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Tutor-Mentor Information and Guide

What is the commitment?

Tutor and mentor a child or teen once a week for at least a semester.

Will I be an effective tutor or mentor?

See how you stack up with these common "good tutor traits":

  1. Genuinely enjoys children or teens
  2. Desires to "put back" in community and help young people
  3. Is reliable
  4. Is a good listener and communicator
  5. Takes time to talk to and work with teacher
  6. Takes time to meet and talk to a parent or other family member
  7. Builds child's self esteem by giving lots of praise, sharing that everyone makes mistakes, and teaching about other aspects of life
  8. Recognizes that children often feel overwhelmed and need someone to say "you can make it." Many don't get much positive time with an adult.
  9. Realizes that just a couple of hours a week can really make a difference to a child.

What's in this for you?

Most tutors and mentors feel they get much more out of these relationships than they put in. The bottom line is that you provide support to a young person so that he or she can gain confidence and "make it" in math or science.

How do I get started?

  1. Pick a site that is convenient for you.
  2. Call—or better yet, e-mail—the site's coordinator.
  3. Share with coordinator your commitment and availability, as well as the age and subject area you'd like to work with.
  4. Find out what resources are available—manipulatives, books, games, computers, learning software.
  5. Get the name and phone number of your child's math or science teacher. Try to contact and figure out how to communicate about homework, tests and skills.
  6. Find out parent or other family member's name and phone number. Make contact and figure out how to communicate with each other and child.
  7. Go prepared. Children often forget homework or say they "have nothing to do." Always have an activity or some problems ready. Help children manage their time and keep track of their assignments and schedules.
  8. Take time to get acquainted. At every session, spend some time to share interests,to ask what's going on at school, and generally to build relationships.

What kind of on-going support is there?

Here are some ways we may be able to help you — and we are open to your ideas!

For More Information, Contact Deb Hamann at the Reach Out! office, 734-647-0764 or

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Last updated 1 Feb 01