Become a Tutor

How to Apply

The Learning Den is hiring new tutors for the Fall 2024 semester across various disciplines, with a focus on first and second-year courses in the following areas: chemistry, calculus, physics, linear algebra/differential equations, neuroscience, engineering, computer science, and economics.

The Learning Den has a rolling application with no deadline. If you are interested in a tutor position, please read the qualifications and responsibilities below before applying at the following link: Learning Den Tutor Application.

If you have questions about the position or application, please email Joseph Cunningham at

Applications are reviewed based on:

  • Initial application
  • Course performance
  • Tutoring or mentoring experience
  • Faculty or staff recommendation (online form)
  • Schedule availability

If your application is selected, you will be invited for an interview with the Learning Den staff and two members of the advisory board.


Tutors must:

  • Work on course-specific materials with students currently enrolled in the course.
  • Monitor their assigned course syllabi and must maintain open communication with course faculty.
  • Attend all mandatory tutor trainings and staff development workshops.
  • Tutoring is a year-long or two-semester commitment.

Group Tutors

Commit to leading their designated session(s) for the duration of the semester. Tutoring starts the second full week of classes and ends the last day of classes each semester. Sessions do not run during Thanksgiving or spring break. During the reading period, three to five tutors are asked to host review sessions for finals. Tutors must maintain accurate attendance records for their sessions.

Help Room Tutors

Staff help rooms on designated nights to offer tutoring on a drop-in basis. Tutors may be asked to help with several different courses within a particular subject matter during their shift. Tutors must maintain accurate attendance records for their sessions.

Personalized Tutors

Hold regular hour-long weekly appointments with an assigned caseload of students. Meetings will continue from the time of assignment until the end of the semester. Tutors must regularly complete tutoring session reports.


Students interested in becoming tutors must:

  • Be a registered undergraduate or graduate student at Johns Hopkins University.
  • Prior experience tutoring or mentoring before or while at JHU, whether formally or informally.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and have earned an “A-” or better in the specific JHU course being tutored (Exceptions may be possible on a case-by-case basis).
  • Be able to communicate clearly and effectively and maintain a mature, professional demeanor.

Exceptions to the above criteria will be made at the discretion of the Assistant Director of Academic Support.

Accepted Learning Den Staff

Learning Den staff will be required to attend an initial training before the start of the semester. Our needs and open positions change each semester. If you apply and are not hired, please consider applying again another semester.

International Tutoring Program Certification  

The Learning Den Tutoring Program is certified by the College Reading and Learning Association’s (CRLA) International Tutoring Program Certification (ITPC). Tutors in our program participate in rigorous training throughout their first two semesters that qualifies them for the CRLA ITPC level 1 tutor certification. This certification allows the program to require and ensure a level of professionalism, mentoring abilities, and experience from our tutors that in turn ensures students receive a high-quality level of tutoring and support.

Certification Requirements

  • Tutor has met all the hiring and selection criteria. Hours of training offered at this level: at least 10.
  • Hours of TIS required of this training program: 6.
  • Number of ITTPC-recommended topics required at this level: 8.
  • Minimum additional tutoring hours required: 25.