Become a Facilitator

Why Become a Facilitator?

Being a facilitator has a lot of benefits (including being one of the highest-paid student jobs on campus), but here are a few more... 

  • You will be a better student 

  • Facilitating helps you solidify content knowledge 

  • It helps you develop strong learning habits 

  • Improves communication skills 

  • You get to meet new people on campus! 

  • Gain leadership and speaking experience 

  • Helping people is rewarding 

  • It looks great on your resume 

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Facilitator Eligibility

To be hired as a facilitator, you must: 

  • Be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours at GVSU 

  • Have received a B+ or higher in the course(s) that you wish to facilitate 

  • Commit to working 8-10 hours per week during the semester (excluding finals week) 

  • Be available for all necessary course times 

  • Complete facilitator application 

  • Receive positive faculty recommendation(s)

  • Be able to attend required facilitator training before the semester starts and ongoing weekly staff meetings during the semester 

SLA Facilitator Applications are now open! Priority deadline is Friday, April 19, 2024.

Apply Now!

Click this link to apply for a 2024-2025 SLA Facilitator position. 

Priority deadline is Friday, April 19, 2024.



Click the "Apply Now!"  link to the left to fill out the application. 

To see which classes will have SLA facilitators, click the "2024-2025 SLA Classes" link to the right. 

Questions about the application or SLA? Email AJ Young, Coordinator of Tutoring and Supplemental Instruction, at [email protected]

2024-2025 SLA Classes

Click this link to see which classes will be offered with SLA for the 2024-2025 academic year. 

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SLA Facilitator Information Sessions

Thinking about applying for an SLA Facilitator position? Join us for an information session! 

Monday, April 1
Kirkhof 1104

Tuesday, April 9
Kirkhof 2259

These are casual sessions where you can learn about the SLA program and facilitator role - including hearing from current facilitators about their experiences. There will be plenty of time for Q&A with current facilitators and program coordinators. If you can’t make it for the entire time, that’s ok! Just show up for what you can.

Facilitator Interest Form

Interested in learning more about being an SLA Facilitator before applying? Fill out this form and we'll be in touch with updates about information sessions, applications deadlines, and let you know when the application opens.

SLA/PASS Facilitator FAQs

Facilitators are embedded in a specific course and work with the same group of students over the course of an entire semester. Whereas tutors work primarily with a single student or small groups of students at one time and may only see the same student once or twice a semester.   

Facilitators are responsible for weekly session planning aligned to the course content, taking student needs and challenges into account. In contrast, tutors work with students on whatever content the student would like to work on for that session and do not spend significant time planning for sessions in advance.  

Facilitators and tutors do use similar skills, including written and spoken communication, breaking down complex concepts into more easily understood chunks, and actively engaging students in the learning process. The major difference between tutoring and facilitation is the format in which these skills are used. 

SLA  sessions take place in various classrooms around the Allendale and Pew campuses, depending on the location of the lecture sections (Allendale or Pew). SLA classroom locations are consistent for the whole semester and the location is listed on the student’s schedule in Banner. 

All facilitators must have a B+ or better in any class they wish to facilitate, as well as a positive faculty recommendation for each class you plan to facilitate.  

Facilitators also need to have good communication and interpersonal skills and be able to work well with a group of people with different backgrounds and experiences.  Students in SLA/PASS sections are often there because they have struggled with similar material in the past and are looking for additional practice and support. Good facilitators also demonstrate patience and empathy when working with others.  

Most importantly, we are looking for tutors who believe that all students can learn anything under the right conditions and are willing to help students find and create the conditions that allow them to learn best, even when the material is challenging for them.   

Facilitators who have excelled in this role typically are at least second year students and have previous experience with tutoring, teaching, group facilitation, or peer mentoring. However, we encourage anyone who thinks they fulfil the requirements above to apply, regardless of previous experience or class standing.  

Facilitators can expect to work around 8-10 hours per week. This time can vary depending on how many SLA/PASS sessions the course has, as well as how much time is needed to lesson plan.  

For SLA and PASS, there are certain times of work that are not flexible—such as SLA/PASS sessions, course lectures, and staff meetings—as well as certain tasks that can be completed at any time, such as lesson planning.  

For SLA each week you are expected to:  

  • Attend all course lectures for your section  

  • Plan appropriate materials for your SLA sessions that week. 

  • Communicate with your course professor about how sessions are going and what material should be emphasized in SLA. 

  • Attend a weekly professional development meeting with other facilitators and led TRC staff   

  • Attend all SLA sessions for the week (1-3 per week depending on the course) where you facilitate group work and collaboration with students in the session. These sessions are included in the course schedule on Banner. 


For PASS each week you are expected to:  

  • Attend at least one course lecture for your section each week  

  • Plan appropriate materials for your PASS sessions that week 

  • Communicate with your course professor about how sessions are going and what material should be emphasized in PASS 

  • Attend a weekly professional development meeting with other facilitators and led TRC staff  

  • Attend all scheduled PASS sessions for the week (1-3 per week depending on the course) where you facilitate group work and collaboration with students in the session. PASS session times are determined in the first week of classes with student input.  

Facilitators are required to attend an initial training that takes place before the semester officially begins. This training includes information on how to structure an SLA/PASS session, facilitation skills and strategies, active learning tools, the history and philosophy of supplemental instruction programs, as well as program logistics (taking attendance, communication expectations, etc.).  In addition, there are weekly professional development meetings throughout the semester with other facilitators where additional training and resources are provided.  

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