Become a Tutor

A JHU student leans in closely with a younger, junior high student and together look closely at a book.

Do you need a break from studying? Do you love kids? Do you want to make a difference in a child’s life? If so, you’ve come to the right place! Make a difference in our community and become a Tutorial Project Tutor!

Each semester between 120-200 JHU undergraduate students join the Tutorial Project and tutor elementary school students in reading and math. The program is a success because of its tutors and the support of the entire Tutorial Project staff! The staff is comprised of a JHU staff director, two student directors, many student organizers, and tutors.

If you are considering becoming a tutor, you need to be available on:

  • Mondays and Wednesdays (4–6 p.m.) or
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays (4–6 p.m.)

Tutors are paired with an elementary student and meet one-on-one throughout the entire semester. Each tutor is responsible for planning his/her lessons and activities for each session. Tutors are given 30 minutes to plan before the children arrive at 4:30 p.m. Don’t worry, you don’t need teaching or lesson planning experience to be a tutor! The Tutorial Project staff will train and support you to make sure both you and your tutee have a successful tutoring experience. Still not ready to commit? Read more below.

Picture of Tutorial Tutor, Sydney GertzogIn all honesty, the initial reasons I signed up for Tutorial Project were because I was looking for something to get involved in and I knew I liked working with children. Little did I know that, three years later, it would be the most meaningful part of my Hopkins career. The reasons why you should join Tutorial Project aren’t something I can necessarily tell you, but rather, would have to show you. For now, take my word that helping your tutee learn how to spell every word on his spelling list will be, by far, the highlight of your week. – Sydney Gertzog, Tutor

Why Should I Become a Tutor?

The Tutorial Project provides tutors the opportunity to:

  • provide a life-changing difference for a child and his/her family
  • experience something new at Hopkins that will be rewarding and fun
  • assist students in improving academically and emotionally
  • develop communication and leadership skills
  • meet new people and make a commitment to helping others
  • learn about yourself by gaining confidence and self-esteem as a tutor and mentor
  • make a positive impact on our community

 Ramy, Student OrganizerTutorial Project has been one of the most memorable, rewarding, and enriching experiences for me while at Hopkins. Seeing my tutee’s progress throughout the course of the semester was eye-opening. As an organizer, I was challenged to work with a diverse group of tutor-tutee pairs, but the position enabled me to improve my teamwork, listening, and leadership skills. I will never forget what the Tutorial Project has taught me. – Ramy Chin, Organizer

We realize you are busy Hopkins students with an already full schedule but hope you consider making time to become a tutor. Everyone needs a break from studying and this is a great excuse to get away from the library, get some fresh air, and make a difference! We have no doubt that this opportunity will provide you with the meaningful experience that you’ve been missing during your journey at Hopkins! Sign up below.

Have questions? Contact the Tutorial Project, at (410) 516-7673 or email

For New Tutors

If you are interested in becoming a tutor and this is your first time joining us, complete the New Tutor Application below.

New Tutor Application

For Returning Tutors

If you are a returning tutor, we are very glad to have you back! We will reach out in January to confirm you are returning for spring 2023.

Become an Organizer

Interested in becoming more involved with Tutorial? Then apply to be an organizer! Details for the next academic year will be shared in April.