How do I qualify to become a Peer Tutor? What do I need to submit?
- You need to have a minimum grade of 80% in the course you would like to tutor and/or a professor’s recommendation, as well as a minimum of 75% overall average.
- A strong desire to help students succeed and a commitment of your time to help the students who are assigned to you.
- Excellent communication skills.
- Fill out a Tutor’s Application on getinvolved.niagaracollege.ca
I have been a Peer Tutor before; do I have to fill out the application again?
- Tutors need to apply each term and receive approval before tutoring can begin.
What is the maximum amount of hours that I can tutor?
- Each Tutor is allowed to work up to a maximum of 12 hours per week. Tutors will only be paid for those hours booked by a learner rather than all time slots entered into the online schedule.
- Please note: Maximum hours refers to the total hours worked for all campus jobs.
Once hired, how will I be notified that someone needs to be tutored?
- You will be notified via Niagara College email as soon as an appointment is made by a learner in WCONLINE. Please look for messages that will have a subject line, “Niagara College Peer Tutoring: Appointment made successfully”.
- Review the appointment details and ensure the Tutor request matches your approved subject area.
- Please note: some notifications are going directly to junk mail/spam; do not rely on your inbox for messages. Tutors are required to check other folders/junk mail for notifications until the issue is resolved.
Can I meet a learner in person for an appointment?
- Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all appointments must be conducted online.
How do I get paid?
- Submit either a void cheque, or Direct Deposit form. A Direct deposit form can be picked up at your local bank branch.
- To receive payment for Tutoring hours, a Client Report Form must be submitted immediately after each session.
- Payments will be deposited bi-weekly according to the pay schedule.
Do I get paid if my learner doesn’t show up?
- Learners are required to cancel appointments online at least 3 hours in advance of a scheduled appointment.
- If a learner misses an appointment, you will be compensated for your time. Please indicate “no show” on your pay sheet.
- If learners repeatedly miss appointments without prior notification, their tutoring privileges will be suspended.
I am an International Student and I do not have a Social Insurance Number (SIN). How do I get one?
Please inquire online or in person at one of the local Service Canada Centres (note: some locations may be temporarily closed).
- 5853 Peer Street, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 5Z9
- 395 Ontario Street, St. Catharines, ON L2N 7N6
- 250 Thorold Road West, Welland, ON L3C 3W1
International students must present a study permit issued by CIC that states the permit holder “may accept employment” or “may work” in Canada.
The Peer Tutoring Coordinator is never available at the same time I am; how do I make contact?
The Peer Tutoring Coordinator is available to respond to email messages between 8:30am - 3:00pm.
- Welland Campus: Tuesday to Friday
- Daniel J. Patterson Campus in Niagara on the Lake: Monday to Thursday
If the Peer Tutoring Coordinators are not available, they will respond as soon as possible.
The Learner is expressing frustration and anxiety regarding his/her course/program. What can I do as the Peer Tutor to help?
Tutors can help by referring the Learners to the following support services:
- The respective Peer Tutoring Coordinator
- The respective Academic Advisor for the program
- Counselling Services