Become A Tutor

Tutor with students.
Become a Peer Tutor

The Tutoring Center has two recruitment periods every year: November for the following spring semester and April for the following fall semester. Tutors are chosen through a selective process based on qualifications, recommendations, and an interview with the Tutorial Coordinator. Selected tutors will be expected to register for an online training course as required. The training course, INS 10 Peer Tutor and Mentor Training is for new tutors. It is a 12-week class offered in spring and fall semesters.

Tutors at the Tutoring Center are expected to act as role models for students by regularly attending their own classes, practicing successful study habits, and maintaining a positive learning attitude


• Firm understanding of the subject/course you wish to tutor
• Earned grade of a B or better in the class that you will be tutoring and an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
• Possess strong organizational, interpersonal communication skills, and time management skills
• Be able to serve as a role model for students seeking assistance
• Obtain recommendations from at least two Mission College faculty about tutoring in the subject area of interest

INS 10 Peer Tutor and Mentor Training

This is a 1.5 units online course for students who want to learn about peer assistance techniques and become an effective peer educator. Students will learn to establish goals and objectives, implement an assistance session plan, apply effective learning skills, develop effective communication and listening skills, and foster critical thinking.
This course focuses on peer assistance principles to effectively offer tutoring/mentoring across different disciplines and settings. Because these principles are flexible, each tutor/mentor will apply them in practice to his or her own discipline,  exploring and adapting strategies as they suit specific situations.

CRLA Certification

INS 10 Peer Tutor and Mentor Training is a College Reading & Learning Association (CRLA) certified training program. CRLA is a group of student-oriented professionals active in the fields of reading, learning assistance, developmental education, tutoring, and mentoring at the college/adult level. They evaluate tutor training programs for post-secondary institutions and certify programs with International Tutor Training Program Certification (ITTPC). Since 1989, over 1,000 college tutor training programs around the globe have received ITTPC at one or more Levels. These programs have recognized thousands as Certified Tutors, Certified Advanced Tutors, or Certified Master Tutors.

Students taking the Peer Tutor and Mentor Training are given the option to receive a CRLA Tutor Certification if they meet the following requirements:

  1. Successfully complete the INS 10 Peer Tutor and Mentor Training course

  2. Successfully demonstrate 25 hours of single tutor/single "unit" of concurrent tutoring contact or a minimum of 50 hours of multiple tutors/multiple sequential tutee tutoring

This certificate can be used on personal statements, applications, resumes, etc. to show that you have training and experience as a tutor. The option to receive the certificate is not required to pass the Peer Tutor and Mentor Training course.

Application Forms

Tutor Application Form (pdf)

Faculty Recommendation Form (pdf)

Submit completed application materials to:

Tutoring Center Faculty Coordinator

Chia Green,

Recruitment Closing Dates

• November 30 – for new tutors starting the following spring semester
• April 30- for new tutors starting the following fall semester

You will be notified about the outcome of the selection process as soon as possible. If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to stop by the Tutoring Center.