New Tutor FAQ

Do I qualify to work with ARAC?

If you are an actively enrolled Duke Graduate or Undergraduate student with a federal work-study allotment as part of your financial aid package, then yes!

If you do not have Federal Work-study or if you don’t know if you do, you can contact the Karch Office of Undergraduate Financial Support, to find out if you are eligible for Federal Work-Study.  Otherwise, you can still apply as a VOLUNTEER.

How much do ARAC tutors earn?

  • Undergraduate tutors make $13.50 per hour
  • Graduate Tutors make $16.50 per hour
  • Undergraduate Head Tutors make $13.75 per hour
  • Graduate Assistants make $16.75 per hour

Is there a minimum weekly commitment?

Yes.  You must commit to tutoring at least 4 hours per week.  You will also be required to submit a bi-weekly reflection log and attend at least monthly meetings.

Do I need any special experience to qualify for this job?
No. We have found that students from all Duke colleges, studying virtually every subject offered at the University, can make fine tutors, whatever their experience to date. What is needed most is commitment, reliability and enjoying children.

How far are the community partner sites from campus?
See the Tutoring Sites page for a map of all ARAC partners. Some community partner sites including Watts Montessori Magnet, E.K. Powe, and Immaculata Catholic School are within WALKING distance of East Campus. ARAC also offers free van transportation to most sites not within walking distance.

What kind of work will I do? Will I always be in a classroom setting?
Teachers utilize tutors in a variety of ways, but tutor feedback indicates that the greatest use of tutors is one-on-one with students identified by the classroom teacher as needing additional help.  Most classrooms are set up so a tutor can work privately with a student or a small group of students while other classroom activities go on.

What if I am unhappy with the work I am assigned by my teacher, or don’t get along with my teacher?
Your role is to provide academic assistance to students, under the direction and supervision of a teacher.  This may take many forms. Your role is not to be a clerical, administrative or disciplinary aide to the teacher.  Of course, everyone pitches in at times to make a classroom run smoothly, so you may occasionally be asked to help out with clerical tasks, make copies, straighten the room, etc.  But if these are the primary tasks your teacher is giving you, you should contact the ARAC Program Staff.  They will help you to discuss your proper role with the teacher.  Please don’t wait until the end of the semester to report these issues. They are uncommon but they do occur. Notify us as it is happening and we will work with you to improve the situation.  We do not want you to be unhappy or poorly utilized in this job.  If necessary, we will change your assignment.

Are there after school hours when I can work?
Yes! Some ARAC schools have after school programs and we also partner with sites such as El Centro Hispano, Student U, and Lyon Park Community Center who provide after school tutoring opportunities.

How will I find out my ARAC Schedule? 

ARAC tutors choose their own tutoring schedules. You can choose slots based on subject (literacy/math), age of students (5-14), time of tutoring slot, and tutoring location. We find that tutors who work with the same teachers from semester to semester and year to year have the most productive and satisfying experience.

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