The Science and Math Learning Center hires undergraduate students to tutor typically 5-10 hours per week. All in-person tutoring takes place within the SMLC on the first floor of the Student Success Center. 

Students can apply to become a tutor in one (or more) of four disciplines:

  • Chemistry
  • Math
  • Physics
  • Statistics

Tutors must meet the following qualifications:

  • Overall 2.75 CUM GPA or better
  • Achieved no lower than a B in courses they are intending to tutor
  • Submit 2 recommendations (at least one from a professor in the discipline they are intending to tutor)
  • Demonstrate adequate knowledge in discipline within personal interview

Tutors must have completed the following courses (or equivalent) in the respective discipline:

  • Math: MATH 236 (Calculus II)
    • completion of Math 237 (Calculus III) is preferred, but not mandatory
  • General Chemistry: CHEM 131 and CHEM 132
  • Organic Chemistry: CHEM 241 and CHEM 242
  • Physics: PHYS 240 and PHYS 250
  • Statistics: MATH 220 (or equivalent)
    • completion of additional statistics course is preferred, but not mandatory
*Note: All majors are welcome to apply as long as you have taken the required courses!

Ready to apply?  Here's what to do:

  • Download, complete, and return to the appropriate coordinator(s) all elements of this tutor application 
  • Please also complete two (2) letter of recommendation forms.  Note: At least one recommendation should be from an instructor in the discipline you are intending to tutor! 
  • Please also submit the most recent copy of your unofficial transcript to the appropriate coordinator(s).  This can be downloaded from MyMadison.
  • The appropriate coordinator(s) will review your application and contact you directly for next steps!
  • Please direct any questions about the application process to the appropriate coordinator(s).
We look forward to working with you!



  • Is tutoring experience required?
    • While tutoring experience (formal and/or informal) is helpful, it is not required to be considered for a tutoring position!
  • Is there training for the position?
    • Yes!  All tutors participate in our internationally certified tutor training program.  You also get paid for training.  The Science and Math Learning Center is a Level 1 certified program through the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) International Tutor Training Program Certification, and upon completion of our training program, you will be a Level 1 Certified Tutor!
    • Part of our training program is also content-focused to keep you reviewing material in your discipline that students might ask you about!

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  • What are the perks of being a tutor in the SMLC?
    • Flexible schedules
    • Competitive wages
    • Paid professional development and training opportunities
    • Faculty mentorship
    • Access to the LC space before/after hours
    • Being part of an awesome community
    • Great resume builder
    • Making an impact on the JMU community by supporting your fellow Dukes!
  • When can I submit my application?
    • We accept applications on a rolling basis!


If you have questions not addressed here, email one of our faculty subject coordinators!

In the JMU Learning Centers, we are committed to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.  See the Learning Centers' Commitment to Inclusivity.

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