Writing Tutor

Penn State Learning, which supports undergraduate learning through peer tutoring and peer-guided study groups, hires qualified undergraduate students to work as writing tutors.

Candidates must be currently pursuing an undergraduate degree at the University Park campus and must have completed or be enrolled in ENGL 250: Peer Tutoring in Writing or APLNG 250: Peer Tutoring for Multilingual Writers.


ENGL and APLNG 250 are writing courses that introduce students to the rhetorical theories and practices of peer tutoring. Through writing, speaking, and reading assignments, as well as through class discussion, students learn techniques for tutoring different types of writing commonly assigned at Penn State, and they become familiar with tutor guidelines and related University policies. The course also includes a practicum of observation and supervised tutoring. English 15 or 30 is a prerequisite; English 202 is preferred, but not required.

The process of enrolling in ENGL 250 begins with the submission of a course application [http://pennstatelearning.psu.edu/writing-tutor-application], along with an informal letter of recommendation from an instructor who knows your writing ability, your dependability, and your ability to work with others. Course applications will be reviewed and applicants contacted by the instructor to confirm enrollment.

APLNG 250 does not require an application at this time. Students may enroll in the class during the enrollment period. 

Students completing ENGL  and APLNG 250 may elect to bid on a writing tutor position listed in Penn State’s Electronic Jobs Management System (EJMS). Paid tutoring for successful candidates typically begins the following semester.


To apply, go to the position posting on the Penn State Careers page or search the EJMS site for job #59288.