Learning Commons

Apply to Become a Tutor


Tutoring at The Learning Commons is a peer-driven academic support service. To be eligible for a tutoring position, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Current enrollment as a USM student (undergraduate or graduate)
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher in any subject area for which you would offer tutoring
  • Two faculty references
  • Commitment to completing the full tutor training program


Our tutor training program is nationally accredited by the College Reading & Learning Association (CRLA). We offer three levels of national tutor certification, and the first one is a requirement of employment. Each level entails approximately 15 hours of training, working with a Peer Mentor, participating in our private Blackboard Community, and completing at least 25 hours of tutoring. Tutors are paid for all hours worked, including the training time.


The Learning Commons hires tutors well in advance of the beginning of the semester to assure that there will be enough coverage, and to have the incoming cohort ready to participate in the training program that starts the first week of the semester. 

To apply for a position as a Writing Tutor or ESOL Tutor, please use this WEBFORM.

To apply for a position as a Math Tutor, a Science Tutor (in any of the science disciplines), or a Technology Assistant, please use this WEBFORM.


If you have questions about the training or application processes, please contact Naamah Jarnot, the Coordinator of Tutoring Services, at naamah.jarnot@maine.edu.