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 20 hours of training, working with a Peer Mentor, participating in cohort meetings, and completing at least 25 hours of tutoring. Tutors are paid for all hours worked, including the training time.

The program begins with an initial training weekend, followed by a series of professional development and reflection meetings spaced out over the course of the semester. The intensive weekend provides students who are new to the peer academic support roles with the necessary foundational skills to help them work with students effectively and confidently. The subsequent professional development and reflection meetings enable students to continue the learning process, be introduced to new concepts, and receive ongoing feedback and supervision. This model offers everyone with a common foundation combined with a flexible and personalized pathway for targeted areas of individual improvement.


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 Assistant, please use this WEBFORM.

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

To apply to become a Technology Assistant, use this WEBFORM.

NOTE: By applying, it also means that you're willing to commit to participating in the training (Saturday, January 30, 2021) and flexible pathways for ongoing professional development (throughout the semester).


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