Congratulations! You have decided to train volunteers to tutor students in a homework club. This resource guide has been designed for both new and experienced facilitators. The purpose of a tutor training is to extend tutors’ knowledge, strengthen their skills and increase their confidence so they feel prepared to tutor.
Typically, homework clubs are after‐school programs where tutors offer homework and reading support to a group of students on a regular basis. Homework clubs can benefit students of all ages; ranging from young children in elementary school to teenagers in high school.
To help you plan and design your training agenda, this guide has:
A Tutor’s Guide: Reading and Writing with Children and Youth is used as a resource throughout this training guide. Visit the Frontier College website for information on the tutor’s guide and other resources at www.frontiercollege.ca
Barriers to learning
The objective of the training material in this guide is to provide tutors with practical tutoring strategies and techniques to use in a homework club. In addition to the ”nuts and bolts” of tutoring, volunteers may find it useful to receive additional information on the various learning barriers which the students in the homework club may face i.e., poverty, discrimination, second language issues, learning difficulties, housing problems, violence, lack of community resources, etc. You may choose to include a discussion of these issues in the tutor‐training workshop, or plan a more in‐depth examination of these issues at another workshop or presentation.