Become a Tutor

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The challenge of explaining economics concepts to less advanced students will deepen your own understanding of fundamental economics concepts. In addition, students working in the Economics Learning Center have an on-campus ‘base-of-operations’ in the Economics Department. This provides opportunities for interaction with faculty and other economics students.
 
Tutor Job Description
  • Tutors are expected to devote between 5 to 15 scheduled hours per week and as much additional time for preparation as each individual finds necessary. 
  • Each tutor spends their time staffing the ELC in Room 385 of Arps Hall.
  • Some tutors will split their time additionally staffing the ELC virtually via Carmen Zoom.
  • Tutors are expected to report to work promptly at their scheduled time.
  • Tutors are expected to be helpful, courteous, and respectful to students at all times.
  • Tutors are expected to provide service to all students who visit the ELC, which means working with multiple students simultaneously at times.
    • ​ This can be achieved by grouping students who are seeking similar assistance and/or alternating the assistance you provide a few questions at a time while the other student(s) work.
  • Tutors are expected to provide guidance and clarification, but NOT to complete the work for students.
Qualifications to be a Tutor
  • You must have taken (or are about to complete) ECON 2001, 2002, 4001 and 4002.
  • You should have received a grade of B or higher in these ECON courses.
    • Students not meeting these standards will be considered on the basis of individual merit as space allows. 
  • It is not necessary to be an economics major to serve as a tutor.
    • Students from many backgrounds who have completed the necessary courses can be tutors since students with divergent backgrounds may serve as particularly effective tutors. 
When we Hire Tutors
  • Prospective tutors may submit an application at any time, but your application may not be taken into consideration immediately but instead for starting the next semester (excluding summer while the ELC is closed)
    • Our goal is to conduct interviews at the end of each semester (approximately 4 weeks remaining) in order to hire new tutors for the subsequent semester.
    • This way, we can have all new tutors hired and oriented prior to the ELC opening within a given term.
  • We will keep your application on file for a year and we will reach out to you at the provided email if we are interested in interviewing you.
    • Even if you are not interviewed and/or hired after submitting an initial application, the constant turn-over in our tutoring staff as a result of graduations leaves us hiring tutors on a continual basis, so we encourage prospective tutors to submit an application every year.
How Much we Pay Tutors
  • Tutors begin at the base rate for student employees offered by the university.
    • The current hourly base can be found here.
  • The application should be submitted via Qualtrics, which can be accessed here.
    • Technical Note: It is best to start and finish this form within one session. If you are unable to do so, then you can begin the form and return to it at a later time as long as you then complete it using the same device in which you started it.
      • For example: If you begin filling it out on your work computer, and then later return to it on your personal computer, then it will NOT remember you and will force you to begin a new form. But if you begin filling it out on a computer, and then later return to it on that same exact computer, then it will remember you and allow you to begin where you left off in order to finish the form. Once this form has been submitted, it cannot be edited.
    • If you have any questions about the application or would like to follow-up on a submitted application, then please reach out to Melinda Shilling at shilling.42@osu.edu.
 
If you have any questions, please reach out to Melinda Shilling at shilling.42@osu.edu.