Become a tutor

Want to Become a Writing Tutor?

Each semester, we look for a few great writers to become new tutors in the Writing Center each semester. You’ll join a wonderful group of peer tutors, help your peers to become better writers, and improve your own writing skills. You’ll earn a professional/academic reference after two semesters of tutoring and gain valuable multicultural teaching experience, as well as practicum credits that look great on your résumé or grad school application. And if you come back for a second semester, we will pay you!

Our tutors have gone on to graduate Binghamton University with honors and become Fulbright Scholars, gain admission to graduate programs at Columbia and NYU, and attend law school, to name just a few accomplishments.

Students from all disciplines—science, the arts, engineering, humanities, business, and health—are encouraged to apply.


If you are in at least the second semester of your sophomore year, have acquired 57 credit hours, carry a minimum 3.0 GPA, are a strong academic writer with a clear understanding of writing strategies and conventions, enjoy working with people, and can commit to a regular weekly tutoring schedule, contact the Writing Center or submit the tutoring application. E-mail Wendy Stewart at

A Few Details

New tutors enroll for 2.0 or 4.0 credit hours in WRIT 491, a two-part pass-fail practicum in college teaching. You may choose practicum credits or remuneration for your second or subsequent semester of tutoring.

Part I: New tutors attend WRIT 491 Practicum in College Teaching, a 90-minute, weekly class dedicated to the theory and practice of Writing Center pedagogies. Activities include weekly readings, discussion of the tutoring experience, a weekly reflective teaching journal or tutoring philosophy, and Writing Center projects as assigned. The day and time of the practicum is determined by the class schedules of those accepted into WRIT 491, but typically are Monday or Tuesday evenings.

Part II: Tutors complete four to eight 45-minute tutoring shifts each week, depending on the number of registered practicum credit hours, and work on Writing Center projects. Tutors receive their weekly tutoring schedule after the first week of classes. Tutors agree to abide by the expectations outlined in the "Application to Become a Writing Center Tutor." All tutors must successfully complete designated orientation hours and training before becoming Writing Center tutors. Please do not apply if you are unable to commit to the full course of orientation and training.

The Application Process

Complete the Writing Center Tutor Application to become a tutor and email it to Writing Center Director Wendy Stewart (Feel free to email with any questions, too). Tutor candidates will be selected competitively according to Writing Center needs.

NOTE: For Fall 2020, both tutoring and WRIT 491 will take place online. There is no face-to-face component.