Individual Tutoring FAQ

This page addresses possible questions by tutors or potential tutors, tutees and potential tutees, and frequent questions about specific matches.

For Tutors

What qualifications do I need to be an individual tutor?

Tutors must have received at least an A- in the course previously, or equivalent AP/credit for specified courses. However, there are some exceptions to this rule! If you have any questions regarding your qualifications, please email us at:

I applied to be an individual tutor. Why haven't I been matched yet?

Individual tutor requests are reviewed on a rolling basis starting Week 2 of the term. Tutors will be notified of the status of their application via email when they are matched with a tutee.

If you have not received an email from us yet, it's because we are still in the process of reviewing tutor requests and assigning tutors.

Keep in mind that tutor applications do not roll over to the next term. All tutors must reapply every term.

How often do I meet with my tutee and how much do I get paid?

The Peer Tutoring Program allows for one hour of tutoring per week per course for any student assigned an individual tutor.

Individual tutors are compensated at the rate of $15/hour.

Tutors will track their time by using the Kronos Electronic Timecard system. Additional time exceeding the limit of one hour per week, per course, per tutee, should not be logged into Kronos and should be compensated directly by the tutee at the rates listed above.

Why can't I get into Kronos?

We add and remove tutors from Kronos every term. Once your match is made and confirmed, we will add you to Kronos.

If you have been matched and still cannot input your hours, please let us know and we will add you into the system as soon as possible.

All Kronos and employment question must be directed to

I have trouble getting in touch with my tutee or have concerns regarding my match. What should I do?

You are always welcome to email us at

Is there an attendance requirement for individual tutoring?

Yes, there is an attendance requirement. Individual Tutoring is made available for students who have demonstrated high need, and as such the Peer Tutoring Program expects tutees to show up for their appointments. However, as long as tutees are accountable for themselves and communicate with tutors if they need to miss a session or if they are running late we can make allowances for this. 

I can work with more tutees; can I get more matches?

An individual tutor can be matched with up to three individual tutees per term. If you feel that you'd like to do more tutoring, please apply to be a group tutor. Group tutors may be matched with up to three tutoring groups.

Can I continue working with my tutee next term?

Any individual tutor and tutee that wish to work together must still submit the requisite paperwork for approval and list each other's email addresses in the request and application forms each term. Please do not assume that you will be able to work together.

Where can I find resources to be a more prepared tutor?

Please look through the Academic Skills Center website for learning tips and strategies that you can share with your tutees.

Upon hiring, all tutors will also be invitied to access the Peer Tutoring Program Canvas page which contains a wealth of resources. Please check your Junk folder if you have not received a Canvas invitation or email for access.

I don't think I can tutor anymore, is there a way to get taken off the list?

Tutors apply term by term so if you can no longer tutor this term, please email asap. This will allow us to rematch your tutees and remove you from the match list.

For Tutees

How can I request an Individual Tutor?

Individual Tutoring is very limited and will only be available for students who demonstrate high need for individual tutorial support. You may request an Individual Tutor here. Individual Tutor requests are received on a rolling basis.

The Peer Tutoring Program is prioritizing Group Tutoring until further notice in order to meet student demands.

Please consider joining a Tutoring Group before requesting an Individual Tutor.

Why haven't I been matched yet?

You will be notified of the status of your request via email within one week of your submission.

If your request is approved, the Peer Tutoring Program will work to recruit a tutor and email both parties when a match has been made.

We expect tutees to contact their tutor within a week of receiving their match email. Failure to do so will forfeit the match and the tutor will be reassigned to another tutee.

Keep in mind that not all courses have tutors available and that some courses have more tutor requests than we can accommodate. 

I am a tutee, my Individual Tutor Request was approved, but I haven't been matched yet. I really need help! Where else can I find academic support?

It often takes time to find a match, but we are moving as quickly as we can. In the meantime we encourage anyone who is concerned about mastering course material to consider joining a Tutoring Group (if there is one available).  

Alternatively, reach out to TAs in the course, and/or attend faculty office hours!  

My Individual Tutor Request was not approved. I really need help! Where else can I find academic support?

We encourage students to check out Group Tutoring. Group Tutoring consists of one tutor who meet twice weekly with multiple tutees at a set days and time for 1-hour tutorial sessions.

If a Tutoring Group is not offered for your course, we recommend attending office hours with your course instructor, using the TAs, Learning Fellows, and/or Teaching Science Fellows for the course, and reaching out to peers to form study groups.

You can find a wealth of resources on our website about multiple learning skills and strategies, videos, an e-Guide for Academic Success, and information about academic coaching where you can meet with professional staff who will coach you on how to tackle your course(s).

How often can I get tutored?

Students meet with their Individual Tutor one hour of tutoring per week, per course. To request additional tutoring time beyond the one hour, please contact us at  

Can I request a specific Individual Tutor? 

Yes, you can simply list their FULL Dartmouth email address in the Individual Tutor Request form when prompted. We will take it from there! 

I have trouble getting in touch with my Individual Tutor, or have concerns regarding the match. What should I do?

Please contact the Peer Tutoring Program with any of your concerns that you may have regarding the match (i.e. conflicting schedules, inappropriate match due to differences in learning or teaching styles, etc).

Typically for which academic disciplines are tutors offered? 

You can request an Individual Tutor for any course of your choosing. If your request is approved we will do our best to match you with a tutor that is available and who is qualified to tutor in that subject. Keep in mind that the Peer Tutoring Program does not provide tutors for English or Writing classes. See next section for more information.

Looking for Support in an ENGL, CRWT, COLT, or WRIT course?

The Peer Tutoring Program does not provide tutors for English & Creative Writing, Comparative Literature, or Writing courses. However, there are many other resources on campus to support you. See our Campus Resources page here.

Specifically, the Student Center for Research, Writing, and Information Technology (RWIT) is a good service to consider. RWIT is a free service dedicated to helping members of the Dartmouth community develop more effective strategies for generating and organizing their ideas, finding and evaluating research sources, and presenting and revising compositions in a variety of media. At RWIT, you can meet one-on-one with an undergraduate or graduate tutor to discuss a paper, research project, or multimedia assignment. Tutors use a facilitative, rather than directive, approach in engaging writers in an active dialogue about their work. Whether you are brainstorming, drafting, or polishing, RWIT tutors can provide feedback that will help you create final products of which you can be proud.

For "Specific Matches"

Specific matches are available for individual tutor requests only, which will be granted sparingly.

A specific match can be requested by the individual tutor & individual tutee by indicating each other's Dartmouth email addresses in their request applications. From there, we will determine whether the match will be made. 

As with any peer tutoring, the Telecommuting Agreement needs to be signed or re-signed before tutors can be hired and begin the tutoring process.