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Programs

BASICS
Tutoring Chicago matches volunteers one-to-one with children in grades 1-6.
Tutoring is offered at four locations.

  • St. Vincent de Paul Center, 2145 N Halsted St. (Lincoln Park)
  • Goethe Elementary School, 2236 N Rockwell St. (Logan Square)
  • Hope Institute Learning Academy, 1628 W Washington Blvd. (Near West Side)
  • Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, 5480 S Kenwood Ave. (Hyde Park)

Tutoring sessions are from 6:00-7:30pm*. Tutors are expected to arrive on time and stay for the duration of the session.
*tutoring at our Hyde Park location are from 6:30-8:00pm.*

PROGRAMS

Tutoring Chicago has three programs.

In SMART Tutoring, volunteers provide homework help to students in grades 1-6 and support in the areas of social skills, math, attitude, reading, and technology. A wide-variety of resources and activities are on-hand to support student growth in these areas.

In Literacy Intensive Tutoring (LIT) Decoding and Fluency, volunteers follow a very structured reading program with students. Students and tutors will be working on letters and sounds, sight words, word recognition, writing, and reading basic books.  This is not a homework program. STUDENTS WILL BE ASSESSED AND MUST QUALIFY FOR THIS PROGRAM. Qualifying students are having difficulties reading at grade level and show an academic need for extra instruction in letters, letter sounds, sight words, and reading fluency. Tutor attendance is absolutely crucial to the progress of LIT students. (Grades 1-4)

In Literacy Intensive Tutoring (LIT) Comprehension, volunteers follow a very structured reading program with students. Students and tutors will be working on strategies to help students understand what they read and writing activities.  This is not a homework program. STUDENTS WILL BE ASSESSED AND MUST QUALIFY FOR THIS PROGRAM. Qualifying students are having difficulties reading at grade level and show an academic need for extra instruction in reading comprehension. Tutor attendance is absolutely crucial to the progress of LIT students. (Grades 3-6)

 

VOLUNTEER MATCH OPTIONS

Tutoring Chicago makes matches in four different ways.

One-on-One (1:1) – Meet weekly with your assigned student. This preference requires weekly commitment to the child. It is the most common option.

Two-on-One (2:1) – Two tutors are assigned to one student. One tutor attends each week. The tutors communicate with each other to work out a schedule. The commitment is essentially every other week.

Two-on-Two (2:2) – Two tutors are assigned to two students and meet weekly. When one tutor is absent, the remaining tutor works with both students. This is a common choice for friends or spouses who want to volunteer together.

One-on-Two (1:2) – One tutor is assigned to two students and meet weekly. At the start of the year, we often have a surplus of students. We ask some tutors to work with two students (for up to 10 weeks) each while we recruit and train more volunteers