A few other key skills a great tutor should have:
- Good listener
Think you’ve got some of these skills in you? Whether you’ve mastered all these skills, only a few or you’d like to work on improving them, becoming a volunteer tutor could be perfect for you!
What’s the Time Commitment for Tutors?
Considering volunteer tutoring but think it will take up too much time? Think again! Marissa says she tutors for 30 minutes a week with her student, while Sam says he typically spends one to two hours a week tutoring. When it comes to volunteer tutoring, some places might have a minimum time requirement, but it’s usually up to you to decide how much time you can commit.
Lisa volunteers with United Way and says, “Thirty minutes a week is what we ask for, but you can do more or less. The great part about it is you can sign up for time slots that work for you. It doesn’t have to be the same time every week — you can adjust and sign up for what fits your schedule.”
See? Volunteering doesn’t have to take up too much time — and it might even improve your time management. Take it from Marissa, who says, “Finding balance to offer tutoring while maintaining work responsibilities and my personal life situation was important.”
How does making a difference in your pajamas sound? Lisa, who uses the online tutoring program Vello says, “The cool part about Vello is that you can read with a child from anywhere — work, home, using your computer or even from your smartphone.” With virtual learning so popular, tutoring virtually is becoming more common. Now you can jump online and virtually volunteer your time without putting time into a commute. Not a bad way to help another person out, right?
So, whether you have 30 minutes a week or a few hours, you have the flexibility to choose what works for you. What’s most important is you’re giving a little time for the greater good.
Making a Positive Impact as a Volunteer Tutor
It’s no secret that volunteer tutoring benefits the student, but it can also be beneficial to you! Donating your time and energy and doing something good for others provides a sense of accomplishment, builds a sense of purpose and ultimately can help you feel happier.
When it comes to volunteering as a tutor, Lisa says, “The most rewarding part about tutoring is knowing you’re making a difference. Reading with a child over time and hearing them progress and become a better reader — it’s so fulfilling and makes my heart happy.”
On a similar note, Marissa says, “Seeing the success or excitement from the child you’re helping — even in a virtual world — their energy is felt and their joy spreads. Tutoring is a highlight of my week.”
One of the best parts about being a volunteer tutor is the influence you can make in someone’s life. Sam says he knows he’s made a positive impact when a student grasps a concept that they were struggling with. Similarly, Lisa says, “You can hear the progress over time reading with the kids. The parents and teachers are also able to see the difference.”
She goes on saying, “There was one little girl that I read with over time. She struggled a lot and would just skip over words she didn’t know. I would start our session by talking with her first, asking how her weekend was, did she have pets, did she like animals, etc. — trying to connect with her on what interested her. Then I would have her pick a story that she felt would be fun. In the beginning, trying to get her to sound out words she didn’t know was hard, so I would help her make the sounds and praise her for each attempt. She started to believe in herself and over time her progress was fantastic! I was so proud of her.”
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Knowing you can make a positive impact in a student’s life and help them gain confidence in their abilities is a great benefit of volunteer tutoring. You never know — maybe you’ll be just the spark a student needs to find and pursue their dream!
Ready to get started? Reach out to your employer or do some digging online. With a little effort, you can be on your way to making a difference!
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