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Tutor-a-Bull strives to increase motivation for learning by providing academic support to struggling middle and high school students in Hillsborough County. Started by Mr. Olin Mott (1921-2013) in 2007, Tutor-a-Bull is an exceptional public/private partnership that provides aspiring USF teachers with one-on-one, small group, and classroom experience. It is a win-win for everyone involved!


If you are interested in joining this semester, be sure you are able to answer yes to the following:

  1. I am enrolled in the USF College of Education. If you are not, thank you for your interest, but TAB only accepts COEDU students.

  2. I am enrolled in at least one course for this semester.

  3. I have access to get to-and-from the school I am assigned to tutor.

  4. I am available to tutor at least 4 hours each week.

  5. I am eager to develop my skills as an educator through Tutor-a-Bull (TAB).

  6. I am ready to positively influence a student’s academic interest and ability through TAB.


If you answered yes to all questions, then apply to this rewarding program! Please take a few minutes to provide us with your contact information, availability, and school preferences.

Click below for the Fall 2017 Application


Click Here for a Map of the Schools

All College of Education students participating in the project will be paid $12.50 an hour. If your application is accepted, both new and returning tutors must attend an orientation session.


Thank you,

Nick Bardo

Program Coordinator




Here are just a few of the rewarding stories from past tutors:

From a previous tutor: This experience has been eye-opening and really life-changing. I got more out of my time with Tutor-a-Bull than almost any other experience during my education.  Most importantly, I've learned what all kids are capable of if they just know that someone believes in them and won't let them give up. These kids made some bad decisions, but that doesn't mean that they don't care or can't change.  I'll never judge a book by its cover,  and I certainly won't allow my students' pasts dictate how I view them, how others treat them, or to skew their perceptions of themselves.

From fall and spring 2013-2014 tutor: I think my first session was successful because at the end of the session one of my tutees said to me, “Miss, you be making my brain trip out. Like, if I pick the right answer my teachers leave it be but you make me think and explain myself.” During the sessions, I can tell when my tutees guess (which is what he was doing) and/or if they pick an answer but they don’t know why. I think it’s so important for them to engage in their thinking process and for them to develop critical thinking skills. I can see when my tutees have that “Ah hah” moment, where something finally clicks for them and they learn something. I saw that happen a handful of times with all of my sessions.

From 2nd year tutor: I am starting to see that I'm creating bonds with the kids and they are starting to trust me. Going into this I worried that I would lack this because in my normal life I am pretty shy. Seeing these kids trust me is very up lifting.


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Tutor-a-Bull Program click here.






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