Tutoring Info for Parents
NOTE: Because of COVID, tutoring will be done exclusively online this year, via ZOOM.
If you are the parent of a REMOTE LEARNING student, please contact your child's principal to sign up.
Complete this form, either online or via paper. If you choose the paper format, please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
IU students are excited to work with Brown County children.
IU tutors are able to work with children in elementary school through freshman year of high school.
Most of these tutors are human services or education majors who must write reflections on their experience for their coursework and are supervised by faculty; many are pre-med students who simply love working with children.
IU students are carefully monitored and must pass a rigorous background check and receive training via IU's Programs Involving Children (PIC).
To participate, your child must have access to the Internet at home, at school, at the Brown County Public Library, or anywhere that will provide a strong enough signal to work smoothly.
How Does a Tutoring Session Work?
How many weeks does tutoring last?
In most cases, tutoring sessions go for 10 weeks, from the week of Labor Day to the week before or after Thanksgiving. This is the time frame required by your child's tutor's professor.
When your child's tutor is volunteering through a student organization, often they will continue until IU finals week, right before Christmas break. Fall and Spring breaks are factored in.
Because of the 10-week requirement for most of our IU tutors, and the importance of honoring the mentoring relationship and trust that develops between your child and his or her tutor, we require that families sign up for the entire semester of tutoring sessions.
How are the sessions structured?
Tutoring sessions are broken up into four sections:
5 minutes for Skyward check-in and chat
40 minutes for homework help
10 minutes for writing practice to a prompt
5 minutes for handwriting practice
Tutoring session-structure is often strictly adhered to, but can be loosened up, depending upon the needs of your child on any given day.
Do tutors work with a child's teacher to understand the child's needs?
The tutor has access to the child's Canvas and Skyward accounts via the login information provided to them by the child. This allows the tutor to see 1) where the student is struggling, and 2) what assignments are missing. Often the tutor will reach out to the teacher to get clarification about this information.
We do ask our tutors to model proactive behavior with the child, encouraging them to not be intimidated by talking to their teacher about assignments and grades.
We focus on helping the student understand how important it is to be honest about their struggles and be respectful to those who are trying to help them succeed. This starts with "please" and "thank you".