Becoming a tutor

What is involved

The structure of the tutorials depend somewhat on the particular course, but some general guidelines are listed below:

  • Applicants should check the semester timetable and ensure they will be available during teaching periods. Honours and PhD students are expected to tutor two tutorials per week. Third year students, and other students with heavy course loads, are expected to tutor one session per week.
  • If a tutor is going to be absent from campus for more than one week during semester it is their responsibility to find a replacement tutor. The lecturer and the Tutorial Coordinator should be notified as soon as possible.
  • Tutors are expected to attend regular tutor-lecturer meetings. These are not optional. At the beginning of the semester the lecturer will organise a meeting to discuss the structure of the tutorials for each course - do not make changes to the tutorial structure. All tutorials must be run in a consistent manner - feedback is welcome, but changes need to be implemented across all tutorial if approved.
  • Lecturers will attend at least one tutorial session for each tutor. The lecturer will offer guidance accept feedback regarding the structure of the tutorial.
  • Tutors must regularly check Wattle in order to be up-to-date regarding all course information.
  • Tutors must maintain records of student grades they have assigned to students. These grades will be uploaded and collated on Wattle.
  • Tutors should notify lecturers of students who appear to be having difficulties in tutorials.
  • Tutors are paid based on the ANU academic sessional rates.

Words of wisdom from previous tutors

  • Be aware that the students will assume that the tutor knows everything about the course, including course administration procedures.
  • Students may not be up-to-date with lectures, so don't assume they know the material. Tutors need to be aware of the lecture content in order to prompt discussion.

New For Tutors Applying in 2016

MSI will organise a short workshop for new tutors. New tutors are also required to complete the online modules 'Supporting Our Students', 'Thinking About Teaching Maths' and 'Skills for Tutoring in Maths'.

Who should apply

Priority is given to mathematics Honours and PhD students. Tutors will be assigned to specific courses based on their background and enrolment numbers.

If positions are available we will also consider other people with a strong mathematics background, such as graduates with a degree in mathematics. Third year students, who have done at least one second year mathematics course, may be considered if positions are available. Second year students are not offered tutoring position, although there may be opportunities to work in the drop-in centre.

How to apply

Application is via the Math Tutor Alliance site. If an applicant is no longer available to accept a tutoring position they must notify the Tutor Convenor as soon as possible.

Apply before the first day of the semester for full consideration. Late applications will be considered on a case by case basis.

Using the Alliance site

Once you have followed the link above and logged in with your ANU credentials you will find there is a 'Membership' menu item in your 'My Workspace'. In Membership select 'Joinable Sites' and search for 'Math Tutor'. Once found you will see an option to 'Join'. Return to 'My Current Sites' to enter the Math Tutor Alliance site by selecting it in this list. Once in the Math Tutor Alliance site you will find further instructions. You will need to

  • Upload a short CV and a copy of your academic transcript.

If applicable, you should also

  • Upload evidence of good teaching practices (e.g. Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) evaluations).
  • Upload evidence that you have completed the tutor training modules and/or have achieved Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

Please note that if you are appointed as an MSI tutor, but you have not completed the tutors training modules, then you will be required to do them while you are tutoring.


Because student numbers are not known in advance we cannot confirm tutoring positions until the beginning of the second week of semester.