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Academic Support & Achievement Center 
Applicant Information


Drop-in tutors, study group tutors, embedded tutors, and Supplemental Instruction leaders are hired on an as-needed, ongoing basis. Interested applicants may complete an electronic application or pick up a paper application at the ASAC front counter in Bldg. 6, 1st floor. 
The ASAC may schedule an interview with the applicant based on completion of the employment packet and verification that minimum qualifications have been met. The needs of the ASAC are another factor in determining prospective interviews. Submission of an application packet does not guarantee an interview. For more details, please read below, or you can also contact us at (909) 274-4300.

    • Application Procedure

      SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING REQUIRED ITEMS:

      • A completed employment application packet 
      • A copy of your transcript  (unofficial copy accepted)
      • A writing sample (English tutor applicants ONLY)
      • Resume (optional)

      Submit your completed employment application packet along with the required documents to the ASAC, first floor of Building 6, or via email to asac@mtsac.edu. For more information, please contact us at (909) 274-4300, Monday through Friday, 8am-4pm.

    • Job Overview
      DROP-IN (DI) / STUDY GROUP (SG) TUTORS:
      • Provide tutoring outside of class time
      • Demonstrate study skills
      • Facilitate study groups

      SUPPLEMENTAL INSTRUCTION (SI) LEADERS / EMBEDDED TUTORS (ET):

      • Facilitate interactive, collaborative sessions and facilitate class discussions or individual/group work.
      • Attend all lectures in assigned course and provide outside-of-class support.
      • Promote SI/ET sessions to students and articulate the SI/ET program philosophy and policies to students and faculty

      Hours vary and are based on center needs and applicant's availability. Pay is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Pay range is from $12.25-23.00 per hour.

    • Minimum Qualification Requirements
      ALL APPLICANTS MUST MEET THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA FOR CONSIDERATION:
      • Completion of at least one semester of college course work
      • An overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
      • Faculty recommendation on content knowledge and people skills.
      • Content competency evidenced by a grade of an “A” or “B" in subject(s) you wish to tutor:
        • Math tutor applicants: completion of Math 71 with an “A” or “B”
        • English tutor applicants: completion of English 1A with an “A” or “B”
        • Other subject tutor applicants: completion of the relevant course with an “A” or “B”

      PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

      • Demonstrate good oral and written communication skills
      • Demonstrate organization and time management skills
      • Possess good interpersonal skills
      • Ability to critically think and problem solve
      • Ability to use sound judgment, diplomacy, and tact
      • Ability to work independently with indirect supervision

      ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

      • Eligible candidates for high demand subjects will take an assessment prior to the oral interview.
      • Complete required tutor training courses within the first semester of employment. These are 6-week courses offered on Saturdays from 10:30am – 1:20pm during the fall and spring semesters.
        • TUTR 10A: Intro. to Tutoring (offered 3rd-8th week of classes)
        • TUTR 10B: Tutoring in the English Language (offered 9th-14th week of classes)
        • TUTR 10C: Tutoring as an SI (offered 3rd - 8th week of classes)
        • TUTR 10D: Tutoring in Mathematics (offered 9th – 14th week of classes)
      • Attend training meetings scheduled throughout the semester
        • New tutor/ SI orientation occurs during the week prior to the start of the term (date and time TBD).
        • Beginning of the semester all-tutor meeting is on the Friday before start of fall and spring semesters from 2-4pm.
        • Fall, winter, and spring semester all-tutor/ SI meetings are conducted on Fridays (dates and time TBD). Summer term meetings dates and time TBD.
    • Assessment Topics
      Math Assessment Topics:

      *NOTE – You will not be tested on all the topics listed below. Math applicants will be given assessment topics based on the highest level of math indicated on the application.

      • Algebra (Math 71)
        • Factoring (Difference of Squares, Difference of Cubes, Sum of Cubes, etc.)
        • Inequalities (Absolute Value Inequalities, Rational Inequalities, etc.)
        • Long Division
        • Logarithms (Properties of Logs)
        • Function Composition
        • Exponential Growth and Decay
        • Conic Sections (Circle, Parabola, Ellipse, Hyperbola)
        • Completing the Square
        • Linear Functions

      • Precalculus (Math 160)
        • Trigonometric Equations
        • Verifying Identities
        • Exponential Equations
        • Partial Fraction Decomposition
        • Nonlinear System of Equations

      • Calculus 1 (Math 180)
        • Derivatives
        • Integrals
        • Finding Area Bounded by Curves
        • Limits
        • Related Rate Word Problem

      • Calculus 2 (Math 181)
        • Volumes using Cross-Sections
        • Work (Pumping Liquids from Containers)
        • Fluid Forces
        • Center of Mass

      • Statistics (Math 110)
        • Probability
          • Probability using Two-Way Tables
          • Multiplication Rule
          • Addition Rule
          • Conditional Probability
        • Binomial Probability
        • Normal Probability
        • Confidence Intervals (Proportion, Mean)
        • Hypothesis Tests (Proportion, Mean)

      English Assessment Topics:
      • Brainstorming techniques
      • Thesis statements & topic sentences
      • Sentence combining Integrating quotes
      • Evaluating sources
      • Logical fallacies
      • Summary vs. analysis
      • Grammar:
        • Parts of speech
        • Sentence types
        • Sentence boundaries
        • ESL errors
        • Punctuation
        • Pronoun case
    • FAQs
      • How flexible is the work schedule? 
        Very flexible.

      • Will my work schedule change every week?  Or will it be the same? 
        Work schedules are fixed for the entire semester. Finals week schedule requests must be submitted separately.

      • Is it required that I take tutor training before becoming a tutor?
        No, it is not. Most tutors take the training classes concurrently while working as a tutor.

      • What will I learn in the tutor training classes?
        Basic tutoring theories and methods including learning styles, Socratic method, communication techniques. Training also covers defining tutor roles and responsibilities as well as effectively managing tutoring sessions.

      • Will I be working in one tutoring location? Where else might I work?
        Maybe but not necessarily.  We hire and schedule tutors for the ASAC and the MARCS. For example, if you are applying to be a math tutor, the MARCS is one possibility. Additionally, the ASAC hosts tutoring for all levels of math plus STEM subjects including chemistry and physics; we also have accounting, economics, foreign languages, writing tutoring, and social sciences.  Furthermore, we have Supplemental Instruction, Embedded Tutoring, and Study Groups.

      • Can I tutor other subjects?
        Yes, of course!  We are always looking for tutors for the high demand subjects mentioned above. The more subjects you can tutor, the greater your chances of getting more of hours, working at various locations, and earning a higher pay rate.

      • What if I took the course I want to tutor at a different college?
        Students with coursework at another college should take their transcript to the dept. chair who can verify that you have satisfied the course and grade requirements.

      • What if the professor I took at Mt. SAC is unavailable?
        See the dept. chair.

      • What if I don't achieve a passing score on the math diagnostic exam?  
        Math applicants may re-take the exam to improve their score. 

      • Do you hire international students? 
        In general, no. The process for hiring international students is time-consuming, unfortunately, and scheduling needs are immediate.

      • What do you see as important attributes of effective tutors?
        Content knowledge and effective tutoring strategies; the ability to work closely with students, to establish a good working relationship, and to be flexible.
    • Advantages of Being a Tutor
      • Help other students
      • Convenient, on-campus job
      • Flexible schedule
      • Career development for those who wish to go into teaching or education
      • Experience you can take to apply for similar jobs at a university setting
      • Experience you can include on your transfer application/resume 
      • Strengthen subject knowledge
      • Connect with faculty, students, and staff

 
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