Become a Tutor

For Undergraduate Students:

To become a tutor, undergraduate students must complete the prerequisite course, Honors/English 2015HW: The Theory and Practice of Tutoring Writing. It is a Writing Intensive (WI) class which addresses both the theory and practice of tutoring and the foundations of good writing. Therefore, in addition to theoretical frames for what writing tutors do, it focuses on hands-on craft and practical experience working with other writers. This course fulfills a lower division Writing Intensive requirement and a General Education Humanities credit. Prerequisite: Engl 1000. A/F. This class meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:00-2:50pm.

This course also prepares students to work as writing tutors, and, in fact, doing well in it qualifies them for a part-time job in the Writing Center in future semesters.

Students interested in the course should contact Aaron Harms at

For Graduate Students:

All WI and library tutor positions are quarter-time GTA assistantships (25% FTE, 10 hours a week). Graduate students who have an additional 25% assistantship with their home department may qualify for a tuition waiver.

Applications for ’20-’21 are due by May 1, 2020.

Applications must include:

  1. a 5-10 page writing sample
  2. a CV
  3. a recommendation letter from a faculty member in your department
  4. a completed application form (PDF)

All materials should be sent to Aaron Harms at or to the address below

Writing Center
100 Student Success Center
Columbia, MO 65211

If you have questions, please contact Aaron Harms.