Reading Tutoring

Tutoring Tips Newsletter

Getting Acquainted With Your Students

Building a relationship is critical to the tutoring process. Children need to feel safe. The first time you meet with a child should be informal.  You should get to know the child and let the child get to know you and be comfortable with you.

Share something about yourself with the child - a favorite hobby, favorite book as a child, your family, your pets, etc. Bring something from home to talk about such as a photo, a collection, a book, or a memento. Talk about why you will be coming to the school each day to work with the child, and be clear that the goal of your time together is to learn to read better. Don't make promises that may not be able to be kept.

Discussion Helpers

The following questions can help you get to know your students.

  • What is your full name? Can you spell it for me?
  • What is your teacher's name?
  • How old are you?
  • How many brothers and sisters do you have?
  • Do they attend school here too?
  • Do you have a cat or dog?
  • Do you like to read or write?
  • What is your favorite book? What was the last book you read?
  • Tell me about where you live.
  • What did you have for breakfast this morning?
  • What do you like most about school?
  • What do you like to do after school?
  • Tell me about your friends.

Tips from Past ARM Tutors

  • Have fun while serving.
  • Never underestimate the learning ability of a child.
  • Be prepared to change. This service year will change your life.
  • Keep a postive attitude and treat every child special.
  • Do your best and set a good example in the school and the community.
  • Be patient.
  • Don't be so focused on the goal or push so hard that the student is frustrated.
  • Come prepared each day with a clear plan for the day and be prepared to completely disregard it at a moment's notice.
  • Remember that each student is an individual; adjust your tutoring style to accommodate each of them.
  • Be consistent in your commitment. You may not know how important you are for that child and how much you let him/her down when you are not there or you break a promise.