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Student Learning Commons: Become a Peer Educator


During COVID-19, Student Learning Commons services continue.
For the complete range, including consultations, support, workshops, handouts, and groups, see SLC services continue online.  


If you would like to become a Writing or Learning Peer Educator or an EAL Peer Educator starting in Fall 2020, please email  Both programs will continue, with the volunteer commitment happening virtually, during the COVID crisis.

There are two Peer Programs based in the SLC (Burnaby and Surrey):  The Writing and Learning Peer Educators, and the English as an Additional Language (EAL) Peer Educators.  We recruit in Spring terms for Fall term starts.  Although we are not currently in a formal recruitment period, we will accept applications by email at least through July 2020.

These peer programs allow you to develop transferable skills in the areas of client service, interpersonal skills, giving effective feedback, and cross-cultural communication, and will give you access to a professional reference as well as a private study/social space in the library (SFU Burnaby and SFU Surrey).

Writing and Learning Peer Educators 

Writing and Learning Peers help their fellow students one-on-one through consultations about their writing and/or other academic strategies. We are looking for strong writers in any discipline, typically with at least a 3.0 GPA. Writing and Learning Peers develop, and hone their own academic skills in the process of reviewing others’ work.

They can earn internationally recognized tutoring certification from the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA).

Past Peers have indicated that the experience was useful in landing co-op positions and paid employment on campus, and in furthering their career and educational goals in diverse fields such as Law, Library and Information Science, Dentistry, Medicine, Counselling Psychology, Advocacy, Academia, K-12 Teaching, Teaching English Overseas, Post-Secondary Student Services, and many others. The position is essentially a volunteer position, but there is a $450 honorarium for the second and subsequent semesters of service. 

English as an Additional Language (EAL) Peers

For EAL Peers, you must be in Good Academic Standing, and we are looking primarily for students with strong interpersonal skills. EAL Peers build relationships by meeting on a weekly basis all term with individual students who are looking to build their competence and confidence in spoken English. This relationship often makes a crucial personal and academic difference in students’ lives, for example, by building students’ confidence to connect with their classmates and seek help from their TAs.

Joint Program

Each of the above programs involves a 5-hour per week commitment for 2 terms which don't need to be consecutive.  If you are interested in both programs, you have the option of participating in both of them as a Joint Program, for a total of 7 hours per week.  Just ask us!

Contact and further information

For more information about becoming a Writing and Learning Peer Educator, please contact Learning Services Coordinators Ruth Silverman (Burnaby) at or Cynthia Wright (Surrey) at

For more information about becoming an EAL Peer Educator, contact EAL/ESL Coordinator Tim Mossman at

The two groups of Peers at the SLC are part of the larger SFU Peer Education Program, which offers a variety of volunteer experiences for personal and professional development.  Other Peer Education programs include Career Peers, Health Peers, Sustainability Peers, Science and Math Peers, FASS Peers, Public Square Peers, and the Global Engagement Student Committee.  For general information about Peer Education throughout SFU, please contact Student Engagement at