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Student Learning Centre (SLC)

Student Learning Centre

About Peer Tutoring

Students interested in developing communication and leadership skills while providing academic assistance to peers are welcome to apply as Peer Tutors. Peer Tutors work online using Zoom and are paid $14 per hour

The SLC will accept applications for Peer Tutors for the Winter 2021 term from SELECT programs starting on January 4th. Information and instructions on how to apply will be available then.

The Student Learning Centre is currently not accepting applications for Peer Tutors. Please contact the SLC Kiosk if you have any questions.

The SLC is accepting applications for Peer Tutors until May 14th. Peer tutors work online using Zoom and are paid $14 per hour.

To apply to be a tutor please follow the steps below:

  • STEP 1: Check to see if you meet the requirements to qualify as a Peer Tutor:
    • Be enrolled at Algonquin College in at least level 3 of a program.
    • Receive a minimum A- grade in a course(s) previously completed and selected to tutor.
    • Maintain a Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.
    • Receive a positive reference from a Professor or Coordinator.
    • Complete the Application and Training Requirements.
    • Commit to a monthly schedule
    • Commit to at least 5 hours of availability per week
  • STEP 2: Check the list of already fulfilled programs to see if your program is on the list. Any program on this list already has the maximum number of tutors; we are no longer accepting tutors for these programs.
  • STEP 2: If you met the requirements in the previous step, complete the application form.

To apply online:

  1. Open the Peer Tutoring Booking System (on campus) - Opens in a new window or connect to the Algonquin VPN (Instructions above in Peer Tutoring Booking System box) and open the Peer Tutoring Booking System (off campus).
  2. Select A New Tutor – Registration Form and log in using your Algonquin College username and password.
  3. Enter all required information into the Add Tutor registration form and click Save.
    Note: You must use your Algonquin College email address when registering as a Tutor.
  4. Select the courses that you would like to tutor and select Click here to add course to tutor. The courses that you add will appear below.
    Note: You must have completed this course with a B+ or higher.
  5. Check your email address for a confirmation of your registration. This email will direct you to the next steps in the application process.
  6. Bring all the required forms and documents to the SLC Kiosk. Once your application has been confirmed, you will be invited to a training session with the Peer Tutoring Coordinator.

Tutors commit to providing a monthly schedule and being available a minimum of 5 hours per week.

To schedule your availability, please follow the directions provided in the Peer Tutoring Course on Brightspace. Any changes or exceptions can be submitted to slc@algonquincollege.com for approval.

Tutors can manage their own Peer Tutoring Schedule online. If you have completed your application and in-person training, you must add your availability into the Peer Tutoring Booking System. Before scheduling availability for appointments, make sure you are familiar with the Policies & Procedures.

To add your availability to the Booking System:

  1. Open the Peer Tutoring Booking System (on campus) - Opens in a new window or connect to the Algonquin VPN (Instructions above in Peer Tutoring Booking System box) and open the Peer Tutoring Booking System (off campus).
  2. Select Manage Schedule/Appointments.
  3. Click the tab labelled Add/Edit/View Weekly Schedule.
  4. Choose the date range for your availability using the ‘from date’ and ‘end date’ boxes and click Add Schedule.
  5. Click the date and times that you are available to tutor. This selection will apply to the entire date range you chose (e.g. every Monday during a selected month).
  6. Once you are happy with your availability, click Save Schedule.
  7. Your available times can be viewed under View/Schedule Appointments. This schedule will show if a Tutee has booked the slot or if it is still available. If you need to change your general availability, you can go back and uncheck the check boxes, and click Save Schedule. Tutors are limited to 24 hours in appointments per payroll week (no exceptions).

To add an exception to your availability

If you have availability set for multiple weeks, and need to make a change for one day, you can create an exception to your availability.

  1. Open the tab labelled Schedule Exception.
  2. Select the date that you need to change.
  3. Select Available or Not Available and click Save.

If you have an appointment scheduled with a tutee, you can cancel that appointment up to 24 hours before the appointment begins.

Please note that Tutors or Tutees who fail to give at least 24 hours notice or who do not show up for their appointments will be marked as No Show. Repeated No Shows may result in suspension from the Peer Tutoring Service. For more details, please read the Policies & Procedures tab.

To Cancel an appointment: Email slc@algonquincollege.com to cancel. Include tutor/tutee in email if giving less than 24 hours notice.

To cancel an appointment with 24 hours notice

  1. Open the Peer Tutoring Booking System (on campus) - Opens in a new window or connect to the Algonquin VPN (Instructions above in Peer Tutoring Booking System box) and open the Peer Tutoring Booking System (off campus).
  2. Select A Tutor and log in using your Algonquin College username and password.
  3. Select Manage Schedule/Appointments.
  4. Click the tab labelled View/Schedule Appointments.
  5. Select the date of the appointment and click Search Appointment.
  6. Select the appointment that you want to cancel and click Cancel Selected Appointment. Remember, you must cancel at least 24 hours ahead of time. If you need to cancel with less than 24, contact the SLC Kiosk via email.
  7. You and the Tutee will receive an email confirmation of the cancellation.

