Position Description

We seek exemplary students to serve as peer learning consultants for University of Minnesota students.

Please note that some restrictions and policies below do not apply to volunteer applicants. Applicants for the volunteer position may disregard items marked [Job Applicants Only].


Peer Learning Consultants (PLCs):

  • Assist students academically by:
    • establishing a rapport conducive to positive personal and professional interactions;
    • respecting differences in background, opinion, ability, motivation, and desires;
    • supporting the student in establishing challenging, yet attainable goals within and beyond the consultation; and
    • maintaining confidentiality of records, grades, and other protected information.
  • Attend and actively participate in scheduled training sessions and staff meetings.
  • Accurately record consultation proceedings and submit required documentation.
  • Serve as a respectful and positive representative of the PLC program.


We look for evidence of three primary qualifications:

  1. academic excellence;
  2. a demonstrated passion for education; and
  3. superior communication and interpersonal skills.

To be eligible for consideration, applicants must:

  • be currently enrolled students at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities;
  • [Job Applicants Only] be undergraduates eligible for student employment;
  • maintain a 3.2 college grade point average (3.5 or above is recommended); and
  • have earned an "A" (or demonstrated equivalent competency) in all courses they wish to specialize in. (In some cases, an A- may be acceptable.)

Highly competitive applicants will also:

  • have successfully completed advanced coursework in their area(s) of specialization;
  • [Job Applicants Only] possess prior tutoring experience; and
  • [Job Applicants Only] have available work-study funds.


Walk-in tutoring shifts vary considerably based on a consultant's schedule, areas of specialization, available appointment hours, and qualifications as an educator. Most successful applicants will have at least 4 hours per week available during peak times (typically Mon-Thu, 10a-6p). Preference will be given to applicants who can work at least 8 hours per week.

Areas of Specialization

While we carefully consider any applicant with the above qualifications, we are traditionally in most need of tutors who can support math (Calculus II and below), introductory physics (1201W or 1301W), economics, chemistry, or statistics.

Applicants able to specialize in multiple content areas are particularly desirable. Please see our online schedules for an idea of the breath of courses and subjects we support.


[Job Applicants Only] Initial pay is $10.50/hr. Salary increases with training and experience.


Peer learning consultants have the opportunity to:

  • earn College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) certification (depending on workshop offerings during active term);
  • gain valuable resume-building volunteer experience helping peers;
  • improve interpersonal communication and tutoring skills; and
  • meet other peer learning consultants.

Application Process

Please note that while all received applications are considered, this review does not always happen in a timely manner due to issues such as the number of applications in process, our frequently changing needs, and varying administrative workload. It is not uncommon for several weeks to pass before your application is reviewed. Please do not be discouraged. A lack of immediate response is not often indicative of insufficient qualifications.

Priority deadline for applications is Friday, April 7th at 4:30PM. Applications submitted after that deadline will be reviewed if all positions are not filled or in the event of a vacancy.

To apply, please send an e-mail to smartlc@umn.edu from your U of M email address.  

Type "Peer Learning Consultant Application" in the subject line.

A complete application includes:

  • Responses to the application form below
  • Your resume (attached to your application email)
  • Your APAS report. (To generate an APAS report, visit https://webapps-prd.oit.umn.edu/darwin/login.do, click Generate an APAS report, and then Printer Friendly Report.)
  • A brief letter of support from one (1) faculty member
    • The faculty member can email the letter of support directly to smartlc@umn.edu and include your full name in the subject line
    • The letter of support should briefly indicate why the faculty member supports your application to become a peer tutor
    • We recommend a faculty member from a class in which you received an "A" grade and in which you hope to tutor
    • This letter of support can be submitted separately from your other application materials
      • Please submit all other application materials to smartlc@umn.edu as soon as they are complete
      • Continue following up with faculty members to ensure your letter of support is emailed to smartlc@umn.edu

Application Form:  Copy and paste the following form into the body of the email, type "Peer Learning Conulstant Application" in the subject line, and answer the questions:

Are you applying for a paid or volunteer consultant position? (To be considered for a paid position, you must be an undergraduate student and meet the minimum number of credits for on-campus employment. It is also recommended that you have meaningful prior experience working or volunteering in the education field. Do not apply for both.)

What is your student ID number? (Your academic record will be reviewed.)

Do you have available work study funds?

What specific courses or academic skills (e.g., writing) are you interested in tutoring?

How many credits have you completed so far?

When do you expect to graduate?

Have you previously completed a CRLA-certified tutor training curriculum? If so, where and at which level(s)?

Please note that we are unfortunately unable to respond to all application submissions.

SMART Locations

Walter Library
Room 204 (2nd floor)
Phone: 612-624-1584

Wilson Library
Room 401 (Gallery outside Bell Library)
Phone: 612-626-8262

Magrath Library
Room 75
(just outside library gates)
Phone: 612-624-2125

Note: Media Help available only in Walter and Wilson


Media Questions: smartmedia@umn.edu
All Other Questions: smartlc@umn.edu

SMART Hours & Locations

Location: Room 204 | Map
Phone: 612-624-1584
Location: Room 401 | Map
Phone: 612-626-8262
Location: Room 75 | Map
Phone: 612-624-2125

Looking for group study space?

Rooms in SMART's Walter and Magrath locations can be reserved for two-hour blocks up to two weeks in advance.

Learn more!


Media Questions: smartmedia@umn.edu
All Other Questions: smartlc@umn.edu