Tutors 2020-2021 (Writing, Math, Physics, Chemistry)


Tutor Applications for the 2020-2021 Academic Year are now CLOSED.

The Application deadline has been extended to Monday, February 24th at 12 PM (noon) PST.

New Tutor Training is mandatory and will be in August 2020. Exact dates will be released with a job offer. 



Residential Life provides quality academic support for residential students and abundant opportunities for positive peer interaction through academic advising, tutoring, faculty interaction, technology, and programming. These services are supported by Academic Service Centers that are located throughout the residential communities. The student staff provides direct assistance to residents as well as creative programming to address students' needs are supervised and trained by full time, professional staff. All programs and services are evaluated by residents on a regular basis in order to insure that the Centers are a dynamic and relevant part of the learning communities in the residence halls.

Tutors provide drop-in tutorial services for students living in UC Berkeley’s residence halls.  During regularly scheduled evening shifts, a team of Residential Tutors assist residents with their coursework and assignments with the goal of developing academic skills that will enable students to succeed throughout their years at UC Berkeley. Tutors are expected to work in one of the following four subject areas:  Chemistry (1A, 3A, 3B) Math (1A, 1B, 16A, 16B, 32, 53, 54) Physics (7A, 7B, 8A, 8B) Writing (all undergraduate writing). In addition to providing assistance during drop-in tutoring, Tutors also provide support during welcome week events, and develop midterm review and final exam review sessions. The duties of the Tutor are carried out under the mentorship of a Lead Tutor and the supervision of the Residential Academic Success Specialist.


Ethics Statement:

As a representative of the University of California, Berkeley and a member of the Residential Education staff, the Tutor is expected to respect personal integrity of all community members and assure they be treated in a manner that is fundamentally fair. Staff should refrain from engaging in any behaviors, attitudes, relationships, or actions that:

  • Would be considered harassment on the basis of gender, race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, citizenship, age, and/or ability.
  • Would impinge on a student or another staff member's dignity, moral code, privacy, self‐worth, and academic, physical, psychological, and/or emotional well‐being.
  • Would seek unjustified personal gains, unfair advantage, unearned goods or services.

Essential Duties

Tutoring (65%)
  • Assist students with problem sets, papers, and other subject-related coursework.  Discuss difficult concepts and provide new approaches to understanding them.
  • Listen actively and provide clear explanations.
  • Create a comfortable, friendly atmosphere.  Be approachable and willing to help students.  Show enthusiasm for tutoring and the subject matter.
  • Introduce residents to study strategies and skills which will assist them with their coursework.
  • Work with both with individuals and small groups.  Encourage and facilitate group study.
  • Provide drop-in tutorial services in a timely manner, beginning and ending on time.  
Training and Support (20%)
  • Participate in mandatory training. Fall training dates are listed under “Terms of Employment” 
  • Prepare for and attend mandatory bi-weekly tutor meetings on Wednesdays from 6:30pm-7:45pm during the academic year.
  • Participate in peer observations of other tutors.
  • Meet individually at least twice per semester with the Lead Tutor.
  • Meet individually at least once per semester with the Residential Academic Success Specialist
Administrative Responsibilities (5%)
  • Check and respond to emails at least once a day
  • Address all concerns with Lead Tutor and/or Residential Academic Success Specialist
  • Follow through on supervisor requests in a timely manner.  Submit timesheets, transcripts, etc. by set deadlines.
  • Actively participate in tutor recruitment
  • Seek formal and informal feedback on your performance from students. Complete end-of-semester performance evaluation processes. 
  • Maintain an orderly environment during tutoring sessions, review sessions, and in the Academic Programs Office
Tutoring Preparation (5%)
  • Maintain and increase knowledge in your subject area by reading course materials such as textbooks, handouts, and web pages.
  • Prepare outlines and materials for academic programs and review sessions.
Programming (5%)
  • Help students prepare for exams by offering pre-exam review sessions and extended hours as necessary
Additional Duties
  • Participate in Residential Education activities as assigned by the Residential Academic Success Specialist
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Current, full-time student at time of employment (undergraduate or graduate)
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (we do not round up)
  • Minimum grades of “A’s” and “B’s” in subject area of tutoring
  • Demonstrated excellence in lower division courses relevant to tutoring discipline
  • Strong customer service skills and ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, maintain cooperative peer relationships, teamwork oriented, dependable, attentive to detail,  friendliness and approachability

Terms of Employment

  • The Tutor is expected to follow residence hall policies and procedures during all work shifts. Failure to serve as a positive role model may result in personnel action up to and including dismissal.  
  • Active participation in staff training as well as on-going system-wide and area staff in-service training programs.
  • Tutors are expected to work during some evenings, weekends and holidays. 
  • Continued employment is contingent upon a satisfactory job performance evaluation by the supervisor. Satisfactory job performance evaluation is defined as meeting expectations as defined by the job evaluation in all areas of the job description.
  • The tutor will be compensated at a rate of $16.00/hr and is expected to work 8-­15 hours per week during the duration of employment.


  • Maintain positive working relationships with fellow Residential Life Staff, as well as Residential and Student Services staff members.
  • Do not allow access to non-tutoring staff to the Academic Programs Office. Do not duplicate or loan keys to unauthorized persons
  • Adhere to all crisis, evaluation, and emergency response procedures.
  • Be responsible with special staff privileges (i.e. use of office, tutoring supplies, keys, office equipment, etc).
  • Maintain confidentiality and objectivity in all matters related to students and staff. 
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Residential Academic Success Specialist

**The job description as outlined above is subject to change**

Feel free to contact reshalls-employment@berkeley.edu with any questions.