT

If and when a student is hired by Study Partners they will then need to follow-up with Ms. Sandy Mason, Academic Support Administrative Associate (sandy.mason@auburn.edu), to set up a virtual and/or in-person meeting to complete the necessary paperwork allowing them to be placed on Auburn University’s payroll.  All employees are required by law to present an ORIGINAL Social Security card OR current Passport, and a Driver’s License OR other form of picture ID (other than their AU Tigercard). For direct deposit purposes, each new employee is required to enter their personal bank info into Tiger I (located via AU Access).

STEP 6: STUDY PARTNERS HOURLY WAGE

Peer Tutors in Study Partners earn $8.50/hour and Desk Workers earn $7.50/hour.

STEP 7: TRAINING AND EVALUATION

Each Study Partners’ staff member is required to attend ongoing paid training designed to assist the employee as they conduct their regular tutoring and/or desk duties.  Each newly hired employee is required to attend a new tutor and/or desk worker orientation as well as to shadow other staff members in an effort to help them improve their skill set. Additionally, tutors are periodically observed during their work hours to provide opportunity for growth and development and to help improve performance. Please note over the summer, staff training is only required of those currently working.

STEP 8: WORK SCHEDULE TO BE SET

Study Partners peer tutors are assigned a maximum number of approved weekly work hours.  Tutoring is offered online via Zoom and when possible in-person on campus.  During Fall and Spring semesters tutors regularly work 5-15 hours/week depending on the curriculum area, the demand for tutoring in that area, and tutor preference.  Please note not everyone works over the summer as our staff is limited due to funding limits and/or client need/demand.  Tutors working over the summer, begin by working five (5) hours/week and work hours may increase as demand is proved.  When in-person tutoring is being offered, desk worker hours are set by mutual agreement between the desk supervisor and employee, and hours/week vary.  Study Partners does not employ desk workers during times when remote instruction is the only mode of course completion.  

STEP 9: TUTORING TAKES PLACE

Study Partners offers tutoring online via Zoom during times of remote instruction.  Undergraduate Auburn University students may make their Study Partners tutoring appointments in Advise Assist.  SP summer (2020) individual tutoring is offered Monday to Thursday between the hours of 1:00 pm and 8:00 pm.  Fall and spring semesters Study Partners regularly offers tutoring Sunday from 2:00 pm-6:00 pm, and Monday to Thursday from 11:00 am-8:00 pm.