Basic Philosophy of Tutoring
Understanding Your Role
Tutoring can be a very rewarding experience. It can give you the opportunity to make a real difference in a person’s life, and enrich your own. TLE will provide you with training, resources and on-going support.
Your goal in volunteering with The Learning Exchange is to tutor adults in essential literacy skills. This tutoring is accomplished through a series of successful learning experiences. These experiences give students a more positive self-image that is based on greater self-confidence, increased autonomy and improved competence.
Tutoring should be a relaxed, friendly experience. Be honest and sincere. Be yourself, take the time to be both patient and understanding… these qualities provide the basis for a good student-tutor relationship.
Volunteers often find these qualities and characteristics helpful in tutoring:
- Patience, gentleness, understanding and fairness
- An open mind
- A positive outlook
- A desire to help others and share a skill or knowledge
Making the Match
Matches between a student and tutor are made based on the following considerations:
- Schedule and availability
- Interests, experience, and skills