We know how difficult it may be to get through to your student, especially when you’re both new to tutoring. Thankfully, The Corporation for National and Community Service came up with these great icebreaker tips to help you get to know your student in a way that respects boundaries and is literary-focused!
by Mike Hernandez
After school tutors know that reading can occasionally be a hard sell. Before students come in to tutoring, they’ve spent six or so hours in front of books, more or less on task. I try to remember that all the time, but especially during reading rally–maybe even more than during writing time. Some students come in ready. One might just want me to mind my own book for twenty minutes while he enjoys his, while another might give my personal reading a funny look and then say something like “okay, I’m going to read The BFG to you now. Are you paying attention, or what?” (That happened. It was delightful, and I wish I could sheepishly put my book away and listen to her read Roald Dahl every afternoon. Obviously.) Continue reading “Reading with the Reluctant”
by Shannon Monson
More often than not when I try to enlist friends to volunteer I am met with this reaction: “I am so terrible at math! I wouldn’t be able to help kids with their homework.” I felt the same apprehension before I started tutoring. Long division? Multiplying fractions? No thanks! But once you get started you quickly realize that those fears were silly, and the homework isn’t all that intimidating. Here are a few tips for helping students with math, when you are not so confident in your own abilities. Continue reading “I’m Not a “Math Person””