Benefits of Working as a Learning Assistant

Beyond finding fulfillment in helping others, our Learning Assistants become more confident learners and grow increasingly comfortable with the material they tutor. They reinforce concepts that help them strengthen their foundation for more advanced level studies and their own future endeavors.

As leaders on campus, our LAs' talents and accomplishments are appreciated by NYU faculty and administrators. Oftentimes they are asked to work directly with professors, strengthening those relationships. The academic success and professional development of our student staff are just as important to the ULC as the success of the students that are tutored.

Learning Assistants also form a close community of bright and ambitious students that support each other in school and beyond. ULC alumni have gone on to Teach for America, law school, dental and medical school, and graduate school, and have secured positions in banking and finance. They have won numerous awards, including the Fulbright Scholarship and the Paul and Daisy Fellowship for New Americans. They have been class Valedictorians and Diploma Recipients.  We're proud of our ULC family, and hope you will join our team!

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ULC Learning Assistants

Roles and Responsibilities:

All Learning Assistants must attend a series of training sessions, beginning with the All-Team Training at the beginning of each semester, and continuing with specific sessions throughout the academic year. 

Learning Assistants are also responsible for keeping up with material for any and all classes which they tutor.  (Please note that preference is given to candidates who can tutor multiple courses.)

LAs will be given scheduled shifts for walk-in tutoring hours, and are expected to maintain these shifts weekly throughout the semester.  Shifts can be anywhere from two to six hours long, and multiple shifts may be assigned per week.  While on shift, students will see students on a walk-in basis, answer questions through our on-line platform, develop or prepare for workshops, or work on other projects as assigned.

Through training and tutoring hours, all of our Learning Assistants are required to and will become eligible for ITPC Level 1 Certification (International Tutor Program Certification) (also known as CRLA Certification - College Reading and Learning Association).  Opportunities also exist for higher levels of certification.

In addition to walk-in hours, Learning Assistants are responsible for fulfilling TWO of the following roles each semester:

  • Science LG Leader (General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, or Biology)
  • Bio Bits Leader
  • Study Slam Series Leader
  • Course-specific Learning Assistant (includes one workshop proposal/facilitation)
  • Department Liaison (includes one workshop proposal/facilitation)
  • English Language Support Series (Conversation or Writing)
  • Workshop development and facilitation (*can be done multiple times to fulfill the roles-requirements of a Learning Assistant)

Qualifications

  • Currently enrolled as a full-time matriculated undergraduate student in good academic standing at NYU. Consideration could also be given to students enrolled in the Postbaccalaureate Prehealth Studies Program.
  • Sophomore, Junior, or Senior status by start date.
  • Minimum 3.5 grade point average within major and overall.
  • Recommended by two references. Two academic references preferred.
    • At least one recommendation must be from a professor at NYU in any of the subjects in which you would like to tutor.
    • The second reference should also be from a professor, but can be an NYU administrator (advisor, Dean’s office, etc.) or a supervisor from a part-time job who can speak to your qualities as a potential ULC Learning Assistant.
  • Taken and earned a grade of “A-“ or higher in the course(s) for which you would like to tutor.
  • Comfortable working in a collaborative group environment.

Timeline for Fall 2020 applicants:

  • March 13th, 2020: Applications available and accepted on a rolling basis.
  • April 12th, 2020: Online application and resume priority deadline
  • May 3rd, 2020: Scheduling grid submission deadline
  • May 11th, 2020:  All references must be received by the University Learning Center. (See Application instructions for further details.)
  • NOTE: This link may remain active and we will continue to receive applications, but may or may not be actively hiring at the time of your submission if it falls outside our timeline above.

Application Overview & Instructions:

You will have successfully applied to the University Learning Center after you've:

  1. Completed the online ULC application
  2. Created and shared your Google Calendar with the ULC following the instructions below

Prior to starting the application you will need to have the following two documents ready to upload:

1. Current resume: Please save this as "Last name resume" - ex. Smith resume.

2. Copy of your transcript with the courses you could tutor highlighted: Download your unofficial transcript from Albert and use Preview or Adobe Reader to highlight the courses you could tutor. Alternately, scan a highlighted hard copy to upload as a pdf. Please save this as "Last name transcript" - ex. Smith transcript. 

NOTE ABOUT TRANSCRIPT: Learning Assistants tutor multiple courses. Applicants are expected to tutor a minimum of five classes but often tutor more. Strongest candidates are those who can offer support for almost all eligible classes. 

  • Examples include, but are not limited to:  
    • A Sophomore who is undeclared and following the prehealth track should be able to support General Chemistry I & II, Biology I & II, Calculus I, and one class in their perspective major.
    • A Junior who is majoring in economics, following the policy track, should be able to support MFE I & II, Intro to Micro, Intro to Macro, Intermediate Micro, and another Econ elective (International Economics, Urban Econ, etc.)
    • A Senior who is majoring in psychology should be able to support Intro to Psych, Stats for the Behavioral Sciences, Advanced Stats, and at least two other psych electives such as Cognition and Perception.

NOTE ABOUT APPLICATION: While you are able to go back and edit your responses (keep a copy of our confirmation email after you submit), applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and we will not see edits on an application after it has already been reviewed. We therefore recommend that you complete the application in a single sitting. If you are unable to properly complete the whole application, however, please sign the "certification" with "INCOMPLETE" - but remember to change that when your application is ready for review or else it will not be considered. Please do not submit more than one application per semester. 

Immediately after submitting the application:

Create a Google Calendar using the instructions linked here and then share that calendar with ulcnyu.scheduling@gmail.com. (NOTE: Please do not send any questions to this email alias. We are only using it to collect calendars.)

  • This calendar must be accurate upon the time of your interview. It's okay if it's inaccurate before the week of registration. However, any changes after the interview could negatively affect your application and prevent you from being hired.
  • If academic requirements change, unavoidably affecting your schedule, follow the following steps (but please note that this may affect your hiring):
    1. Update the availability on your shared google calendar.
    2. Send an email to ulcnyu.scheduling@gmail.com so we can look out for the changes.

References

Two required.  One must be from a professor at NYU in any one of the subjects you would like to tutor; the second reference should also be from a professor, but can be an NYU administrator or a supervisor from a part-time job who can speak to your qualities as a candidate for the ULC. References are due on May 11th.

References should NOT be from relatives. Please use these guidelines and instructions, as well as your judgment, in selecting your references.  The ULC will NOT answer questions about who you should ask for a reference.

  • Please copy and paste this link and email it to your recommender. Please remember to note whether or not you have waived your right to see their recommendation in your email.

Select candidates will be invited for an interview late April/early May.  Interviews may be conducted via Skype or Google Hangouts if necessary.

Compensation

Pay begins at $17.00 per hour for all qualified Learning Assistants.