- Do I qualify to become a tutor?
- How do I apply to be a tutor?
- What is the DPS screening for?
- How do I get Work-Study eligibility?
- How much will I get paid as a tutor?
- How will I get paid?
- Am I paid for travel time?
- How do I get to my school?
- What school will I be placed in?
- How many hours can I work per week?
- What will I be doing at the school where I am placed?
- Who will I report to?
- How do I get trained?
- What are reflection schedules?
- Is it mandatory I attend the training and reflection sessions?
- How do I need to dress for this job?
Do I qualify to become a tutor?
Work-Study students, from any major, who would like the opportunity to work with elementary and middle school children are encouraged to apply. All tutors will be screened by Iowa Department of Public Safety and interviewed by AR/AC program coordinators.
How do I apply to be a tutor?
Download an application or visit us at our office, 0640 Beardshear Hall. Return your application to the America Reads/America Counts office.
What is the DPS screening for?
Because AR/AC tutors work one-on-one with elementary and middle-school students, sex offender background checks are run on each tutor prior to placement in the school. This provides an important assurance to parents and educators.
How do I get Work-Study eligibility?
Fill out your FAFSA. Students must have unmet financial need to qualify for work study funding.
How much will I get paid as a tutor?
$10.00 / hour (1st & 2nd successful semesters)
$11.00 / hour (3rd semester & longer)
How will I get paid?
Time sheets are to be turned in to the AR/AC office in 0640 Beardshear Hall by the 16th and the the last working day of each month. If time sheets are turned in past the established deadline, your paycheck may be delayed until the next pay period.
Am I paid for travel time?
Yes, tutors traveling outside the Ames area are paid a preset amount from the time they leave Ames to the time they reach the school according to a pre-determined schedule.
How do I get to my school?
Ames tutors must provide their own transportation. County and Des Moines tutors use their personal vehicles and are asked to car pool.
What school will I be placed in?
You could be placed in any participating school, including Ames, Ballard, Boone, Roland-Story, Nevada, Des Moines, Gilbert and others within approximately 30 miles of Ames. AR/AC staff will seek your input for placement. Your class schedule will be a main factor used to determine placement and your work schedule.
How many hours can I work per week?
Number of work hours will depend on the amount of your work study eligibility and your class schedule. Tutors can work anywhere from 5 - 20 hours per week on average.
What will I be doing at the school where I am placed?
Your focus will be direct involvement with students. Daily activities will vary with the school and grade level you work with. Our tutors lead small group sessions and one-on-one sessions. Many of our students are able to apply their backgrounds in art, science, technology and foreign languages while tutoring.
Who will I report to?
Each school has an on-site coordinator that you will check in with each day. This person is in charge of signing your time sheet and addressing any concerns you have with your placement. The AR/AC staff is also available to discuss any concerns.
How will I be trained?
Prior to your initial placement in the school you will go through approximately 3-4 hours of training. Attendance at these training sessions is mandatory. You will receive your normal hourly rate for all training sessions. The dates and times will be announced prior to each semester.
What are reflection sessions?
Tutors sign up for reflection sessions. This session will take place during the semester to discuss experiences and to work through any tutoring challenges. Part of the hour will be sharing your tutoring experiences and the other part will be on-going training. Attendance at reflection sessions is required and tutors are paid at their regular hourly rate.
Is it mandatory that I attend these training and reflection sessions?
YES! All training and reflection sessions are required.
How do I need to dress for this job?
Each school will establish a dress code for you. This will be discussed at your on-site training. The on-campus training and reflection sessions are a relaxed atmosphere so feel free to wear comfortable clothing.