Become a TLC Tutor!

The Tutoring and Learning Center (TLC) is now hiring Barnard and Columbia students as tutors for the Spring 2022 semester. Join us! Make a difference in the lives of public high school students in Harlem.

The Columbia University Tutoring and Learning Center (TLC) provides tutoring in mathematics to high school students in public schools in Harlem. Tutoring will be offered online and on site in our partner schools in the coming year.

The TLC is looking for tutors who are available in the afternoons from 2-4 on weekdays and are comfortable tutoring on site at our partner schools.

No prior tutoring experience is required. TLC training covers mathematical content as well as strategies and skills that will enable you to become an effective and confident learning coach. 

For tutors who have experience in calculus, the TLC will have some tutoring opportunities available.
Tutors may transition to casual wages when their work-study funds are exhausted. 
The TLC works to close the opportunity gap in mathematics by providing academic support outside the classroom. Tutors help students with homework and test corrections, but the real goal is to help them become creative problem-solvers and develop independent learning habits. In the process, high school students also have an opportunity to learn more about college from the tutors. All tutoring, whether in-person or online, is supervised by TLC staff, who manage logistics and support the Tutors as needed.

All tutors must…

  • be in good academic standing
  • complete NYCDOE fingerprinting requirements and pass a Columbia University or Department of Education background check
  • complete the Columbia University Protection of Minors training and the New York Anti-Sexual Harassment training required of all Columbia employees
  • possess strong communication skills
  • be able to work independently and as part of a team

In addition, calculus tutors must have:

  • Completed Calculus I College level or higher OR:
  • Completed High School AP Calculus AB or BC

Schedule Requirements and Information

  • Tutoring will be offered in the afternoon and early evenings. Precise hours are still being worked out with our partner schools.
  • Tutors must attend an orientation prior to beginning work and weekly trainings thereafter.
  • All training time is paid.
  • The minimum weekly time commitment (including tutoring and training) is 4 hours, consisting of one two hour tutoring shift and two hours of training per week. The preferred commitment is two tutoring shifts per week plus two hours of training, for a total of 6 hours. 
  • Tutors are scheduled on a semester-by-semester basis. Re-appointments are determined by the TLC staff.
  • Tutoring shifts are often available between semesters and during certain university holidays. Additional work outside of tutoring hours and training is sometimes available.

If you are a student at Columbia University or Barnard College, there are two ways to become a tutor with the TLC program:

If you are eligible for the federal work-study program, you can apply today. Applications will be handled on a rolling basis.

Columbia University students: search for job reference #11230

Barnard College students: search for job reference #13659

For work-study positions, we offer a rate of $18 per hour. 

We have a limited number of positions for Columbia and Barnard  students without work-study awards.  The salary for these positions is $18/hour.  Send your resume and cover letter to Please indicate if you are interested in tutoring calculus, and if so, what your most recent math class was. 

Program Components

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All tutors attend weekly trainings. Tutors will learn about the theoretical and research foundations of our program. They will have opportunities to role-play with peers and use our online mathematics education platform, Mathspace. The final hour of training each week will involve a deep dive into upcoming mathematics content.

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Quality Supervision

Our experienced tutor supervisors are always onsite with you in the classroom. They’re there to facilitate introductions to teachers and students and help you if you need guidance while you tutor. Tutor supervisors lead a group debrief after each session to make sure you have a chance to share feedback with your team and refine your practice.

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Flexible Schedule

We understand that Columbia and Barnard students are busy, so we strive to be flexible. While we do ask that you attend weekly training and tutor at least 1 or 2 shifts per week, there are many opportunities to do so. If you are not able to tutor in the classroom between 2:00pm and 4:00pm, we have (limited) opportunities available for online tutors to work with us between 7:00pm and 9:00pm

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Career Development

You have a long career ahead of you. We’re happy to connect you with interesting career contacts and we’re always available to provide references and letters of recommendations. Our tutors benefit from participation in a variety of ways: sociology students gain a better understanding of systemic pressures that impact learners in urban contexts; students who plan to teach gain exposure to research-driven pedagogical techniques and learning theories; and students who are planning to take the GRE, the MCAT, or the GMAT can use Mathspace to brush up on content.