Working with Volunteers, Part 2

June 4, 2010 at 10:35 pm Leave a comment

If you have a local college in your area, then you have free tutors. Many student organizations have a community service component. So, just call them or email them, and ask them to come in. It is really easy, and keeping them busy when they arrive is even easier than that.

We happened to have kids already coming in on a Saturday, but you can get kids to come in another day or ask them to stay after school if you promise pizza and tell them that they will meet REAL COLLEGE KIDS.

When the tutors arrive, pair them with one or two students. You can ask them to go over problems that the students missed if you give them the students’ old tests and an answer key. You can ask them to help the students complete new work (again, they’ll want an answer key). You can simply ask the tutors to read with the kids.

Our tutors worked for over two hours with their assigned students. I made sure to give them a break midway by asking them to tell the kids a little about why they chose their school and their major. It is a great way for students to get individual academic attention and to learn more about college. It is a great way for tutors to see what’s happening at their local schools. Everyone comes away better for the experience.

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