Student FAQs

This page provides information to students interested in working as Learning Fellows. The faculty application and FAQs are here.

I’m a student. How do I apply to become a Learning Fellow?

Our placements change every term, depending on which courses are being offered and which faculty members have requested to work with Fellows. We post our upcoming opportunities in two ways: 1) on this website in the middle of every term and 2) via email. A separate email is sent for each course requesting Fellows, and the email only goes out to students who have previously completed the course. The blitz may not reach students who have taken a similar course, tested out of the course, or have other academic experiences that qualify them to become Learning Fellows. Please be sure to check the website each term for our most current list of placement opportunities. You can also contact our program manager at any time.

What compensation will I receive?

Learning Fellows at Dartmouth receive a salary for their time and formal training in facilitation from the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning (DCAL) and the Instructional Design team in Educational Technologies. Learning Fellows work about 6-10 hours a week, including attending all classroom sessions, and most Learning Fellows earn $12 or more per hour. Please email the program manager if you have additional questions about compensation.

Can first-year students become Learning Fellows?

Sometimes. To become a Learning Fellow in a course, you must have previously completed the course (or a very similar course). We often work with large, introductory courses that run multiple times a year. If you completed Math 3: Calculus in the fall term of your first year, you are eligible to become a Learning Fellow in Math 3: Calculus as soon as the winter term of your first year. You may have also tested out of a course, previously worked with a professor who is requesting Learning Fellows, or have other life experiences such as media production or community service that qualifies you for some placements. Be sure to check the website each term for new opportunities, and to contact our program manager if you have questions.

Do Learning Fellows provide one-on-one tutoring to students?

Learning Fellows serve in the classroom and primarily facilitate small group activities. Learning Fellows typically do not work with students one-on-one. With the permission of the program and their faculty mentor, they may occasionally organize study groups or meet with students outside of class. For one-on-one tutoring and study skills support, faculty and students may visit Dartmouth’s Academic Skills Center and the Tutor Clearinghouse for more information.

Are Learning Fellows the same thing as undergraduate TAs (Teaching Assistants)?

Like undergraduate TAs, Learning Fellows support faculty in the classroom. However, Learning Fellows do not grade student assignments. Learning Fellows are trained for small group facilitation; they help promote communication between students and use active questioning techniques to encourage students to engage more deeply with course material. Learning Fellows often act as second set of “eyes and ears” when professors are occupied with other students or student groups.