All Tutoring and Volunteering articles

By: Reading Rockets

Learning to read is a challenge for many kids, but most can become good readers if they get the right help. Parents have an important job in recognizing when a child is struggling and knowing how to find help. Here are some signs to look for and things to do if you suspect your child is having trouble reading.

By: Reading Rockets
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.
By: America Reads at Bank Street College of Education

Tutors can play very important roles in the lives of the children they work with. Learn about these roles and the types of tutoring programs that are available to provide young readers with one-on-one support.

By: Rotary International, International Reading Association
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 literacy project for your community.
By: Partnership for Learning

Get the basics on the benefits, challenges and costs of different kinds of tutoring services: private, tutoring centers, online tutors, and free Title I supplemental services.

By: Lisamarie Sanders

Tutoring offers kids the special one-on-one attention that busy teachers often can't provide. From simplehomework help to intensive work on basic skills, tutoring can offer just the boost your childneeds to succeed.

By: Lisamarie Sanders
When you see your child struggling, you want to jump in and help, but sometimes your instincts and desire aren't enough. When your child has trouble with schoolwork and a tutor is necessary, one of the biggest roadblocks to getting help is money.
By: Carole McGraw
Whether your child is lost in a haze of elementary grammar rules, sinking fast in a jumble of Newton's laws in middle school, or lost in the details of an AP biology class, you need help quickly, before your child falls way behind the class and never recovers. So, what exactly can you
By: Judy Shanley

When looking for a professional to deliver tutoring services to your child, what are some of the important questions to ask and issues to keep in mind?

By: U.S. Department of Education

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.

By: Akimi Gibson
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 eachstrategy.
By: Linda Jacobson
The Parent-Child Home Program, a Manhasset, NY-based home visiting instigative for 2- and 3- year old children which has operated in Massachusetts and New York for years, is now proving so successful that it is expanding service to four other states. The PCHP focuses on children who are deemed to be at the greatest risk of failure in school – those with low-income parents who have limited education.
By: Center for Effective Collaboration and Practice
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.
By: U.S. Department of Education
From free books to home visits, non-profit organizations play an important role in promoting reading. Learn about some of the non-profits with a commitment to helping children become readers.
By: U.S. Department of Education
Not just educational institutions can play a role in preventing illiteracy. Find out what steps employers can take to help more children learn to read.
By: U.S. Department of Education
Not just educational institutions can play a role in preventing illiteracy. Find out what steps organizations can take to help more children learn to read.
By: Derry Koralek, Ray Collins

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.

By: Derry Koralek, Ray Collins

Whether reading to a child, sharing reading, or listening to a child read aloud, there are many strategies a tutor can use to improve the skills of a young reader. Learn about the strategies – from modeling to KWL – that are useful for tutoring children in grades one through three.

By: Margaret Mulhern, Flora V. Rodriguez-Brown, Timothy Shanahan
For language minority families, learning English is a key component of family literacy programs. This article describes questions to consider when establishing a program for language minority families.
By: U.S. Department of Education

Helping kids learn to read is a great goal for community groups. An important step for all groups is to not only define how to help, but also to identify the children in the community who could must benefit from what you do. This article provides tips for finding and serving these children.

By: Derry Koralek, Ray Collins

Whether a tutor is reading aloud, talking, or writing with a child, there are strategies for making these interactions even more valuable. Learn about these strategies in these tips for tutoring preschool and kindergarten children.

By: U.S. Department of Education

From starting a volunteer reading program to getting families involved, there are concrete steps community groups can take to help more children learn to read. Learn about these and more steps religious, cultural, and community organizations can take towards this goal.

By: U.S. Department of Education

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.

"The man who does not read good books is no better than the man who can't." — Mark Twain