Benefits of Working as a Learning Assistant (LA)

In addition to finding fulfillment in helping others, our Learning Assistants have become more confident learners while working at the ULC, and have grown increasingly comfortable with the material they tutor. Their work reinforces concepts that help strengthen their foundation for more advanced level studies and their future endeavors.

The academic success and professional development of our student staff are equally as important to the ULC as the success of the students we tutor. As leaders on campus, our LAs' talents and accomplishments have earned them the appreciation of NYU faculty and administrators. This recognition has led to opportunities to work directly with professors, further strengthening those relationships. 

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 law school, dental and medical school, and graduate school. They have worked for "Teach for America" 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

Position Description:

Learning Assistants (LAs) 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, and 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. (Please note that preference is given to candidates who can tutor multiple courses.)

In addition to walk-in tutoring, LAs also design, develop, and/or lead a variety of workshops, group tutoring sessions, and review sessions. LAs are responsible for fulfilling TWO of the following roles each semester:

  • 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 courses such as 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.
  • Course Specific Support: Workshop development and leadership, and possible presence in the classroom.
  • Language Support: LAs lead Conversation Circles to provide a space for language learners to practice fluency in English and other foreign languages.
  • Peer Academic Coaching: Academic Skills workshops development and leadership.

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.

LAs receive scheduled hours for walk-in tutoring and are expected to maintain these shifts weekly throughout the semester. Shifts vary between 2-6hrs, and multiple shifts may be assigned per week. While on shift, LAs 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 become eligible for ITPC Level 1 (International Tutor Program Certification), also known as CRLA Certification (College Reading and Learning Association). Opportunities also exist for higher levels of certification.

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.
  • Must be able to work a minimum of 10hr per week.
Compensation

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

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.

Before applying note the following:

All ULC operations for Fall 2021 will follow the policies and guidelines of New York University. Staff should be prepared to work on campus.

Application Instructions:
  • Part 1: APPLICATION - Complete and submit the online application form.
    • You will be asked for the following two documents. Please have them saved and ready to attach. (Please see below for additional note about application submissions).
      1. Current Resume (Saved as "Last name Resume" - ex. Smith Resume)
      2. Unofficial Transcript from NYU Albert (Saved as "Last name transcript" - ex. Smith Transcript) 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 see below for additional note about transcript submissions).
  • Part 2: SCHEDULE - After you have registered for fall 2021 courses, applicants must create and share their calendar of availability with ulcnyu.scheduling@gmail.com (NOTE: Additional inquiries to this email will not receive a response).
  • Part 3: TWO REFERENCES - You are responsible for requesting that references submit our reference form before our deadline. Our reference form is provided below.
    • At least one reference MUST be an NYU professor or instructor. The second reference can also be a professor, or can be an NYU administrator (academic advisor, Dean's office, etc.), or a supervisor from a part-time job or volunteer position who can speak to your qualities as a potential ULC tutor. References should NOT be from relatives.
    • Please use your best judgment in selecting your references. The ULC will not answer questions about whom to select as your reference.
    • Reference Form: Copy and paste this link to your recommenders. Please remember to note whether or not you have waived your right to see their recommendation in your email.
Application Deadlines:
  • Application: Priority March 31, after which, applications will be accepted on a rollong basis until positions are filled.
  • References: May 18, 2021
  • Final Schedule: June 11, 2021

Due to the high volume of applications, individual messages to confirm receipt of applications will not be possible. Select candidates will be invited for an interview starting in april, 2021. Interviews may be conducted via Zoom, Skype, or Google Hangout.

Additional Information

NOTE ABOUT APPLICATION: While you can go back and edit your responses (keep a copy of our confirmation email after you submit), applications are processed on a rolling basis and will not be revisited after our initial review. We, therefore, recommend that you complete the application in a single sitting. However, if you are unable to complete the application in one attempt, we suggest signing your name as "INCOMPLETE" in the "Certification" section (at the end of the application) and returning to it at a later date. Please remember to change this when your application is ready for review, or else it will not be considered. Please do not submit more than one application per semester. 

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 Pre-Health track should be able to support General Chemistry I & II, Biology I & II, Calculus I, and one class in their prospective 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 SCHEDULES: If academic requirements change, unavoidably affecting your schedule, follow these steps (but please note that this may affect your hiring):

  • Update the availability on your shared google calendar.
  • Send an email to ulcnyu.scheduling@gmail.com so we can look out for the changes.