If a student (tutee or tutor) wishes to appeal the application of an SLC policy or express a concern regarding an unsatisfactory experience, they must contact the SLC Coordinator, Amy Simpson, at simpsoa@algonquincollege.com.

The coordinator will connect with the student to discuss the situation in detail and determine an appropriate course of action.

These policies cover the expectations, requirements and restrictions for peer tutoring.

This policy outlines the requirements for tutees when booking peer tutoring appointments.

  • Advance Notice: Peer tutoring appointments must be made 48 hours in advance of the appointment.
    1. Advance notice is required when requesting the initial appointment, as well as for all future appointments.
    2. If special arrangements are made between the tutee and the tutor to meet short notice (less than 48 hours advance notice), written approval from the tutor must be provided by the tutee when booking the appointment.
  • Appointment Limits: Tutees are limited to the following appointment hours:
    • Maximum 3 hours of appointments per day
    • Maximum 12 hours total of appointments per week

This policy defines the format and expectations of peer tutoring sessions.

  1. Tutee limit: Tutoring is a one-on-one service only.
    1. Tutoring is a one tutor to one tutee service. Peer Tutoring does not offer a group tutoring service.
    2. Attempts by tutors or tutees to circumvent this policy may result in suspension from the service. Circumvention of this policy will also result in the tutor not receiving compensation for hours worked.
  2. Role of tutors: Tutors act as a guide. They help tutees with their course material. Tutors do not complete assignments or homework for tutees, and doing so would be considered an act of Academic Misconduct.
  3. Required Materials: Tutees are expected to supply the materials needed for their session. Materials may include textbooks, class notes, questions, etc.

This policy outlines expectations for assisting tutees who are new to peer tutoring, or who are meeting a tutor for the first time.

  • Meeting a New Tutee: Tutors will send Tutees a Zoom link for their session within 24 hours of the start time.

This policy outlines the payment expectations for tutoring.

  • Paying for Peer Tutoring Appointments: Correct payment is expected from students for tutoring appointments.
    1. The fee for tutoring appointments is $8.00 per hour (effective May 8, 2018). Students with severe financial hardship can apply to Peer Tutoring for financial support.
    2. Tutees are expected to pay for their tutoring appointments in advance. If a tutor chooses to hold an appointment with a tutee without advance booking, the onus is on the tutor to ensure the tutee pays. Failure to ensure payment from the tutee will result in the tutor not being paid for the hour.
  • Back-Booking of Appointments: Tutoring appointments may occasionally be paid for after the appointment has taken place.
    1. It is OK for a tutee to pay for a previous appointment if it was from a time the Kiosk was closed. In some instances, a tutor will offer a tutee an extra hour of tutoring over a weekend when the SLC Kiosk is closed. The tutee must pay for the appointment when the Kiosk reopens.
    2. Tutees are not permitted to back-book a significant number of hours that took place more than a couple days previously. If this situation arises, the Peer Tutoring Coordinator should be informed and permission is to be given to the Kiosk staff before proceeding.

This policy defines what constitutes a no-show and explains the consequences to tutees or tutors when a tutee or tutor fails to arrive/attend at scheduled appointment.

  • A Tutee/Tutor Does Not Show Up for an Appointment: In case of no-shows, tutors and tutees are only required to wait 15 minutes.
    1. If a tutor does not show up within 15 minutes of the appointment start time, the tutee is entitled to a refund.
    2. If a tutee does not show up within 15 minutes of the appointment start time, the tutor is entitled to get paid for their time. The tutee will not be refunded for the missing hour.
    3. If a tutee/tutor does not show up for an appointment three (3) times, they will be suspended from accessing the tutoring service until further discussions with the Coordinator.
  • No Show on Short Notice Booking: If special arrangements are made for a tutor and tutee to meet on short notice (less than 48 hours advance notice)and the tutee/tutor does not show up for the appointment, this special arrangement may not be extended to the tutee/tutor moving forward.

This policy outlines the expectations for tutees and tutors when cancelling an appointment.

  • Notice of Cancellation: Tutees and Tutors are expected to give 24 hour advance notice of an appointment cancellation.
    1. If the tutee does not give the proper 24 hour advance notice for a cancellation, the cost of the appointment will not be refunded to the tutee and the tutor will still be paid.
    2. If the tutor does not give 24 hours advance notice for a cancellation, the cost of the appointment will be refunded to the tutee and the tutor will not be paid.
    3. If a tutee/tutor repeatedly does not give 24 hours advance notice for a cancellation, they may be suspended from accessing the tutoring service.
  • Cancelling an appointment: To cancel an appointment the tutor/tutee must do one of the following:
    1. Cancelling an Appointment: Email slc@algonquincollege.com to cancel. Include tutor/tutee in email if giving less than 24 hours notice.

