Join Our Team!
Join our team of bright and engaged students and become part of a close community of learners and leaders! The University Learning Center is staffed entirely by undergraduates, bringing free peer tutoring to anyone enrolled in the NYU courses we support. With extensive hours and a variety of services all led by you, you'll have the opportunity to make a positive impact on others while building your skills and thinking creatively. Student success is our mission. Join us to help yourself and others Study Smart!
The ULC forged a deep sense of community between all tutors and the students we tutored, initiating long-lasting relationships with the people who are my best friends today. Working as a tutor made me realize the value of collaboration, which inspired me to co-write my Senior Honors Thesis with a fellow ULC tutor. Tutoring made it possible for me to interact with like-minded people and work with others on an intimate academic level. It’s difficult to forge a community in a large university, and I’m so grateful that the ULC made one for me!
Erika Ryan, Class of 2011, Learning Assistant 2008-2011, currently at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Working at the ULC for two years was one of the most meaningful experiences of my undergraduate career at NYU. I looked forward to going to work because I always had fun with my colleagues, the tutees, and I always ended up learning as much from those that I helped as I hope they learned from me. I encourage everyone to come down and take advantage of the wonderful resources and fun learning environment at the ULC.
Wilfredo Matias, Class of 2010, Learning Assistant 2008-2010, currently at Harvard Medical School and recent recipient of the Soros Fellowship.
Information Assistants (IAs):
Information Assistants are the first point of contact for any student entering the ULC seeking assistance. IAs manage the flow of traffic at our two locations, matching students with an appropriate Learning Assistant and keeping track of learning sessions. They also provide students with information about other relevant workshops and programs provided by the ULC. Daily tasks include greeting students, data entry, answering phones, assisting with marketing efforts and social media, and general administrative duties.
Learning Assistants (LAs):
Learning Assistants are academic tutors who support over 100 NYU courses in both the sciences (e.g., chemistry, biology, physics, mathematics, economics) and humanities (e.g., psychology, literature, writing, foreign languages). They are also trained as peer academic coaches. LAs work with peers in one-to-one sessions to help students become better learners, tackling difficult material with them or breaking down concepts to help students identify the source of their difficulties. LAs help clarify the material and offer their own perspectives on learning it. LAs must keep up with material in any class for which they tutor.
Additionally, Learning Assistants also design, develop, and/or lead a variety of workshops, group tutoring sessions, or review sessions. Their portfolio may include:
- Learning Group (LG) Leaders: Learning Assistants create worksheets and assist students as they work collaboratively to practice and learn material. LGs are held in support of General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Principles of Biology, Algebra & Calculus (pre-calc), and Calculus I.
- Bits Leaders: Learning Assistants plan and lead mini-review sessions weekly, tracking the progress of the course. Bits are held in support of Principles of Biology and Math for Econ II.
- Organic Chemistry LA: Some Learning Assistants may be selected to attend the section of Organic Chemistry reserved for majors.
- Course specific support, which will include workshop development and leadership.
- Language Support - LAs lead Conversation Circles to provide a space for language learners to practice fluency in English, American Sign Language, and other foreign languages.
All Learning Assistants must meet the same eligibility qualifications and go through the same hiring process, whether they are a humanities student or someone interested in leading a General Chemistry LG section. All LAs should be prepared to commit hours for walk-in tutoring, and will meet training and tutoring requirements to become ITPC certified (International Tutor Program Certification).
How to Apply
Applications are posted on our website and through Handshake, with select candidates invited for interviews. Hiring offers remain contingent upon schedules and successful completion of the current semester. Training activities at the beginning of each semester (typically the first Friday and Saturday after classes begin) are required.
We hire most of our staff during the spring semester (applications posted mid-March) to begin with us in the following fall semester. The majority of students stay with us through the entire academic year. A small number of staff may be hired in January for the spring term. Applications for spring are posted late November/early December.
Summary of Procedures:
- Part 1: Application -- Available on our website as a Google Form. Complete the form and remember to attach your resume and your unofficial transcript highlighted with the courses you can tutor. Immediately after submitting your application you should create and share your ULC calendar with email@example.com. Early submissions preferred; check the timeline for applications for specific dates.
- Part 2: References -- Email the link to our Reference Form (located in the specific job description link) to your recommenders. Please remember to note whether or not you have waived your right to see their recommendation. Recommendation deadlines are listed in the specific job description.
Select candidates will be invited to interview in late April/early May. We can arrange to conduct these via NYU Hangouts or Skype, though in-person interviews are preferred when possible.
Learning Assistants must remain comfortable and knowledgeable tutoring the subjects they have studied, and must be prepared for walk-in sessions by keeping up with the material. Preference is given to students who can tutor multiple subjects.
Flexibility in the schedule for IAs and LAs is highly valued. The ULC offers workshops at various times throughout the day and the week, and we try to be as accessible as we can to all NYU students. Additional assignments often arise during the year, providing the opportunity for additional participation beyond assigned weekly shifts. Commitment to those weekly shifts is also expected.