VCAs, Readers, and Tutors

Junior Tutors

Qualifications for the Junior Tutor Position are below:

Topics In Mathematics (11200-11300):

You must have had calculus, and have taken or are taking a second year of math. You must know number theory and geometry to tutor in these courses. Experience as a counselor in our summer YSP is good background. These are two-quarter assignments.

On-sequence Math 130’s (13100-13200-13300):

You must have had calculus and have taken or are taking analysis (Math 20300, 20310 or 20700). These are at least two-quarter assignments, with most tutors continuing in the same section all three quarters. See UChicago Class Search for the most current schedule.

Off-sequence Math 130’s (13100-13200):

You must have had calculus and have taken or are taking analysis (Math 20300, 20310 or 20700). These are two-quarter assignments (Win-Spr). 

The normal time commitment for being a Junior Tutor averages 10 hours per week. Junior Tutors are expected to conduct tutorial sessions during the regularly scheduled times. They read the homework papers of students in their tutorial groups and they regularly attend class meetings of the course section to which they are assigned. The budgeted figures for Junior Tutors each quarter this year are $1600 for approximately 10 hours of work per week. Each Junior Tutor is on a biweekly schedule and receives their pay every two weeks. 

VCA (150s)

Course Assistants for Math 150s are called VCAs. A VCA is primarily responsible for grading the theoretical parts of Math 150s homework assignments (about 2-3 problems per student per section) and will be assigned to two sections each. In addition, a VCA is responsible for the collection, grading, and promptly returning to the Instructor homework assignments from the assigned classes.  A VCA keeps an accurate record of student's homework grades, uploads them on CANVAS, and regularly meets with Instructors to discuss issues in the course, such as difficulties the students are having with the homework problems, or with understanding concepts. 

Applicants for VCA positions should have had Honors Calculus, or Math 15900 or Math 15910, or higher-level mathematics courses. Assignments are made for one quarter at a time, but preference will be for a VCA to work all year in the same section; continuation in the job is contingent upon satisfactory evaluation by the current Instructor. The budgeted figures for VCAs each quarter this year is $300 per quarter plus $700 to be paid at the end of the quarter. VCAs should expect to spend less than 10 hours per week on the job.

If you are interested in being a VCA, please fill out the appropriate section of the application that indicates it is for the VCA
applicants.

Readers (16100 and higher)

A Reader is primarily responsible for grading homework papers in upper-level mathematics courses. We expect prompt, careful work from our Readers. A Reader keeps an accurate record of student's homework grades, uploads them on CANVAS, and regularly meets with Instructors to discuss issues in the course, such as difficulties the students are having with the homework problems, or with understanding concepts.

Applicants for Reader positions should have had the course they are asking to read for, or a higher-level course equivalent. Readers should expect to spend 10 hours per week on the job. Assignments of Readers are made by the Department and are based on the level of experience of the applicants for each position. Assignments are made for one quarter at a time; continuation in the job is contingent upon satisfactory evaluation by the current Instructor. The current level of pay will be $50 per registered student as indicated on the course roster at the end of the 3rd week.

In the academic year 2021-2022, Readers for the Math 183-184-185-186 sequence should have had a full Analysis sequence or higher-level mathematics courses.

Super Reader position 

Occasionally, the Department of Mathematics is in need of an advanced Reader. Applicants for Super Reader positions should have had the course they are asking to read for, or a higher-level course equivalent, and have had excellent grades in that course. 

The responsibilities include correcting homework papers, holding an hour-long problem session weekly, and informal office hours. We expect Super Readers to regularly meet with their Instructors to discuss courses, duties, and performances. 

The budgeted figures for Super Readers this year are $500 per quarter plus an additional $50 per registered student as indicated on the course roster at the end of the 3rd week. Super Readers should expect to spend 15 hours per week on the job. Applicants for Super Reader positions should be third- or fourth-year mathematics majors with an excellent record.

Application Form

Please apply here.  If you have any questions or issues with the form, please contact Becka Mock (mockrj@uchicago.edu). 

Private Tutoring

If you are interested in tutoring in mathematics, from high school to college level, please fill out this form. Once this form is complete, we will add you to a list of private tutors. You will be notified when we receive requests.  You may contact Becka Mock (mockrj@uchicago.edu) for any questions or changes in your tutoring availability.