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Volunteer

Tutor Applications are a OPEN for the 2018-2019 school year.

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New SMART Tutor Orientations are:

Monday, January 14th from 6-8pm @303 W Madison ste 750

Monday, January 14th from 6:30-8:30pm @ 5480 S Kenwood Ave

Tuesday, January 15th from 6-8pm @303 W Madison ste 750

Wednesday, January 16th from 6-8pm @303 W Madison ste 750

New LIT Tutor Orientations are:

Monday, January 14th from 6-8pm @ 2145 N Halsted St. 

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.

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 plethora of resources are made available including worksheets, flash cards, educational games, and books.

In Literacy Intensive Tutoring (LIT) Decoding and Fluency, volunteers follow a very structured reading program with students in grades 1-4 (however, most students in this program are in grades 1-2). Students and tutors will be working on letters and sounds, sight words, word recognition, writing, and reading basic books.  Tutor attendance is absolutely crucial to the progress of LIT students.
In Literacy Intensive Tutoring (LIT) Comprehension, volunteers follow a very structured reading program with students in grades 3-6. Students and tutors will be working on strategies to help students understand what they read and writing activities.  Tutor attendance is absolutely crucial to the progress of LIT students.

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