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Top 10 Resources on Tutoring & Volunteering

Explore how carefully supervised and well implemented tutoring programs can make a difference to struggling readers. Learn about finding the right tutor, tips for tutoring, evidence that tutoring works, how you can help, and even an easy-to-use assessment tool to make the most of a child's tutoring experience.
  1. Talking Tutoring Webcast
    This webcast features Marcia Invernizzi, Carole Prest, and Anne Hoover in a discussion about tutoring. These three experts discuss tutoring programs, tutor training, what the latest research tells us, and the different forms tutoring can take.
  2. Developing a Tutoring Program
    A tutoring program that will best serve children's needs should be carefully developed with those needs in mind. Here are eight steps to developing a tutoring program, from setting goals to developing a curriculum.
  3. From Poor to Soar: Finding the Help Your Child Needs
    Deciding to get a tutor for your child is an important step. But even more important is finding the one who will best fit your child's needs. Because there are many different types of tutoring and lots of tutors to choose from, parents should research their options fully to find their child's perfect match.
  4. A Guide for Finding a Tutor
    The Partnership for Learning has put together a quick and to-the-point bulleted guide in order to aid the process of finding a tutor. The list includes benefits, challenges, cost, and tips for each type of tutor, making it easy to choose a tutor that fits your family's needs.
  5. Tutoring to Enhance Comprehension
    This article provides tutors with proven techniques for helping students acquire comprehension skills and strategies. In addition to building background knowledge about comprehension, it looks at six comprehension strategies and activities that support each strategy.
  6. Classwide Peer Tutoring
    Many teachers feel that they do not have enough time in the school day to work one-on-one with every student. Classwide Peer Tutoring is a way for all students to get one-on-one help and enough time to practice and learn. This brief looks at what peer tutoring is, what studies show about the effectiveness of peer tutoring, and how parents and teachers can support the practice in the classroom.
  7. Tips for Reading Tutors
    The U.S. Department of Education developed this brief guide for reading tutors. It lists ways that tutoring helps both the learner and the tutor, and provides practical tips that can help tutors be more effective in their work.
  8. Target the Problem!
    Target the Problem! Is an easy-to-use tool to help parents, teachers, and tutors alike understand the specific problems a child may be having with reading. You'll find practical suggestions on what you (and kids themselves) can do to help students overcome or deal with their reading difficulties.
  9. What Concerned Citizens Can Do to Help All Children Read
    From becoming a tutor to helping at the local library, there are concrete steps concerned citizens can take to help more children learn to read. Learn about these and more steps community members can take towards this goal.
  10. Volunteers: Identify Your Schools' Needs
    How can volunteers help build children's literacy in their communities? Rotary International and IRA developed these questionnaires and teachers' wish list to help you determine the right project literacy project for your community.

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