N’CAT Tutor Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What are the qualifications to become a tutor?
  2. What is the time commitment?
  3. How much do tutors get paid?
  4. When do I get paid?
  5. What is the process to ensure I will be paid on time?
  6. If my time sheet is turned in after the due date/time, what happens?
  7. Can I contact a student-athlete's professor?
  8. Who do I tell if I am unable to make a scheduled tutoring session?
  9. How long do I wait for a student-athlete to show up for an individual appointment before I leave?
  10. My student-athlete continues to miss scheduled appointments. What do I do?
  11. Can I conduct individual or learning team tutorial sessions without prior arrangement with the Tutor Coordinator?
  12. Can I get books for tutoring student-athletes?
  13. How does "prep time" work?

1. What are the qualifications to become a tutor?

Potential tutors should possess a four-year degree or currently be enrolled in a four-year college or university. Tutors should be highly motivated to teach and have the ability to engage the student-athlete, as well as explain and demonstrate difficult course material.

2. What's the time commitment?

Depending on a tutor's availability and tutoring preference (e.g., Drop-in, Learning Teams, individual) a tutor would work a minimum of three hours/week.

3. How much do tutors get paid?

Tutors are paid $16 - $25 per hour. The pay rate is determined by the tutor's level of education. For example, a tutor with a graduate degree will earn more than a tutor with an undergraduate degree.

4. When do I get paid?

Tutors are paid biweekly or monthly, based on the dates provided on the Time Sheet Due Dates (doc).  If you are employed or receive a monthly stipend from another university department, your pay for tutoring will be included in your monthly check.

5. What is the process to ensure I will be paid on time?

If you are paid bi-weekly, you must submit hours you have worked from each pay period as it is listed on your Tutor Time Sheet on Kronos. The Kronos web site can only be accessed from on campus computers, so it is best to record your hours each time you work.

6. If my time sheet is turned in after the due date/time, what happens?

Your time sheet will not be processed until the following pay period. Please submit time sheets on time to avoid waiting on your check. See Time Sheet Due Dates (doc).

7. Can I contact a student-athlete's professor?

No. Tutors may not contact a student-athletes professor directly for any reason.  If you have questions about a course or need clarification on in-class instructions, please contact the Tutor Coordinator for assistance. 

8. Who do I tell if I am unable to make a scheduled tutoring session?

You should inform the Tutor Coordinator and the student-athlete at least 24 hours in advance. If you have a last minute emergency, contact the Tutor Coordinator and student-athlete as soon as possible.

9. How long do I wait for a student-athlete to show up for an individual appointment before I leave?

Tutors must wait at least 15 minutes before they leave. If the student-athlete does not show up for the tutoring session, tutors will be compensated for 30 minutes and should document this by checking the "No Show" field on the Tutor Time Sheet. (See the Tutor Timeseheet Sample (doc) for an example.) This information should also be clearly noted on the Individual Session Report Form on the days of missed scheduled appointments.

10. My student-athlete continues to miss scheduled appointments. What do I do?

Provide this information to the tutor coordinator after the first missed appointment when you submit your Individual Session Report Form.  If this is ongoing the student-athlete may lose their tutoring privileges. 

11. Can I conduct individual or learning team tutorial sessions without prior arrangement with the Tutor Coordinator?

No. All appointments must be pre-approved by the tutor coordinator in order to be paid.  If a student-athlete wants an individual tutor, please refer them to their academic advisor in athletics.

12. Can I get books for tutoring student-athletes?

Yes.  The N'CAT Program purchases textbooks for tutors use.  At the end of each quarter, tutors should return their textbooks to the Tutor Coordinator.

13. How does "prep time" work?

Sometimes tutors may need extra time to review a student-athletes course material or prepare notes. This is understandable; reasonable prep time can be compensated as long as a Tutor Preparation Time Sheet (pdf) is submitted along with any materials the tutor has prepared.