This policy explains the guidelines for paying for tutoring using a sponsorship.

  • Booking appointments with a sponsorship: When a sponsorship form is initially submitted, there will be a 24 hour processing delay before an appointment can be booked.
  • Sponsored Tutoring Hours: Tutoring hours that are sponsored must be used in accordance with the restrictions of the sponsorship.
    1. Tutees cannot save hours to use outside the guidelines laid out in the sponsorship agreement. Attempts to do so may disqualify tutees from using the sponsorship in the future.
    2. Hours will not be accepted if the tutee and tutor try to enter all or most of the sponsorship hours at the end of a semester in an attempt to compensate for the hours they spent throughout the semester that were not properly booked in the system. In this situation, the tutor may not be paid for the hours worked if they have not been booked in advance in the system.
  • Multiple Sponsorships – Financial Aid: Tutees are not permitted to access the Financial Aid Sponsorship if they are already receiving another form of Sponsorship for Peer Tutoring.

This policy includes information for students interested in becoming a tutor.

  • Tutor requirements: In order to be eligible to become a tutor, students must meet all of the following requirements:
    1. Be enrolled at Algonquin College in at least level 3 of a program.
    2. Receive a minimum A- grade in a course(s) previously completed and selected to tutor.
    3. Maintain a Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.
    4. Receive a positive reference from a Professor or Coordinator.
    5. Complete the Application and Training Requirements.
    6. Commit to a monthly schedule
    7. Commit to at least 5 hours of availability per week
  • Applying to become a tutor: Peer Tutoring will accept applications for tutors a few times per year. Prospective tutors must follow the instructions provided at that time.
  • Compensation: Tutors are paid $14 per hour.
  • Hours: Tutors are limited to 24 hours in appointments per week.

If a student (tutee or tutor) wishes to appeal the application of an SLC policy or express a concern regarding an unsatisfactory experience, they must contact the SLC Coordinator, Amber Schuler-Toll, at schulea@algonquincollege.com.

The coordinator will connect with the student to discuss the situation in detail and determine an appropriate course of action.

Online Tutoring

Getting set up to tutor online (current tutors only)

  1. Get access to the college VPN. Email 5555@algonquincollege.com with the subject “Requesting VPN for Peer Tutoring”. In the email, include your name, student number and student email. You will need VPN access in order to log into Workday
  2. Sign up for a Zoom account using your employee email (@algonquincollege.com). Note: You won’t get paid if you use your @algonquinlive.com account.

Setting up your Zoom appointment

For more information about using Zoom, visit our Zoom Video Conferencing Tool guide.

How do I share my screen?

  1. Click Share Screen from the bottom menu.
  2. Choose to share your entire screen, a whiteboard, or a specific application.
  3. Click Share.

Watch the video and read the instructions on this Zoom article about Sharing your screen.


How do I demonstrate something on the screen?

  1. When viewing a shared screen, click Annotate at the top of the window.
  2. Add text, draw, etc. on the screen.

Tip: you can annotate on your own shared screen or a tutee's screen they share.

Read more info here: Using annotation tools on a shared screen or whiteboard.


How do I record a meeting?

  1. Before you begin recording, both the tutor and tutee must agree to be recorded.
  2. Click Record at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Select Record to the Cloud.
  4. Press the Stop button in the top left to end recording.

For more info:


How do I share a meeting I recorded to the cloud?

  1. Sign in to the Zoom website.
  2. Under Settings > Recordings, check the box for “Require password to access shared cloud recordings.”
  3. Click Recordings in the left menu.
  4. Locate the meeting you want to share; click Share.
  5. Copy the recording link; paste the link in an email to the participant(s).

For more info:

  • Become familiar with the basic controls and features in Zoom. Watch Zoom 101: In Meeting Controls (Basic).
  • For your first meeting with someone, take a few minutes to introduce them to Zoom.
  • If you’re meeting with a group, set participants to be muted on entry to the meeting to cut down on background noise. You can do this in Advanced Options when you schedule the meeting.
  • You can use Zoom tools to enable student participation:
    • Allow/encourage students to annotate a shared screen. They can add text, circle things they don’t understand, and more. They just click the annotate tool from the options drop-down menu at the top of the screen.
    • Use a whiteboard. When you click Share Screen, you can choose to share a built-in whiteboard. You and your participant(s) can add text, draw on the screen and more.
    • Ask for comments in the chat. Participants can do things like ask questions or give an answer to something you say.
    • Send files in the chat. If there is something you want to share with your student(s), you can send it through the chat feature.

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