Each year, approximately 400 students, with varied backgrounds and interests, work as BSC Peer Tutors. Peer tutoring gives students with career interests in teaching or other helping professions an opportunity for hands-on practice and gives students with other career interests the opportunity to work with the concepts and materials in their field.
You are encouraged to become a BSC Peer Tutor if you:
- are interested in helping other students
- would like to share your enthusiasm for a particular subject
- are sensitive to others' difficulties with their coursework
To be a BSC Peer Tutor, you must:
- be an enrolled degree candidate in Harvard College, GSAS, HGSE, and HKS
- have earned an A- or better in the course(s) you want to tutor or by faculty recommendation or by consulting with a BSC Peer Tutoring Supervisor
- have completed at least one semester of classes at Harvard University
By awarding your grade, the course has already qualified you to tutor. You must register to become a BSC Peer Tutor but there are no interviews or applications.
All peer tutors are expected to abide by the guidelines outlined in the Handbook for Peer Tutors. In addition, tutors and tutees are expected to abide by the College’s policies on academic integrity as outlined in the Handbook for Students and the Honor Code.
BSC Peer Tutors vs. BSC Peer Tutor Fellows
|BSC Peer Tutors (PT)||BSC Peer Tutor Fellows (PTF)|
|Ideal if you...||
|Compensation||$18 per hour
||$20 per hour
Most Frequently Requested Courses
CompSci - 50 and above
Econ - all levels
Eng-Sci - all levels
Math - Ma, 1a and above
MCB 60, 80
Stat - 104, 110 and above
Chem 20, 27, 40
CompSci - 51, 124, all levels
Econ - all levels
Math - Mb, 1b and above
PhySci 1, 3, 11, 12a
Stat - 102, 104, 111 and above
It is up to you and your tutee to determine where, when, and for how long you meet. You can set a weekly time or meet on a per session basis.
By advance mutual agreement between you and your tutee, you may also charge up to one half hour of preparation time for each tutoring session. Tutors are expected to ask the tutee each time they hope to use prep time; tutees are charged for this time on their termbills.
If your tutee needs to cancel an appointment, your tutee must notify you 24 hours in advance or you have the right to charge for one missed hour. You are also expected to provide your tutee(s) with at least 24 hours’ notice if you need to cancel a session.
Questions and Concerns about Tutoring
Whatever the reason, please let us know if the tutoring is not working out so we can advise you and/or make a new tutor/tutee match. We welcome your feedback on any aspect of your peer tutoring experience.