What is Urbana Classroom Tutoring?
The tutoring program is a program designed to match collegians one-to-one with middle school students in need of personal and academic support. Tutors meet with their students once or twice a week during the school day on school grounds. They help students get caught up with school work, reinforce concepts they’re learning, and listen and talk with students about their concerns. Although we target college students, you do not have to be a student to volunteer as a tutor.
How are students referred to the program?
Students are referred by teachers or counselors for one or more of the following reasons:
- Underachieving academically
- Exhibiting low self-esteem
- Irregular attendance
- Needing an adult role model
- Having few positive peer relationships
Who can be a tutor?
You can be a tutor if you have:
- A genuine interest in youth
- Good listening skills
- Time – preferably one hour twice a week between 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
- Commitment – you must be able to continue to the end of the semester and come at your scheduled time
- Transportation to the school
How do tutors benefit?
- Get hands-on experience at a local school
- Have a chance to impact the community’s youth
- Return to college campus refreshed and energized
What do students say about their tutors?
“She gives me hope….”
“She understands me….”
“I try not to be absent on the day he comes.”
“She’s helped me see that what I do in school would affect my life.”
“I’m just glad I have one.”
How do I become a tutor?
- Fill out an application form and a criminal background check form. Return completed applications to the school in which you wish to volunteer or if you do not have a school preference, send to Urbana Middle School.
- Attend an hour and a half training session at Urbana Middle School.
- Agree to come to your tutoring session consistently and to stay with the tutoring relationship for one semester.