How to become a tutor

Why be a tutor?

  • Tutoring is challenging, rewarding, and fun for both tutor and tutee.
  • Tutoring is an excellent way for students to gain experience and insight, especially if you are considering teaching as a career.
  • Tutoring experience is valuable for scholarship, college, and job applications as well as résumés.
  • Tutoring is a useful tool to gain in-depth knowledge in a variety of subject matters.
  • Tutoring gives you a rare opportunity to experience the dynamics of teamwork and thus contribute to the growth of the DVC campus community.
  • Trained tutors are paid for their time tutoring.
  • Employment as a tutor satisfies work-study and CalWORKs employment requirements.

How to qualify for a tutor position:

  1. Earn a 'B' grade or better in the class you want to tutor.
  2. Receive a written recommendation from the instructor of each class you want to tutor.
  3. Enroll in a Tutor Training Class (Math 140, English 140, or INTD 140) during the semester when you are seeking employment. (Some labs require training before you work as a tutor, but others ask that tutors be enrolled in the tutoring training course in the same semester you begin working as a tutor.)
  4. Speak, write, and understand English fluently and clearly.
  5. Be registered for 6 DVC-units minimum to qualify as a student worker. If you are an International Student, you must be registered for 12 units to qualify as a student worker.
  6. Not exceed 20 hours a week in your total workload on the DVC campus.
  7. Be eligible to work on campus.
  8. Make a commitment to work as a tutor for a minimum of two semesters.


If you meet the 8 qualifications listed above and are passionate about helping others, please contact the tutoring program in your discipline, or contact EOPS for other tutoring opportunities. The different tutoring centers have different requirements and training for their tutors.

New tutors must have completed or currently be enrolled in oneof the following in order to meet the training requirement to be eligible to tutor at DVC:

  • English 140(please see course schedule for more info)
  • Math 140(please see course schedule for more info)
  • INTD 140(please see course schedule for more info)
  • Intensive tutor training workshop(contact specific tutoring center for more information)

Thank you for your interest in becoming a DVC Tutor!