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Summer Tutors

Summer Tutors 

About Stanford Summer Session

Summer Session, the University’s 4th academic quarter, is optional for Stanford students, and provides high-achieving and ambitious visiting students from around the world with a transformative educational experience at a world-class university. By combining challenging academics with a rich array of extra-curricular programming, Stanford Summer Session successfully shares the University’s culture of innovation, academic excellence, and global responsibility.

Summer Tutor Position Overview

The Summer Academic Resource Center (SARC) provides tutoring, academic workshops, and academic advising for students enrolled in Stanford courses during the summer.  SARC is hiring approximately 20 Stanford graduate and undergraduate students as Summer Tutors for students who enroll in Summer Session courses.

During Summer 2023, Summer Tutors will primarily work with students in two ways; one-on-one tutoring will take place online over Zoom, while workshops and drop-in sessions will be held in person, on campus. Summer Tutors often tutor multiple courses and subject areas. In addition to holding regular by-appointment and drop-in tutoring sessions, Summer Tutors are expected to design, promote, and lead academic workshops. Tutor schedules are established on a weekly basis by the Academic Programs Coordinator and are based on tutor availability and program needs. While the specific hours are flexible, tutors must be able to work 15-20 hours per week and have some evening and weekend availability. All tutors must be available to begin preparing for this role on Tuesday, June 20, 2023 and are expected to reside locally. Tutors will be assigned to the 8-week summer term, ending Saturday, August 18, 2023. 

This position will give Stanford graduate students experience working with students of varying backgrounds—from advanced high school students to graduate students, and from more than 40 countries around the world. Summer Tutors will get the chance to boost students’ confidence, hone their one-on-one teaching, and to develop and teach at least one academic workshop.

*Some exceptions can be made for students who wish to work fewer than 15 hours per week. Please contact Urmi Sheth with specific questions


Essential Functions

Subject Area Tutoring: Summer Tutors provide by-appointment and drop-in tutoring to Summer Session students in STEM courses and in Writing. One-on-one sessions will be held online, and drop-in sessions will be held in-person on campus. 

Academic Workshops: Summer Tutors develop, promote, and lead workshops based on the needs of the Summer Session student population. Most academic workshop topics are set prior to summer and include communication with instructors, time management, and academic writing. Tutors are responsible for developing and delivering workshop content, and, if interested, can also propose new workshop ideas. Tutors are expected to engage in the planning and leading of at least one workshop.

Review Sessions and Study Halls: Summer Tutors may be asked to host and supervise group Review Sessions and Study Halls for Summer Session students. Review Sessions are facilitated sessions to help students prepare for specific exams or assignments, while Study Halls provide an academic environment for students to work on homework individually or collaborate on group projects.

Role Model and Leadership:  As student staff members are highly visible within the Summer Session community, Summer Tutors are expected to conduct themselves professionally at all times. Students often seek advice from tutors and therefore tutors should be active and effective listeners, and be able to refer issues of concern to appropriate Summer Session professional staff members. As academic role models, Summer Tutors should welcome and encourage openness to differences of race, class, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and nationality among program participants.

Administrative Duties: Summer Summer Tutors attend a weekly staff meeting and assist with SARC outreach. They are also expected to complete tracking and assessment paperwork. The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Terms of Employment

Outside Obligations: Summer Tutors may pursue outside work or other activities on- or off- campus. Staff must disclose information about their outside work and courses to the Academic Programs Coordinator. Other jobs at Stanford, combined with Summer Session hours cannot exceed 40 hours per week.

Alcohol and Drug Policy: Summer Tutors are not allowed to consume, possess, or be under the influence of alcohol or drugs while working for SARC. Failure to abide by this policy will result in immediate termination of employment.

Conduct and Policy Reinforcement: Each Summer Tutor will adhere to, administer, and enforce policies and procedures as outlined in the Fundamental Standard, and Honor Code, as well as all other applicable University policies that govern student engagement. Additional information regarding conduct and applicable policies for Summer Session students is detailed within the Summer Session program handbooks.

Training: All Summer Tutors are required to attend and actively participate in staff training sessions, to be held during the week prior to the start of the Summer Quarter (June 20–23). The training schedule will be determined by majority tutor availability, and may include in-person, and virtual (synchronous or asynchronous) sessions. More details will be communicated closer to summer.

Stanford Affiliation: Summer Tutors must be enrolled Stanford graduate students.

Background Check: All summer staff must successfully complete a LiveScan fingerprint background check before summer begins. The background check will be initiated once an offer is extended and accepted. Employment is contingent on successfully passing a background check.

Ideal Candidate

The successful candidate will have proven academic success and a genuine interest in the subject area(s) they wish to tutor. Experience in tutoring or teaching is preferred. There will be opportunities for collaboration among tutors, but the majority of each tutor’s work will be done individually. As such, the ideal candidate will be highly autonomous and able to multitask and manage multiple assignments. 


The Summer Tutor position is a part-time, 15–20 hours per week position with an hourly pay rate of $27/hour for graduate students and $18.25 for undergraduate students. Staff members will be required to use their own computer and internet for virtual sessions; a stipend of $17.50 a month will be included as part of the overall compensation.

Application Details

To apply for a Summer Tutor position, please complete an online application found here

The application asks for a resume, transcript, and the name of one academic reference. Qualified applicants will be invited to interview for the position. We will continue to accept applications after this date until all positions are filled.

Questions?: Please contact Urmi Sheth, Program Coordinator

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Stanford welcomes applications from all who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research, teaching and clinical missions.

Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. All candidates must be eligible to work in the U.S. and live in the U.S. and live in the U.S. while employed in this position.

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