Tutors work one-on-one with program participants in improving their reading and critical thinking skills and in becoming acclimated to the Cal Poly Pomona campus. Tutors receive comprehensive training in reading theories, in working one-on-one with program participants, and in being effective peer mentors to help participants connect to the campus community.


Prospective tutors must have completed English 104 and 105 with a grade of "B" or higher;

Must be a university junior, senior or graduate student in good academic standing;
Must have a minimum 2.5 overall GPA (3.0 or higher preferred);

Must score at least at their present grade level on the Nelson-Denny Reading Test (program advisors administer this test to all prospective tutors);

Knowledge of literacy theories and tutoring methods, desired but not mandatory;  
Experience working with a multicultural population, desirable;
Knowledge of various Cal Poly Pomona procedures, offices and organizations related to student interests, desirable.
Available 8-20 hrs/wk.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Work one-on-one with participants to improve their developmental reading, critical comprehension, vocabulary, and reading rate;

Conduct peer mentoring sessions in small groups on topics such as time management, networking, and graduate school preparation. Provide campus referrals and informational support when needed.

Attend mandatory program events and training meetings (many of our mandatory events and meetings occur during U-hour on Tuesday or Thursday);

Complete and accurate documentation of contact hours for each participant.

Application Process:

Submit a resume that includes your GPA, class standing (junior, senior, grad student), expected quarter/year of graduation, employment history, and references via Foundation online application.

Submit two recommendation forms (click to print). Schedule and take the Nelson-Denny Reading Assessment

After the assessment, applicants will receive notification regarding the staff's decision to schedule an interview.